Title: Sisterhood Everlasting [The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants #5]
Author: Ann Brashares
Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting. Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected. As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing yourway, and finding the courage to create a new one.
Right from the get go we’re shot back into the sisterhood’s world, where all four of them have split up, and about ten years have past. Carmen’s an iPhone addict, Lena is basically an artistic, pack-ratty hermit, Bridget’s as energetic and adventurous as ever, and Tibby is in Australia, now an enigma to her ‘sisters’. However, upon being invited to Greece by Tibby, all of them jump at the opportunity: they’ll be together again.
Then the unthinkable happens.
Struck with a death that shakes their world, the sisterhood is left one short. As they begin sorting through their depression, as well as their own lives, they find that their lost sister left them with more than they could’ve ever imagined.
This book was extremely depressing. Like, I did not know one could put so much depression and sadness into one book. My gosh. I will say, though, it was good. I really liked the self-discovery portion of the novel as the sisters split off after Greece and kind of found themselves and realized who and what really mattered in their lives.
We also learn a lot about the characters and revisit a number of memories from both the past books and the characters’ ‘childhoods’. Admittedly, there was some repetition in their actions, as well as their discoveries, as if they hadn’t learned the first time. However, it was a great book. In the end, the mood was bittersweet, but it was definitely an amazing ending to their story.
World Building: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.88/5
“I’m writing this down, because it is going to be hard for me to say it. Because this is probably our last time just us. See, I can write that down, but I don’t think I can say it. I’m not doing this to say goodbye, though I know that has to be part of it. I’m doing it to thank you for all we have had and done and been for one another, to say I love you for making this life of mine what it is. Leaving you is the hardest thing I have to do. But the thing is, the best parts of me are in you, all three of you. You are who I am, and what I cherish in myself stays on in you.”
“Hey,” he said. “It’s someday.”
Her body was a prison, her mind was a prison. Her memories were a prison. The people she loved. She couldn’t get away from the hurt of them.
-Narrator [Third Person Novel]
“What’s the occasion?” she asked.
He kissed her ear. “I’ve got a gorgeous woman who’s going to be my bride.”
She laughed. “You have that every night.”
“That’s why I want to celebrate.”
-Carmen and her fiancé (he’s not very important, or interesting… he’s more annoying than anything)
“Maybe you think you’ll be entitled to more happiness later by forgoing all of it now, but it doesn’t work that way. Happiness takes as much practice as unhappiness does. It’s by living that you live more. By waiting you wait more. Every waiting day makes your life a little less. Every lonely day makes you a little smaller. Every day you put off your life makes you less capable of living it.”