Review: Sisterhood Everlasting – Ann Brashares

Ten years ago, Ann Brashares created the series “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, which became an instant phenomenon. Her series was based around four teenage girls, Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget who all miraculously fit into the same pair of pants. The girls decide to divide up the pants time/use for times when they’ll be separated from one another. The pants are used to symbolize an object that will always bring them a sense of unity.

Brashare’s newest novel “Sisterhood Everlasting” is the continuation of the girls, who are now women and this book is no longer categorized as YA, but fiction. At 29, the girls are all leading very separate lives that rarely include one another, because life keeps getting in the way.

~Lena is a teacher at an art college and is dating a sandwich maker

~Carmen is an aspiring actress who’s obsessed with Facebook, her iphone and her finance Jones

~Tibby has run off to Australia with Brian (and she’s hardly kept in touch with anyone)

~Bridget is still a free spirit who jumps around from job to job and apartment to apartment with her boyfriend Eric

The story is told from the perspective of Lena, Carmen and Bridget, whose narrative voices are intertwined throughout each chapter. Each girl seems to want their friendship to be closer and more concrete like it was when the pants kept them together. That’s why they’re all thrilled to receive a ticket in the mail from Tibby to all travel to Lena’s grandparents hometown of Greece where they’ll have a reunion. However, their reunion plans take a disastrous turn when tragedy strikes. Fans of the Sisterhood will be shocked as to what this tragedy is, but to tell you in the blog post would take away from the shock factor I felt when I turned the page and found out what happened.

The core of each of the Sisterhood stories has always been the #10 pants rule; which is, Remember: Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself. This rule is put to the test after their vacation to Greece. Unlike the other Sisterhood stories, this book has a serious and sombre tone; however, it’s done in a way that suits the characters and fans of the Sisterhood stories will understand their reactions, actions and self discovery along the way.

I’ve always been a fan of Ann Brashares and I’ve read everything she’s ever written, simply because I think she understands the dynamics of friendship, women and how the two develop over time. I first read the Sisterhood story when I was in grade eleven and now ten years later, I feel the conclusion of this series was thoughtful and unconventional which is why I think all of you will enjoy it, even if you haven’t read any of the other books in the series. This book is in stores today! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Review: Sisterhood Everlasting – Ann Brashares

  1. Ramblern says:

    Although I couldn’t put this book down, I really didn’t enjoy it. I had been so psyched that Ann was going to write another book from a different period of the girls’ time. But as soon as the book started, I kind of felt like they didn’t really change all that much. They were kind of still in the exact same spot with the exact same hang ups as before.

    I was so disappointed in Carmen (thus in Ann for turning Carmen into what she turned her into). Carmen was left 10 years previous doing so well. She wasn’t going to cop-out. She was a serious actress and was proud of herself. Now she’s a typical, size 0, don’t eat anything, don’t acknowledge your roots, actress. I was really disappointed with who Carmen became in this book and EVEN THOUGH she managed to get through it by the end, I don’t really think that resorting to the same whiny behaviour you had when you were 19 is okay when you’re almost 30.

    Bridget continued to act like a teenager instead of an adult. Even after everything she went through 10 years before. Even though she was strong. Even though she was the strongest in her family. It was ridiculous.

    And Lena… Lena was EXACTLY the same person. She hadn’t changed at all. Still hung up on Kostas. Seriously? Like… seriously? Get over it and move on or make something happen.

    Tibby, oddly enough, despite the plot of the book, seemed to be the ONLY one of them to actually grow up and learn to be comfortable with who she was.

    Just my review of the book, haha. Glad I got that out!

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