Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. 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 your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.
5 out of 5 stars! This book was interesting in so many ways. First of all -- I wasn't expecting it to suck me in like it did! I stayed up waaay late past my bedtime two nights in a row to read this. It's the first book in awhile that's made me wonder about it during the day while I'm at work and want to come home just so I can keep reading. I love love love when a book can do that!
It was also interesting because from reading the reviews on Goodreads, I had a sense of what was going to happen. And it did happen. But not at the time or in the way I expected. The book was also interesting because with the characters, Lena especially, I was like, "C'mon now...get over it! Let people in. It's been MONTHS. This is longer than Bella sat in the chair and twirled around by her window in New Moon." (LOL. Couldn't resist the Twilight reference.) Actually, Lena's story was another one where I knew how it was going to end, but I enjoyed getting there. I loved Carmen's story line in the train. It was real and an ending you'd expect wasn't forced -- I liked that.
I've had this book on my shelf for awhile, but just now picked it up this week because of a sequence of events started with my last review. Reading the movie companion prompted me to go back and watch the Special Features from the DVDs of Parts 1 AND 2. (There are some good ones, especially on the first DVD.) After that, I wanted to stay with Lena, Tibby, Bee, and Carmen for more, so I ended up reading this. I hope this becomes a movie soon. It will be an excellent movie!