Are you guys ready to go down memory lane with your 13 year old self? Get ready, because that is exactly what this book will do to you. I was doing a lap around my local Goodwill the other day, and just happened to browse the bookshelves when “Sisterhood Everlasting” caught my eye. I read the “Traveling Pants” series as a teen and thought I’d check the inside cover to remind myself what happens in this book, when I realized I hadn’t read this one. Surprise! In 2011, Brashares apparently decided to give her fans a little gift- the knowledge of what happened to the Sisterhood ten years later. I bought the $2.00 book and took it home, my inner teen squealing in excitement.
As I read, I was reintroduced to the adult versions of Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby. Carmen is an actress and engaged, living the life of luxury as she always dreamed. Lena is still a shy, quiet artist and teaching at her alma mater. Bridget is still the free spirit she’s always been, living with long-time boyfriend Eric in California. And film producer Tibby and boyfriend Brian moved to Australia. After two years of being apart, Tibby arranges a reunion with the sisterhood in Santorini, Greece.
There, in Santorini, is where I knew I couldn’t stop reading. 50 pages in of the 350, I was turning the pages as fast as my eyes and hands could move. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book, but I’ll tell you I didn’t see Brashares’ turn of events coming. I won’t spoil everything, but I cried many times throughout this novel. As with all the “Traveling Pants” books, I knew that friendship, sisterhood, and love were going to be strong themes, and I expected some of the story lines to be semi-predictable. But the way that Brashares unfolds the story, the reader isn’t guessing what while happen next, but rather experiencing it as the character does. It was really enjoyable to connect with the protagonists on that emotional level.
Overall, I will definitely re-read, and recommend to anyone who has read the series- because this truly is the necessary wrap up. I have to give fair warning that the ending is a little soft… in the way that makes this a definite work of fiction and not realistic. But again, worth the read. AND, rumor has it, for those fans of the movies, there may be a movie of this book! *teenager squeal* I’m eager to see if it actually happens, and with all the revamps of movies/series/sequels these days, I feel like there is a strong possibility. So jump on the fan wagon now, just in case!