Title: Sisterhood Everlasting
Author: Ann Brashares
Publication: March 6, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary/Women's Fiction
Audience: 17 and up
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.
My Thoughts:I have followed the sisterhood from the beginning and have been excited about this installment. This was an emotional journey for me. The story begins with a retelling of how the “Septembers” came to be, as told by Carmen. I loved learning about how the girls’ lives have changed since freshman year of college. I was saddened to see that the girls had drifted apart a little but that is to be expected when living so far apart. I was excited for the girls to get together again. Tragedy strikes before their reunion really begins. I spent the rest of the book in tears. I wanted the girls to come together and support each other with their loss. They were unable to support each other and it takes Tibby’s planning and foresight to bring the girls together. Even though Tibby is not heard from, first hand, in the book she plays such a major role in the girls lives and she knows just what it will take to get the girls threw the tragic circumstances that they face.