Title: Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
Series: Sisterhood #4
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Easy reading, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: She wasn’t completely alone.
With unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious summer.
Lena: Immerses herself in her painting and an intoxicating summer fling, fearing that the moment she forgets about Kostos will be the moment she sees him again.
Carmen: Falls under the spell of a sophisticated college friend for whom a theatrical role means everything and the heritage of the Pants means nothing.
Bridget: Joins a dig for an ancient city on the coast of Turkey and discovers that her archaeology professor is available in every way except one.
Tibby: Leaves behind someone she loves, wrongly believing he will stay where she has left him.
Join Ann Brashares’s beloved sisterhood once again in a dazzling, fearless novel. It’s a summer that will forever change the lives of Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby, here and now, past and future, together and apart.
This was kind of the end of the series (but not quite, since there is actually a fifth book). It felt like the end though, because Tibby, Carmen, Bee and Lena all finally join the real world of adulthood. They’ve just finished their first year at college (I still refer to it as university though), and they’re trying to find themselves as women. But, and this is the biggest difficulty, finding themselves as adults, while still staying true to each other.
It was kind of strange the stark contrast between the four girls in Girls in Pants to the four girls in Forever in Blue. It actually made me wonder if I changed that much in my first year of University. They turned into completely new characters, but still had the threads of themselves working through their new identities. For me, Carmen was the one who underwent this change most drastically. Although, that could be because so far in the series, I recognised myself in her most of all.
This entire series so far has been about coming of age and finding out who you are. Both with your friends, and apart. So, it almost comes full circle when they reconnect and finish their metamorphosis into adults. The lessons that the pants imparted on each of them have truly been learnt, and there is an acceptance of change in each other that you rarely find in friends, just the true ones.
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