Title: Sisterhood Everlasting
Author: Ann Brashares
Series: Sisterhood #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Easy reading, Strong women
Publisher: Random House
5th sentence, 74th page: She could hear the same kind of wetness at the bottom of Bridget’s breathing.
On the cusp of turning thirty, Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget are now living separate lives, out on their own. Yet despite having jobs and men 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 they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever – but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.
I cried like a little bitch. And it tends to take quite a lot for me to cry. I have lots of internal tears over books, and I tend to sit up long after I’ve finished reading a really good book to reminisce and think about it. But actual tears, leaking onto the page? Yeah, that doesn’t happen often. Which is a testament to not only how brilliantly this is written, but to the potency of the emotions and the storyline.
Forever in Blue left the girls at the beginning of adulthood. Together, yet apart. It was an ending in a way, the ending of childhood, the pants and that innocence that we have the privilege of when we’re young. It was a really fitting ending to a great series about coming of age. But, that doesn’t mean that revisiting the four girls after ten years wasn’t the most exciting thing I’ve done all weekend (to be fair, I’ve been sick, so I’ve been very bored).
Explaining exactly why I cried so much throughout this book would give away too much of the storyline. But, suffice to say, Sisterhood Everlasting deals with issues of adulthood and mental health that the rest of the stories only briefly touch upon. It’s a lot more serious and heart wrenching than the other books in this series. Having said that, I finished this book last night and lay in bed, curled up next to my partner for almost two hours just smiling. Those moments when a storyline is able to swell your heart in your chest, remind you of all that there is to be grateful for in life – Sisterhood Everlasting gave me this. Now I’m feeling a little bereft and lost, trying to find the next book / series to read.
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