Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (published in 2011)
Why didn’t anyone warn me about this book?
I had read the other books years ago now, as they came out. I saw the movie version of the first book first run in the movie theater.
I was not aware of this book for some reason. Or maybe it blipped onto my radar screen so briefly, I heard was it was about, and decided to forgo reading it.
I checked it out as an ebook. I was shocked that I had not seen it previously. To find out what happened to all the girls ten years later as they are on the cusp of thirty? Yes, please.
I finished reading it in less than a day. I just had to keep going, even though at the same time I wondered why? Why would the author do something so awful to one of the girls? Sure, it it realistic that something might happen to one of the girls, andneb I know that. Still, I just wanted a nice, and maybe fairly bland story about their present lives.
Bland it is not. I really won’t share too much of what actually does happen in this book (except that it really takes Carmen too long to realize she is not in the right relationship for her . . .) I would encourage you that if you read at least the original book, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, that you should at least read this one. It turned out to be a powerful read. Ms. Brashares crafted it well, unrolling more information just a bit at a time so that the reader needs to just keep reading. I have seen the criticism that the girls remain immature, but that is pat of the point. Most of the girls have remained “stuck” in parts of their lives – mostly emotionally – and this is this story of how they become unstuck and really begin to grow up.
To skip to the end will not tell you anything.