Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sisterhood Everlasting: The 5th Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book

Young adult readers fell in love with the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. The story of Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget (a.k.a. Bee) and their infamous magical jeans brought to life the bonds of sisterhood that happen between girls who have been friends for life. These four young girls were all born in the month of September, to four moms who bonded during their prenatal classes. The four babies, though as different as the four seasons, became closer than friends, closer than sisters. They were a part of each other.

Flash forward a decade from the end of the fourth novel. In Sisterhood Everlasting, the foursome are now approaching their 30th birthdays. They are scattered in four different directions, leading four different lives. Time and distance has had its toll on them. Each one is feeling her own kind of pain without her other selves, yet doesn't know how to handle it. Finally, Tibby surprises all of them with tickets to Greece for a sort of reunion.

Upon their arrival, they are met with great tragedy. Their differences cause them to drift further apart as they deal with their own personal demons. Follow them on their quest for self-discovery and healing as they find their ways back to each other again.

This is a beautiful story. As an adult a few years older than the characters, I can relate to their struggles. But even teens who read the first four books may be able to relate on some level to the struggles going on in their lives. If anything, it can serve as a reminder to young girls that adulthood doesn't mean that all of your problems are over. With the love and help from friends and family, you can endure any obstacles that come in your way. It is also a powerful reminder to cultivate true friendships and bonds and to cherish them forever.

Readers will be able to find a way to relate to all four of the girls on some level. While this book has enough background information to be a stand alone novel, I recommend fans read the entire series to truly understand and feel their plights. Keep a few tissues on hand!

I was provided a preview galley of the paperback version of this novel by the publisher for the purpose of reviewing through my association with NetGalley. All opinions are strictly my own.

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