Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Review: Sisterhood Everlasting, by Ann Brashares

I really hated SisterhoodEverlasting. And...I loved it. I just hated what happened, but  Brashares still made me love this book.

After about the first 50 pages, tragedy strikes, and it tears the Septembers apart. So we hear from each of them separately, about their struggles, and their pain, and how life just isn’t the same without each other. There’s a lot of growth in these characters between the beginning and the end of the book, even though we’re not dealing with teens any more. They are 29 years old.

Brashares’ talent is character development. I feel like I know these four girls. You could erase all their names out of the books, and I could tell you which character is speaking. Their characterization never wavers. They have personalities and reactions that are predictable, because we know so much about each individual. We’ve grown up with them, after all!

I was really uncomfortable and unhappy reading the book. I didn’t like what happened. But, by the end of the book, I came to terms with it – just like the Septembers did. Isn’t that amazing? I actually felt like they did, and had to come to terms just like the characters. I had to work it out just like I was one of them. Amazing writing. That’s all I can say....

The Sisterhood of theTravelling Pants is by far my FAVORITE series ever. As far as I’m concerned, these books are the Bible on friendship. They get checked out a lot, even without my recommendation, but I do recommend them every chance I get.

You really need to read the entire series. This book does tell a stand-alone story, but there are many references to past events, and you will enjoy this book much more if you have grown up with the characters. I would recommend this series to anyone – well, any female. You like paranormal?  Read this. You like historical? Read this. Contemporary? Romance? Fantasy? Read this!

Published by Random House, June 14, 2011
I purchased this copy
349 pages (really? It couldn’t be one more page so it counted towards my challenge???)

Rating: 5/5

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  1. I have read the first two parts in the series - I had loved them both! You're right - this series is really like the Bible on friendship.

  2. I just went to listen to Ann Brashares speak about this book last week. I've read all of the Sisterhood books including this one and it was so amazing to hear her speak about these girls...who I feel in a why are my best friends too since I grew up with them.

    I agree that I was unhappy reading the book. It was darker than I expected and hard to process, but I understand it is part of life and friendship and that is what she's always written about, no matter how hard the subject matter.

  3. Oooh I didn't realise this was out already. I must get to a book shop. I love these books, i feel like they are a part of my life, like real friends. I hope this book isn't too sad.

    Can't wait to read it, I'm even more intrigued now! :D

  4. I really want to read Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. I've seen the movie, and thought it was OK, but apparently the books are much better?

  5. I'm REALLY nervous about reading this one... Because while I wouldn't say I LOVED the Sisterhood books, I definitely very much enjoyed them! So, I'm seriously terrified to read this book. Who knows what could happen, what they will do?! I might grab this one, but there is also a part of me that wants to pretend it doesn't exist. :P

  6. I really had no desire to read any of the Sisterhood books until I heard about this one. I just think it is such a great concept and so I really want to read it, but in order to do it justice I do want to go back and read the other books as well.

    Your review was great though, so now I'm even more excited to read these books. And really I should get started now since it is summer and what better time is there to read them?


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