Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Published: June 2011
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 349
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
Summary: Goodreads

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.

Despite having jobs and men that 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 that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.

I had been meaning to read this title for awhile now but like many books, I don't always have time to read or it falls further and further into my TBR list.  Lately though I've lucked out and been reading quite a few fantastic titles.  This one really struck home with me. 

Maybe its just that time in your life when you reminisce about the people who really matter to you and the support systems you have.  I'd seen the first Sisterhood movie but I haven't read the books.  Sisterhood Everlasting is truly about friendship and what's really important in life.  It has been a long time since the girls have been together, all 4 in the same place.  They have moved on with their lives and somehow, have drifted apart.  The jeans have long since been lost and so have some of their past loves.  They try to stay in touch but its somehow different now and they are no longer running parallel paths.  Heck, they aren't even in the same states or countries. 

The thing is, real friendship doesn't have a destination.  The best friendships are the ones that can just pick up where they left off.  Where you can finish one another's sentences, are happy for your friend's achievements, always have an ear ready to listen and just know when your friend has found Mr. Right (or Mr. Wrong)....even if it takes her forever to realize it.

I loved this book.  It touched my heartstrings to read and would be perfect for sharing with the other women in your life whom you share something special with.  I laughed a lot and cried a lot but mostly, it made me think about my own special groups of friends.  I would recommend it for a woman's or teen book club or as a gift for someone special.  One last thing it did for me is this - it made me appreciate and miss those lifelong friends that will always be in my heart. 

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