Eine meiner liebsten Jugendbuchreihen ist die „Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants“ Serie von Ann Brashares. Ich habe vor kurzem das letzte Buch der Serie gelesen und dazu für mein Goodreads-Profil eine Rezension verfasst.
Da ich das Buch auf Englisch gelesen habe, ist auch die Rezension auf Englisch.
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
„Sisterhood Everlasting“ by Ann Brashares is the fifth book in the Sisterhood series which followed the lives of four friends Lena, Bridget, Tibby, and Carmen. While the initial books were based on their young adult years, „Sisterhood Everlasting“ is based on their grown up years with the four friends nearing thirty.
In their grown up lives, some things have changed while some stayed the same: Carmen works as a TV actress in New York City and is engaged to ABC executive Jones. Lena lives in Providence, Rhode Island and teaches art classes, while painting and still pining away for her former flame -and nowadays successful Greek businessman living in London- Kostos. Bridget, who has yet to find her calling in life and her desire to settle down, lives in sunny San Francisco with her long-term boyfriend Eric, who works as an immigration lawyer. Tibby has re-located to Australia because of her boyfriend Brian’s job, and hardly communicates with the rest of the friends, except for the occasional e-mail. Once again, the Sisterhood has grown apart.
Everything changes when out of the blue, Lena, Bridget and Carmen receive letters and plane tickets from Tibby inviting them all to meet up in Santorini for a week of catching up. Santorini – the birthplace of Lena’s family, the place where she met Kostos, the place the Pants were lost and the place where the Sisterhood found back together in the past.
However, the whole story starts to change right when the friends arrive in Greece. The Sisterhood suffers a heartbreaking trauma while in Santorini and each of the girls handles it differently, tearing them even further apart instead of bringing them back together as intended.
As the plot continues, the pieces of the puzzle slowly come together and some incidents make more sense in the new context, leading up to a beautiful ending.
This book is definitely more grown up in tonality and plot than the previous four novels about the Sisterhood. The characters themselves have evolved greatly, along with their respective storylines. There are adult topics, adult scenarios and some adult language.
I was a big fan of the previous Sisterhood books, so I was excited to read this last episode in the life of the Sisters. This book is filled with emotions and it manages to take the reader on a rollercoaster-ride. It describes the situation of having grown apart from ones childhood friends in painful accuracy, yet, as the story continues, showing that it is not impossible to overcome the things that tore the friendship apart.
Overall, this book is a beautifully written story about finding oneself, being true to oneself and learning that, no matter what happens or what happened in the past, your friends will always be there to catch you when you fall, even if things don’t make sense right away.
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