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Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood #5)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  24,474 ratings  ·  3,394 reviews
Return to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . ten years later
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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 sisterho
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Published June 14th 2011 by Random House
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Jenny
ARC of this. I'll write an official review closer to the publication date but I will tell you I have never cried so much during a book (except maybe one of the previous Sisterhood books). I stayed up half the night reading this book. I couldn't put it down.

review for library website:
A lot of books have made me cry but only a few have made me sob---tear stained pages---reaching blindly for a tissue. Two of those books are Ekaterina Gordeeva's MY SERGEI and Ann Brashares's the SECOND SUMMER OF TH
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K
Jun 26, 2011 K rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone much, much less cynical than I
Shelves: audiobooks, chicklit
What was I thinking? Why did I bother? Okay, I know why. I tend to do better with audiobooks that require less concentration and offer an engaging story that's not too challenging. And although I didn't have high hopes for the fifth (fifth! Am I actually still reading these?) book in the Traveling Pants series, when I saw it was available on audio I couldn't resist.

Well. If I tell you the pivotal plot point it will be a big fat spoiler, so I'll try to gripe about the book without doing that. As
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Denise
"At least I tried."

In this 5th book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Ann Brashares brings back the characters we knew and loved as they enter their thirties. Four friends ten years later. How has the sisterhood fared - how has life treated them and where are they now?

Although the girls had gone their separate ways and had sort of lost touch with each other, Lena, Carmen and Bee gather in Greece for a reunion arranged by Tibby. What they find there changes their lives forever.

Thi
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Deborah
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Danielle
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Ashley
This probably only deserves four stars, but I don't give a shit. I'm giving it five stars.

Until about the last forty pages, I thought I knew what I was going to write in this review. I was going to say that Brashares is incredibly good with the inner lives of her characters. I was going to say that she brings people to life in magical, absurdly readable, and moving ways. I was going to say that despite this, reading this book is like expecting to jump into pool and float back to the surface, bu
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Jodi Papazian
Having read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, I was so excited to find out that there was a "ten years later ..." installment coming out.
I was definitely very greedy with this book - reading it in one afternoon, desperate to be moved and amazed by it. However, about halfway through, I realized I was quickly reading just to get to the end of it. Unfortunately I had heard that there was a pretty shocking event in the story awhile back before the book actually came out. So of course,
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Heather
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Shannon (leaninglights)
I know, I know - this book is VERY polarizing b/c some crazy things happen. And when I first read it when it came out, I was devastated and not the biggest fan. Reading it now, 4 years later and with a lot more adult life under my belt, I have to admit that I LOVED THIS BOOK. I feel like it embraced the true characters of Lena, Tibby, Bridget and Carmen, yet also perfectly tackled the new struggles and challenges that come along with adulthood and moving on.

I cried many tears and while my heart
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Erin
I was really excited to read this book and I'm not sure why. I think the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books are a really good idea but their execution leaves a lot to be desired. However, I like the idea of them so much that I tend to forget that I don't really like them during the time it takes for each of them to come out. The characters have barely changed in the last ten years, and it annoys me that I spent so much time reading about them and they have learned nothing from their experie ...more
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I should have stuck with book four and left it at that. It seemed like all the characters reverted to their 18 year old behaviors and no one had grown or matured. I was not happy with the whole premise (no spoilers -- but come on!) nor any of the characters lives. I also found the letters the girls received lacking any heart or soul -- they did not move me in anyway not to mention the lack of believability for most of the plot(s) (view spoiler) ...more
Amanda
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E
I hate books that make me cry. Couldn't stop reading this. Cried several times. Spent the first half of the book feeling like Brashares had unfairly recycled her characters, but it came together in the second half.

Now I have to go blow my nose.
Kimberly
This book was such a hot mess. I'm super dissapointed because I loved the first four books and was so excited to see that there was fifth one. But pretty much everything was wrong with this book!
1. The girls are supposed to be 29, but no one seems to act like an adult in any way. I had a hard time remembering that they weren't teenagers anymore.
2. None of the girls seem to have any drive or ambition in life at all. They don't have normal or healthy relationships with anyone! They don't even see
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Crystal Cook
I had a love/hate relationship with the traveling pants books. Mainly because three of the four characters made continuously stupid decisions and it was SO frustrating. But I wanted to read this book anyway because I DID like parts of the series (especially Tibby's character) and I wanted to see what happened to the girls as adults.

About twenty five pages into this book I almost stopped reading it because of the HUGE tragedy that I never saw coming. I was angry. How could Ann do this to us loya
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Aileen
Aug 02, 2011 Aileen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Sisterhood Books
Sisterhood Everlasting picks up on the four girls of the Sisterhood ten years after we left them -- pantless, but still a group.

Bridget -- As the book opens, we learn that Bridget lives in San Francisco with Eric, the first and only boyfriend she's ever had. She's still trying to run from life, but as a 29-year old this manifests as making poor Eric move once a month and donating most of their substantial belongings so as to be more freely mobile.

Carmen -- Carmen lives in New York in a posh lo
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J.A. Belfield
To summary this in one paragraph would be impossible. There were a few bits that niggled me (listed in the cons sections below), but due to the fact I believe I am to blame on part for those, for not having read any earlier titles in the series, rather than the author, I decided it would be wrong to hold that against my rating--because once I'd figured out the who's who, the author pretty much had me hooked. See below for more details:

What bugged me:

The opening bothered me. The first person writ
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Traci Haley
I have always been more of a fan of character-driven books than any other kind. There's just something comforting knowing that, at any given moment, I can spend an afternoon with Harry, Ron and Hermione, or help Joe Pickett and his family solve a mystery, or relive the life of Edgar Mint or Garp. And once in awhile, an author comes along and builds a character (or, in this case, characters) that are so well developed that they nearly jump off the page and come to life. Ever since the first Siste ...more
Casey
Beginning is a little sketchy, actually I was pretty far through before I really decided I liked it. I feel mixed as far as WHO I would recommend it to. It's sad. I cried. I feel like Ann Brashares kind of succeeded in a way of making these girls totally clueless without eachother. Which sometimes I feel like our generation is so obsessed with having the perfect life; we create a depression for ourselves, because let's face it no ones life is perfect. so instead of having a happy life with what ...more
Rebecca
BAWL! I couldn't put this down. Ann Brashares writes so compellingly about the motivations of different personality types. I identify so strongly with Lena, yet am glad for insight into a character like Bridget.

Favorite quotes:

"“Nobody could accuse you of being boring” was what he often said when he got that look. And frankly, having somebody like Bridget around was what Eric needed, because he was prone to habits and ruts and he knew it. Who else got him out to street festivals, free concerts,
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Brandy
UPDATE, 3/17: I am DONE DONE DONE. It was, um, everything I expected it to be, for better or worse. Such tragedy and wisdom (what's the phrase for the Wisdom gained by the dying? it's something really obvious that I'm not grabbing) and of COURSE all a woman needs to find fulfillment with her life is to BECOME A MOTHER in some way. Even if she thinks she doesn't want kids. Even if she finds kids annoying. As soon as she's forced to care for one for a couple of minutes THE WORLD IS MAGICAL and KID ...more
Natalie
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Sigh. I don't know where to start, really, with this book. I loved the others, was found of those girls, and have often used them as an example of how young adult literature can be smart and well written. I read that this book was an extension of the young adult books, but for adults. It is and it isn't. I've not read Brashares actual adult novel, so I'm not sure how her writing is there, but this was quite disappointing.

First, I don't think the book knew what it wanted to be. Most young
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Danielle
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Jessica
Although I almost threw this book across the room in the beginning (but I didn't because it's a library copy, and I'm the first one to borrow it) I'm glad I didn't. I was pretty mad at Brashares for taking the road she did with the Septembers that I loved (even though I felt like I was a bit too old to be reading the traveling pants books the first time around), but as I kept reading, I can't imagine that she would have written this story any differently. What happened needed to happen and altho ...more
Jenny Donahue
I was so excited to see there was another sequel to the Traveling Pants series with the girls ten years older... I devoured these books when I was twelve.

Wow, I never realized how much I hated the writing. It is trite and simplistic, yet abstract. The quotations that linked the chapters never made sense to me. Though it was marked as Adult instead of YA, the writing was just as elementary. I had to skip over many of the useless passages because honestly, I didn't care about the dumb realizations
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Sarah Sullivan
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Mayra
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Amelie
Im Leben gibt es nur selten Geschichten, die einen so sehr berühren, dass man darüber um 1:52 Uhr vor seinem Laptop sitzt, weil man nicht anders kann, als seinen Gedanken freien Lauf zu lassen. Es sind diese Bücher, die das Lesen lesenswert machen und es sind diese Bücher, die mein Herz schmerzen lassen. Ich kann mich nicht einmal mehr an das letzte Mal erinnern, als mich ein Buch so emotional mitgerissen hat wie "Sisterhood Everlasting" von Ann Brashares. Ich habe geweint und gelacht. Und dann ...more
Amanda
I don't expect everyone to give this five stars, or even to understand why I gave it five stars. It's not a masterpiece, nor is it perfectly written. When I read the first sisterhood book 10 years ago I was 20 and a sophomore in college. I still loved YA lit (something that endures today) and I was in love with the book. I truly felt as if I would have been friends with these girls in high school, that they were hilarious and so much like me and my friends. Now picking up their story 10 years la ...more
Jess
Fans of Brashares young adult series will definitely want to pick this up - but I'm not sure that they'll all be happy with it. There are difficult moments and all of the girls (now almost 30) are dealing with different combinations of success and problems. There were a few plot points that felt a little clunky, making this not a great book, but one that will definitely pull in fans.

I wouldn't give this to younger fans of the original series, but older teens and up - not so much because there's
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she ne ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Sisterhood (5 books)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #2)
  • Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #3)
  • Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #4)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1) The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #2) Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #3) Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #4) The Last Summer (of You and Me)

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