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Sisterhood Everlasting

(Sisterhood #5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  34,471 ratings  ·  4,131 reviews
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. L
Paperback, 349 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Random House Australia (first published June 14th 2011)
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Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unputdownable
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
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
"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.

May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, for-grown-ups
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Trina (Between Chapters)
I had a lot of people tell me that this book was horrible, they hated it, and I should skip it, but this kind of time jump conclusion to a series is absolutely my kind of thing. I love seeing where characters you spent a lot of time with end up many years later!

As for if this book is terrible? Definitely not!

Yeah, there's a thing that happens that I don't LIKE, that shook me, made me mad, made me disagree - and to be honest, there's a part of it that made me question the treatment, but I don't h
Jodi P
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
Aug 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shannon (kitchandpages)
Actual rating 4.5 stars

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 te
There’s an old Hebrew saying: “It was good…but it’s good that ‘was’.” That’s how I feel about the entire Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series after reading Sisterhood Everlasting, the supposed “long awaited reunion book”, ten years after the events of the fourth (and at the time) final book of the series.

Now originally, when I heard that the author was releasing a “future book” (seeing the characters all grown up), I was excited! But Ann Brashares has taught me a very important lesson; somet
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
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Not The Story I Expected, But One I Grew To Love and Appreciate

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Last year I started this book. And something I didn't expect happened within the first 70 pages and I couldn't bring myself to read any more. I didn't want to think of the sisterhood this way...

I wrestled with what happened for a whole year and finally learned to somewhat accept it. Also, I began to feel curious enough about what happens after that first 70 pages that I decided I wanted to complete the boo
May 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jun 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe my journey with this series has finally come to an end! It was my first time reading this particularly installment, and... well, my feelings are all jumbled up so I can’t actually give you a rating yet.

There were things I really loved about this, and other things that I wasn’t necessarily keen on. But it was still a situation where I felt for these young women and all they went through (even when I didn’t always like what they did).
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
WHAT I LIKED: Um... *crickets*. No, that's not really true. It was satisfying to see the series to the end. And I will admit that the ending, while not very believable, was emotional and mostly satisfying.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Oh where to start? I can't recall reading a book where the main characters were all so thoroughly unlikable. What a bunch of miserable people! They were all equal parts selfish, self-absorbed and and just plain unlikable. The major plot line is a major spoiler so I'm just go
Aug 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Y I K E S. Annie B., who hurt you? Was it the housing market crash in 2008? Or Gerard Butler's P.S. I Love You performance in 2007? Was it swine flu??? Did you get the swine flu??? These books used to be a fun teen series about four friends who shared a pair of pants, but--I'll say it--this final installment was Depressing with a capital "D." Honestly, such an unfortunate epilogue to what had already been a solid finale.

A brief recap for those whose curiosity might still compel them to read this
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
J.A. Belfield
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Iryna *Book and Sword*
Here comes the end of my journey with The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants.
As with all other traveling pants books I half hated and half absolutely adored Sisterhood Everlasting. Ann Brashares just evokes those emotions in me. Often both at the same time.

I related so much to certain things and feelings and felt the most validated I've ever felt in my life, and other times I could not stop rolling my eyes at the absurdity of situations. I've cried and felt exasperated equal amounts of time, and so
Sarah Sullivan
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Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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

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)

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