Jan 5, 2017

Review - Sisterhood Everlasting

Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood #5)
Author: Ann Brashares
Release Date: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Random House
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 349
Format: paperback


Four friends
One sisterhood
Ten years later, the story continues

On the cusp of turning thirty, Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget are now living separate lives, out on their own. Yet 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.

My Review:
This is going to be a hard review to write. I can't really explain how I truly feel about this book without giving out major spoilers. I am going to try my best though.

I am going to get a little personal here, I had my baby brother pass away on me last year. He was only 18 and it killed me. I am still dealing with the depression and pain from it and knowing he will never be coming back. As this book started I was so excited for it. Then there is a death that happens. I am not going to say who because I feel I already gave a lot away, but it needed to be said for me to explain further.

As you go through the book you ride the waves of the girls pain and suffering. It hit me especially hard because of my brother. I almost stopped reading it. You find out about the death pretty early into the book. But my heart told me I had to do it. I had to keep reading. If not for me, but for my brother. He would deserve me to not give up like that. I continued reading.

At first my boyfriend kept asking me if I was okay, I said it was really sad, but I was enjoying it none the less. I got to a point where I was reading where the pain from the book actually started to turn to hope. I felt like the book was helping me heal. I couldn't put the book down, I ended up sitting for hours straight just so I could finish it. My fear went to faith and hope. It was and still is a wonderful feeling. I am looking at the death of my brother differently now and feel the sunshine on me for the first time in a year and a half. I know I still have a long road behind me before I am at a point I can say I am happy, but I know now that I can do it. I wouldn't have found that without this book. I am now going to get my mom to read it and hope it helps her as it has helped me.

The story is wonderful. I felt like the author really outdid herself and put her heart and soul into this book. The depth of the characters and who they become is very much a part of the story. They feel like they have came out of the book and they are there with you as you read. I felt all of their pain, the happiness, their sorrows and anger. I felt like I could just start talking to them. I didn't get that feeling fully in the other 4 books but I definitely got it here.

I think any one out there needs to read this book. I would make kids in high school read it even if I could. It would be good for even men to read, they can get a sense of the real world and all that comes with it, the good and the bad. Ann Brashares, if you read this (I doubt you will, but I will say it anyway), thank you so much for what you have done for me. I know I won't be the first the book has helped and it won't be the last.

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