This is the fifth book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Be sure to read the first books because this one will be confusing without them. When Bridget, Lena, Tibby, and Carmen have grown up and started lives of their own, miles apart, they realize they’re no longer as close as they once were. Tibby sends plane tickets to each of the other girls, inviting them to visit her for another reunion. The story follows them leading up to the trip and what happens when they get there.
If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, yes, I would definitely recommend this book!
I tried this book once and gave up on it pretty quickly. A year or two later, a close friend of mine recommended I try it again, so I gave it another go, and I’m sure glad I did! If you read any of the first four books or watched the two movies, you’ll know you’re in for a good cry. But this book, along with any of the other four in the series are uplifting. It’s not just a sad cry, but a cathartic one, a cry that releases pain.
As with the first four books, my favorite part about this book is the characters. I’ve always been able to identify with certain parts of each of the four girls, Bridget, Tibby, Lena, and Carmen. It makes each one of them that much more meaningful to me.
Another favorite part of this book is the ending. I would venture to say it is the best ending out of each of the books. While it is heartbreaking, it is beautiful. I remember crying during the last few pages while my poor husband wondered what in the world was wrong. I don’t want to give it away, as it was a surprise, but you’ll definitely have to read it.
The other part I especially enjoyed was the settings. Each character has her home, set in very different parts of the country. I think the setting is a reflection of the character, as Bridget lives in San Francisco and Carmen lives in New York. This last book in the series is such a wonderful ending to the series, I wouldn’t have it written any other way.
Overall, I would recommend this book to a busy mom, especially one who enjoyed the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. If you’re looking for a good cry, a book to remind you of your best friends, something to uplift your spirits, then give this book a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at Brashares’ amazing ability to craft a stunning story.
Five out of five stars
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