Ann Brashares’ new book – even though it’s been out since June 14, 2011 – was a fun book to read. I had read the first four books in this series and it was fun seeing what the sisterhood has been up to during the 10 years that has passed between the fourth book and this one.
This was very much the 10 year high school reunion that people look forward to so they can catch up with friends that they haven’t seen in ages.
With that said, the fact that the transitioning between Lena, Carmen, and Bridget after Tibby’s death wasn’t as great with the first four books. Brashares would have done a better job if instead of doing two or all three in one chapter to have given each girl a chapter with this book.
Other than the fact that it was nice getting to catch up with the girls, ending was probably the least enjoyable. I felt that the ending was really forced. Maybe not even forced, but rather not as important as the rest of the story. Brashares seemed to have gone for a smooth ending. Smooth in the sense that everything had that happy ever after feeling. I don’t think that this was the best way to go with the ending.
Also, I felt that having Carmen be the one that narrate the ending was nice since she practically was the first one we heard from in the series, but I don’t think that having her end this book was the highlight of it for me.
But the thing I loved about the novel is that I really loved seeing the girls dealing with more adult problems. I liked how we see Carmen has to deal with getting married. It was interesting to see how Bridget dealt with finding out that she is pregnant and her uncertainty about wanting to be a mom. And with Lena, she dealt more with the main Kostas relationship that she’s been dealing with since her teens and how love can follow you for a long period of time.
I am personally hoping that this becomes a film in at least three years. I would say sooner, but I think that three years from now would be pretty good. But I don’t think this will become a movie even with in that time frame. I have been wrong before, but I think it will take a while with how the economy has been. But it will probably come out during the summer if it happens.
But I highly doubt that there will be anymore books directly within Carmen, Bridget, and Lena’s futures. That is mainly since I don’t think that they really can give us any more stories. Yet, maybe if and when Carmen and Lena have kids, possibly there might be something there. However, I think that this book is a great ending to the sisterhood. Mainly since we see how the girls have reacted to several years apart. I also don’t think that there are any real adventures left for them since I think that this was the last bit of magic that the pants had in them.