I hope you all are having a fantastic winter and that your holidays will be cheerful and filled with love and happiness, (and good food of course). While many of us are on vacation, either from school or work, I hope many of you choose to spend some of that relaxation time catching up on that reading list I know you all have. Mine just keeps getting longer and longer as time goes on.
In between all the chaos of preparing for visiting family members and pursuing other creative endeavors, I finally decided to pick up the last installment in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I have to admit, I was initially hesitant to read it when I heard that instead of continuing where the fourth book left off, it instead fast forwarded to ten years later. Part of the initial appeal of the series for many of the readers was the age of the four protagonists. Would the same readers who read the first four novels enjoy a different version of the characters they have come to know and love? Well, I decided to take the plunge and find out.
So the question, I believe, is this: Is this really a continuation of the original Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? Is it a companion novel? Or is it a stand-alone piece that just so happens to follow the same individuals? There are valid arguments for each of these viewpoints, but I see it as a companion piece. While it relates back often to the issues and people that were mentioned in the previous four installments, it is, in my opinion, written in a different vein. It is more somber, less humorous, but nevertheless just as relatable and real, although in perspective that differs from what we are used to. In those aspects, I see Sisterhood Everlasting as a successful transitional novel that can bring teen readers into the world of adult literature. Take a gander, and let me know what you think.
All the best, my fellow bibliomaniacs!!