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Sisterhood Everlasting (2011)

This fifth novel in the Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants series is by far the best. The Septembers - Lena, Bridget, Carmen and Tibby - are all now 29 years old and living lives filled with sadness and longing. Bridget is as restless as ever; Carmen is an acclaimed actress who is marrying a man she doesn't love; Tibby has taken off to Australia suddenly and barely keeps in touch; and Lena is still pining after Kostos, 15 years later. When Tibby invites all of the girls to get together in Greece for an impromptu reunion, they all believe this is exactly what they need to reignite the spark in their lives. Then tragedy strikes, breaking apart the bond they have shared so deeply for their entire lives. Within one week, the girls find themselves drifting farther away from each other than they ever could have thought. But, through carefully written letters and instructions, maybe everything will finally find its place in their lives. Sometimes the road we don't want to take is the only road that will bring us happiness. That's exactly what these girls find after avoiding the truth for so long. Written in alternating accounts by each of the characters, this is a heart-wrenching and tear-jerking novel. It's definitely more than was expected and is guaranteed to make the reader see the friendship that the Septembers share in a new and awe-inspiring light. (AS)

The Last Summer (of You and Me) (2007)

Sisters Riley and Alice have grown up spending their summers on Fire Island. Now in their 20s, tomboy Riley still works there as a lifeguard and Alice is having one last summer before heading off to law school. Their neighbour Paul has returned to the island for the first time in a few years. He's Riley's best friend but a real intimacy is growing between himself and Alice. Then something happens to Riley that could end their romance and carefree summers forever. Like life on the island, it's all paced a bit too slow for me.

Girls in Pants (2005)

This is the third book of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. This summer is the last summer Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bridget will share in Bethesda before college. By the end of September, they have to separate and make their way in the world. Lena wants to go to art school but when her father finds out she will be required to paint nude males, he withdraws his money. Tibby holds herself responsible for her younger sister Katherine's accident and to make herself even more miserable she doesn't want to acknowledge her feelings for Brian. Carmen has to deal with the fact that her mother and her new husband are expecting a baby around the same time she will leave for the college. And Bridget is in Pennsylvania to attend soccer camp where she has to face her past, including Eric, her heart-throb from two summers back in Baja. In this novel these four friends still show they need to depend on one another even as they strike out as independent young adults. (SS)

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