This is the fifth and final book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Here we find the four best friends we fell in love with in the first four books, Lena, Bridget, Tibby and Carmen, all grown up. Book four ended when they were college students, figuring themselves out. This book jumps ahead to right before their 30th birthdays and we get a glimpse into the girls’ seemingly happy lives.
Two years before the book starts, Tibby and longtime boyfriend Brian have moved to Australia and the friendship between the girls has sort of drifted apart as each girl tries to figure out who she is on her own, without the friendship to define, encourage and strengthen her. Carmen is a budding actress in New York engaged to a big shot in the business. Lena is an art professor at her college still not really recovered from her heartbreak over Kostos. Bridget is living with longtime boyfriend Eric in California struggling with the same depression that took her mom’s life. And Tibby is … has anyone heard from her; what’s going on with Tibby? Are she and Brian ever moving back from Australia?
The girls all receive a note and a plane ticket to Greece in the mail from Tibby and are excited to be together again and have the normalcy of their togetherness to help them organize their own individual lives better. But tragedy strikes and the girls are pulled even further apart, until at last, as we knew they would, they come back together stronger than ever.
Going into this book I was very excited to get an update on these girls’ lives. A few chapters in, my excitement started settling into dread and I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep reading. But I did, and I was happy with the ending.
Rated: Moderate. It’s a young adult novel and contains more than 30 swear words, five of them the f-word. There isn’t any descriptive sex, but none of the girls are married and three of them are living with their boyfriends. While they are no longer teens, the intended audience is.