Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
# of Pages: 349
RAC Book: Yes
Carmen, Tibby, Bridget, and Lena are back ten years after the last installment of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Now they are all approaching the age of 30 and they have struggled to keep their friendship alive. Tibby moved to Australia with Bryan, Bridget lives with Eric in San Francisco, Lena lives alone in New York and works as an art professor, and Carmen lives with her horrible fiance in New York where she works as an actress. Tibby has especially fallen out of touch with her friends, which is why they are all so surprised when she invites them to Greece for a reunion. When the three girls arrive, Tibby is not there to greet them. By nightfall they know something is wrong and by morning their worst fears are confirmed. The way each woman handles this tragedy is to run away from each other, which seems a bit surprising considering how long they have been friends. Can they ever recover from their loss? Can they ever find their way in this world without wandering aimlessly forever?
Most of this book centers on Bridget, Lena, and Carmen coping with Tibby’s apparent suicide. During this time the three women rarely speak to each other and choose to throw themselves into various other activities. It seems sad they have been a bit lost these last ten years and it took a tragedy to wake them up. It’s difficult to take characters who became famous in young adult novels and make them realistic adults. In many ways, these characters were still the same immature girls who traded pants. The ending was satisfying, but the journey was a bit frustrating as the characters repeatedly made decisions that seemed unrealistic for thirty-year-olds who have been friends since birth.