Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares.

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Book Four in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants Series.
384 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Delacorte Books

 

In this, the final summer of the sisterhood, the infamous four have their final adventures with the pants.

Tibby has managed to remain a virgin all this time, but finally she and Brian cross that line. Only now everything is different, and Tibby wishes she could take the whole thing back. She withdraws into herself, and puts their future together in jeopardy.

Lena starts to take notice of someone new – an amazing artist at her college named Leo. Carmen had predicted that as soon as Lena got over Kostos, she would see him again. Could there be anything to this prediction? And if she were faced with her first and only love, the one that got away, how would Lena respond?

College hasn’t been everything that Carmen expected. She discovered that she is terrible at making friends, feels invisible, and suffers from a terrible loneliness. She has one friend, Julia, an aspiring actress. Julia and Carmen are spending the summer in Vermont at a theatre camp. Carmen does set design and backstage stuff. But her plans of staying invisible get thrown out the window when she sort-of-accidentally auditions for a lead role and, against all odds, gets a callback.

Bridget and Eric have been dating since last summer. She often struggles with how different life is as a ‘girl with a boyfriend’, and how actions that would have been innocent before now seem wrong. Bee figures that she and Eric will do something together over the holidays, but is miffed when he makes plans of his own without even telling her. She signs up for an archeology dig in Turkey, and meets and older man there. She wonders, is it so wrong to be attracted to someone else? It’s not like you can just switch off your feelings…

 

Forever in Blue starts out a little slow and sad. Everyone’s separated and there’s an undercurrent of change that’s a bit depressing. Things in the book never reach the boiling point that they do in the second movie (which you probably already know is a mash up of books 2-4) – there’s a lot of fighting on screen! The girls don’t really fight so much in the book, but you can see the distance between them.

We see a different side of Lena in this book. She comes out of her shell a lot and has some break through moments. She matures, I guess. They all do, really. Each of the girls goes through something big but then instead of reverting back to their old ways, they do something about it. Relationships and attitudes change – for the better, I think.

It’s sad to see the end of the Sisterhood books (less sad now then when I first read Forever in Blue, because I know there’s another book – but when Sisterhood Everlasting didn’t exist, I was quite blue to see the end of the girls!). It’s like they become your own literary best friends, and suddenly they’re gone. But I know it’s for the best. I like the sureness of some things and the ambiguity of others.

Forever in Blue, a fitting ending to an (in my opinion) amazing series about friendship, love, and what it means to be a girl.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Rating: 3.77/5

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