Today’s penultimate 30-Day Book Challenge prompt is a tricky one: a book everyone hated but you liked. I don’t read many books that are hated by a lot of people. I tend to follow the crowd and read ones that are well-loved. I can’t even think of a book that I’ve read that many people disliked. But there is one that many of my friends did not like, even though I enjoyed it: Sisterhood Everlasting.
Sisterhood Everlasting is like one long epilogue to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. It catches up with the four main characters as they are about to turn 30. While the beginning of the book seems like it will be about a lighthearted reunion, the plot quickly takes a dark turn. I think this is why many people did not like it. The original series addressed some tough topics, but the books were not nearly as somber as Sisterhood Everlasting (perhaps because the book was meant for adults).
However, I still felt there was a lot to like in the book. Even thought it wasn’t the most cheerful read, it was thought-provoking and well-written. Instead of reuniting the women and writing about them as a whole, Brashares takes a close look at each of them individually. I really liked delving back into their minds and seeing how each of them dealt with the tragedy that occurred at the beginning. It’s obvious that Brashares really cares about her characters and put a lot of thought into the book. By the end of the book, she gave closure not only to her characters, but the readers who loved them for so many years. Although sad, I thought it was a very fitting ending to the series.