Title: Forever in Blue
Author: Ann Brashares
Release Date: January 9, 2007
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Teen, Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
With unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious summer.
Lena: Immerses herself in her painting and an intoxicating summer fling, fearing that the moment she forgets about Kostos will be the moment she sees him again.
Carmen: Falls under the spell of a sophisticated college friend for whom a theatrical role means everything and the heritage of the Pants means nothing.
Bridget: Joins a dig for an ancient city on the coast of Turkey and discovers that her archaeology professor is available in every way except one.
Tibby: Leaves behind someone she loves, wrongly believing he will stay where she has left him.
Join Ann Brashares’ beloved sisterhood once again in a dazzling, fearless novel. It’s a summer that will forever change the lives of Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby, here and now, past and future, together and apart.
Over the past few years, I’ve slowly made my way through Ann Brashares’ Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. While I don’t love the books, I think they are entertaining and well-written. Therefore, I decided it was about time I got around to reading the fourth and last book in the series, Forever in Blue.
Upon reading it, I found that I knew most of the story from the movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, though there were a few surprises. Therefore, I have to say that I didn’t find this book as interesting as the other books in the series. I’m not sure whether that was because I already knew the story or not. However, I’m still glad I read it because it was a nice close to the series.
I would say that the most interesting character in Forever in Blue would probably be Lena. It was nice to see how she kind of came into her own in this novel. Bee’s story was interesting, though I can understand why they changed it for the movie. It wasn’t actually wholesome, though I liked the storyline in the book better – it seemed more realistic! While Tibby frustrated me at times, she had some real character development towards the end of the book, which I appreciated. As usual, Carmen bothered me a bit. Though I really sympathized with the insecurity she felt, I felt she was a bit naive about the whole Julia situation.
Overall, Forever in Blueis a good book to read if you have read the other three books in the series and want some sort of closure with the characters. While you know that their lives will go on, Brashares ties up each of their stories nicely. If you haven’t read the series, I’d definitely start with the first book – many of the issues that the girls deal with over the course of the series stem from that novel. Therefore, it is necessary to read the novels in order to really understand the themes of Forever in Blue!