Now that the four girls of the sisterhood are almost thirty, the way they think and act (and therefore the way they are written about) has matured. The story is by turns heartbreaking and inspiring, and left me feeling that I finally understood the love that bound them together.
The story begins as the four women are leading very different lives than the ones they imagined as teenagers. They are all in different cities; Carmen is getting minor acting roles and living a superficial, empty life on the edge of showbiz, engaged to be married. Bee is attempting to live a hippy, wanderlust lifestyle while living with her boyfriend who is a lawyer, Lena is teaching art and shutting most of the outside world away, and Tibby has gone to Australia with Brian. The pants are long gone, and their closeness "together and apart" seems to elude them until Tibby organises a reunion for them all in Santorini. What happens there changes their lives irrevocably, and threatens to destroy the sisterhood forever.
If you are looking for the teenage angst of the earlier books, this isn't for you. But if you are looking for a more adult perspective on life, love, loss and friendship, this book has it in spades.