ATTENTION: This Post Has Some Spoilers In It, Read At Your Own Risk!
Hello everyone! A few weeks ago the last Penderwick book came out: The Penderwicks At Last. I’ve really enjoyed all of the other Penderwick books before, and actually did a review of one here. So as you might have guessed, I was super excited to find out what eventually happened to the girls, and though I was a bit disappointed, this book had a great ending! 😀
(via the publisher)
The finale you’ve all been waiting for: The Penderwicks at Last is the final, flawless installment in the modern classic series from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Jeanne Birdsall!
Nine years, five older siblings, a few beloved dogs, and an endless array of adventures–these are the things that have shaped Lydia’s journey since readers first met her in The Penderwicks in Spring.
Now it’s summertime, and eleven-year-old Lydia is dancing at the bus stop, waiting for big sister Batty to get home from college.
This is a very important dance and a very important wait because the two youngest sisters are about to arrive home to find out that the Penderwicks will all be returning to Arundel this summer, the place where it all began. And better still is the occasion: a good old-fashioned, homemade-by-Penderwicks wedding.
Bursting with heart and brimming with charm, this is a joyful, hilarious ode to the family we love best. And oh my MOPS–Meeting of Penderwick Siblings–does Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks at Last crescendo to one perfect Penderwick finale.
Honestly I was kind of disappointed. I loved how the POV was from Lydia (the youngest sibling) and how she became friends with Alice, and how she organized the wedding. But I think that this book altogether should have been more about the older Penderwick sisters.
Another thing that I was really, really disappointed in was who was getting married. I knew that Skye and Jeffery wouldn’t be getting married. But I was really, really, really hoping that Batty and Jeffery would get married even though it was hinted that the two would get married later. So the sister and her fiancé who were originally planning on getting married were Rosalind and her long time love 😛 Tommy Geiger. Like what? Tommy’s never been to Arundel before! They are like 27, they should have been married a couple of years ago, and perhaps have a kid. Skye should be off studying the stars. It should be Batty and Jeffery getting married.
Then there was the whole ordeal with Skye and her Czech boyfriend Dušek. WHAT??? Is this a modern day copycat of Little Women? RIDICOULOUS! They just decide to get married? The author was just trying too hard.
And then the double wedding business. Personally I wouldn’t want to have a double wedding with my sister (we are 14 months apart) but the idea actually made the book interesting, even though the Skye and Dušek part was just ridiculous. XD
The wedding. I mean seriously, their was no detail whatsoever about the wedding. Ok, I mean there was all the preparations and such, but then the wedding was literally skipped.
Ben, sweet Ben, is now a snooty teenager, who only cares about making movies, and making Lydia the “bad guy” (or rather girl) XD in them. I also think that Lydia was a little immature for 11, I think she should have been 9 or so.
After reading this
horribly long explanation you might not want to read this book, or maybe you do, out of sheer curiosity. So to calm your mind I’ll give you some facts about what I DID like. 🙂
- I liked how Jane was in the book, and how she was dreaming of becoming a published author and wasn’t getting married until she did.
- The POV of Lydia was very interesting to read, and I liked (as I said above) how she becomes friends with Alice. Cagney’s daughter.
- I loved how Mrs. Tifton kept showing up at random times during the preparations and how she was so set on having Jeffery marry a girl name Marlene, and strictly not any of the Penderwick girls. XD 😛
- The whole Wesley part was interesting.
- I liked how the author started the series in Arundel and ended it in Arundel 15 years later.
Hopefully that convinced you to read this book, because even though I was rather disappointed with it, I still really enjoyed it, and would recommend it! 🙂
Overall I thought the plot was a little slow. Sometimes (especially when Lydia was out exploring) it felt like you had to keep taking breaks to stay interested. However, the preparations for the wedding and when Mrs. Tifton showed up, were interesting! 😀
This book was also shorter than The Penderwicks In Spring, but to me it felt long enough and detailed enough without the extra length.
While this wasn’t my favorite Penderwick book I enjoyed it, and would recommend it if you have read the other books in this series! I rate it 3 out of 5 stars, because it was pretty good, but not the best.
Would you guys like to see more book reviews on here in the future? Have a wonderful day my friends!
Book cover image by amazon.com.
P.S. Here is a great image for pinning on Pinterest 😀