the best friends you’ll never have

I completely missed that this book was coming out. I guess there has been so much focus on Rain Reign that this book kind of slipped through the cracks. It is the last book in the Family Tree series, and since it also serves as a wrap-up of the entire series, its format is a bit different. Instead of just talking about Georgia, the main character in the book, it also focuses on the other three protagonists from the series, kind of like a Super Special.

Out of all the books, this was probably my second favorite. I think Abby’s book was the most interesting. Also, one of the major issues with these books, especially since a fair amount of time passed from the time I’d read one to the time I’d read the next, is that I kept on forgetting things. Like I don’t really remember what the relationship was between Francie and George in the book before this one. I think these books could have benefited from a Chapter Two, or a literal family tree at the beginning that briefly explained things.

Actually, I think the best way to read these books might be as one long novel. That way, you could remember the progression of the characters’ lives better. It really is one long story anyway.

Overall, I thought this book was a satisfying end to the series, even if the kids in this book, whose childhood was the 2000s, got very, very excited at the prospect of watching an I Love Lucy marathon.

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thepastperfect said, January 16th, 2015 at 9:59 pm

I really liked these books, but yeah, I liked #1 the best. I found Dana insufferable and Abby did not deliver nearly as much of a smackdown as she should have.

I was definitely expecting a drawn-out family tree at the end of the last one.

greer said, January 16th, 2015 at 11:53 pm

@thepastperfect Definitely! I kind of feel like Scholastic just forgot about/ignored this series. I didn’t know that this book was coming out until I read a post on Ann’s facebook page AFTER the book had already come out, and I went to the Family Tree site to see if they had put up a family tree there, but they haven’t even updated it to show that this book has come out.

Sabrina79 said, February 2nd, 2015 at 10:29 pm

I just finished reading this book today, and I really enjoyed it. I have loved the entire series, but as you said, I too had read each one with just enough time in between each reading that I’d forgotten a lot of the details. But I also liked that this one brought Abby and Dana back into the storyline as well, and brought all four generations together to wrap things up.

greer said, February 3rd, 2015 at 9:57 am

@Sabrina79 I definitely liked the four generations aspect, although then it feels Georgia doesn’t really get her *own* book, the way the others did.

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