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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood of Traveling Pants)
by Ann Brashares

Published: 2003-03-11
Paperback : 336 pages
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The first novel in the wildly popular #1 New York Times bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, from the author of The Whole Thing Together and The Here and Now.

Some friends just fit together.
 
Once there was a pair of pants. Just an ordinary pair of jeans. But these ...
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The first novel in the wildly popular #1 New York Times bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, from the author of The Whole Thing Together and The Here and Now.

Some friends just fit together.
 
Once there was a pair of pants. Just an ordinary pair of jeans. But these pants, the Traveling Pants, went on to do great things. This is the story of the four friends—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—who made it possible.
 
Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself.


"Funny, perceptive, and moving." --USA Today

 “An outstanding and vivid book that will stay with readers for a long time.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred, Flying Start
 
 “The loving depiction of enduring and solid friendship will ring true to readers.” —The Bulletin, Recommended
 
 “A feel-good novel of substance.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
 
“Uplifting.” —Seventeen

Editorial Review

They were just a soft, ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans until the four girls took turns trying them on--four girls, that is, who are close friends, about to be parted for the summer, with very different sizes and builds, not to mention backgrounds and personalities. Yet the pants settle on each girl's hips perfectly, making her look sexy and long-legged and feel confident as a teenager can feel. "These are magical Pants!" they realize, and so they make a pact to share them equally, to mail them back and forth over the summer from wherever they are. Beautiful, distant Lena is going to Greece to be with her grandparents; strong, athletic Bridget is off to soccer camp in Baja, California; hot-tempered Carmen plans to have her divorced father all to herself in South Carolina; and Tibby the rebel will be left at home to slave for minimum wage at Wallman's.

Over the summer the Pants come to represent the support of the sisterhood, but they also lead each girl into bruising and ultimately healing confrontations with love and courage, dying and forgiveness. Lena finds her identity in Greece and the courage not to reject love; Bridget gets in over her head with an older camp coach; Carmen finds her father ensconced with a new fiancée and family; and Tibby unwillingly takes on a filmmaking apprentice who is dying of leukemia. Each girl's story is distinct and engrossing, told in a brightly contemporary style. Like the Pants, the reader bounces back and forth among the four unfolding adventures, and the melange is spiced with letters and witty quotes. Ann Brashares has here created four captivating characters and seamlessly interwoven their stories for a young adult novel that is fresh and absorbing. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

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  "Great for a mother/daughter book club"by dmc1230 (see profile) 05/21/10

The characters are likable and engaging but the story lines are pretty predictable. I think girls of 12-14 would enjoy this.

 
  "Easy Read, But Lacking Depth"by Jaylene (see profile) 11/28/08

We all enjoyed this one and would recommend it to our daughters/younger sisters, but there wasn't a whole lot to discuss.

 
  "Good coming-of-age story. Very touching at times!"by tooterbell (see profile) 05/18/08

 
  "Girlfriends......"by mel29 (see profile) 02/25/08

Heartwarming tale about friendships that seem to endure. Something most girls wish they had and for some they do get to experience such a great bond; even rarer are those ones who make it last into adulthood.... (read more)

 
  "Group had good discussion. Reader's guide not all that useful."by mhauer (see profile) 03/15/07

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