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Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fitCarmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins....

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Reviews

  • LolaReviewer
    2018-12-03 21:53

    I am extremely surprised. This book should not have moved me as much as it did. It is true that I adore stories in which friendship plays a humongous part, but I have read hundreds of them in the past.So what makes The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants so special?The pants, obviously, have a lot to do with my enjoying the story. They symbolize strength, love and courage.Lena, Carmen, Bridget and Tibby are four teenagers with distinct personalities, wants and needs. Despite all that sets them apart from one another, they share the strongest of friendships.They are a sisterhood.The pants are first known to be incredible because it fits all four girls, who are also different in size and shape as well as in personality. Later in the story, the pants start to represent something more.The girls thought the pants would connect them in a spiritual way, while being apart from one another, but it’s more than that: they draw their strength from it. It comforts them and helps them in dire situations.The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants tackles multiple subjects and explores various important themes, such as sexuality, coming-of-age, love, life, family and, of course, friendship.The girls are not perfect: they are likeable, but flawed in a way that is almost tangible. They make mistakes, want the wrong things, lie, cower in front of unwanted situations and make more mistakes.But that’s okay. Because that’s what they should be doing. They’re young, therefore making mistakes is normal and, frankly, expected from them. But they’re learning. Constantly. And that’s makes this book fairly authentic and touching.As I am writing this review, I have already begun my reading of the second book. These girls—Lena, Tibby, Bridget and Carmen—have become, in such a short amount of time, quite dear to me. I need to know more about them and their future life-changing adventures.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Namratha
    2018-11-22 23:54

    A sparkling breath of fresh air, this book captures the spirit of friendship in the most charming and sauciest manner possible.The book is a far cry from the regular breed of YA novels which seem to dwell on the fixed notions that young girls basically fall into two main groups: One, the hatefully pretty, perpetually scheming Prom Queens with their nastier than “week-ol’ milk” cliques! And at the other end of the rainbow, the brave under-dog...not much to look at, the general do-gooder, the faithful confidante and to nicely round it off, more often than not, armed with an IQ formidable enough to gain entry into MENSA. Breaking the age-old mould with insouciance, Ann Brashares creates a world where it is possible for four friends, as different as chalk and cheese to form a deeply satisfying friendship. They care for each other, love each other, put aside fights and misunderstandings with a careless shrug and offer unstinted, non-judgmental support any time, everytime.Lena, the reluctant beauty; feisty, big-tushied Carmen; the anti-everything, mad-at-the-world Tibby and the over-achieving, statuesque athlete Bridget are friends; literally since birth (their mums shared a preggers-aerobics class). Having grown up in each other’s pockets, along comes a summer when the four are parted for the first time. Lena is off to Greece to meet her grandparents; Carmen to spend some quality time with her divorced dad in South Carolina; Bridget to Baja, California for summer camp and Tibby, the impotent rebel is stuck at home, cutting a minimum wage at Wallman’s.A well-worn pair of soft jeans bought at a thrift-shop by Carmen but never-tried becomes an unexpected bond to hold the four pals together. Despite their vastly different body proportions, the seemingly-magical pair of jeans fits each of them like a dream……hugging the right curves, resting gracefully on the varying waistlines, making each teen feel sexy and infusing them with much-needed confidence.They make a pact (complete with a set of serious-cum-nonsensical rules) to circulate the pants amongst themselves throughout their vacation, passing it on when the time is right. Thus begins the saga of the Sisterhood…… As the long, glorious summer unravels, the pants become a source and symbol of the generous support which the sisterhood provides to each of the four buddies as they face unwieldy situations. Sucker-punched by new emotions, the friends absorb confidence from their ever-reliable ‘magical pants’. For each, the pants seem to be infused with the strength and support of their fellow friends.Brimming with energy and vitality, the book effortlessly hops between the four friends as they deal with life, love and all-things ‘teen-achy’. One of the best coming-of-age books in a long time, it’s a must read for everyone who is-a-teen, was-a-teen and will soon be-a-quakin’ in your boots-teen. It’s a tough world out there, but when you got your SIST –AHS, life’s just a wee bit more bearable.

  • Briynne
    2018-12-09 22:17

    This is beginning to feel a little too familiar, but here's yet another disapointment from my YA Lit class. First, I should state that I have never liked the whole "girl power" thing. I guess I always felt intelligent/empowered enough as a teenager to not have to rely on books like this to show me how fantastic it is to be female. Also, generally speaking, I find large groups of girls terrifying, especially at the high school age. So lots of pre-existing strikes against this book. As for the story itself: blah. Complaint the first: I dislike the fomulatic "four girls with four neat, distinctive personalities" thing. I mean come on - all my friends in high school were pretty much the exact same as me, but with different colors of hair and varying degrees of niceness. Complaint the second: I was unconvinced by every single one of the characters. Lena I liked the best, but I still didn't buy the whole "I don't want people to like me 'cause I'm pretty" thing. Realistically, most pretty teenagers seem fairly psyched by their good fortune and run with it. Maybe if she was in her twenties (still a maybe), but at fifteen? Similarly, the one who played soccer and her agressive hitting on the coach senario. Maybe it was realistic, but if it is, I didn't grow up with girls like that. It all seemed a little contrived to me. Even at fifteen we all had a pretty good handle on the word "skank", and the lack of it being thrown around by anyone made this seem less real-world. Girls aren't nice - if one person has the nerve to flirt with the camp idol (especially if she is sucessful), she isn't cheered on and adored for it. She is hated, whispered about, and called lots of fun names for it. Or, at least where I came from. Complaint the third: the kid with cancer. Not to be cold (or, perhaps "colder" would be more accurate), but dying does not make you self-aware, wise, and interesting all by itself so far as I know. Yet somehow books/movies just can't resist the wise-beyond-her-years dying kid. It would make a lot more sense and be a lot more authentic if she were just mad, not a slightly rebellious Yoda. Complaint the fourth: The stupid pants. I hated the completely idiotic premise of the book. Seriously. Magic pants that fit everyone? That's the best that could be thought up? Not good. Not good at all.

  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    2018-12-08 20:52

    I'm glad I finally read this! I'd seen the movie before so this story wasn't new but I still enjoyed it. Brashares did a great job of creating real teenage emotions. The turmoil and depression these girls all went through during this summer jumped of the pages and felt very true to how I remember myself feeling at that time in my life. Each of the girls is so different, but I can see a bit of myself in most of them so there were many different moments in each story line that I related to.However, while the characters were the star of the show, I wasn't a big fan of the format or writing rhythm. There was no real rhyme or reason to when chapter breaks or POV changes occurred and I guess I've just been spoiled by how books like Pretty Little Liars have handled 4 character POVs. Additionally, I felt that most sentences were similar in length and very straightforward. Could have used a little more description or development of some of the themes. The character reactions were amazing, but I would have liked a little more time spent on WHY they were reacting the way they were. Things seemed to come on very suddenly and then be over.That didn't take away from my overall enjoyment very much though! I recognize that I'm just nitpicking.

  • Anne
    2018-12-19 22:54

    Such a beautiful portrayal of love and friendshipsisterhood.Seeing this image after reading the book just made me smile so much.Review to come.

  • Erin
    2018-11-30 23:13

    We, the Sisterhood, hereby instate the following rules to govern the use of the Traveling Pants.1.) You must never wash the Pants.2.) You must never double-cuff the Pants. It's tacky. There will never be a time when this will not be tacky.3.) You must never say the word "phat" while wearing the Pants. You must also never think "I am fat" while wearing the Pants...So begins the first summer apart for four friends: Lena, who is going to visit her grandparents in Greece with her sister; Carmen, heading south to see her father; Bridget, going to a soccer camp in Mexico; and Tibbie, the only one of the four to be stuck at home with a summer job. In order to feel a bit closer despite the distance, the friends find a pair of pants they profess to be "magical" -- it fits all four of them perfectly -- and form a "Sisterhood" around the pants. They are mailed back and forth from girl to girl as needed; they are all wearing the pants during a significant moment of theirs from that summer.Lena bonds with her grandparents and learns that not every guy who is attracted to her is shallow. Carmen finds out that her father is living with his fiancee and her two children, and must cope with the shock and find a way to fit in. Bridget crushes on a coach from the soccer camp, and finds the forbidden relationship yet another challenge. Tibbie meets a younger girl who, despite her young age, teaches Tibbie that there is more to a person than outward appearance.Ann Brashares has written four Sisterhood books, this being the first in the series. It is definitely a must-read for teen girls.

  • Hannah G.
    2018-12-13 22:57

    Wow! If you are a teen girl looking for some love stories between friends and their SUPER-HOT boyfriends, well look no further then the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series! This book is about the 4 best friends Bridget, Carmen, Tibby, and Lena when they split up for the summer. With the Pants binding them together wherever they go, their summers are no longer lonely. The Pants witness all break - ups and get togethers and are often shipped with hysterical letters that will make you laugh out loud! I think my favorite is the love - hate relationship between Eric and Bridget, but I can't tell you, so read to find out!

  • Julie
    2018-12-05 23:18

    I saw the movie first and kind of liked it. So, of course I thought "Well the book is always better than the movie" so I decided to read it, even though its written for teens and I wasn't too sure I could relate. I guess I couldn't because this is one time I liked the movie a lot better than the book. I mean really, how many 15/16 year old girls do you know who's parents let them go trapezing all over the world (in Lena's case literally) and don't think twice about it. Come to think of it how many 15/16 year old girls have the money to it even if they're parents really are that totally oblivious. Not to mention Bailey, who is roaming around with Tibby all summer despite a major medical condition that would most certainly keep her slowed down, if not out completely.The main characters in this book are flat and, frankly, boring and the situations they are in are really not very believable. The adults are almost completely absent, and when they are present they are made out to be selfish, stupid, unaware, or all of the above.This is a perfect teen angst novel that I'm sure will appeal to teenagers everywhere who will find this a wonderful book about girls their own age who get to do what they want when they want and have really no real consequences. Not to mention the whole "My friends are my life" theme which will also appeal to a younger angrier audience. For those of us who have battled through those misunderstood years and know that life doesn't work quite that way, well...this novel will leave most ADULTS cold.

  • Charlotte
    2018-11-26 21:20

    What an annoying book. I was going to write snarky, individual letters to each of the characters in succession, but then I realized that it was a pointless endeveaour since all the letters would end up the same, anyway. Why, you ask? Because all the characters are the same.Would you like to know some personality traits? It's like the author picked one or two for each of the characters and then relied on either one or the other to simply parasail each of the girls through the book. There was Lena, who was beautiful and shy. But we all know that shy girls have a bevy of passion hidden up inside, right?There was Bridget, who was a flirtatious athelete. Her plotline involves flirting with a guy, I don't know, ten years older than her? More? There was Carmen, who was either angry or passive through the book and is the least interesting character in the whole series. I'm glad, however, for this. In the second book she morphs into a semi-interesting absolute brat. And then there was Tibby. Thank goodness for Tibby. She was absolutely the only character with a personality or an interesting story in the whole book. Tibby, get better friends. Or none at all. Considering Tibby, she'd probably go with none at all.In fact, the only storyline I enjoyed was Tibby and Bailey's, and I found myself flipping through Carmen's, Lena's and Bridget's chapters to get to hers. Although I did stop at Bridget's a couple of times to see if she actually did hook up with Mr. Coach Man. Which is illegal, since she's 16 and he's... uh. 26?And here we get to what bothered me. Why didn't someone arrest Eric? And why are Bridget's friends so irresponsible? When Bridget basically tells them that she slept with a guy over 18, the only reaction she gets are some wide eyes. Don't you want to, you know, report the rapist to the police?Oh, I know it was Bridget's choice, and all that. And I would semi-understand if he was an interesting character or she was an interesting character and they had semi-interesting chemistry together. But they didn't. They had mutual attraction based on mutual sexiness, and didn't really bother to get to know each other much more, even in the next three books. Not that there's anything to know.Dull. Dull, dull, dull. If it had been a novella featuring only Tibby, I might have found it a lot better, maybe even given it four stars. But with the rest of the baggage characters tagging along for the ride... no, thanks.

  • Jeff
    2018-11-21 21:00

    This book was probably one of the first that got me into the YA genre!! So, obviously, with my terrible memory, I'd say I probably remember 30% of it.And that 30% is basically: THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD BOOK. READ IT......NOW. XDThis story is about 4 friends who travel all over the world with this mysterious pair of magical pants. I mean, pants that can make everyone look good?!!I NEED A PAIR, PRONTO.So besides everyone trying to squeeze into these pants, these 'sisters' experience so much crazy shit, like love (duh), boy cooties ;), and friendship problem drama. :)So is this a typical story of life??Sort of..............JUST READ IT.

  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
    2018-11-29 23:09

    Third Read: August 2016Second Read: 2009Original Read: 20023.5 STARSI *still* have not read Sisterhood Everlasting so I'm going to reread the first four books (yet again) so I can finally finish off this series. I'm going the audio route this time around and the thing that I keep noticing is how different the movie was from the book. It's been so long since I read the books that I forgot how much they condensed into the first movie and how many changes they made. This is still an enjoyable read after all these years and it's fun to revisit the four friends.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-16 01:11

    This book took me completely by surprise. I wasn't planning on reading it but the movie was coming on and I decided I should read the book first before watching the film. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a story with an awful premise that was surprisingly well-executed. Going into it, I expected some silly, shallow book about four teenage girls falling in love over one summer, but instead this book focused on the exploration of family dysfunction, death, and the bonds of friendship. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is not a romance, although there are romantic elements of varying degrees in three of the girl's stories. It was refreshing to find the romance taking a backseat to other important issues in a contemporary young adult novel. The four main characters, as well as many of the side characters, were fleshed out and very distinct from one another. I found myself coming to care about all of them. Two things kept this from being a five star read. One was the premise. The idea of magical jeans that fit all four girls perfectly was a bit too silly for me, and I feel that the story could have stood on its own without it. The pants weren't necessary or even integral to the plot. The other reason for the missing star was the writing. I thought it was a bit clunky with adverbs and adjectives galore, and excessive use of dialogue tags when they weren't really needed. It was distracting enough to take me out of the story at times. Otherwise, this was a fantastic read, and I will certainly be reading the sequels.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-07 02:59

    31/5 - Why do they always have to change the book in order for it to become a movie?! Alexis Bledel is nothing like the way I would have imagined Lena (described as having the tanned skin of her Greek ancestry, while Bledel is quite white) if I had read the book first and her character's experience in the movie barely resembles that of her book's counterpart. Lena's relationship with Kostas progresses nothing like the way it is portrayed in the movie (although I have to admit that I found movie Lena more sympathetic than the original). The movie even changes how the pants are first acquired. As usual, I'm mostly baffled by the choices screen writers/directors/whoever's in charge of making these changes make.Anyway, I haven't seen/didn't love the movie enough to constantly be saying "that didn't happen in the movie" to myself as I was reading, which was good, it left me to simply enjoy the book, which I did. I liked the way the story was told with letters to each other interspersed throughout the normal writing style, although the letters could have been a bit longer so we got a little more detail in each. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.2016 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Category: A Book that takes Place During Summer

  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    2018-11-20 20:59

    3.5 stars. I went into this expecting it to be a super fluffy teen-girl-friendship-group story, kind of like the movie Now and Then?? And it totally seemed like that's what it was going to be at the beginning of the book. And yet somewhere along the way, it took a turn and detoured down STAB YOU IN THE FEELS Lane. Which I was totally not expecting and still don't quite know how to process. It's a little dated now, and some of the parental actions are a little bit "WTF WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT" as an adult. (Actually, a lot of the teen actions fall into that camp too, but that's pretty standard for YA books...) And the included letters between the girls kind of drove me nuts because half of them could have fitted on a post-it, and why the hell would you spend a ton of money posting a letter that's three lines long?! I mean, my friends and I used to send each other letters during the school holidays when we were in high school. But they were always at least 4 A4 pages long. So...the letters grated. But on the whole, this was a lot more than I expected. I took off a quarter of a star because it took me at least half of the book to actually get into the story. So. Yeah.

  • Kayla Rayne
    2018-12-17 18:54

    Oh man. This book brings me back to the days of high school, summer camp, and having little crushes. Seriously, this embodies adolescence through the eyes of four teenage girls that are best friends. I found that this book still stands up to everything I love about a book today. Please, if you have not read this book, give it a chance. It is witty, heartbreaking, and insightful.

  • Syndi
    2018-12-01 00:57

    I read this book long long time ago. But the impression is still fresh in my mind. I adore this girls. they represent everything about becoming a woman in modern era. Even the story is cheesy on the romantic side, but the moral message is there. The author writes it in a way that the wording resonance with teenagers. every one of us will find some sort of connection with all those girls. Again, this is a beautiful book.

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    2018-12-12 00:09

    I really love this series. I think these were the first multiple perspective books I ever read and I really adored being back in the world of Lena, Tibby, Bee & Carmen. I feel like everyone can cast themselves as one of the girls, or at least a mixture of them. This is the story of the first summer the girls spend apart, each going on different adventures and stepping out into the world of grown-ups and real life. The first book takes place over the summer of their 15th (almost 16) year. We see each of the girls go through a multitude of growth and life experience and Ann's honestly is really refreshing.I kind of wish more contemporary books where like this - less angsty and more awkward, full of mistakes and OOPS moments :)I also listened to the audiobook for parts of the story and I really recommend it! I thought it was really well done.When I was younger, I would have said I was a Bee/Carmen kind of girl, but now that I'm older and know myself a little better, I'm actually a Lena/Carmen kind of girl! What about you?I definitely give this book 5 stars, though I admit my rating will never be unbiased, as I read these books as a teenager and have such an affinity for them in my heart!

  • Sierra
    2018-11-29 18:52

    I was almost ashamed to love this book, because I'm REALLY not one for "chick lit"...give me Gothic or intrigue any day! However, I think this series is really exceptional. The experiences cannot be typified -although there is romance, I appreciate how it does not fall into the "crush/agony/happily-ever-after" triptych that is common to most "chick lit" novels. I think Ann Brashares is remarkably gifted at describing emotions and experiences -she chooses seemingly minor incidents and trains her descriptive powers on them until you see the intricacies just as she does. I would be interested to see her in another genre -maybe historical fiction? I think she would excel at that -she could really enliven history.

  • Robin
    2018-12-14 19:12

    It wasn't as good as I'd hoped, but it was okay. Let me just say that if I ever find a pair of magic jeans that make me look fabulous I'M NOT SHARING!

  • Zezee
    2018-12-12 23:54

    As posted on Zezee with Books.Why did it take me so long to finally read these books? I’ve been missing out on a fun but touching story about female friendships and family.Quick summary on both books:The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is a contemporary young-adult series about the friendship of four teenage girls growing up in Bethesda, MD. All born within weeks of each other, the girls formed the Sisterhood when they discover a magical pair of pants that not only fits them all despite their varying body types, but also seems to bring about major changes in their lives whenever they wear it. They only wear the pants during the summer. The pants seems like any ordinary pair but when on, it accentuates the wearer’s features in an attractive way.In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, we follow the girls as they go their separate ways for the first time in the summer. Bridget, who is tall, blonde, and athletic, is off to soccer camp in Mexico and Carmen, a curvy Latina, travels south to visit her father in South Carolina. Tibby, an aspiring film maker, stays home and finds a summer job while working on a documentary and beautiful Lena visits her grandparents in Greece. The girls decide to stay in contact by mailing the pants to each other along with a letter over the summer.The Second Summer of the Sisterhood picks up the following summer. The girls have grown some due to the previous summer’s experiences and things escalate in this installment. Curious about her background, Bridget visits her grandmother in Alabama and Tibby attends a film summer course at a college. Carmen and Lena remain home for the summer but still learn more about themselves and their family.My thoughts:I don’t have much to say about the books because they are just cute, fun reads though they hint at deeper topics. I enjoyed reading them and it’s possible that Ann Brashares might become a new favorite author of mine because I love how easily her story flows and how relatable these characters are. It’s a moderately paced story and I was never bored. Actually, I became so engrossed that I practically completed the first book in a day. I couldn’t stop reading it.That reaction was a pleasant surprise because though I enjoyed the movies, I didn’t love them; and I’ve toyed with idea of reading the book since the first time I heard of it but always forget to. I didn’t realize it was a series either. Once I was done with the first book, I had to hop to the next. They’re like Pringles. Once you pop, you can’t stop. You get hooked on the characters and their stories, though they are annoying sometimes.Speaking of the characters, Bridget and Lena are my favorites. Bridget because she’s so vivacious and spirited and fun. She jumps into life and enjoys it. But she also has her low moments, which I can somewhat relate to. By the end of the first book, I thought she might be bipolar but isn’t getting the help she needs. I like that the girls’ bond is so strong that they can easily tell when a friend is in need and are willing do whatever they can to help that friend.I also like Lena because her personality is a little like mine. She’s shy, observant, and introverted. She’s also very creative and loves to paint. I enjoyed reading her parts in the first book but was annoyed with her in the second one because she was so indecisive. Then I got pissed at the boy. Smh.Tibby is cool, but I felt sorry for her in the second book as she puzzles out her feelings toward her mother and I flip-flopped wit Carmen. I was rooting for her in the first book though I didn’t like her too much because she’s very judgmental, but she pushed the limit in the second book. She’s scathing and I felt sorry for her mother the whole time. I understand why Carmen is the way she is but I don’t like her, unfortunately.And speaking of mothers, why are the mother-daughter relationships in this story so strenuous? Not one of them have a good mother-daughter relationship and the fathers are hardly mentioned, except for Carmen’s in the first book. In the second book, Tibby should have been just as unkind toward her father as she is toward her mother, but the story focuses only on Tibby’s feelings toward her mom. Again, I understand why Carmen is scathing toward everyone close to her but I expected — hoped — that Lena would at least have a somewhat good relationship with her mom. But that didn’t seem to be the case. I admire the bond between the girls but I wish the bond with their mothers was stronger…maybe it is. Maybe that’s why they’re so harsh toward their mothers, because they know that their moms will love them no matter what. But still…Another thing I liked is the setting. I didn’t know that the story was set around the DC area. That’s so cool! I love it when I can identify places in books and experiences there because I’ve been to the places and experienced similar things there. That was just a great topping to my reading experience. Bridget’s time with her grandmother in the second book was also great and touching and one of my favorite parts. I almost cried. Actually, I almost cried several times while reading. Tears of joy, anger, and sadness threatened to fall.Overall:The Sisterhood ★★★★★The Second Summer ★★★★☆1/2I guess I did have a lot to say about them. I enjoyed both books. They are fast reads, but the second took longer for me to complete because I read it while reading another book. The first book gets full 5 stars because it’s great but the second gets 4.5 because the characters really upset me. Yes, I drop stars because of that.I borrowed e-books of both from my library because I recently discovered Overdrive. Though easy to read, the e-books, which were supplied through Kindle, were sometimes a little confusing when jumping to a different section within a chapter. The story is told from all four girls’ perspectives (should have mentioned that earlier but oh well) but there wasn’t a large enough gap between sections to indicate a switch in perspective, so I’d keep reading thinking it’s the same character as before and not realize the switch until later.These are quick, fun reads and I highly recommend them. They are perfect for the beach and I wish I had read them during the summer. I love the characters, the settings, the narration, and also that the girls learn something new by the story’s end. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.Really, I didn’t expect this reflection to be so long.

  • Teresa in Ohio
    2018-12-16 02:10

    Keep in mind this book was published in 2001, so some things seem outdated and odd having a friendship of girls without them attached to a cell phone. These four girls were thrown together because their moms were in an exercise group together and born within weeks of each other. They attend different school so summer is their bonding and catching up time only this time three will leave home. Tibby is called the rebel but will remain home this summer working as a clerk in a retail store and then she befriends Bailey and gets in tune with her sensitive side. Bridget is the athlete who must not only tame her competitive streak on the field but her sexy attitude which hurts her in the end. Carmen has the bad temper and one action costs her more than money. Last is Lena is the beauty but only feels shy and unsure of herself. Carmen on a whim buys a pair of jeans at a thrift store and forgets about them. On the night before they leave they all try them on and each one gets a perfect fit. This is when they make the pact to each wear the pants, do some profound in them and mail them on to the next person. This is a fast read where you can just read and let the story take you where it takes you. At the end of summer they are back together celebrating birthdays and the new school year. Each has grown and changed but they are still best friends.

  • Antof9
    2018-12-18 03:18

    Must quote from the back of the book, as I love it :)We, the Sisterhood, hereby instate the following rules to govern the use of the Traveling Pants:2. You must never double-cuff the Pants. It's tacky. There will never be a time when this will not be tacky.4. You must never let a boy take off the Pants (although you may take them off yourself in his presence).5. You must not pick your nose while wearing the Pants. You may, however, scratch casually at your nostril while really kind of picking.I have to say it. I loved this book! I've been putting off my book review because frankly, it's like writing a book report on a great movie or dream. I love the idea of The Septembers, a bunch of girls all born at the same time. Maybe it's special to me because *I'm* a September.These girls are friends their entire lives (well to age 15, at least), and that too is something that touches me. My dad was in the Air Force and we moved a lot. I don't have any friends who have known me since birth, and I've always been jealous of people who do.For a book written for teens, there are some beautifully written passages, and some very insightful sections. This author doesn't "talk down" to the reader at all. I love the description of Lena's sunset in Greece: "The sunset was too beautiful. It almost made Lena feel panicked because she couldn't save it. . . . She perched on her windowsill, gazing at the lurid sun soaking into the Caldera, trying to appreciate it even though she couldn't have it. Why did she always feel she had to do something in the face of beauty?" I had two thoughts when I read this -- 1. that I often feel the same way in the face of beauty, and 2. this makes me think of people who take pictures (for the future), but don't enjoy the moment they are actually taking the pictures of.Another passage that said exactly something I have felt many times: "Her eyes were full. They dripped. From sadness, or strangeness, or love. They were the kind of tears that came when she was just too full. She needed to make a little room." Do you know this feeling? Wow, I do. What a wonderful way to write it.SPOILER ALERT:When Tibby's pet dies and Tibby is in denial, it requires some processing to realize Mimi is gone. "Tibby held her up high, in one hand. Mimi hated that. She usually scrambled her sharp little nails against Tibby's wrist. Dawning on her both slowly and panic-fast was the knowledge that this wasn't Mimi anymore. This was left-over Mimi." OH, how I know what this means! I wanted to see my dad's body after he died, but when I saw him, it was somehow unfulfilling. It was left-over dad, I think.When her friend Bailey dies too, Brashares writes the most beautiful tribute for the living: "She was alive, and they were dead. She had to try to make her life big. As big as she could. She promised Bailey she would keep playing." This is a fabulous challenge for those of us who have lost someone. What a charge! We must go on living. And live big :)This is a great book! I laughed, I cried.

  • Kristen (kaymaldo)
    2018-12-02 00:52

    I was stuck in a mini book slump so I decided to throw it back to a summer classic withThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I remembered a good amount of what happened from when I read the book and watched the movie when I was younger, but after reading it now, it really made me want to go back and finish the series. Even though this book is about a magical pair of jeans shared among friends, I really enjoyed how realistic it was. Carmen, Lena, and Tibby have my favorite story lines. Carmen's phone call with her dad has always been a scene that stood out to be in the book and the movie, and even after reading it again, the whole situation still had me in tears. I appreciated Lena's story and how she found a connection to her grandfather. I also liked thatAnn Brashares didn't push the romance for Lena and Kostos. They liked each other, but (view spoiler)[it wasn't an annoying instalust story. It took the whole book before they actually admitted their feelings for each other and kissed (hide spoiler)]. I would've liked for them to have more time to actually get to know each other, but even the small scenes where Lena is just observing him and noticing things about him are sweet and I'm hoping we see their love story grow in the second book. Tibby's story was heartbreaking. I think Bailey is a great character and I loved seeing Tibby and Bailey's friendship grow over the summer. Bailey really opened Tibby up to seeing the world in a new way. Things get a little conflicted when it comes to Bridget's summer. I think Brashares has given Bridget some interesting character traits. She is manic and headstrong and has high highs and low lows. It makes me wonder if she deals with (view spoiler)[mental illness in the rest of the series, or if this is just a story of a high school girl who lost her way and is trying to find herself again (hide spoiler)]. I didn't like Eric and Bridget's storyline together and think he acted inappropriately in a position of authority. I'm also not a huge sports person, so for me the soccer camp plot was the least appealing.The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was a quick summer read that shows just how important friendship is. Tibby, Bridget, Carmen, and Lena support each other through everything they go through that summer and prove that even distance can't shatter their bond. It had me feeling all the feels, wishing for magic pants, and praying I win the lottery so I can go to Greece. Now I want to read the rest of the series and re-watch the films.YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website

  • Jenni
    2018-11-22 01:57

    3.5 Summer StarsI thought this was a cute fun quick read. Saw the movie years ago so it was all brand new to me. There's a little bit of sadness and some frustration. Overall a good summer friend read. I look forward to reading the whole series and see the cast grow up.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-13 00:07

    I had seen previews for the movie adaptation of this book and it made me mildly curious. When I found the book on clearance I stopped having excuses on why I hadn't read it yet. I enjoyed the book for the most part, there were a few slow moving areas and a couple things that just made me go "huh?" but otherwise it was definitely a relatable book.Carmen, Bridget (Bee), Tibby, and Lena have been best friends forever. This summer marks the first one that they will be spending time away from each other. Carmen will be visiting her dad, a trip which she is excited to spend one on one time with him. Bridget is going to soccer camp in Mexico. Tibby will have to stay home and work at the local store, something she is entirely not looking forward to. Lastly, Lena will be headed to Greece with her younger sister to stay with their grandparents for the summer. To hold them together, they agree to all ship a special pair of pants to each other throughout the summer, and do great things while wearing them. These pants are so special because, not only are they a thrift store find, they also fit each of the girls perfectly, despite them all being different sizes and body shapes.Lena gets to start and with her, the traveling pants experience a boy wanting to get close to her but then causing problems between her grandparents and their friends. She wants to fix the issues but isn't quite sure how to go about it. Next they travel to Tibby who has befriended a younger girl with Leukemia. The girl drives her nuts but as the summer goes along, she grows closer to this new found friend. Carmen has the next turn and the pants find her lonely and confused at her dad's, where after her plane landed, she discovers that he has a new family; a fiance with two kids just as blond as he is and with whom she doesn't fit in (Carmen is part Puerto Rican). As she grows angrier at being invisible in this beautiful family her temper starts to unleash. Last of all the pants go to Bridget, who has developed a crush on a camp counselor and who has also been just a bit too daring after the death of her mother. After traveling with each of the girls in that order, they also go backwards in the chain and give each girl a chance to rectify her mistakes.The characters were likeable in this book. A girl could identify with any of them at some point and time and the struggles they were experiencing. Tibby was my least favorite. I just didn't connect with her as well as she seemed very immature to me. I probably felt the deepest connect with Carmen and her struggles with her family. What I couldn't understand though was why the author kept having her feel guilty about what she was doing, perhaps it was a little temperamental but in my opinion she had good reason. Her father and his "new family" were horrible from my view. That man should have been very ashamed of himself instead of clueless.The writing of course is geared towards young adults and children so it is very easy to read. There aren't a lot of big words or ideas although there are some tough ones. This book touches on losing virginity, death, and other mature themes and my not be appropriate for very young children. Each chapter starts out with a quote or proverb and while you'd think that each chapter would be centered on girl as they are short chapters; they are not. They skip around from girl to girl and its actually kind of off putting and hard to follow. I think she would have done much better by breaking the girls stories up instead of formatting it the way she did. It caused me to enjoy the book a little less. The story is told in third person for all except the prologue and epilogue, which are narrated by Carmen.It is a good story about growing up and I see it as perfect for younger girls. If I ever chance by the sequel I'll definitely read it.The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsCopyright 2001294 pagesReview by M. Reynard 2011

  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    2018-12-04 01:07

    4/5 starsMore reviews on my website“Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.”​I went back and forth on how to rate this book. While I was reading it - it felt like a solid 4 star read. After I finished it - I was ready to give it 5 stars. But as the hours passed by I decided to drop it down to 3.5 because I didn't like how some of the things were handled. But in the end I did settled down on 4 stars.Although if I am being completely honest with myself I think if I haven't watched the movie first (a few years back, and loved it so much) I wouldn't have been so into the book itself, as this is one of the very few cases where I think the movie was better than the book. “Time is what keeps things from happening all at once.”Inexplicable! I know, but the movie really was good - it made me cry rivers. There were also many things that were being better handled in the movie.The most prominent one being Lena's storyline. The movie made it believable, while in the book it literally was the instal-love of all Insta-loves. They had no proper contact before, they barely knew each other and somehow - bam, she loves him so much.Zero development - which irked me a lot, because Lena was my favorite character.“Lena was an introvert. She knew she had trouble connecting with people. She always felt like her looks were fake bait, seeming to offer a bridge to people, which she couldn't easily cross.”I related to Lena a 100%. Super introverted - preferring solitude over pretty much anything, choosing paths that didn't have people walking on them, overthinking everything she wanted to say, mentally nudging herself to do things and get out of her comfort zone. But in the end always being there for her friends. “So far, she’d been her usual lame self: solitary and routine-loving, carefully avoiding any path that might lead to spontaneous human interaction."I enjoyed other storylines very much as well. They were all so different, but together they represented life in all of its forms. Carmen with family troubles, Libby - coming face to face with loss, and Bridget - who lost so much, but was readily giving more. I loved them all.But once again I did like the movie's way of handling Carmen's storyline a bit better - I just liked that all of the girls were there, with her, as opposing the book having her to fly solo for an important part of her development. On the contrary, Bridget's character was much better in the book - in the movie I didn't understand her motives and why she was the way she was. But the book cracked her insides very open and I loved that. I know that it might be very silly to compare a book to its movie so much, but in my defense I've never read a book that had a movie almost identical to each other. Usually movies make a lot of changes, and most of the time they are for worse, and not for the better - but in this case it was totally the opposite. ​All in all I'd definitely recommend this book, as it's one of the best "coming of age stories" out there, in my opinion. The book is also filled with very memorable quotes and thoughts - and I really enjoyed that. Will definitely read the next one. My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG

  • Victoria Scott
    2018-11-22 01:02

    This book was on my TBR for way, way too long. In fact, I even watched the movie first! I am so happy I finally got around to reading thisI fell in love with their friendship right from the beginning. These four lived for each other, and were completely lost when they were apart. I desperately want a friendship like that. They weren't afraid of anything when they were with each other. Even when they were spread out all over the world, they didn't stop writing, or talking about each other. I absolutely loved that.Individually, some of them were less great. Especially Carmen. Well, okay. Just Carmen.She was SO WHINY. Her dad was newly engaged, to a woman with two kids. So what does Carmen do? Not support her dad. Not make his life any easier. Whine about anything and everything. She did try to talk to him about it. She didn't ask to leave. She just moped around, and ruined a good holiday for everyone. Yeah, he wasn't exactly understanding. He did a few things that deserved a punch in the face. But she could have helped herself. I really, REALLY disliked her.Bee was my favourite. She was so... Vivacious. I've always wanted a chance to use that word, and she is the perfect excuse. Bee is afraid of no one. Rules? Pah. What rules? She fell for her soccer coach, and my God she was going to get him. Nothing was going to stand in her way. She had fantastic hair, so she was going to use it. Her ending broke my heart. She lost a little of her spark because of the mistake she made. And that's not okay! I need my vivacious Bee!Lena was quite sweet. I got annoyed about how much she went on about her prettiness. I know, the point was she fought against that. But she sure did mention it a lot. I loved her little crush on Kostos. I loved how she wouldn't do anything brave about it, for logical reasons. Even though they were totally perfect for each other. I also quite liked her relationship with her grandfather. It wasn't explored much, because he spoke Greek, so conversations were limited. But she really liked him, and looked up to him. Sweet is the only word I can think of to describe her.Tibby's story was probably my favourite, even if she wasn't my favourite character. I lived for the interactions between her and Bailey. Bailey was a little, spunky girl living with cancer. Tibby was so irritated by her to start with. But, of course, Bailey grew on her. How could she not? She irritated me a little in the beginning too, but by the end I just wanted to adopt her. I liked hearing about the suckumentary too. That's a documentary about things that suck, for those of you who don't know. It was cool seeing all the people she met. Especially Brian. Ah, Brian. Tibby was angry at the whole world around her, all the time. But with Bailey around, she wasn't. Fantastic character development!So. We have the whiny one, the vivacious one, the sweet one, the angry one, and a pair of travelling pants. Plus, of course, a bit of romance, some massive character development, and some heartbreaking losses (I'm not saying who!). Do I need to say more?

  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    2018-12-18 22:56

    My review of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.....I understood going into this book that is probably wasn't going to be the book for me. A story of four best friends and the lessons learned on the first summer they spent apart *cue the sappy ass rom-com music* Whatever!I could sit here and go on and on about all the disasters that happen in this book and why it terrifies me that these "coming of age" stories are so well received by teenage girls but someone has probably done that better than I. Also, I just don't see how venturing into the headspace of me as a 15 year old is going to be positive for anyone.... so, I'll give a brief synopsis on the four MCs, that I couldn't relate to in any real way, and what I think other girls may see and like in them. Bridget is athletic, energetic and goal oriented. She sees something and she just has to attain it, nothing can stand in her way..... even when it's a nineteen year-old coach at her soccer camp. Do.Not.Get.Me.Started.On.How.Stupid.This.Is! Bridget is completely reckless!! Single-minded AND self destructive! Carmen is peurto rican - get used to reading this, it is her excuse for all.the.things. - with a hair trigger temper and an absentee father. She feels abandoned and unloved, not surprising feelings, but is so quick to go on the offence that it is impossible to get close enough to care about her. Lena is bee-u-T-ful, like a goddess..... she is so beautiful, Oh-my-god .... and hates being seen as merely that. Trust me, I can understand hating being seen as only one aspect of your person but GET.OVER.YOURSELF and show the people another side of you.She gives evidence to the theory that shy girls are snobby girls, in a big way. Tibby is the lovechild of two parents who eventually grew up and decided they wanted to have a real family. Two siblings under 2 later, and a whole slew of other life changes, have left Tibby missing her previous hippesque lifestyle. I can understand why this could be an interesting story but it just wasn't for me. I found all the MCs voices annoying, not to mention all of their behaviour being self-destructive and crazy. Oh and don't forget insta-love and sappy solutions that make no sense!

  • Eryn☘
    2018-11-28 00:07

    4 Stars!It was better than the first time I read it! I really enjoyed each of their stories - Carmen's would have to be my favorite. However, Bridget and Lena are probably my favorite characters. My only complaint has to be how at some points the writing seemed clunky. Not only that, but sometimes the characters would say things that could've been said in a clearer way ... and those minor details sort-of unnerved me. Also, Lena's "romance" with Kostos seemed a little too quick. They hardly talked to one another, and then right before she leaves back home she suddenly realizes she loves him? Hm. I didn't really like that. But Lena is cool, either way.Fun read! Onto the second book!

  • Jen • Just One More Page
    2018-12-03 02:14

    This review is also posted on my blog.(view spoiler)[This was a reread I was legitimately excited to get to (I only read it once before when I was 13), and was the only book I’ve read at a regular pace so far this year!I feel like that says a lot concerning how much I liked it.Of course, it’s not without its issues - fat shaming, particularly (and a lot of it), lack of certain kinds of diversity (namely gender and sexuality), and Bridget taking no as a challenge rather than as an actual no concerning Eric (holy consent red flags, Batman). I feel like there were several other smaller instances, but I finished the book yesterday and I am incredibly sleepy today, so I can’t remember too much.But there was so much that I LOVED. Complicated, individualized and very flawed and real female characters; positive and genuine female friendships; each one of the girls having their own very serious struggle through the summer that helped them develop as people; the *supporting* characters (Bailey! Effie! Diana!); the actual EVENTS each girl went through each summer; just. I had a legitimate hard time putting the book down and actually felt that gut pull to keep reading more throughout the entire story. IDEC that I’m almost 27 and I’m reading about 15-year-olds. Positive female portrayals are positive female portrayals and YISS I would like about a million more please. (At minimum.)Also, everything about the sisterhood is squad goals.I don’t really know, I just loved it the first time as a teenager and loved it again now in my mid 20s and I know it’s flawed and not perfect and has issues I’m very well aware of but still.I can’t really think of much else I wanted to say. I love this book shamelessly (aside from the aforementioned flaws and also the epilogue, if I’m being honest; it felt cold and distant and weird) and am so glad I gave it a re-read, am excited to get to the rest of the series again sometime soon, and am also excited to get to my next (totally unrelated and completely different) read so I have no real reason to keep writing here. I am so tired right now lol.Hooray for mostly useless reviews!(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>