The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants: 1 Paperback – 11 March 2003
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“An outstanding and vivid book that will stay with readers for a long time.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred, Flying Start
“A complex book about a solid group of friends, with each one a strong and courageous individual in her own right. They form a true sisterhood of acceptance and support, resulting in a believable and inviting world.”—School Library Journal, Starred
“A feel-good novel of substance. . . . Move over, Ya-Ya Sisters.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“The loving depiction of enduring and solid friendship will ring true to readers, who will appreciate this recognition of one of life’s most important relationships.”—The Bulletin, Recommended
"The pants are just pants, and life is just life, full of joys, sorrows, living, and dying. This is the charm of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby are growing to adulthood, and Brashares accurately portrays one glorious, painful summer in their evolution. Young teens will identify with one, or even all four, of these interesting, funny young women, and they'll be on the lookout for their own pair of traveling pants." --Booklist
"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was enjoyable and meaningful at the same time, and that's sometimes a hard thing to find in YA literature." --VOYA
"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." --Amazon.com
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- Publisher : Ember; Reprint edition (11 March 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385730586
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385730587
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 261 g
- Dimensions : 13.72 x 1.83 x 20.57 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Due to the fact that the story takes place over the summer - the first summer in the teens' lives they spend away from each other - there are not many points within the plot in which they are all together. Given that they are supposed to be hopelessly close, I was surprised at how many snide comments the girls make towards their "sisters" in the opening "scene". I found it a little confusing, and while I am fully aware that sometimes the best friendships are the ones filled with the most teasing, it felt like it was something other than that, leaving me with the concern that Brashares had no fixed, confident idea of their dynamic and how they would interact. However, given that their bond is convincingly portrayed through their letters later on, this is not a huge concern.
It is complete with wit and humour. Brashares successfully manages to bridge the gap between read-on-the-beach chic lit (though I'm not sure I appreciate that term!) and fine literature. It is fun, easy and accessible while filled with insight and sharp observations. Another thing that sets it apart from your typical novel aimed at teenage girls is the fact that it is not centred around body image and boy issues. It focuses more on discovering one's self through trying times and entering into the unknown.
As you have likely already deduced, I would definitely recommend this, particularly for young girls and women! :)