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I really enjoyed reading this book! It's great and relatable for many young girls, and accurately portrayed my high school life, so I saw a lot of my younger self in these girls. At first I didn't think I would like it because I'm in college and it seemed like a younger book, but I actually really enjoyed it.It was written from a third person limited omniscient point of view which worked really well for the story because we could focus on each girl's individual struggle. This book is about four fifteen year old wildly different best friends being away from each other for the first time in their lives, for a whole summer. TIbby (brooding and sarcastic) stays home and works, Lena (shy and artistic) goes to visit her grandparents in Santorini, Bridget (adventurous and overconfident) who goes to a soccer camp in Baja, and Carmen (sassy and somewhat insecure) who visits her dad in South Carolina. They share a close bond, and face different challenges throughout the book, along with struggling with their own individual identities, but they come together to help resolve the issues. They send back and forth a pair of jean pants which fits all of them, even though they have different body types. The pants bridge the gap between the girls. I loved the book, and I was laughing at almost every page. It was an easy read, but the storyline was awesome. The girls were all very different, but their friendship made sense at the same time. I think this book does accurately display a high school friendship, and the struggle for independence.I really liked that each chapter started with a different quote that usually reflected upon what the characters would be going through in that chapter. The authors writing style was very easy to read, but it had such a cute storyline. I liked how she made each girl so different that we knew who we were reading about without her telling us. I really loved it, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who reads young adult novels and likes magical pants!
Growing up as a young girl in the 2000's I had always heard of this series as legendary, and always a must-read among my age group. Surprisingly, I have never read it until now, when I am an adult who falls far outside of its target audience. I did not expect to be turning pages non-stop day and night, but I was. This was unlike the vast majority of "little girl books," in that it presents issues which young girls ( and I'm sure a number of boys as well) can relate to, with the depth and perspective that even adults should be able to appreciate. I was shocked to find that a children/teen novel was able to tug at my heartstrings with such profound thoughts which the author expressed through the individual stories of four characters, connected in the book almost entirely through a piece of clothing which they lend and borrow from each other. My initial opinion that it would be a corny, fluffy book about nothing but boy problems and cute little stories was blown away as the book explores issues such as divorce, death, sex, and acceptance in a way that can resound equally with a young or more mature audience.
Tibby works at Wallman’s drug store. Lena goes to Greece with her grandmother. Bridget attends a soccer camp in Baja, California. Carmen flies to South Carolina for some quality time with her dad. These four best friends have to spend their first summer apart, but keep in touch through heart-felt letters and a magic pair of jeans. This book’s emphasis on strong, supportive girl friendships inspires readers. Ann Brashares cleverly tells the stories of the trying teenage years. Each girl learns something new about herself and her friends in this amazing novel. There are some very valuable lessons to be learned from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It shows that friendship endures all, and different personalities can deepen bonds. Brashares explains that happiness “isn't having everything in your life be perfect… it's about stringing together all the little things” (Brashares). Being a teenage girl myself, I found it easy to connect and relate to each of the characters. Every girl can find a little bit of herself in the sisterhood. Not only are the characters well-developed, and human, Brashares doesn't give them more wisdom than any other fifteen-year-olds would have. The characters live their lives as real teenagers, and delve into human emotions that all women have experienced at some point. I really enjoyed the point of view of this book. While in the beginning it was sometimes hard to follow, it was very interesting. It was third person point of view, but jumped between each of the girls’ personal experiences. The author also throws in the notes that each girl mails throughout the course of the summer, giving insight on their thoughts and feelings. I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family; it’s truly a great read.
When I picked up The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I was expecting a light-hearted fun read about the trials & tribulations of being a teen-aged girl. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is all of these things, but surprisingly more. This story of 4 best friends, who spend their first summer apart from each other if full of depth and life. Meet Carmen, Tibby, Bridget and Lena, all the best of friends, but each a unique and distinct character with their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Your "summer" will be spent with Carmen, learning how to cope with a divorced mom and dad and the issues that a split family faces. With Tibby, you will learn through adorable Bailey, how it isn't the years you've been on this earth that make you wise, but what you do with the time you've been given, and how to treasue what is truly of value. Run along with Bridget, the athlete and soccer star, who has to discover who she is without the presence of a mom. And finally, experience Greece with Lena, who learns something about what our heritages mean about ourselves and a taste at first and true loves. What binds these friends through out the summer is this shared pair of magical blue jeans that look perfect on each one of them, despite their different body shapes & sizes. But at the end of the summer, you'll see that what binds these girls is far more than a pair of traveling pants.
A younger Ya-Ya generation full of trials, love, friendship and heartache are all in this wonderfully written book. I stayed up all night to finish it! Each character is well developed. Although you can guess what is going to happen, it touches you and I devoured EVERY word and eagerly ran upstairs to grab the second book.
The girls all separate for a summer without each other, each in the world on their own so to speak. They each take a turn with the pants, but remembering all the rules of the Pants Sisterhood. What is your favorite one? I am not sure about mine, however I would have a really hard time NOT washing them! That is just the mom in me though.
I really am concerned about Bee though. Making choices like she did at soccer camp really will have a lasting impact and her impulsiveness could be even more damaging. I already have started the second book.
Remember: Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself!
Very few novels are accurate representations of teenage girls’ lives. The overwhelming majority of young adult fiction encompasses over dramatized Romance novels, suitable for the beach but not for life. Every once in a while one can discover a hidden jewel among the bleak rocks. These authors are a special subsection that do not view young adults as tasteless and hormonal to whom you can feed anything involving relationships and they will purchase it. Ann Brashares truly does bring a simply good story to the table. Exploring the friendship between girls rather than the mistrust and bloodshed for boyfriends. Realistic diverse characters who are permitted to have legitimate feelings besides love. Girls that love more than the opposite sex, girls that love their families(or don’t), girls that are allowed to be angry, sassy, extroverts, and introverts. Characters that can become whoever they wish to be, while still maintaing their friendship. This novel teaches love, demonstrates that people make mistakes and try to learn from them, shows that life isn’t perfect, that you will be sad, and a lot of plans are not going to work out. Overall the novel explores the different sides of a girl’s life, including but not limited to romantic love. Ann Brashares finds a careful balance of the importance of a romantic relationship in a girl’s life, but does not overplay it. These relationships are also very realistic. They develop from friendships, or from accidental meetings, they are not simple, and do not always end with a happy ending. Ann Brashares novels inspire a deeper understanding of yourself. You end up rooting for all of the girls as they establish themselves, comforting them through times of hardship. Nearly every single page contained quotable material, and overall the books are very relatable. Ann Brashares encourages girls to grow up and establish their identity but does not glamorize it. These books are perfectly suited for girls in their mid or late teens, not because the content is too mature, but rather because an older girl will be living in these problems rather than looking forward to them. This novel will make the reader laugh and cry, and it will shock with it’s depth.