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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) Hardcover – 11 September 2001
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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- Publisher : Delacorte Press (11 September 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385729332
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385729338
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Item Weight : 422 g
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 2.57 x 21.67 cm
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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! :)