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This novel is a fun, fast paced and attractive read. The core characters are all well rounded, likeable and relatable. I genuinely cared, and almost felt involved, with the personal journey of each character. Every character had qualities - whether they be good or bad - that resonated with me, and I think this will be true for many teenage girls (that's not to say that a boy couldn't give it a go!)
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! :)
I am an English teacher and needed to pick a book for my next class semester. I did a google search, found this book and read it. It is a good book for girls, I would say they should be late teenagers before reading, only because one story line is about a 15 year old girl trying to seduce an older boy to sleep with her (I won't give it away...).
I liked the story and the characters. Its a good "coming of age" story that focuses on 4 different story lines for the 4 girls who will spend their first summer apart. The writing was good, though the author choose to bounce back and forth between the 4 stories in mid chapter, with no warning and it was a little jarring to then figure out where you are and with who. I cared about the characters by the end and wanted to see how their stories ended. I thought Carmen's father got off the hook too easily (my father also left under similar circumstances) and one girl falls for a boy that she doesn't really know, so it was a little unrealistic. Over all, a good read.
I will try the book with my 300 College girl students (its an English college program to get the Chinese girls jobs teaching English, Chinese and translation). We will see if they can handle it, the words might be above their level... but if they can get it, it might be the first English fiction book they've ever read and I'd say the story will be worth the work...
This fictional story of four best friends and their first summer apart is a great book that every teenage girl should read. The story of four seventeen girls: Lena, Carmen, Bridget, and Tibby shows the true meaning of friendship and how no matter what life throws at you, you can always count on your friends for help and support. The story begins with the story of “the pants”, Carmen found these magical pants at a thrift shop and they fit her and her three best friends, despite their different body shapes. The four best friends have been best friends for as long as they can remember, and they will be separated for the first time this upcoming summer. Lena is going to Greece with her sister to visit her grandparents, Carmen is going to South Carolina to see her father, Bridget is going to a soccer camp in Baja California, Mexico, and Tibby is the only one to stay home in Maryland. They all make a deal that they will send the “Traveling Pants” to one another over the summer. They all have their own experiences over the summer, some good and some bad, but they never lose sight of their friendship. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” is a great book for all ages but mostly for teenage girls. I believe that this book helps show the true meaning of friendship. Also, I think this book can even answer questions teens might have but are too afraid to ask. As teens grow and develop their bodies change, this part of life can be very confusing. Some teens can get very self-conscious, this book shows that there are other people going through the same obstacles as them self. The book includes a lot of examples of how relatable the story is to real life but one strong example is when Lena and Effie got to Greece their grandma wanted to introduce one of their neighbors to Lena. “Lena had a strong suspicion Grandma hasn’t just cooked up this idea in the last hour. She suspected Grandma had been plotting something for a long time” (Brashares, 52). This is showing how Lena’s grandmother had wanted Kostos and Lena to become close and maybe eventually get married. I know from personal experience grandparents are not afraid to say what they think or what they want to happen, so when Lena’s grandmother went out of her way to introduce the two it shows how she wanted them to become friends. I feel as though a lot of grandparents would do this, only because they want the best for their grandchild. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” is a great book to help teen girls get through the “awkward stages” by helping them realize everyone is going through the same thing.
This is a wonderful story of true friendship and the love and trust that it holds for those lucky enough to experience it.
The four characters are by no means the perfect young ladies. They all have their faults, and this may be what makes them each so endearing. And they truly care for one another.
Even while they must spend their summer separated, their friendship is what carries each of them through the difficulties facing them. Although the problems range from death of a loved one to the confusing feelings of falling in love, the solutions are found in truth, love, and friendship.
The only reason I did not give this a five star rating is that I am not sure men would find the story as compelling as women. But if you are female, you will find a character in this book to relate to.
A close group of friends, along with a pair of pants that fits them all, makes for a crazy summer. Or at least, it does in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. The four girls (Lena, Carmen, Bridget, and Tibby) all go their separate ways over the summer, looking for fun and adventure. Little did they know that their summer trips would be far from ordinary, as new found friends (and even boyfriends) change their trips into something more exciting and crazy than they would’ve imagined whether it be the drama of a new family, or the first kiss shared with a boy they just met, the girls’ summers are filled with wacky experiences. Although Tibby is stuck working at Wallman’s, a local grocery mart, she finds a new friend while filming a documentary centered around the people living in her town. While her friendship is getting stronger with Bailey, Lena is trying to avoid a boy who her grandmother seems to be trying to set her up with, while Lena’s only trying to paint the surrounding area of Greece. Just the opposite of Lena is avoiding a boy; Bridget is all over trying to date the only male coach at an all-girl’s soccer camp in Baja, Mexico. While this is all going on, Carmen is trying to deal with a new family that her father didn’t tell her she would be a part of because of his upcoming marriage, a complete surprise to her. Even after this revelation, she has to work to fight through the rest of her summer in her "new" home. Despite the crazy events of the summer, all the girls meet in the end to describe their summers, and grow closer together through the process. Overall, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was a surprisingly well-plotted book, and never ceased to keep you reading to the next page. I would recommend this book for its readability and plot, as I liked the book for these very reasons. The story of the four girls will keep you interested and expectant.