Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
by Ann Brashares

Summary (via Goodreads):
A pair of jeans purchased at a thrift store is the unlikely bond that keeps four best friends emotionally connected during the first summer that they spend physically apart. This clever (if initially hokey-sounding) premise sets the course for four intertwined, compelling coming-of-age stories. Carmen doesn't think much of the pants she buys for $3.49, until she and her pals discover their magical quality. The jeans which fit each girl perfectly despite their very different body types serve as a surrogate friend for Tibby, Carmen, Lena and Bridget as they wrestle with new issues of first love, jealousy, fear and sadness in the months before their junior year of high school. Each girl has a turn with the pants, then sends them on to the next person in the rotation; by summer's end, when the friends are reunited, the jeans will be the symbol of what the girls have experienced.

I listened to the audio version of this book and was glad I did. The narrator did a great job of changing voices from one girl to the next and I felt like I saw more into the book by listening.

Okay, admission - I thought this would be a chick-lit novel about boy-crazy girls and their fun in the traveling pants - but I was WAY off. This novel deals with so much more - dealing with family problems, terminal illnesses, overcoming fears and more. I loved how different each girl was and how well you as the reader came to know them.

I also love the set-up - four girls whose mothers were all pregnant at the same time - so they all have birthday around each other. I think this is a great book for any girl and with four main characters you can easily relate to at least one of them (if not all). I felt like I knew these girls personally after listening to this novel and can't wait for the next one.

5/5 Roses

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  1. Oh, yeah. It's such an ADORABLE series. I loved the second one, but the third wasn't so good... I'm going to the fourth now. It was the first ever book series I read in my life... I mean, I read it when I was ten!

  2. Aww! I love this series. I remember reading this book years ago and thought it was so amazing.

  3. I think I read this book! It would have been a long time ago so I'm not sure. I should re-read it and continue with the series!

    from Une Parole

  4. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series! I sure did. ^_^

  5. The first book was great! The others were good to, but I felt like they started to lose the magic of the first after a while.
    Glad you like it though. I was always like Lena the best and her little sister cracked me up.

  6. This is the first review I've read on this book, and it was great! I have this book but I've only seen the movies yet :)

  7. Great review! I haven't read this series before, but I may start!

  8. This is a very popular book with students and while I have seen the movie, I have yet to read the book. However, after finishing My Name is Memory and finding out that Brashares is writing a book about the girls 10 years later I think I will be reading all the books before the new one comes out. Love Brashare.


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