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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants [Hardcover]

Ann Brashares
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Sept. 11 2001 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Book 1)
Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

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They were just a soft, ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans until the four girls took turns trying them on--four girls, that is, who are close friends, about to be parted for the summer, with very different sizes and builds, not to mention backgrounds and personalities. Yet the pants settle on each girl's hips perfectly, making her look sexy and long-legged and feel confident as a teenager can feel. "These are magical Pants!" they realize, and so they make a pact to share them equally, to mail them back and forth over the summer from wherever they are. Beautiful, distant Lena is going to Greece to be with her grandparents; strong, athletic Bridget is off to soccer camp in Baja, California; hot-tempered Carmen plans to have her divorced father all to herself in South Carolina; and Tibby the rebel will be left at home to slave for minimum wage at Wallman's.

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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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. Goethals sounds every bit the teenager here, but her sometimes halting reading never quite captures the crackle of Brashares's writing style. In Goethals's command, the author's snappy asides and retorts occasionally sound cumbersome rather than humorous or biting, as they were intended. Many teen girls will likely take these shortcomings in stride and get lost in a story that speaks to them. Ages 12-up. Simultaneous release with Delacorte hardcover, reviewed in Children's Forecasts July 6.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what you'd expect...EVEN BETTER!!! Aug. 10 2004
By Mars
I was really prepared not to like this book. I'd read some of the reviews, and although they were good, I just couldn't bring myself to read a book about travelling pants. It just sounded so out there and stupid and from what I thought so very unentertaining. Boy was I wrong. It was so good. The heroines were diverse and each had amazingly interesting plots. Its a really good read. I definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teen girls. Feb. 11 2013
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I read all the books back in high school. Wish I had adventures and friends like these girls. A good book to read over the summer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The sisterhood of the traveling pants Oct. 6 2010
By Claudia
I think this book was a great page turner. I liked how the girls resembled very relatable and recognisable characters, mostly because I'm close in age with them. I really liked how they transition from girl to girl, but I was confused at the beginning how they switched who would narrate their summer. Once you get the hang of how they rotate between them it's set out well so you don't get bored with each characters summer. Overall I enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes girlie books. I rate this a 4.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!!! Dec 15 2007
I would just like to say that these r the most amazing books ive ever read, i like them more than even Harry Potter ive read the first and second but havent had a chance to read 3 & 4 because my local library does not have them anyway i just wanted to reccomend these books to anyone who cares, they r EXCELLENT!!!!!

P.S.-Does any one no Ann Brashares email adress? i would really like to tell her how amazing she is so if u no PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE email it to me @ thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cool book by a really good author! June 21 2006
Have you ever got separated from your friends for the whole summer?

Well Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bridget are separated for the summer in their lives! Lena is very pretty but she does not want to show any of herself. Carmen is sensitive and thinks she is so fat when she is not. Tibby, on the other hand, is cool and a little bit goth; her friends think she is selfish. Now Bridget is really different and special (because her Mom died) but she is very sporty and really good at soccer. One day when the four girls go shopping they find a pair of jeans. The funny thing is the jeans fit all of them (they are all different shapes and sizes). So they all go to the place where their moms became friends. And they decide the pants will travel between the four of them. They also make rules for the pants. Lena is going to Greece to see her grandparents. Carmen is going to visit her dad. Tibby will be staying home. Bridget is going to a really good soccer camp. Lena meets a guy in Greece who is very nice. Carmen meets her dad's new family (which she never knew he had). Tibby meets a girl named Bailey who is very sick right now. Bridget has a good time at her soccer camp, and she also makes a lot of friends. So they all end up having a good summer. Will they stay friends?

I really liked this book! I think Bridget is the coolest. Also Ann Brashares is a really good author because when you write her a letter she will answer all your questions. I should know, she wrote me a letter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome summer... Nov. 5 2004
this is a very insightful book. although a little bit slow from commence, you will not regret reading this; the story is full of drama, awe-inspiring relationships between characters, and genuine creativity. great pleasure read, or for the beach!
- for readers twelve(like me) n over. enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all teenage girls July 17 2004
This is one of my favorite books of all time and one every teenage girl should pick up at some time or another. Brashares skillfully weaves together the tale of 4 very different girls' adventures over one summer bringing them together by the means of a magical pair of pants representing their friendship. while the idea of the magical pair of pants may seem a bit farfetched to some, this story couldn't be more true to teenage life. Both humorous and heartwrenching, i enjoyed every page of this book. i especially enjoyed the quotes that appeared at the beginning of each chapter. i think every girl can relate to one of the characters in some way or another. I find it almost scary how much i can relate to Lena. My two best friends (who are a lot like Tibby and Carmen) also love this book and we've started our own sisterhood v. similar to the one in the book, which has made us even better friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! July 14 2004
"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants?" you might ask.
All the people (well, at least, me.) who have read it will say "Yes. This is a great book. The idea is very creative. (Magical Pants?). The characters are fun and believable. Carmen, Bridget, Tibby and Lena were best friends since they could remember.
They always spend time together in the summer, but in this particular summer, they have to be apart. They discover that the pants Carmen had all along were magical!
They decided that the pants should be passed around the world to each other so they would be together without actually being together!
Ann Brashares is a great author, I could almost actually feel the sadness/anger/whatever emotions that the character is feeling!
This book is not like any other!!!
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