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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 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 Lovin The Pants! Sept. 7 2005
By Tina
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Four girls of completely different shape and size and one pair of pants that fits them all perfectly. This is the story of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Ok, so the title doesn't exactly make you want to dive for the last copy on the shelves, but let me tell you that after reading it, you will find no better suiting title.
Lena, Tibby, Bridget and Carmen have been best friends since that one September in which they were all born. They have shared both happy time's and sad, basically living the lives of the average teenage girl.
What I liked most about this book is that it has both reality and non. The reality in this novel comes from the girls themselves and how none of them live the perfect life and each of them encounter their own problems. The non-reality in the novel is none other than the pants and how they so magically fit each girl even though it is scientifically impossible due to the difference in each girls body type.
After the pants are discovered, the girls decide that, although they will be splitting up for the first time and they will all be spending their summer apart, they will stay connected by the pants. With that, the pants are past back and forth from girl to girl throughout the course of the summer, with a letter attached enclosing the very details that went along with them. They did this to prove that just because they weren't together physically, it didn't matter because they were mentally.
Before I give away too much, now's a good time to go diving for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!! You will too!!!! July 1 2005
When I bought this book, I wasn't looking for great literature (books like "The Bark of the Dogwood," "Middlesex" or some other bestseller fiction). No, what I was looking for was a fun read. As a sixteen-year-old bookaholic, this looked like just the thing to brighten up a dismal school week: fun and fluffy. Well, fun it was, but this was anything but fluff. The stories of each of the girls are moving and well-written. I found myself engrossed in Brashare's simple prose and really caring what happened to each of the characters. The first couple of chapters didn't really reflect the whole book, so if you start it and dont' like it, don't give up. This book moved me profoundly and brought tears to my eyes at several points. All of the emotions before me on the page were ones that I could relate to. If you're a teenage you HAVE to read this. If you're not, I would still recommend because it is an amazing novel that rivals the best of literary fiction. If you're interested in a more literary, yet funny experience, try "Bark of the Dogwood," and if you want something totally off the beaten path, try "The Birth of Venus." All are good, but for sheer fun and substance, "The Sisterhood" is tops!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants June 25 2004
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was a wonderful book by Ann Brashares. It held my interest until the last page and left me wanting more. This book is about four teenagers: Lena, Tibby, Bridget and Carmen. The story is about how they are all going to spent they're summer away from each other for the first time. It takes your through a jorney of emotions and events. Lena a beautiful yet, reseved greek girl, who loves to paint. She gets involve in a romantic relationship with a boy, Kostos, in Greece. Tibby is a down to earth character yet, artistic in her own unique way. She is the only girl that spends the summer in their hometown. She gets to know a little girl, who later on turns out to be dieing from cancer. Bridge is a blonde, athletic, and every guys "dream" girl. Her mother died when she was young. She discovers that boys and beauty aren't everything. Carmen is the vibrant yet, tempermentle Spanish girl who lives with her single mother. She doesn't get along with her mother's new boyfriend. The Traveling Pants at this time are being mailed back and forth between the four friends. It is what keeps them connected; even tho they are all in different parts of the world. At the end all four girls learn that life isn't happy and always fair. I reccomend this to every teenage girls over 13. It a serious yet, humorous novel about coming of age. Written and orgainzed beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teen girls.
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.
Published 19 months ago by pickey_reader 101
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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. Read more
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Published on June 28 2005 by yvette
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome summer...
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Published on Nov. 5 2004 by cutie anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all teenage girls
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Published on July 17 2004 by shortnsweet
This book is an incredible look into the lives of 4 teenage girls as they face issues of their own and help eachother work through them. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Kate M.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
"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. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by "sparkling_secrets"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book One of the best
This is one of the best books I've read. I didn't like the beginning of the book about finding the jeans and how their mothers had all been friends so it took me a long time to... Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by dreamer
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