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“Light and romantic," raved The New York Times of the second novel in the  bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares, author of The Here and Now.

With a bit of last summer’s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the sisterhood who wears them—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—embark ...

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Overview

“Light and romantic," raved The New York Times of the second novel in the  bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares, author of The Here and Now.

With a bit of last summer’s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the sisterhood who wears them—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—embark on their second summer together.
 
“Fits like a favorite pair of pants.” —USA Today

“A great summer read.” —The Sacramento Bee

 “As comfortable as an old pair of jeans.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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Those popular pants are back for another summer in Ann Brashares's second friendship-affirming book!

The four girls who starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants -- Tibby, Bee, Lena, and Carmen -- find themselves wrapped up in a summer of unexpected surprises. After Bee finds out that five years' worth of Grandma's letters to her have been kept secret, she leaves for Alabama on a mission to connect with her past, which also means dealing with her mom's death. Meanwhile, Tibby's decided to attend a filmmaking workshop in Virginia (she's getting a perspective on Bailey's death), and Carmen's at home, screwing up her mom's dating life and then putting it back together. And as for Lena, well, she's busy getting over Kostos -- that is, until he shows up for a surprise visit. But despite whatever happens to this foursome, the Pants find their way into the hands of one of them at just the right time.

As uplifting as a cool breeze on a hot day, Brashares's second summer is even better than the first. The four heroines are learning about themselves and strengthening their bond as never before, and this time around, we get welcome insight into their relationship with the older women in their lives. This second installment is sure to have Sisterhood fans cheering. Shana Taylor

Publishers Weekly
PW starred the launch title in the Traveling Pants series, which introduced four friends who share a magical pair of pants that fits all of their different sizes and shapes. PW called this second installment "equally authentic and engaging." Ages 12-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Although the cover showed "happy" pants, most of the book was sad. It takes a really good book to leave you laughing one moment and crying the next. This book did just that. It is even better than the first book. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Delacorte, 384p,
— Teens' Top Ten nominator, age 13
Children's Literature
In this 2004 special edition of the sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, readers are invited to take a sisterhood quiz, read the opening pages of Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, and enter a sweepstakes to win an advance copy of this third book in the best-selling series. During the second summer of the pants, Bridget, Carmen, Tibby, and Lena continue to believe in the power of their magical jeans but find that they bring unexpected results to each wearer. Bridget travels to Alabama to learn the truth about her troubled mother's past; Carmen experiences both jealousy and loss when her mother enters into a serious romantic relationship; Tibby travels to film camp and must face the demons that haunt her as a result of the death of a young friend; and Lena admits and pursues love only to lose it in the face of uncomfortable circumstances. Literally and symbolically, the jeans accompany the young protagonists on their adventures, nurturing understanding and awareness as they pass from hand to hand. They possess a power tied directly to the faith these young women hold in one another and, ultimately, themselves. As these characters work through their issues, they may feel lost and confused, but they know they are never alone. Although these teens deal with issues common to YA novels—identity, romance, parental conflict—Brashares' tale, with its lively characters, honest emotion, and wry wit, rises above the norm. 2003, Delacorte, Ages 12 to 17.
—Wendy Glenn, Ph.D.
KLIATT
To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2003: Another summer and more adventures for the four friends—Bridget, Tibby, Carmen, and Lena—we met in the first book. Yes, the magical pants are still with them and are passed one to the other as the weeks pass by. The four are again separated and yet are constantly connected by e-mail, letters, and phone calls. Bridget is in the small Southern town where her mother grew up—she is hiding her identity and trying to get to know the woman who is her grandmother. Tibby is at a film camp at a local university, admiring a rather sophisticated fellow student and ashamed of her loyal friend Brian. Carmen is at home angry with her mother for falling in love and doing her best to sabotage that relationship. Lena has broken up with her boyfriend from last summer's trip to Greece, but Kostos appears unexpectedly on her doorstep and she is thrown back into the whirlpool of love. Like the style of the first book, the four stories of the four girls proceed at a fast clip, with their care for each other and the pants themselves connecting the four narratives. The author cuts from one narrative to the next neatly and cleanly; and the reader has no trouble feeling part of these four lives. Brashares manages this juggling act well. She also has great love for many other characters; for instance, the adults of the story are developed as full characters, especially the mothers. The girls are smart, thoughtful, introspective, resourceful, creative, and flawed. They can also be self-destructive, angry, jealous and deceitful. This is longer than most YA novels, and filled with conversations, action, and life. (A companion to TheSisterhood of the Traveling Pants). KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Random House, Delacorte, 373p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
From The Critics
The highest compliment one can pay an author is to eagerly await a sequel (to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and rush out to get it as soon as it comes out. As soon as The Second Summer of the Sisterhood was available, I stayed up almost all night reading it; I was so excited to see what happened next to the members of the sisterhood. As with Brashares's first book, this one would be appropriate for seventh grade and up. The romance this time around is a little more racy, so there is more potentially objectionable material, but it is very tasteful and not at all gratuitous. As the book opens, the girls are approaching another summer, and they have all that they learned the previous summer to build on. Unfortunately, and as in real life, they continue to make the same mistakes and are in constant need of help from their friends to press on and continue to try in spite of disappointments and heartbreak for all of them. They all come to new revelations. Tibby discovers that she loves her family, Carmen learns to deal with her anger, Bridget discovers herself and is able to move beyond her mother's suicide, and Lena allows herself vulnerability. 2003, Delacorte Press, 373 pp., Ages young adult.
—Rebekah Crutchfield
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bee are back in this long, engaging sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Delacorte, 2001). The four best friends are beginning their 16th summer with new expectations for personal growth, romance, and deepening friendship, all enhanced by the magic of a shared pair of thrift-store jeans. Brashares has deftly interwoven the story's strands to convey the relaxed intimacy of the girls' friendships as well as the many parallels in their individual experiences. The dialogue is natural and helps build nuances of character; the use of metaphor and insightful language renders a narrative that is highly readable and marked by emotional truth. Bee, whose mother died when she was 11, heads to Alabama under an assumed name to visit her estranged maternal grandmother. Carmen and Lena both become entangled in emotional spats with their mothers, and Tibby makes an edgy documentary film about her mother for a screenwriting course. This is a summer for coming-of-age, and for people materializing out of the blue, but making an impact-Tibby's old friend Brian appears unbidden at her dorm; Lena's Greek boyfriend, Kostos, arrives suddenly; and Carmen's stepsister comes seeking sanctuary. Meanwhile, the traveling pants are circulated among the friends. It may just be the power of wonder, but the jeans undoubtedly play a role in the happy resolution of this big-hearted, complex tale of living, learning, and caring. Brashares's novel can be enjoyed by readers who have not yet discovered the previous book. It is certain to delight those readers who have.-Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Four friends and a pair of jeans are back to continue the saga of the traveling pants. Bridget goes back to Alabama in search of her mother's past; Lena rekindles a romance with Kostos, the boy she met in Greece; Carmen fears for her place in the family when her mother starts dating; and Tibby goes away to a summer film program, where putting together a film becomes a way to put together her life. Though the young women deal with love, death, and change in various ways, the old, magical jeans are always there to remind them that sometimes friends are closer than family. The prologue fills in what's necessary for those uninitiated into the sisterhood, and Brashares adeptly balances the four story lines. The characters seem like old friends, and the author's sure ear for dialogue and her empathy for her protagonists' complicated emotions creates a story as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. A big, complex, satisfying sequel, sure to add to the author's legions of fans. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385731058
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 373
  • Sales rank: 53,897
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Brashares
A lover of summer, pants, and travel, Ann Brashares lives in New York City with her husband and their three children. Her Sisterhood novels, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (which was made into a major motion picture), The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, and Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, comprise an internationally bestselling and award-winning series that reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
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PROLOGUE
0nce there were four girls who shared a pair of pants. The girls were all different sizes and shapes, and yet the pants fit each of them.
You may think this is a suburban myth. But I know it's true, because I am one of them-one of the sisters of the Traveling Pants.
We discovered their magic last summer, purely by accident. The four of us were splitting up for the first time in our lives. Carmen had gotten them from a second-hand place without even bothering to try them on. She was going to throw them away, but by chance, Tibby spotted them. First Tibby tried them; then me, Lena; then Bridget; then Carmen.
By the time Carmen pulled them on, we knew something extraordinary was happening. If the same pants fit-and I mean really fit-the four of us, they, aren't ordinary. They don't belong completely to the' world of things you can see and touch. My sister, Effie, claims I don't believe in magic, and maybe I didn't then. But after the first summer of the Traveling Pants, I do.
The Traveling Pants are not only the most beautiful pair of jeans that ever existed, they are kind, comforting, and wise. And also they make you look really good.
We, the members of the Sisterhood, were friends before the Traveling Pants. We've known each other since before we were born. Our mothers were all in the same pregnancy aerobics class, all due in early September. I feel this explains something about us. We all have in common that we got bounced on our fetal heads too much.
We were all born within seventeen days of each other, first me, a little early, in the end of August, and last Carmen, a little late, in the middle of September. You know how people make a big dealabout which twin was born three minutes before the other one? Like it matters? Well, we're like that. We draw great significance from the fact that I'm the oldest-the most mature, the most maternal -and Carmen is the baby.
Our mothers started out being close. We had a group play date running at least three days a week until we started kindergarten. They called themselves the Septembers and eventually passed that name down to us. Our mothers would gab in whoever's yard it was, drinking iced tea and eating cherry tomatoes. We would play and play and play and occasionally fight. Honestly, I remember my friends' mothers almost as well as my own from that time.
We four, the daughters, reminisce about it sometimes- we look back on that period as a golden age., Gradually, as we grew, our mothers' friendship disintegrated. Then Bee's mother died. A giant hole was left, and none of them knew how to bridge it. Or maybe they just didn't have the courage.
The word friends doesn't seem to stretch big enough to describe how we feel about each other. We forget where one of us starts and the other one stops. When Tibby sits next to me in the movies, she bangs her heel against my shin during the funny or scary parts. Usually I don't even notice until the bruise blooms the next day. In history class Carmen absently grabs the loose, pinchy skin at my elbow. Bee rests her chin on my shoulder when I'm trying to show her something on the computer, clacking her tee& together when I turn to explain something. We step on, each other's feet a lot. (And, okay, I do have large feet.)
Before the Traveling, Pants we didn't know how to e~, together when we were apart. We didn't realize that we, are bigger and stronger and longer than the time we spend together. We learned that the first summer.
And all year long-, we waited and wondered what the second summer would bring. We learned to drive. We tried to care about our schoolwork and our PSATs. Effie fell in love (several times), and I tried to fall out of it. Brian became a regular fixture at Tibby's house, and she, wanted to talk about Bailey less and less. Carmen and Paul evolved from stepsiblings to friends. We all kept ue nervous, loving eyes on Bee.
While we did our thing, the Pants lived quietly in the top of Carmen's closet. They were summer Pants -that's what we had all agreed on. We had always marked our lives by summers. Besides, with the no-washing rule, we didn't want to overuse them. But not a day of fall, winter, or spring went by when I didn't think about them, curled up in Carmen's closet, safely gathering their magic for when we needed them again.
This summer began differently than the last. Except for Tibby, who'd be going to her film program at a college in Virginia, we thought we'd be staying home. We were all excited to see how the Pants worked when they weren't traveling.
But Bee never met a plan she didn't like to change. So from the start, our summer did not go the way we expected.
From the Hardcover edition.

Copyright© 2003 by Ann Brashares
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Reading Group Guide

1. The novel opens with a first-person narrative by Lena. Why do you think the author selected this character to frame the story? If you could change it, would you select another character, and if so, what would he or she say?

2. Self-destructive and hurting, Bridget impulsively decides to journey to Alabama and conceal her identity from her estranged grandmother. “She didn’t look like Bee Vreeland. Who said she had to be her?” (p. 21). Have you ever wished you could be someone else? How does posing as Gilda help Bridget learn to be comfortable in her own skin?

3. Each of the girls is embarrassed by her mother (or mother figure)–Carmen by Christina’s new romance, Lena by Ari’s Greekness, Tibby by Alice’s Mozart-playing cell phone and diaper-wipe-trailing shoes, and Bridget by Greta’s life, “so small, and so simple, and so completely unremarkable” (p. 280). In turn, each girl does something to embarrass her mother, with behavior that is often cruel. How could the girls have handled their situations differently? By humiliating their mothers, what do the girls of the Sisterhood learn about themselves?

4. Tibby gets caught up in trying to appear cool and sophisticated in front of Alex and Maura. “She wondered. Had she not brought Brian because she was worried about how he would seem to Alex and Maura? Or was it because she worried about how she, Tibby, would seem to Brian?” (p. 105). Do people judge you by the company you keep? Sometimes people rebuff the ones they love . . . why do you think Tibby pushes Brian away? If you were Brian, would you give up on Tibby? Why or why not?

5. In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Tibby’s friend Bailey is the only one outside the Sisterhood who wears the Pants. In The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Christina has that role. Carmen notes (p. 156), “The sick thing was, Christina looked beautiful in the Pants, slender and young. They fit Christina. They loved her and believed in her just as they’d loved Carmen last summer, when Carmen had been worthy of them. This summer they eluded Carmen. Instead, they chose her mother.” And on Bridget’s fifth day in Alabama, the Traveling Pants arrive–and they don’t fit her anymore. What is the emotional impact of these incidents on Carmen and Bridget? Is there a larger issue at play?

6. Epigraphs (short quotations) from a variety of sources–song lyrics, remarks by real-life personalities, fictitious sayings by the novel’s characters–are used to separate sections of the book. Which one is your favorite, and why?

7. Lena loves being in Carmen’s kitchen. “It felt safe and contained” (p. 81), and the food is comforting as well. Do you have a favorite place that makes you feel protected and secure? How do people make a place special?

8. Does Bridget find what she’s looking for in Alabama? How does spending time with Greta teach her about Marly? How is Bridget changed by this experience?

9. Ari tells Lena intimate details of her love affair. Do you think Lena is prepared for such information? Is it better for parents to shield their children from some of their own experiences–or do you think sharing them can help prevent heartache? On page 345, the narrator writes, “Lena was starting to need to go back to being the daughter again.” Have you ever been the recipient of knowledge that you didn’t feel equipped to handle?

10. Which of the girls would you most like to be? Which girl would make the best friend for you? Which mother–Christina, Ari, Alice, or Greta–would you most like to have?

11. Is Kostos a man of honor or a coward? How do you view his behavior? Lena broke up with Kostos–is she justified in thinking, “But that didn’t mean you were allowed to stop loving me” (p. 193)?

12. Carmen and Lena remain at home for most of the novel. Do you think the girls’ friendship would be stronger if all four girls were together? Or do you believe Lena, who tells us in the prologue (p. 4), “We didn’t realize that we are bigger and stronger and longer than the time we spend together”?

13. At the end of the novel, the remaining original Septembers–Alice, Ari, and Christina–are reunited. What does this teach the girls of the Sisterhood? Think about the women in your own life–mothers, grandmothers, aunts. Can you imagine their having a life before you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2008

    This is a Wonderful Book

    The Second Summer of the Sisterhood was very similar to the rest of the <BR/>books in the series. It followed all four girls, Tibby, Carmen, Lena, and Bridget on their various adventures throughout the summer. I really like Ann Brashares' writing because it describes exactly how the characters feel and what they're going through. While I was reading the book, I experienced the same anger, frustration, jealousy, giddiness, and heartbreak that the four girls had. I would recommend this book as a light, on-the-side reading book, because it kind of reminds me of a chick-flick in the version of a book. I would also strongly recommend the rest of the series, because it is the same, descriptive, emotional writing, and the stories of the four girls continue.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Just read it!!!!

    If you dont read it you are missin gout on the best book for girls 10and older, especially if you love love storys and happy endings!ann brAshares is the best Eric seems HOT!read it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Awesome!!!!

    Three words. A- MA- ZING!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Awesome

    I love this book its even better than the first one!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Pretty good

    I like this book but i think you should read the frist one before though. I wish the second was as exciting as the frist but otherwise love it! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    Superb Sequel

    I think as I re-read Ann Brashares' Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series I love the four main characters more and I have more appreaciation for the author's deft storytelling. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood is a novel that can be enjoyed during the first, second, or I'm sure even tenth read. It takes place a year after the first book and it is Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget's second summer with their magical pants. As usual, the prologue is in the first person, this time narrated by Lena who gives a quick overview of book one and gives a glossy summary of the school year. That's something that makes these books special. Their stories take place completely outside of the world of school and studying and are set in that eternal land of summer.

    This summer the girls are sixteen. Tibby is going off to movie making camp at Williamston College. Bridget, Lena, and Carmen were all supposed to stay home. But the pants are Traveling Pants and soon their lazy summer plans are transformed, starting with Bridget impulsively setting off to Alabama to see her grandmother for the first time in years. Throughout the book there is humor, heartbreak, and life lessons. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood deals with the girls' mother-daughter relationships more than the first installment.

    I think I loved this book even more this time because I wasn't simply caught up in finding out what was going to happen. I appreaciated Brashares' imaginative use of language and her witty one-liners. I felt like this quartet of best friends were my best friends too. That's the magic in this series. It's not that this old pair of jeans miraculously fits these four very different girls. It's that these girls- Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget- feel like the reader's best friends every time they pick up one of the books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2010

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    4 stars for The Second Summer of the Sisterhood!!

    The Second Summer of the Sisterhood was a well written book. It kept me hooked to see what happens next. The four main characters learned lessons all girls will sometime in their life, whether it is about love, death, or life in general. The book made me feel like I was living the lives of the four girls, Bridget, Lena, Tibby, and Carmen. After I was done with the book, it was hard to come back into my life again, because I got so absorbed in the book. It sucks you in and doesn't let you go until it's finished. This novel made me cherish my friends even more, because no matter where you go or who you meet, your best friends will always be there for you.
    I can always tell when I'm reading a good book, because I start to feel the same emotions as the characters. For example, when Carmen got mad at her mom, Christina, for acting like a teenager out on one of her dates with a co-worker, I felt the anger, too. Or when Lena lost Kostos, the love of her life, for the second time, I felt as miserable as Ann Brashares describes Lena. I give this book, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, five stars!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    Good friends grow together and individually

    Most books don't deal with some of the challenges of the journey from childhood to adult, the teenage years. We meet four girls who are strengthened by their friendship, the relationship that provides a safe place to grow, expand horizons, succeed and fail. It provides a place to learn. We experience their journey through their eyes, and are provided a chance to learn and examine their decisions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2009

    HELP! COME READ ME PLEASE

    The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann. Brashares
    The time was the summer, when four best friends had to separate so they can work on what they wanted to achieve. But the problem was they all had a rule that they had to share the pants with each other. That would be a problem because they were all going to different states for the summer so they try to send the pants to each other. At the end they finally see each other again.


    I recommend this book to anyone who liked the first book. There were some big surprises at the end. It wasn't really a big page turner but I thought it was from one page to another I wish I could say so much more about the book but I was afraid I would give it away so easy. It was kind of hard to concentrate because all the distractions I have at my house. I finally finished it but when there were not distractions I was deeply in the book I could read it over and over again. To be honest I really connect with the character because they go through what I am going through in my life.


    I enjoyed this genre because it relates to the average teen age girl life with the boys, jobs plainly teenage life. No the story did not end in cliff hangers in my point of view

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    This is a super-duper great book!!!!

    I loved the book. Its one of the best books ive read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Ann Brashares did it agian

    Ann Brashares has done it again. I love these books and wish they were real. AMAZING BOOKS!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Pants rule

    Must reaad

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Must read!

    This is the best book! Dont hesitate for reading it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Good book

    Before I started this book I had read the first one, it was one the best books I've read. This book is a very good book, but, I wish it was little bit more like the first one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    Amazing

    So good

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    The firsr book wa better.

    Truthfully, the first book was better. I have never wanted to read what was going on in Tibby's life. She just doed have a life that i feel fits the book. I like reading about Bridget's life;; it seems so unique and interesting. And Lena's just. . . Her life is very interesting. Carmens life is the only one that gets more boring than it was in the first book. I love reading the series, but i feel it could be much much better. I hope the third book s better than this one.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Read it!

    READ ALL FOUR :D!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2011

    Very original!

    I LOVED this book. Great read for tweens/teens.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Sorry

    Why would you post a coment that is just nonsence? That is really immature...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    ROCKIN BOOK!!!!!

    I love this book. More peolpe need to read it! I can say that you will find thingss that you relate to. I,m recommending the series to my friends!!!

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