The first novel in the wildly popular #1 New York Times bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, from the author of The Whole Thing Together and The Here and Now.
Some friends just fit together.
Once there was a pair of pants. Just an ordinary pair of jeans. But these pants, the Traveling Pants, went on to do great things. This is the story of the four friends—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—who made it possible.
Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself.
"Funny, perceptive, and moving." USA Today
“An outstanding and vivid book that will stay with readers for a long time.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred, Flying Start
“The loving depiction of enduring and solid friendship will ring true to readers.” —The Bulletin, Recommended
“A feel-good novel of substance.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Series:||Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series , #1|
|Edition description:||Reader's Circle Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Lexile:||600L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Whole Thing Together, The Here and Now, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her family.
Visit Ann online at AnnBrashares.com and follow @AnnBrashares on Twitter.
Read an Excerpt
"Can you close that suitcase?" Tibby asked Carmen.
"It's making me sick."
Carmen glanced at the structured canvas bag splayed wantonly in the middle of her bed. Suddenly she wished she had all-new underwear. Her best satin pair was sprouting tiny ropes of elastic from the waistband.
"It's making me sick," Lena said. "I haven't started packing. My flight's at seven."
Carmen flopped the top of the suitcase down on the carpeted floor. She was working on removing navy-blue polish from her toenails.
"Lena, could you not say that word anymore?" Tibby asked, wilting a little on the edge of Carmen's bed. "It's making me sick."
"Which word?" Bridget asked. "Packing? Flight? Seven?"
Tibby considered. "All of them."
"Oh, Tibs," Carmen said, grabbing Tibby's foot from where she sat. "It's gonna be okay."
Tibby took her foot back. "It's gonna be okay for you. You're going away. You're going to eat barbecue all the time and light firecrackers and everything.
Tibby had nonsensical ideas about what people did in South Carolina, but Carmen knew not to argue with her.
Lena let out a little hum of sympathy.
Tibby turned on her. "Don't make that pity noise, Lena."
Lena cleared her throat. "I didn't," she said quickly, even though she had.
"Don't wallow," Bridget urged Tibby. "You're wallowing."
"No," Tibby shot back. She held up hands crossed at the wrist in a hex sign to ward off Bridget. "No pep talks. No fair. I only let you do pep talks when you need to feel better."
"I wasn't doing a pep talk," Bridget said defensively, even though she was.
Carmen made her wise eyebrows. "Hey, Tibs? Maybe if you're nasty enough, you won't miss us and we won't miss you."
"Carma!" Tibby shouted, getting to her feet and thrusting a stiff arm at Carmen. "I see through that! You're doing psychological analysis on me. No! No!"
Carmen's cheeks flushed. "I am not," she said quietly.
The three of them sat, scolded into silence.
"God, Tibby, what is anybody allowed to say?" Bridget asked.
Tibby thought about it. "You can say . . ." She glanced around the room. She had tears welling in her eyes, but Carmen knew she didn't want them to show. "You can say . . ." Her eyes lighted on the pair of pants folded on the top of a stack of clothes on Carmen's dresser. "You can say, 'Hey, Tibby, want those pants?"'
Carmen looked baffled. She capped the polish remover, walked over to her dresser, and held up the pants. Tibby usually liked clothes that were ugly or challenging. These were just jeans. "You mean these?" They were creased in three places from inattention.
Tibby nodded sullenly. "Those."
"You really want them?" Carmen didn't feel like mentioning that she was planning to throw them away. Bigger points if they mattered.
Tibby was demanding a little display of unconditional love. Then again, it was her right. Three of them were flying off on big adventures the next day, and Tibby was launching her career at Wallman's in scenic Bethesda for five cents over minimum wage.
"Fine," Carmen said benevolently, handing them over.
Tibby absently hugged the pants, slightly deflated at getting her way so fast.
Lena studied them. "Are those the pants you got at the secondhand place next to Yes!?"
"Yes!" Carmen shouted back.
Tibby unfolded them. "They're great."
The pants suddenly looked different to Carmen. Now that somebody cared about them, they looked a little nicer.
"Don't you think you should try them on?" Lena asked practically. "If they fit Carmen, they aren't going to fit you."
Carmen and Tibby both glared at Lena, not sure who should take more offense.
"What?" Bridget said, hopping to Lena's aid. "You guys have completely different builds. Is that not obvious?"
"Fine," Tibby said, glad to be huffy again.
Tibby pulled off her dilapidated brown cargo pants, revealing lavender cotton underwear. She turned her back to her friends for the sake of drama as she pulled on the pants. She zipped, buttoned, and turned around. "Ta-da!"
Lena studied her. "Wow."
"Tibs, you're such a babe," Bridget proclaimed.
Tibby tried not to let her smile get loose. She went over to the mirror and turned to the side. "You think they're good?"
"Are those really my pants?" Carmen asked.
Tibby had narrow hips and long legs for her small frame. The pants fell below her waist, hugging her hips intimately. They revealed a white strip of flat stomach, a nice inny belly button.
"You look like a girl," Bridget added.
Tibby didn't quarrel. She knew as well as anyone that she looked skinny and shapeless in the oversized pants she usually wore.
The pants bagged a little at her feet, but that worked for Tibby.
Suddenly Tibby looked unsure. "I don't know. Maybe somebody else should try them." Slowly she unbuttoned and unzipped.
"Tibby, you are crazy," Carmen said. "Those pants are in love with you. They want you for your body and your mind." She couldn't help seeing the pants in a completely new way.
Tibby threw them at Lena. "Here. You go."
"Why? They're meant to be yours, " Lena argued.
Tibby shrugged. "Just try them."
Carmen could see Lena glancing at the pants with a certain amount of interest. "Why not? Lena, try 'em."
Lena looked at the pants warily. She shed her own khakis and pulled them on. She made sure they were buttoned and sitting straight on her hips before she glanced in the mirror.
"Lenny, you make me sick," Tibby offered.
"Jesus, Lena," Carmen said. Sorry, Jesus, she added to herself reflexively.
"They're nice pants," Lena said reverently, almost whispering.
They were used to Lena, but Carmen knew that to the rest of the world she was fairly stunning. She had Mediterranean skin that tanned well, straight, shiny dark hair, and wide eyes roughly the color of celery. Her face was so lovely, so delicately structured, it kind of gave Carmen a stomachache. Carmen once confessed her worry to Tibby that some movie director was going to spot Lena and take her away, and Tibby admitted she had worried the exact same thing. Particularly beautiful people were like particularly funny-looking people, though. Once you knew them you mostly forgot about it.
The pants clung to Lena's waist and followed the line of her hips. They held close to the shape of her thighs and fell exactly to the tops of her feet. When she took two steps forward, they appeared to hug each of her muscles as they shifted and moved. Carmen gazed in wonder at how different was their effect from Lena's bland uniform of J. Crew khakis.
"Very sexy," Bridget said.
Lena snatched another peek at the mirror. She always held herself in a slightly awkward way, with her neck pushed forward, when she looked in a mirror. She winced. "I think maybe they're too tight," she said.
"Are you joking?" Tibby barked. "They are beautiful. They look a million times better than those lame-o pants you usually wear."
Lena turned to Tibby. "Was that a compliment somewhere in there?"
"Seriously, you have to have them," Tibby said. "They're like . . . transforming."
Lena fiddled with the waistband. She was never comfortable talking about the way she looked.
"You are always beautiful," Carmen added. "But Tibby's right . . .you look . . . just . . . different."
Lena slid the pants off her hips. "Bee has to try them."
"You do," Lena confirmed.
"She's too tall for them," Tibby said.
"Just try," Lena said.
"I don't need any more jeans," Bridget said. "I have, like, nine pairs."
"What, are you scared of them?" Carmen taunted. Stupid dares like that always worked on Bridget.
Bridget grabbed them from Lena. She took off her dark indigo jeans, kicked them into a pile on the floor, and pulled on the pants. At first she tried to pull the pants way up on her waist, so they would be too short, but as soon as she let go, the pants settled gracefully on her hips.
"Doo-doo-doo-doo," Carmen sang, hitting the notes of the Twilight Zone theme.
Bridget turned around to look at her backside. "What?"
"They're not short; they're perfect," Lena said.
Tibby cocked her head, studying Bridget carefully. "You look almost . . . small, Bee. Not your usual Amazon."
"The insult parade marches on," Lena said, laughing.
Bridget was tall, with broad shoulders and long legs and big hands. It was easy to think she was a big person, but she was surprisingly narrow through her hips and waist.
"She's right," Carmen said. "The pants fit better than your usual ones."
Bridget switched her butt in front of the mirror. "These do look good," she said. "Wow. I think I may love them."
"You've got a great little butt," Carmen pointed out.
Tibby laughed. "That from the queen of butts." She got a troublemaking look in her eyes. "Hey. You know how we find out if these pants are truly magical?"
"How?" Carmen asked.
Tibby jiggled her foot in the air. "You try them on. I know they're yours and all, but I'm just saying, scientifically speaking, that it is impossible for these pants to fit you too."
Carmen chewed the inside of her cheek. "Are you casting aspersions on my butt?"
"Oh, Carma. You know I envy it. I just don't think these pants are going to fit over it," Tibby explained reasonably.
Bridget and Lena nodded.
Suddenly Carmen was afraid that the pants that hugged each of her friends' bodies with loving grace would not fit over her upper thighs. She wasn't really chubby, but she had inherited her backside directly from the Puerto Rican half of the family. It was very nicely shaped, and most days she felt proud of it, but here with these pants and her three little-assed friends, she didn't feel like standing out like the big fatso.
"Nah. I don't want them," Carmen said, standing up and getting ready to try to change the subject. Six eyes remained fixed on the pants.
"Yes," Bridget said. "You have to."
"Please, Carmen?" Lena asked.
She saw too much anticipation on her friends' faces to drop it without a fight. "Fine. Don't expect them to fit or anything. I'm sure they won't."
"Carmen, they're your pants," Bridget pointed out.
"Yeah, smarty, but I never tried them on before." Carmen said it with enough force to ward off further questions. She pulled off her black flares and pulled on the jeans. They didn't stop at her thighs. They went right up over her hips without complaint. She fastened them. "So?" She wasn't ready to venture a look in the mirror yet.
Nobody said anything.
"What?" Carmen felt cursed. "What? Are they that bad? She found the courage to meet Tibby's eye. "What?"
"I . . . I just . . ." Tibby trailed off.
"Oh my," Lena said quietly.
Carmen winced and looked away. "I'll just take them off, and we'll pretend this never happened," she said, her cheeks flushing.
Bridget found words. "Carmen, that's not it at all! Look at yourself! You are a thing of beauty. You are a vision. You are a supermodel."
Carmen put her hand on her hip and made a sour face. "That I doubt."
"Seriously, look at yourself," Lena ordered. "These are magic pants."
Carmen looked at herself. First from far away, then from up close. From the front and then the back.
The CD they'd been listening to ended, but nobody seemed to notice. The phone was ringing distantly, but nobody got up to get it. The normally busy street was silent.
Carmen finally let out her breath. "These are magic pants.
Reading Group Guide
1. The novel opens and closes with a first-person narrative by Carmen. 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? Or do you think Carmen’s is the best viewpoint to begin and end the novel?
2. “For some reason our lives were marked by summers. . . . Summer was the time when our lives joined completely, when we all had our birthdays, when really important things happened” (p. 5). What is the significance of the Sisterhood’s first summer apart? Why is it so important that the four friends have individual adventures? Do you think they would have remained close if the Pants had not been a part of their lives?
3. Of the four girls, whom are you the most like? The most different from?
4. 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?
5. Carmen’s discovery of a new blond stepfamily comes as quite a shock. How could her father have better handled this news? Would it have made a difference to Carmen?
6. In the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey sees what the world would have been like had he not been born. Author Ann Brashares has said that the character of Bailey was inspired by this film. How would Tibby’s life have been different if she had not met Bailey?
7. Lena is described as quite beautiful. How do you think this affects her friendships? Have you ever been friends with someone who is noticeably more or less attractive than you are? How did it make you feel?
8. Bridget feels powerful as she pursues Eric, but her actions leave her fragile and uncertain. Do you think that by the end of the story, Bridget is able to take back some of her power? Why or why not? What role do you think Bridget’s friends will play in her recovery?
9. In the novel, the Pants take on a life of their own. Each of the girls in turn feels loved and comforted by them, as if the Pants were a creature or a person. Do you believe that the Pants are really looking out for the girls? Or is what the girls sense a manifestation of their own emotions? Or is it some combination of the two?
10. Each of the girls is very different from her friends and has widely ranging talents: Lena is a painter, Tibby is a filmmaker, Bridget is an athlete. But their talents don’t define them so much as send them off in different directions. Carmen is more of an enigma; what would you say her talents are and where do they take her in the novel?
11. If you were given the Pants, what rule governing their use would be the hardest for you to keep? Rule 10 is “Remember: Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself” (p. 25). How is this rule observed by each member of the Sisterhood in the story? How is it broken?
12. In the epilogue (p. 293), Carmen says, “What happened in front of my friends felt real. What happened to me by myself felt partly dreamed, partly imagined, definitely shifted and warped by my own fears and wants.” Have you ever felt that way? How does it feel to see yourself reflected in other people?
13. The novel’s settings are varied—Baja California, Greece, South Carolina, and Maryland. By the end of the book, each of the girls has had a revelation that has a lot to do with where she has been. If you could spend a summer in one of these places, which would you choose? If you could spend a summer anywhere in the world, where would you go? Would you want your friends with you or would you rather travel solo?
14. What does Carmen mean when she says that she, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget are the real Septembers (p. 7)? What is it about their friendship that convinces Carmen they won’t drift apart the way their mothers did? Fast-forward ten years . . . do you think the Sisterhood will still be inseparable? What are the bonds that will help their friendship endure? Will the Pants still fit them? If not, will it matter?
Q: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, your debut novel, received many awards, much critical praise, and adoration from readers of all ages. What are your thoughts on its success and why do you think it
resonated so strongly with readers?
A: Its success has been a wonderful surprise each step of the way. From the outset I tried to keep my expectations very low. I know how hard it is to get a book published, let alone have it succeed. I've read many excellent books that did not succeed commercially. Here I give credit to the publisher, Random House, and to the booksellers. They supported the book wholeheartedly. To the extent that it has resonated with readers, I am grateful for it. I sense that they have responded, more than anything else, to the unconditional love and loyalty that the Sisterhood represents.
Q: A list of main characters in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants could include the Pants. They're not just a symbol of the strong bond between the four girls, but they also take on a life of their own, becoming a caretaker in some scenes or even a benevolent higher power. What inspired you to write about such a magical pair of jeans? Was it based on a real-life experience?
A: I love the idea of taking a bunch of big, abstract concepts--love, honesty, power, magic--and stuffing them all into a mundane, concrete, everyday object. The Pants are that object. I've always loved the idea of enchanted clothing. I like to imagine that clothes can hold transformational power, and that somehow they can hold memories and emotions in their fibers.
The Pants were, in part, inspired by a real story--that of a friend and colleague named JodiAnderson, who did actually share a pair of jeans with her close friends.
Q: How did you become a writer? What do you love most about writing? What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
A: I still feel self-conscious when I call myself a writer--I haven't been one for very long. I came to it very slowly and with utmost caution. My career has been spent around books, but for ten years I was too frightened to actually try to write one. I edited them, I wrote outlines for them, I worked closely with authors, I even rewrote big sections of other people's books on occasion. I always long to master a thing before I feel safe enough to try it. Which is totally illogical, of course.
The part of writing I love most is when I achieve a feeling of deep involvement with a character. It never happens right away. I have to spend a lot of time with a character before I feel that union. I know it has happened when I stop telling my character what to do and she starts telling me. It's kind of like the Velveteen Rabbit moment when a beloved fiction becomes real.
I also feel self-conscious about giving advice, being rather new to this. But here goes. First, don't think you can't be a writer because you haven't known you were destined to be a writer from the beginning of your life. Writers can become writers at different stages. And yes, some do start early. Second, write about characters you know how to love. That doesn't mean they shouldn't have flaws; they absolutely must. It's their struggle that makes us truly love them. But be sympathetic. Your readers won't connect if you don't.
Q: Your novel is both humorous and poignant. You deal honestly with death, divorce, sex--what sorts of issues would you like to write about in the future?
A: I don't really think of myself as writing about issues. The stories naturally include issues, but they don't usually start with them. I like to go after big emotions, and tragedies are often the way to get them. Only I'm not so much interested in racy, headline-grabbing tragedies. I'm more interested in the kinds that happen to people every day.
Q: Which girl would you have identified the most with in high school? Which character do you identify with the most now?
A: In high school I think I would have identified most with a combination of Tibby and Lena--the cautious ones. Now . . . hmmm . . . I think I still identify with the Tibby/Lena combo. I guess I haven't made all that much progress.
Q: Before the girls set off on their separate adventures, Carmen says "magic comes in many forms" (p. 20). Do you believe in magic? If you could own a piece of magical clothing, what would it be and why?
A: I believe in a subtle kind of magic, I guess. I tend to imbue objects with intentions and abilities--not earthshaking, but modest ones. My son had this pair of pajamas that kept him safe and snug for hundreds and hundreds of nights. With all the washing and folding and putting them on and taking them off, I spent a lot of time with those pajamas. When at last they were reduced to rags and I had to throw them out, I took a few minutes to thank them and kiss them goodbye. That's a bit strange, I guess.
Which brings me to the magical piece of clothing I would wish to own. I think it would be a garment I could trust to keep the people I love safe. Kind of like fire-retardant fabric, only more powerful and less itchy. But I confess that's the mother in me talking. As a writer, I've designed a fabric that challenges as often as it protects.
Q: One of the prevailing themes of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is the importance of friendship. Did you realize when you were writing the book that it was going to be about friendship, or did this theme develop as you explored the characters during the writing process?
A: The book started with the Pants, and as such, it was always about what was communal and transitional. Which I guess is to say that the book started out being about friendship. What surprised me, in writing it, was how much the individual stories took over. An abstract idea like friendship, inspiring though it may be, is not as compelling as characters coming to life--not to me, at least.
Q: If you could meet only one of the Sisterhood for coffee, who would it be and why? What would you talk about?
A: I think I would choose to meet Bridget. Not because I love her the most (I do love her, but it feels wrong to play favorites) but because she is the one I worry about the most. She has enormous gifts, but she also has some pretty big deficits. Because she hasn't got a mother, I think I feel more maternal toward her.
That's not to say that coffee with her would be all serious. Bee's got buzz even without any caffeine.
Q: An important part of the book is the characters' self-discovery, but just as important is the characters' discovery that there is more to other people than what you see on the outside. Carmen realizes there's more to her dad's new family than "being blond together." Tibby realizes there's much more to those starring in her "suckumentary" than she could ever hope to understand. Lena discovers that Kostos is far from being a stalker. Bridget is the only one of the four who doesn't make an important discovery about another person. Her experience with Eric only accentuates how little she knows about him as well as how little she understands the mental and emotional consequences of their intimacy. Her journey seems to be the most introspective, and although at the end she's comforted by the Pants and her friends, she is left very confused. Why did you choose to make Bridget's story more introspective than the others?
A: Bridget is the character who knows herself least. While the other three characters often look inward, Bee looks out. So, being the taskmaster I am, I sent the other three out, out, out of their (sometimes) selfish and insular worlds, and I sent Bridget in. Her journey toward knowledge had to start with self-knowledge. I wanted to give her an experience that would shake her up. Bee thinks she can be blithe about her intimacy with Eric, but she simply can't. She is forced to suffer the wounds in the center of herself. And those don't heal quickly or easily.
Q: Do you have a sisterhood of your own?
A: Not quite like the one I write about. I have very close friends from different times in my life. I have close friends from childhood and high school. I have two close friends from college. I have a play group with other mothers whom I love (including my sister-in-law and my cousin). I would say I have overlapping sisterhoods.
Q: The four friends learn about themselves as individuals by being on their own. They're forced to be stronger than when they were together. What do you think this means in regard to friendship?
A: Carmen notes that the four girls of the Sisterhood sometimes feel like four parts of one person. Being on her own forces each of the girls to become a whole person, to develop the parts of herself that get less use. Friends are the ultimate support, but they can also insulate you from the world and even stunt your growth. The friendship in this novel proves its power by giving support while spurring the girls toward independence.
Q: Was it difficult to structure the novel by alternating among four unique points of view?
A: It wasn't really difficult, because I wrote the main part of each girl's story separately. Toward the end I felt like a movie editor splicing all of my scenes together. When I was done I honestly couldn't tell if it was a book or a big pile of nonsense. I had one clear operating rule: When in doubt, don't reorient, don't recap, don't rehash. Just throw the reader right into the middle. Chances are she'll stay with you. My faith in the reader has probably been my best gamble.
Q: Readers certainly will approach the companion books to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with their own hopes and expectations. How does that affect your writing?
A: I can't help being affected by that. It's a great honor to have people care about your book and your characters. You don't want to disappoint them. It affected me to the point of total paralysis at the outset of writing both the second and third books. But after a while I have to figure it's my job to write books. It's my job to figure out what happens to these girls, and if I do my honest best . . . well, what else can I do? Readers so far have been pretty forgiving. And, anyway, once I get started writing, I stop questioning myself and pay attention to the important people--my characters.
Q: What can you tell us about Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood?
A: I can tell you that it takes place right after the girls' high school graduation and tells the story of their last summer before they split up for college. I can also tell you that Tibby falls in love for the first time and that Bridget once again encounters Eric Richman, the soccer coach. But I'd better be quiet now, before I give too much away. . . .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Im 15 going on 16 and I absolutely LOVED this book. It was worth every penny! In the story I felt that the pants truely were magical! Having bought this book at a secondhand thrift store for a $1.50 added even more magic :) Im a very picky reader but I was hooked from page one. I though it was going to be a sloppy, corny story, but I was wrong!! My cousin wouldn't shut up about it and told me that I just HAD to read it. I finished the book in about a day or two and I completely cried my eyes out in the end. Can't wait to read the other ones!! and maybe watch the movie too :) I loved the way the story was laid out. IT FORCES YOU TO KEEP READING!! One minute you're reading about Lena and then, it shifts over to Carmen, and then Tibby, and then Bridget, and back to Lena and so on... Oh! And in every chapter theres a cute little quote :) I loved it, some of them were funny too! I took this book to school with me and started reading in the cafeteria, and my friends looked at me like I was crazy cause I started crying. Why was I crying? 2 reasons: #1 I had finished reading it. #2 read the book and you'll see :) This book is absolutely PERFECT FOR THE SUMMER since it takes place during that time. I love books that just make me all emotional inside. Most people rate books with stars. I rate mine with tears. I cried soooo much in the end. There's always one character that you can relate to the most, but in this book you can relate to all of them in some ways :) I love Lena, we have the same taste and artistic skill and tend to be a little introverted. I loved Carmen too. We're both part Puerto Rican with some junk in the trunk and a broken family. Bridget and I share the same passion for soccer and Tibby and I have that little snappy attitude at times, we're not afraid to speak our mind, and we have crappy jobs with annoying bosses -_- In short :) quit wasting time reading stupid reviews about other peoples opinions about this book. Go out and buy it and read it. You won't regret it at all
This is one of the best books I have read. It was like another movie I had never seen before. For all the people out there, this book was about these four girls that were best friends. They each had a different vacation place. One of them had a pair of pants and it fit each and very one of them. They decided to form a sisterhood and honor the pants. They said the pants would travel form girl to girl while they are on vacation.
Great book!!! This is deffinitly a book for a 6th 7th 8th. Not because of bad stuff or anything like that.. but just because junior high girls would be able to understand more.
I was in 7th grade when I read this book and I thought it was AMAZING!!! This read is fun and interesting.
I'm 9 and i love this book.
I give this book 5 starts mostly if not entirely because it's one of the few books that I actually read more than once. I couldnt put it down either. I love the fact that the point of view isnt limited, and the audience gets to see what's going on with all of the characters. It's been a while since I read it, but I remember I really wanted to be the girl who went overseas with her family and met the boy, I think it might have been in Greece. That's the great thing with this book, theres so many characters and the girls are all so diverse so you find yourself in one of them. Definitely recommend!
This is the best book! Dont hesitate for reading it!
Great book its one of the best books i have ever read!
It is sooooo sad when tibbys friend with cancer dies!!!!!! But other than a little crying i enjoyed this boook very much!!!
I feel like i am in the book with everyone of these girls. LOVE,LOVE,lOVE them all<3 and i fall in love with the guys everytime
This is one of my favorite books!!!!!!!!!:) Cant wait to read the rest of the sieries
I think it is really good for middle schoolers like me me and my friends all read it and we could all relate to it some how
This book is the first in one of my favorite series of all time. As Carmen, Bridget, Lena, and Tibby prepare for their first summer apart, a seemingly magical pair of good looking pants brings them together. Each of the girls has to deal with life without her other three selves as she deals with conflicts that many girls can relate to. The sisterhood shows a powerful standard of friendship, strenght, trust, and love that all girls can look up to. This is a touching story by Ann Brashares about the power of friendship. Recommended ages 12 & up.
This book is utterly amazing. I think it's a perfect book for all ages. It is about four, unique best friends who had been together since birth. I will not give too much away, but each girl goes somplace in the summer when, unfortunately, thry are supposee to hang out. But they find a better communication. Their pants. This story describes each girl's hardships and fun times over the summer. Get ready for a blast of a great plot. Enjoy!
Whats the order that the books go in?!?!
i bought this book at wal-mart when it first came out and have read and reread it so many times before, Ann Brashares takes us on a magical Adventure about four best friends and a pair of pants that they share called the Traveling pant's, each girl experience's a different, new, aspect of all of there life's and their personality during their first summer apart, with each page in the book you will get closer to these girl's like they are your best friend's, the sisterhood of the traveling pants is definitely one book to invest in, it is money well worth spent, each girl will find their way into your heart & possibly show you something that was never there before, this book is truly excellent, it is one of the best books i have ever read and reread before, these four girls are best friends and have been since they was babies, i highly recomend this book to everyone, these jeans fit all four friend's perfectly, this is 1 of the best book series i have ever read and reread before, Ann Brashares is one of my favorite top Authors, the books are just as good as the movies are, the girls decide that the jeans should be shared & sent back and forth from friend to friend during the summer, this is a good story about friendship, the sisterhood of the traveling pants is a very good book, it is very well written, this is a good story about growing up, the characters are all very likeable in this book, they all decide that the pants should be only worn in the summertime, and they all have to write a memory on the back of them when the summer ends, i give this book 5 stars, Ann Brashares is one of the best Authors ever.
This book is a winner in every way. A very wise professor once said, ¿As a teen, you begin to learn who you really are, when you break away from the group.¿ Ann Brashares has brought this universal truth to literary life and the female YA audience eloquently in this soulful book. (In fact, the series of all four books are winners and more enjoyable when read straight through, because the reader will appreciate the character development.) Ms. Brashares writing is precise where it needs to be, yet leaves room open for thought and challenges fer her readers. The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, is the story of a rare and unique friendship between four girls Bridget, Lena, Tibby and Carmen. A pair of magical blue jeans comes into their lives one day that just happen to fit their very different bodies. The pants become the perfect metaphor, as the girls share them during their first summer apart, which takes place between their Sophomore and Junior year in High School. The first book is told from Carmen¿s point of view. Her feisty spirit grows thorns when she arrives in South Carolina to spend the summer with her Dad. Life becomes tumultuous when she arrives, and is surprised to meet his fiancée and her stepbrother and stepsister to be. The summer turns out to be as comfortable for them as a group stranded on an island with poison ivy, sun poisoning and a variety of bug bites. Lena, a sensitive artist, and her younger sister spend the summer on a picturesque Greek island with their strict Grandparents. Her self-concept is challenged when she meets her first love, Kostos. Bridget, who¿s nickname is Bumble Bee, reels out of control as a result of a traumatic event. While spending the summer at soccer camp in Baja, her lustful, self-destructive path fuels out of control when she gets involved with one of her coaches. Tibby, is the only friend who finds herself spending her summer in their hometown of Bethesda. She is the ignored child of parents who had a second family late in life. Tibby tries to deal with hurt and abandonment issues by making a documentary of everyday people. She learns much about herself through her pet, younger brother and sister, and from unlikely new friends she makes during the summer while creating her film, and working at a local drug store chain. This wonderful story is told with love, support and wisdom. It shows that real friends don't have to be competitive and mean-spirited. What a joy. Many surprises will delight the reader. I loved every page of it.
Read this thinking it would come up as a "want to read" by my daughter (it never did...). Loved the relationships among the girls, but am glad it didn't come up as something she wanted to read!
Brashares, A. (2001). Sisterhood of the traveling pants. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.Grades 7 and up. Who would have thought that jeans costing less than $4.00 would be magical? Lena, Bridget, Tibby, and Carmen have been friends since birth. They discover that the jeans Carmen bought at a thrift-store fits them perfectly even though they each have a different body type. This will also be the first summer that they are separated. Lena will be in Greece; Bridget will be at soccer camp in Baja, California; Carmen will visit her dad in South Carolina; and Tibby will stay at home working at Wallman¿s. Before leaving they create rules regarding the pants. For instance, the pants cannot be washed; clothes cannot be tucked into the pants; and they cannot double-cuff the pants when wearing them. Most importantly, however, they decide to set up a rotation system by mailing the pants back and forth throughout the summer. When mailing the pants to the next person, they must explain what was the most important event and most exciting incident that occurred while wearing the pants. While a story about ¿magical pants¿ might seem a little hokey, I enjoyed the book. The pants symbolize their love for one another. Ultimately, it is their friendship that sustains them during difficult times: Lena¿s newfound love creates conflict; Bridget¿s sexual encounter with her soccer coach leaves her empty and alone; Carmen feels hurt when she finds out that her dad has a new fiancée; and Tibby discovers the challenges in befriending a twelve-year-old girl who has leukemia. This coming-of-age story will appeal to girls, as they are likely to identify with the characters¿ struggles. It is a powerful novel about friendship. Brashares writing is humorous, fresh, and direct. It will keep readers entertained and wanting to read the rest of the series. Highly recommended for a middle school library.
MS or HS book from seriesBrashares, A. (2001). The sisterhood of the traveling pants. New York: Delacorte Press.When she bought them from the thrift store for $3.25, Carmen didn¿t realize the significance one pair of jeans could have on a friendship. While they all spend their last day together before their first summer apart, they each try on the thrift store, pair of pants and come to the conclusion that the pants must be magical. Each girl has a different body-type and size and yet somehow the jeans fit perfectly for each of them. So, the Sisterhood begins. They come up with a plan for the pants to travel. Each girl keeps them for a week and then sends them on to the next girl, but there are rules each must abide by.With different experiences, each girl finds herself, learns about love, encounters problems along the way, gains wisdom, and realizes her loyalties to her friends. Brashares portrays teenage issues in a realistic way, making it easy for teen readers to relate to. The short chapters and letters to each other keep the read fast-paced and is sure to win the hearts of teen girls. Grades 9-12.
Cute coming of age story about girls who are best friends.
After I read it, I can't honestly say that I saw a sequel coming. I didn't see it becoming popular either. It was okay, but it wasn't my favorite book ever. It was well written, a decent plot, decent ending, but it's not quite my cup of tea. 3/5 times I wonder how bad the pants smell since they're not allowed to wash them, even through blood stains, four books, and two movies.
A great book about friendship and young girls growing up and learning to deal with difficult situations.
Ok, so this was one of those books I picked up thinking it would be a light, easy read - something that would be a breather between heavier stories. I mean, it's a book about magic pants. Seriously? While it was an easy read, it wasn't the fluffy, silly romp I figured it would be. It was entertaining and heartwarming and really very good, surprisingly good, in fact. I would absolutely recommend it, and I'm looking forward to book two.
This book totally rocked. I liked how it (and the Pants) followed Lena, Tibby, Carma and Bee through their summer's adventures. Having the Pants became a great way to do something you might not otherwise, a metaphor for a friend's support.