Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Hello, everyone! Soo, this week's book is definitely a girl's kind of book. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I don't really tend to go for older books when I'm picking out new reading material, but this one was recommended to me and I had to try it. I really loved it! Some of you may know it because it was made into a movie (which in my opinion turned out almost as good as the book). Still, I always suggest reading the book before watching the movie. Sooo, yeah. Really awesome book. Here it is, the review for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares.
Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget (nicknamed Bee) are four sophomores who couldn't be more different. Tibby is the cynical, sarcastic rebel who has a soft spot for her friends. Lena is the painfully shy Greek beauty who gets immersed in her art. Carmen is the full-figured Puerto Rican girl with a quick temper but a huge heart. Bridget is the athletic, outgoing girl who is always fearless. The four of them have been inseparable practically since birth. The coming summer is going to be their first summer apart, and surprisingly, reassurance comes in the form of a pair of pants picked up at a thrift store. The girls are amazed to see that the pants fit and look great on every single one of them, even though each has a different body shape. They take it as a sign, of sorts. Through the summer, the Traveling Pants will be passed around between the friends along with letters. Lena goes to Greece to stay with her grandmother, and over the course of the summer finds a love interest, sort of. A chain of events starts, causing her to doubt herself. Carmen travels to South Carolina to visit her dad, who had gotten a divorce with her mom when she was little. When she gets there, though, she gets a nasty surprise and her temper comes out. Bee goes to a summer soccer camp in Baja, breaking rules and breaking hearts along the way. The only problem is, one of those hearts may be her own. Tibby stays put, working a terrible job at a supermarket and filming a "suckumentary," as she calls it, about the supposed losers in her town. Soon, she makes an unforgettable unexpected friend who changes the way she looks at the world. Every girl has a different experience, but in the end the Pants keep them connected.
Wow, that was a long summary. I probably didn't totally do the book justice, because it's really funny, engaging, and poignant (haha! I can use big words!). I super-highly suggest reading it. It's good for anyone in 7th to 11th grade. Pick it up at Kettleson, Sitka High, or Mt. Edgecumbe.
P.S. There are three more books in the series, too, so if you like the first one you should try the others. They're really good too!

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