Parman Teen Book Review: “Sisterhood of the traveling pants” by Ann Brashares
Lena, Bridget, Tibby, and Carmen have been friends for as long as they can remember. However, except for their fall birthdays, the four girls are as different as can be. Lena is an introverted beauty of Greek heritage; Bridget is a tall, fit soccer-player with gorgeous golden hair; Tibby is the “rebel” of the group, with her nose-piercing and disregard for her looks; and Carmen is the Puerto-Rican math whiz who hopes to get into a great college, following in her father’s footsteps. The girls had gotten accustomed to spending every summer with each other, although they attend different schools; this year, however, every girl has a different plan. Lena is going to Greece with her little sister Effie to visit their grandparents, Bridget is attending a soccer camp in California, Carmen is going to South Caroline to visit her father, and Tibby is staying at home and working at a local store. The girls decide to stay in touch by shipping a pair of jeans, known as the “magical pants” because they fit all the girls despite their various statures and shapes, to each other. In the end, this summer changes the girls in a way that none of them thought possible as they confront their greatest strengths, weaknesses, fears, and desires with only the Traveling Pants to accompany them. The only aspect of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants that I did not enjoy was the sudden changes in perspective in the middle of chapters. If one sentence was detailing Tibby’s experience at work, the next could be talking about Bridget at soccer camp – it is truly up to the reader to stay track of all the characters and their dilemmas. Overall, this book was a light, enjoyable read, and I plan on reading the next book in the series, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood.
Niraja, 17 Parman TLLC