The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) (英語) マスマーケット – 2006/5/23
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With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.
Bridget: Impulsively sets off for Alabama, wanting to both confront her demons about her family and avoid them all at once.
Lena: Spends a blissful week with Kostos, making the unexplainable silence that follows his visit even more painful.
Carmen: Is concerned that her mother is making a fool of herself over a man. When she discovers that her mother borrowed the Pants to wear on a date, she's certain of it.
Tibby: Not about to spend another summer working at Wallman's, she takes a film course only to find it's what happens off-camera that teaches her the most.
From the Hardcover edition.
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 deal about 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.
There are some very valuable lessons to be learned from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It shows that friendship endures all, and different personalities can deepen bonds. Brashares explains that happiness “isn't having everything in your life be perfect… it's about stringing together all the little things” (Brashares). Being a teenage girl myself, I found it easy to connect and relate to each of the characters. Every girl can find a little bit of herself in the sisterhood. Not only are the characters well-developed, and human, Brashares doesn't give them more wisdom than any other fifteen-year-olds would have. The characters live their lives as real teenagers, and delve into human emotions that all women have experienced at some point.
I really enjoyed the point of view of this book. While in the beginning it was sometimes hard to follow, it was very interesting. It was third person point of view, but jumped between each of the girls’ personal experiences. The author also throws in the notes that each girl mails throughout the course of the summer, giving insight on their thoughts and feelings. I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family; it’s truly a great read.
And then there is the second book. Bridget changed almost too fast and wildly, I didn't understand at first. We don't get the school years, so we don't know. I liked Tibby going off, but I only liked it maybe half as much as the first one.
And the third. It was better than the second, but not as good as the first. I liked Bridget and Eric meeting again, along with Lena and Kostos. That was an exciting twist. I liked Carmen finding Win, too. Tibby, was a little boring, in my opinion.
The fourth. I loved it, I cried. Lena coming out of her shell and Tibby being interesting was wonderful. Carmen was an opposite, invisible. And Bridget will be Bridget. I for sure didn't like it as mush as the first. Not at all.
“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” is a great book for all ages but mostly for teenage girls. I believe that this book helps show the true meaning of friendship. Also, I think this book can even answer questions teens might have but are too afraid to ask. As teens grow and develop their bodies change, this part of life can be very confusing. Some teens can get very self-conscious, this book shows that there are other people going through the same obstacles as them self. The book includes a lot of examples of how relatable the story is to real life but one strong example is when Lena and Effie got to Greece their grandma wanted to introduce one of their neighbors to Lena. “Lena had a strong suspicion Grandma hasn’t just cooked up this idea in the last hour. She suspected Grandma had been plotting something for a long time” (Brashares, 52). This is showing how Lena’s grandmother had wanted Kostos and Lena to become close and maybe eventually get married. I know from personal experience grandparents are not afraid to say what they think or what they want to happen, so when Lena’s grandmother went out of her way to introduce the two it shows how she wanted them to become friends. I feel as though a lot of grandparents would do this, only because they want the best for their grandchild. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” is a great book to help teen girls get through the “awkward stages” by helping them realize everyone is going through the same thing.