Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) (英語) マスマーケット – 2004/5/11
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Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.
From the Hardcover edition.
“Funny, perceptive, and moving.”—USA Today
“A complex book about a solid group of friends, with each one a strong and courageous individual in her own right. They form a true sisterhood of acceptance and support, resulting in a believable and inviting world.”—School Library Journal, Starred
“A feel-good novel of substance. . . . Move over, Ya-Ya Sisters.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“The loving depiction of enduring and solid friendship will ring true to readers, who will appreciate this recognition of one of life’s most important relationships.”—The Bulletin, Recommended
From the Hardcover edition.
I liked the story and the characters. Its a good "coming of age" story that focuses on 4 different story lines for the 4 girls who will spend their first summer apart. The writing was good, though the author choose to bounce back and forth between the 4 stories in mid chapter, with no warning and it was a little jarring to then figure out where you are and with who. I cared about the characters by the end and wanted to see how their stories ended. I thought Carmen's father got off the hook too easily (my father also left under similar circumstances) and one girl falls for a boy that she doesn't really know, so it was a little unrealistic. Over all, a good read.
I will try the book with my 300 College girl students (its an English college program to get the Chinese girls jobs teaching English, Chinese and translation). We will see if they can handle it, the words might be above their level... but if they can get it, it might be the first English fiction book they've ever read and I'd say the story will be worth the work...
'“The Second Summer of the Sisterhood” is another great story for all ages from Ann Brashares. It is a great book for teenage girls, mostly because what the girls in the book go through is what teens are going through now; heartbreak, loss, friendship, and so much more. As teens grow and begin to understand that life is harder and more complex than they ever thought, it is easier to get through these awkward and tough times knowing that other people are going through the same things they are. This book is a great support system if someone needs reassurance that what they are going through is normal. Many people say the second book of a series is never as good as the first, I believe that this is false for this series. The books do not have a lot in common, they play off of each other very well. It really does help show how the girls are growing and how they are maturing, because their stories are getting to be more problematic. At the end of the summer the girls are reunited, they talked about their summers and all that happened. “Carmen let out her breath when she saw the three mothers sitting at the round table” This is showing how close the mothers have become again, for the first time after Bridget’s mothers death they all came together to talk and have a good time. The girls were all so happy to see this because I believe it gave them hope for their futures. “The Second Summer of the Sisterhood” is a great book to help girls of all ages remember what is important, friendship and staying close to the people who are loving and caring.
“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.