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Title: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Author: Ann Brashares
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 2001
Summary: 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.
It’s a Quotastic Fantasyland!
I loved how the story flowed from one member of the Sisterhood to another through their letters as well as the current happenings in their lives. Of course, it had a little cheesiness with the beyond their years wisdom that can only be brought about with childhood cancer and the fantastical notion of 1 pair of pants fitting 4 different body shapes, but enjoying books is all about letting our imagination be free, right?! Another aspect of the book I loved was the use of quotes to separate chapters instead of numbers, which made the story feel continuous and provided the thematic tone for the chapter. Also, they weren’t standard quotes that we’ve seen or heard a billion times. Some of the quotes were from characters in the story, which was adorable to me.
Are You a Carmen, Bridget, Lena, or Tibby?
If you’re old enough, you may remember a time when Sex and the City was all the rage, and everyone had to label themselves as one of the ladies from the show. In case you were wondering, I’m a Miranda with a hint of Charlotte because I am full of cynicism and sarcasm, but I still want my fairy tale ending. Reading Sisterhood gave me a similar vibe. I saw myself as a mixture of Tibby and Lena. I am definitely not beautiful like Lena, but I have her social awkwardness and non-existent conversational skills. Tibby has the sulky, dark spirit that definitely plagued my teenage years and continues to exist within me.
Let’s Get Reel
After watching the movie, I didn’t have enough to say about it to warrant an entire review, so I thought why not just give a quick recap of my thoughts within this review. (We’re getting meta, y’all!!) Although I was disappointed to see a lack of some secondary characters, like Bailey’s mom and Mimi the guinea pig, their absence didn’t take away too much from Tibby’s summer story, but the absence Effie definitely took away from Lena’s story. However, Effie’s absence isn’t the sole blame for that hot mess of a story. I HATE that the movie completely changed Lena’s summer story and used the excuse of needing to lighten things up with a summer romance because of the heaviness of the other three stories. I agree those three stories were heavy, but they were also filled with clichés, while Lena’s story was refreshing because it took a different path than the usual stories involving teenage romance. I was SOOOOO disappointed in Lena’s story becoming just another modern take on Romeo and Juliet…YAWN. Since the movie totally ruined only one out of the four storylines (Bridget’s story was only slightly effed up), I rate the movie as Kettle Korn.
Not only was this a quick read, but it was also a very enjoyable read. Even with some of the heavier topics like childhood cancer and teenage sex, I see this book as a perfect beach read, but you may want to have a couple of tissues around. I am a heartless robot, and this book made me teary-eyed.
The Final Grade
Page Turner: Once you start the book, it’s going to be so hard to put down! This was a fun read that I enjoyed from beginning to end. Even with my super busy schedule, I read this book in less than 2 weeks!
So…Which member of the Sisterhood do you most identify with? Do you own a magical pair of jeans? Have you seen the movie version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? Let us know in the comments! |RL
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m Katisha, the wizard behind Reel Literature. As a longtime book nerd, I hate to see an amazing book spoiled by a lackluster movie. Join me as I read the books that have definitely been watered down and most likely ruined by Hollywood. With a lot of humor and a little snark, I share my thoughts on all things books and the movies they inspire. Find me in these internet streets on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.