The Second Summer Of The Sisterhood by Ann BrasharesThe Second Summer Of The Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

The Second Summer Of The Sisterhood

byAnn Brashares

Paperback | December 28, 2004

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The second novel in the wildly popular #1 New York Times bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, from the author of The Whole Thing Together and The Here and Now.

With a bit of last summer’s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the sisterhood who wears them—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—embark on their second summer together.
Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself.

“Light and romantic." —The New York Times 

“Fits like a favorite pair of pants.” —USA Today

“A great summer read.” —The Sacramento Bee

 “As comfortable as an old pair of jeans.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Whole Thing Together, The Here and Now, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit Ann online at and follow @AnnBrashares on Twitter.
Title:The Second Summer Of The SisterhoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 0.84 inPublished:December 28, 2004Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385731051

ISBN - 13:9780385731058

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sequel to the first book Just as heartwarming, sweet, relatable and fabulously fun as the first book. Loved catching up with the girls and seeing what has happened since the first book.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well written continuation. The stories of our 4 favourite girls continues full of heart and friendship.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel Following in the footsteps of the first book, this one covers similar themes and carries the girls' stories forward.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel One of the best sequels I've read in a while
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Summer read Not as good as the first but still enjoyed following the girl's stories.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Second Summer It was great to catch up on what the four have been doing since the first book.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good sequel It is rare that you find a sequel that holds up to the first
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Sequel Love the four stories and the changes that we see in the characters in this book. Just as good as the first!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous follow up The second summer of the sisterhood was an amazing sequel to the first book. I devoured it just as quick as the first one
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous follow up to the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants A wonderful addition to the series. Follow Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget in the next installment of the series for yet another summer of adventures.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sequel I loved this just as much as the first book, which is saying something because sequels are rarely as good
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the first Ann Brashares does not disappoint with this second novel. Loved it
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still five stars It's definitely not AS good as the first, but it was still very very good, and it still deserves 5 stars! Somehow any summer of one of the girls that Anne Brashares writes about turns out to be interesting!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A stellar sequel All the same charm as the first book and an equal amount of heartbreak
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good follow up! I loved the first book the most, but this one was a great follow up book!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved Great Series, really loved it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Great writing, great story, great girls.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED it! I just read the first book in this series and immediately had to get the rest... I am in love with these books now. The only thing I didn't really care for was how hard it is jumping between characters... but totally loved everything else about it!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still pretty good I read these books in my early teens, and loved them. Especially the first!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This book was a really good second book in the series. The girls grew up a little. They were faced with new challenges but old ones were solved. This book was overall so good I could not put it down.
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The second summer Once again, Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby are seperated for the summer. They again share the magical travelling pants in order to keep in touch. Bridget is going to Alabama to meet her grandma. Lena is spending time with Kostos. Carmen is having trouble with her relationship with her mom. Tibby is taking a film course at at college, where she falls in love with someone right under her nose. The pants reminds each of them that they are loved, and are apart of the sisterhood. Each girl goes through problems and heartbreaks. This book is filled with what true friendship is all about.
Date published: 2009-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The second summer of the sisterhood Once again, the four best friends are seperated. This time Briget heads to Alabama, Lena to beautiful Greece, Carmen is worried about her mother and new boyfriend, and finally , Tibby, instead of heading back to the summer sports camp, she takes a film course and makes a new friend.
Date published: 2008-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally Cute and Awesome!! Before I read this book, I read the one that came before that (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). When I found out they were coming out with a second one, I was so excited and happy. It was just as good as the first one too and I thought it had the same great story line as the first one, and I loved it. Its a really cute book for anyone. I think any teenage girl would love this book as much as I did because it really discusses the power of love, friendship and life, and how the four girls in the book really stuck together, even if it was through a pair of pants.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than the first! I really liked the first but I loved the second. I laughed, I cried, I felt like one of the girls. highly recommend it to any teenage girl, or anyone who has been a teenage girl.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!! (not joking) Sisterhood of the traveling pants is a very touching story, when I first read this book I didn;t want to stop, it always had that ''want to keep reading kinda feeling'' this book was about four friends that go their seperate ways for the summer but to keep in touch they pass a pair of ''magical pants'' to each other while they are away. This book inspired me and my friends to do the exact same thing, but only in blanket form. We all went and picked out our favourite fabric and made it into one big blanket. This book is about everything that you could think about happening to a regular teen from dating to heartaches, and from boys to moms keeping secrets. What I liked about this book was that Ann made this seem real, she included everything that you would think would happen to ta teen. She didn't , make anything seem to far fetch.....I seriously love this book and i'm starting to read the third book...I am really excited to start reading this....I hope it is as good as the first and second one. Thank-you for reading my letter and I hope that I get Chosen!!
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Second Summer of the Sisterhood I loved the movie and couldn't wait to read the book. Then I found out it was a series. They are the best books ever. I am running out to buy the 3rd book right now!!!
Date published: 2006-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg! sooooo awesome! This book is soooo great! It tottaly beats the first movie! once I read it, i had to force myself to stop bragging about how good it is! tottaly a 5 star!
Date published: 2006-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book is a great read! I would highly recommend this book. But read the first one in the series first because this book will mean more then. The movie for the first book is great too!
Date published: 2006-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent book It was a really exciting and interesting book. I would recommend this book to girls who are interested in chick flicks and relationship books.
Date published: 2005-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite I have read all the Siterhood of the Traveling pants and this one is by far the best, IMHO! I loved it. If you have not read this book, you must be an absolute psycho or something. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2005-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pants are Back The second summer of the sisterhood is one of the best books I have read. It tells a story of four friends and the troubles they go through. It teaches us how one material object (the Pants) represents a powerful thing (friendship and love).
Date published: 2005-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For once a second that's better than the first At the beginning of the summer I picked up this but because it's movie was out and I wanted to read the book first. I ended up getting so caught up in the series that I missed plans with my friends that I had had for months. Personally I enjoy this book the most because you get to find out about Bridget's mother and there is heat between Lena and Kotost. I would recomend it to any one from ages 12 and up because some of the themes are a little mature.
Date published: 2005-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome this book was the best thing thast ever happened to me since ice cream
Date published: 2005-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I felt like a teen again! This book was excellent! I wanted to read it before seeing the movie, and I am glad I did. The characters are so likeable, I bought the next book, and plan on reading the third one too! Light reading, fun, adorable!
Date published: 2005-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever!!! One of the best books I have ever read. Friendship, hardtimes, romance, humor all rolled into one great book! However, would not recommend for younger kids because of some mature material, but awsome none the less! My personal favourite of all three.
Date published: 2005-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES!! You know what I was shocked to find this book in the young adults section....I was not going to read it after finding it was a childrens book! but to my surprise it was the best book I've read all year! The book was amazing...all three books will bring you back to your childhood and take you emotionally! GREAT BOOK!
Date published: 2005-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME I love this book,it is probably one of the best book written in 2004. This book will make you cry , laugh and even sing ( i'm the only one thats done that) .It's great for teens who don't know where they stand in this big world. It teachs teen that no matter what be true to yourself and i think that it was a good lesson.This book will be my favourite (until i read the next one).
Date published: 2005-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To good to be true I can relate and i love it. Lena is my favourite character. I cried so hard for her. Even if it is just a mde up character. It was amazing and i am reading the third one. Carman's mother and Carman was a good showing of how motehr and daughter can be. Tibby showed that some poeple may look cool but they are just mean. And last but not least Bee showed us that sometimes you can loose who you are. And she found herself. Also family always knows it is you. I recommed everyone reads this book. The seris. Because i have never read anything so good and wonderful. I could relate and cry.
Date published: 2005-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing girl/frienship book this book is filled up with things that a teenage girl may be feeling or going through. this book is just perfect and would make a great present for a girl with a group of close friends like me. my friends and i have even chosen which characters we were most like because we were into this book and the series so much! get this book and let it show you what friendship is all about!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing writing and creativity The book has just enough teenagey feel to it that teens can enjoy it. It shows the affects that 1. true friendships can bring and 2. a good pair of jeans can bring. It also talks about real issues like a single mother getting a boyfriend, you yourself getting a boyfriend and going through hormone changes both on the inside and on the outside. You know that a book is good when it can take serious situations like that and add some humor to it.
Date published: 2005-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite of the Series... Title #2 in this series has turned out to be my favorite of all 3 titles currently released. The characters involved really take on new personalities as they mature and learn more about their parents as well. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2005-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jeans Rule! This book was well written by describing how each of the four girls thought and from their own point of view. It was one of those books where you can't just put down. Briidget sets out for alabama , carmen is thinking that the pant arn't bringing love into her life Tibby is at college and is trying to makea movie that will satisfy her peers and herself and finally Lena who wants to see Kostos and when she does he has to leave for Greece again and won't tell Lena the big secrect that he has been keeping from her. This book is great for the teen readers. it shows the tradgedy, the concequences, and the heartbreaks that revolve around these pair of pants.
Date published: 2005-01-16

Read from the Book

PROLOGUE0nce 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.

Bookclub Guide

1. The novel opens with a first-person narrative by Lena. Why do you think the author selected this character to frame the story? If you could change it, would you select another character, and if so, what would he or she say?2. Self-destructive and hurting, Bridget impulsively decides to journey to Alabama and conceal her identity from her estranged grandmother. “She didn’t look like Bee Vreeland. Who said she had to be her?” (p. 21). Have you ever wished you could be someone else? How does posing as Gilda help Bridget learn to be comfortable in her own skin?3. Each of the girls is embarrassed by her mother (or mother figure)–Carmen by Christina’s new romance, Lena by Ari’s Greekness, Tibby by Alice’s Mozart-playing cell phone and diaper-wipe-trailing shoes, and Bridget by Greta’s life, “so small, and so simple, and so completely unremarkable” (p. 280). In turn, each girl does something to embarrass her mother, with behavior that is often cruel. How could the girls have handled their situations differently? By humiliating their mothers, what do the girls of the Sisterhood learn about themselves?4. Tibby gets caught up in trying to appear cool and sophisticated in front of Alex and Maura. “She wondered. Had she not brought Brian because she was worried about how he would seem to Alex and Maura? Or was it because she worried about how she, Tibby, would seem to Brian?” (p. 105). Do people judge you by the company you keep? Sometimes people rebuff the ones they love . . . why do you think Tibby pushes Brian away? If you were Brian, would you give up on Tibby? Why or why not?5. In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Tibby’s friend Bailey is the only one outside the Sisterhood who wears the Pants. In The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Christina has that role. Carmen notes (p. 156), “The sick thing was, Christina looked beautiful in the Pants, slender and young. They fit Christina. They loved her and believed in her just as they’d loved Carmen last summer, when Carmen had been worthy of them. This summer they eluded Carmen. Instead, they chose her mother.” And on Bridget’s fifth day in Alabama, the Traveling Pants arrive–and they don’t fit her anymore. What is the emotional impact of these incidents on Carmen and Bridget? Is there a larger issue at play?6. Epigraphs (short quotations) from a variety of sources–song lyrics, remarks by real-life personalities, fictitious sayings by the novel’s characters–are used to separate sections of the book. Which one is your favorite, and why?7. Lena loves being in Carmen’s kitchen. “It felt safe and contained” (p. 81), and the food is comforting as well. Do you have a favorite place that makes you feel protected and secure? How do people make a place special?8. Does Bridget find what she’s looking for in Alabama? How does spending time with Greta teach her about Marly? How is Bridget changed by this experience?9. Ari tells Lena intimate details of her love affair. Do you think Lena is prepared for such information? Is it better for parents to shield their children from some of their own experiences–or do you think sharing them can help prevent heartache? On page 345, the narrator writes, “Lena was starting to need to go back to being the daughter again.” Have you ever been the recipient of knowledge that you didn’t feel equipped to handle?10. Which of the girls would you most like to be? Which girl would make the best friend for you? Which mother–Christina, Ari, Alice, or Greta–would you most like to have?11. Is Kostos a man of honor or a coward? How do you view his behavior? Lena broke up with Kostos–is she justified in thinking, “But that didn’t mean you were allowed to stop loving me” (p. 193)?12. Carmen and Lena remain at home for most of the novel. Do you think the girls’ friendship would be stronger if all four girls were together? Or do you believe Lena, who tells us in the prologue (p. 4), “We didn’t realize that we are bigger and stronger and longer than the time we spend together”?13. At the end of the novel, the remaining original Septembers–Alice, Ari, and Christina–are reunited. What does this teach the girls of the Sisterhood? Think about the women in your own life–mothers, grandmothers, aunts. Can you imagine their having a life before you?

Editorial Reviews

“Light and romantic." —The New York Times “Fits like a favorite pair of pants.” —USA Today“A great summer read.” —The Sacramento Bee"The characters seem like old friends, and the author's sure ear for dialogue and her empathy for her protagonists' complicated emotions creates a story as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. A big, complex, satisfying sequel." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred"Equally authentic and engaging." —Publishers Weekly "The Second Summer, while breezy and fun to read, deals seriously with love lost and found, death, and finding the courage to live honestly." —"[A] big-hearted, complex tale of living, learning, and caring." —School Library Journal"Brashares has done an outstanding job of showing the four teens growing up and giving readers a happy, ultimately hopeful book, easy to read and gentle in its important lessons." —Booklist"It takes a really good book to leave you laughing one moment and crying the next. This book did just that. It is even better than the first book." —VOYA"Although these teens deal with issues common to YA novels—identity, romance, parental conflict—Brashares' tale, with its lively characters, honest emotion, and wry wit, rises above the norm." —Children's Literature