The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThe Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

byAnn Brashares

Paperback | March 11, 2003

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The first 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.

Some friends just fit together.
Once there was a pair of pants. Just an ordinary pair of jeans. But these pants, the Traveling Pants, went on to do great things. This is the story of the four friends—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—who made it possible.
Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself.

"Funny, perceptive, and moving." --USA Today

 “An outstanding and vivid book that will stay with readers for a long time.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred, Flying Start
 “The loving depiction of enduring and solid friendship will ring true to readers.” —The Bulletin, Recommended
 “A feel-good novel of substance.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“Uplifting.” —Seventeen
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 Sisterhood Of The Traveling PantsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.63 × 0.72 inPublished:March 11, 2003Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385730586

ISBN - 13:9780385730587

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was one of the few book series where I read every one. They were an easy read and enjoyable. The first will always be the best but the last one was a close second for me.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute easy read Very cute easy read. Will be purchasing the sequel in the near future. Loved the characters and the growth they went through during their summer apart.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book I have read this series at least 2 or 3 times, and have enjoyed it every time. The characters are real and relatable and this is all in all a great book of friendship, love, and loss. I cannot recommend it enough.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Charming Story about Friendship I've read the whole Travelling Pants series, but I've re-read this first book in the series a few times. The characters are so real and unique, and the writing was brilliant! It's easy to get wrapped up in the stories of these girls and imagine them happening to me and my friends, despite being well beyond the age of the characters even the first time I read the book! The emotions and experiences are just so easy to identify with!
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a beautiful story At first, I was hesitant to read these books. I did not think they were something I would enjoy. The second I finished this one, I had to get the rest and finished them all within a week!! These are stories of friendship, love, family, relationships, loss, grief, and so much more. I would definitely recommend to any girl or woman who are in search of a tale about someone just like them.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a beautiful novel of love and friendship. The author did a great job of creating real teenage emotions. The turmoil and depression these girls all went through during this summer jumped of the pages. I like how each of the girls is so different. The friends find a pair of jeans they profess to be magical -- it fits all four of them perfectly. The jeans are sent back and forth from girl to girl as needed; they are all wearing the pants during a significant moment of theirs from that summer. The novel is so much better than movie. Alexis Bledel is nothing like the way I would have imagined Lena (tanned skin of her Greek ancestry). The movie even changes how the pants are first acquired. This book focuses on the exploration of family dysfunction, death, and the bonds of friendship.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really inspiring Great book for a young girl to read
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great summer read It's a good book about friendship and family. Enjoyed reading this one.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I watched the movies growing up so when i found the books at a used bookstore i decided to read them. Heartbreaking and beautiful, the sisterhood of the traveling pants is a must read, an great for the summer
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story I've read this book a few times and love it more each time. Great book for any girl growing up!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story Lovely story about a group of best friends and a pair of magical pants that unite them during their first summer apart.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved the series this is a great summer read for all ages. i loved how each character was so different in their own way. awesome read!!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Each character was so different from the last but I enjoyed each one's perspectives and summer activities. it was just a great book
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great book for teenagers to read
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely I enjoyed reading from each perspective. It was meaningful and good coming of age. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series as a Pre-teen Read these novels when they were first published and just recently reread them, favourite series of books with situations that every young adult can relate to.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great summer read. A touching story of friendship even if the premises are slightly difficult to swallow past the pre-teen years.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read for teens Both my girls loved these books about friendship, growing up and lessons learned!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read Must read for any teen. Great story about friendship and growing up.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it Great novel about friendship.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A trip into the past I first read this series as a preteen, and I was feeling nostalgic so I decided to pick them up again. nearly 7 yeears later. I love them just as much, if not more, than when I read them the first time. I enjoy reading these books from a new perspective. I can see each girl's flaws, and their mistakes, but I can't help but love them. I can relate to each girl, and I can't wait to see where their next summer takes them.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book for teens I received this book as a gift and thought it was a great book about friendship, adventure and young love.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I really liked the series. Some characters (Bridget) were more interesting and so it was nerving to have to wait to read their point of view. The last book was a little shabby. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars I loved how the writer had 4 such different and interesting stories going on all at once. Each one was important in it's own way and had touched on different underlying themes - friendship, family and love. I highly recommend this book to just about anyone. I read it not too long before the movie came out when I was 12, but I would still recommend it even to adults.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun This was a fun light book to read. A great story about friendship and a good start to the series.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a teen classic I'll always have fond memories of rushing to the bookstore to grab the next instalment of this series. I always enjoyed diving back into the lives of these girls.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! A fun read about friendship and girlhood. Nice book to start the series.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I read this many years ago and I still have a fondness for this beautiful story on friendship, with love, laughs and everything in between. This definitely had me crying on more than one occasion. Great start to a good series.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic Funny and moving the first book in the traveling pants series sets the stage for an amazing story
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This is an awesome teen read!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book. This was a great read as a teenager. I love it.
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 A go to novel As a light fluffy novel this is one to come too, I feel this book is more than just a teen book, I think it's a classic book I go to every time, girl power, love, traveling and learning to take risks. Its the perfect summer read
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A classic teen novel, a must read
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN OLD FAV Such a good read- for girls and women young and old.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! Excellent start to a great series.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read Perfect for teens, used to love this book and loved the characters! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Growing Up & Growing Together This is a wonderful summer story about friendship, romance, loyalty, and dealing with hardships. I'd recommend to any teen for summer reading.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Growing Up & Growing Together This is a wonderful summer story about friendship, romance, loyalty, and dealing with hardships. I'd recommend to any teen for summer reading.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I did watch the movie first before I read this book. I enjoyed the book very much that I had to read rest of the books in the series. I loved all the main characters and their strong friendship.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic for teenage girls Read this brook growing up and have passed it to friends who love it. Definitely a must for teenage girls
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful read about friendship and growing pains! I have read the entire Sisterhood series and love each book. Strongly recommended for the growing teenager and young adult.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teenage Classic Loved this book and think it's a classic read for every teenager.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time Favourite Absolutely love. Its a feel good read. Easy to read over and over, and pick up anywhere. Love
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the budding teenager Such a great read for girls who are coming of age and the trials and tribulations that come along with that time in one's life.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Fun read for then young teenaged girl.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I can't believe I waited so long to read this book! I absolutely loved it and promptly ordered the rest of the series.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful It's been a long while since I've read this series, but I remember really enjoying them <3
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay #plumreview I expected more after hearing so much about this book.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I found this book very hard to put down. Great love story from start to finish #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So 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 AMAZING SERIES I love this whole series! Beautifully written and such a fun story!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a Classic I read this when I was in high school, and now picked it up again years later. I still fall in love with every character, and enjoy every second of this novel. I get goosebumps reading about the friendship of Bailey and Tibby. I love the go-getting attitude of Bridget. Carmen's situation with her father is easy to relate to. And Lena's journey in Greece is riveting. Great read for all ages!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving This was a thoroughly enjoyable read! Th characters each spoke to me in their own way, and I absolutely loved the connection they had to each other. Well written, both light and serious, this is one that I will read again.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story Carmen and her best friends, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget, are going to be spending their summer apart for the first time ever. Just before they all leave to go their separate ways, Carmen buys a pair of used jeans and everyone tries them on. These jeans are magic pants, as everyone looks amazing in them. They agree to pass the jeans along to each other over the summer so they each have a chance to experience the magic from the jeans. Rules are written and the girls go their separate ways. Lena has them first, as she travels to Greece to visit her grandparents. Her grandmother tries to set her up with a Greek boy roughly her age, but Lena isn't having any of that. The jeans are then passed on next to Tibby, who is staying at home during the summer working at Wallman's. Tibby meets a 12 year old girl when the deoderant display knocks her over. The two of them become friends and start making a documentary. The pants are then passed to Carmen, who is living with her divorced father in South Carolina. The only problem is that when she arrives, Carmen finds out that her dad is getting married again in the summer to a mother of two and that her dad has essentially found himself a new family. The final one to get the pants is Bridget, who is at a soccer camp in Baja and is falling in love with one of the counselors. This is a cute book with regular teen problems that you would see: boys, work, friends, and sex. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I thought it was just going to be another teen book but the friendships are very real and the problems of each character aren't exaggerated. I will be looking to read the next in the series because it was fun. Who knows, I may even watch the movie! Though I hear it doesn't follow the book too well.
Date published: 2011-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read!!!!!!!!!! When i picked up this book, I wasn't expecting much. I didn't think that a book about pants could be very exciting.... But it turns out I was wrong. In this book, you meet Carmen, Tibby, Bridget (My favorite) and Lena. They are going to be separated for the first time ever this summer. Carmen is going to see her Dad, Lena and her sister Effie are going to Greece to see their Grandparents (Grandma and Bapi), Bridget is going to soccer camp in Baja, and Tibby is stuck at home. The night before the girls are seperated, they bring the pants into their lives.( the miracle is that they are four girls of different sizes and the pants fit each of them perfectly They make ten important rules for the pants and decide to share them and pass them off throughout the summer. The girls use the pants to stick together through everything, thick and thin. All the girls are struggling and they need each other to feel complete. Carmen's visit with her Dad isn't just a good old Carmen n' all visit, there are many hidden surprises. Lena is amazed by the beauty of Greece and the beauty of Kostos whom she is sure will never speak to her again. Bridget is making some pretty big mistakes with Erik, and Tibby meets Bailey who is twelve and has Leukemia. The girls stick together, and with time and the help of the pant's magic, learn to solve, or at least deal with their problems. 10 thumbs up for the sisterhood of the travelling pants!
Date published: 2010-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Sisterhood This is a great book for teen girls. It's all about friendship and love. 4 girls: Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget are best friends. They find a pair of pants that fit them all perfectly. They decide to share the pants throughout the summer, especially since each one of them will be in another place. Lena will be in Greece, Bridget will be at soccer camp, Tibby will be at home having a part time job, and Carmen will be visiting her father. The pants strengthens their friendship, even from across the world. The book looks at what true friendship is about: sisterhood.
Date published: 2009-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Marvelous! The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares is a fantastic book. When Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget find a pair of pants that fit each one of them perfectly, they decide to share them over the summer. They feel the pants bring them closer together, even though they are miles apart. The talented author Ann Brashares brings each character to life and there are aspects of each character that readers could easily relate to. This is a fantastic story for teenage girls because it shows the great bonds of friendship. Rebecca J.
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *Heartwarmingly Magical* The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants is a heart-warming novel following the lives of four “bosom Buddies”, who, until now have had an almost ideal friendship. They helped each other out in the toughest of times and remembered to still have fun while their childhood lasted. But now they’re older and things are changing. It’s the very first summer apart and they are going to have to survive without each other. This novel is all about the lives of these four girls, apart from each other and how, no matter how many miles apart... true friends are never far away. While reading this novel, I was often caught smiling, laughing out loud, sighing and... I admit it, even crying. This novel shows its readers how strong friendship can truly be, by taking us on a journey embedded with all kinds of emotions, surprises and most of all... a little hint of magic. Not the fairies and princesses and ogres and talking animals and riding off in the sunset with prince charming sort of magic, the subtle magic that takes place in all of our lives... if we only took a moment to notice it. My friends and I enjoyed reading this novel, and later, watching the movie together. We cried and smile and laughed together, and realized that this book, really was about friendship, the friendship of not just four girls, but of every girl. We realized that the true magic in life... could come to you disguised as a pair pants. Only because the true magic in life... is the magic of friendship. And as a final word... this book is touching and fun... and sprinkled with just a little magic.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This was such a good book. It has you laughing, crying and all excited. My favorite character is Bridget because she seems so strong and together but really she's the one who needs love and support the most. This book sure demonstrates love and frienship and that's what makes it so great.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Amazing!" I read "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" about a month ago and I have nothing but good things to say about it! I recently saw the movie and have to say that the movie does not do the book justice. This is the first book I have read by Ann Brashares and I was impressed! All of the 4 main characters were interesting, smart and different from one another! My favourite character is Tibby, but I love all of them! I was captivated by Brashares' use of detail and had a hard time putting the book down! Once you start reading it, you'll never want to stop!!!
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book/Movie EVER This book is such a good book, it is written soo well. I loved it so much and I suggest it to anybody. My friend so said she would never read it in a million years read it and LOVED it...
Date published: 2005-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent book this book is a real comming of age book for teen girls i loved it so much. it goes into the lives of 4 best friends and it shows how they deal with spending their first summer apart. if you love this book there are 2 other sisterhood books. i read all 3 in less then 2 weeks and i am so glad i did.
Date published: 2005-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Formfitting! This book was awesome! It moved quickly, no boring parts, and one of my favourites! It's really cool because your reading 4 different story lines and when you finish each person's chapter or paragraph, it's always suspensful! I recomend this book to anyone who liked the movie, because then you'll love the book!
Date published: 2005-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing this book was sooo good i lovedit so much i even read it after i saw the movie!! so i hope u all like it too even though it is really hard not to and if u saw the movie i still think u should read the book because it is way different!!!
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Teen Must Read This is the best book ive ever read i talked about it so much that every girl i know read it ! koudos to ann brashares for her brillance!! if you haven't read it readit!!!
Date published: 2005-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST TEENAGE BOOK WE'VE EVER READ~!!~~!!!~~!!! This book is a MUST read for all teens. It shows that life and families and lives of 4 teenage girls aren't always perfect. But then there are moments which take your breth away, and you just want to read on and on. It also talks about many teenage dilema's and how they are dealt with. We have read the 1st, 2nd and now reding the 3rd, (and have seen the movie) and we say you havr to READ ALL OF THE SERIES SO FAR!!! they are just AMAZING books.....we can't put the book down:)
Date published: 2005-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I love this book!!!! I read it in about 2 days it was so good and then i had to read the rest of the series! You will like this if you're into books about friendship. When I first saw it the title sounded kinda weird to me but everyone said it was such a good book and then the movie was coming out and i was like i have to read this. so the moral of that is don't jugde a book by it's cover because you'll miss out on some really good ones if you dont!!!!!!!!!!! I think almost anyone would like this so go ahead and read it!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Cool (jksjks) THis book was so good. THere were alot of valuable life lessons in the book. It was so good I couldn't put it down. I read for an entire afternoon and that was all that I did. I can't wait to read the second one. Io'm so excited. This book deserves to be read by any girl who is just becoming a teenager.
Date published: 2005-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read book! This book is awsome!!!You just want to keep reading. When you get to the end you want to rush out and get the second. These books are the best I have read in a long time...
Date published: 2005-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK i love this book, it is sooo good, it has a great plot...i can't wait to see the movie...i read it twice, and im reading it a third's sooo good!
Date published: 2005-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSOME!!!! 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!
Date published: 2005-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My fav! This is my favorite book. I first read it when i was 11, i am now 14 and it is still my favorite book. you can relate to the characters so well. You must read this book and the other 2! there is a movie coming out on June 1st 2005 everytime i see it i scream and jump!(first time i saw it i ws in the movie theatre i was so excited i was like OH MY GOD YESS!!!! and everyone looked at me but i was so happy and excied i didnt care!) The first time i read the book i was like ooh yay fun a book about jeans but it is soo good.
Date published: 2005-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever I love this book ! it is the best book i have ever read ,i can relly relate! its a awsome book!
Date published: 2005-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was AMAZING! I love this book so much. I got it for Chirstmas last year and I knew that I would like it, but I hadn't heard much about it before that. So I put it on my shelf and just yesterday I picked it up in the morning because I was waiting for my family to get up. As soon as I started I couldn't stop and I stayed up until 2:00 in the morning just so I could finish it. It made me laugh, cry and think about a lot of things. I hope all of you enjoy it as much as I did. I can't wait to read the next two and then see the movie.
Date published: 2005-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome!! OH my god!! This book was so great.....go buy it!! you can relate to characters so well.
Date published: 2005-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book!! This was a great book!! There is much more I can say other than great, wonderful, excellent, inspiring, and alot more!! It's a great book I think everyone shouild read!!
Date published: 2005-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such an awesome book I borrowed this book from a friend for a USSR(silent reading) class. It was soo good I didnt want to put it down but the class was over. Every week i read more and more and I am really enjoying it.I can't wait to finish it so I can read the rest . I also can't wait for the movie to come out . I think the movie will be awesome like books. If you are lookin for a good book to sit down and read this is the book I strongly recomend it.
Date published: 2005-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome -Pefect Book Wow! What an awesome book! I couldn't put it down. The author describes the characters and the plot so well. It was the perfect book and probably my ultimate favourite. I can't wait to read the second and third summer books. It is the perfect girl book if you know what I mean. It made me laugh! Amazing!
Date published: 2005-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's an OK Book.............. I really did like the book but at times it got boring and you just want to quickly skip it and get to the interesting parts. But then yeah it was a good book but I will give it a 3. I do think this book is kinda mature and it deals with problems that younger kids don't really need to know about. I recommend this book to people over the age of 13.
Date published: 2005-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Young Teens Although I'm far from my teenage days I was prompted to pick up this book after a recommendation from another Mom. I could not put this book down. Even as an adult it was enjoyable. I laughed, I cried and I rushed out to buy the second book. I will definitely be holding onto my copies for my own daughter when she is of age to read these. Can't wait to see the movie this June based on the series. The book lightly touches on some subjects such as virginity and suicide. I would not recommend this title for those under the age of 12/13.
Date published: 2005-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is the first book out of the series of 3, and I am extremely happy! The book tells many stories of a few teens who buy the same pants at a thrift store and their adventures of highschool and family through the books/series. This is the first plot/decision if you will like the rest, and I am highly impressed!
Date published: 2005-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Travelling Pants This book was great. I read it in just 5 days and i thought it was teriffic. my friend has gotten into them. Im surprised at how many people knew this book even before i read it. This is the plot: It's about lena bridget tibby and carmen. 4 friends that haven't been apart for any of the summers until this one. Lena sets off for greece to visit her grandma and bapi. She soon meets kostos a handsome young man. sparks and punches flares as lena's story unfolds. Bridget goes to LA for soccer camp and sees the most gorgeous guy there. Only problem he's 3 years older than her. Carmen is off to South Carolina to spend some QT with her dad. but little does she know that her dad is engaged with another woman with a more perfect family of her own. and finally Tibby is at home and working at wallman's and is bored as can be until she meets the outgoing Bailey as they put together a small documentary. This book is great for teens. these pants put these girls closer even though they were apart. READ THIS BOOK!!!
Date published: 2005-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IT'S A MUST READ!!!!!!! First off, I must congratulate Ann, for writing such exceptional stories of love, sorrow, and friendship of course! Once you pick up ''The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants'' , you will not be able to set it down. I hope that Ann will contiue to write many sequals to this story!(which I must say, is so original) I have introduced the book to all of my friends, all of which have read, or are reading it. They love it! I believe that many young women are sharing the same love for ''The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants'' that my friends and I do. I have such a passion (and I talk constantly about it) for reading your book Anne, that my mom is now reading it. By the way, ''5'' doesn't begin to ''rank'' how awesome this book is! It's off the charts! The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants, absolutely ROCKS!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sister Hood Of traveling Pants(#1,#2) These books are awesome.They truely capture the essence on girls and everything they have to go through.It is a unique plot of events and at sometimes you just dont want to put the book down.I can absoutley not wait till the Third book comes out!
Date published: 2005-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK FOR TEEN GIRLS!!! This is absoloutly a fabulous book, it was never dull, at any point of the book and always had something new and interesting happening. It's fun to follow allow with the girls adventures. You definatly get what you are paying for $14 is a cheap price for such an awsome book.
Date published: 2004-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEYOND BREATHTAKING! I could not put the book down, it was honestly glued to my hands. My friends and I are proud addicts to the book and live by its rules. We have our own sisterhood and we relate ourselves the The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants quite often. I recommend this book to all teenagers, and I promise they will love the book as much as I do!
Date published: 2004-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOTALLY AWESOME!! Me and my friends all read this book and we loved it! We can all relate in some way to each one of these girls. None of us could put it down. We're waiting for the next one to come out!! Totally loved it!
Date published: 2004-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOTALLY TEENAGE GIRL!!! This one of my FAVORITE books! Although my mom didn't exactly agree with the rule of the pants aka the rule where no guy can remove the pants but you can remove the pants in the presence of a guy...ya anyways I couldn't put the book down and could relate to a lot of what the girls were going through. All my friends read it and loved it. Would recommend this book this book for girls 13 and up.
Date published: 2004-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Half Exellent! I've only read the first half of the book so far, but i love it!!!!! I like Bridget's parts the best. This is by far my favorite book! You have to read this book, it is exellent!
Date published: 2004-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! A really good book to read in summer, when your outside. Takes you through the journeys of four girls: Carmen, Bridget, Tibby and Lena; they have really intresting and funny lives, author is a really good writer!:)
Date published: 2004-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahh! Give me that book!! Yay!! Well thats pretty much how it goes.Me and all of my friends have read it.To us it's kind of like a bible!This is a must read for girls 11-17.Also check out The Second Summer of the Sisterhood.
Date published: 2004-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants I just read this book in 4 days, only 30 mins a day. It was awesome. At first it seemed boring, but then as I read on, it became more and more interesting. It's just so easy to relate to the four unique characters! I really enjoyed this book and I reccomend you read this book! It's most definately one of the best books I've ever read!
Date published: 2004-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was an awsome book!-Read it! Hey guys! My Name is Loanne and i just finished reading the sisterhood of the traveling pants. To thoes who have not read this book they mite think its a little bt weird because of the name. Thoes ppl are rong!;).This book is probably one of my favorite books its about four friends who stay together by magic pants that they find in one of the gilrs closet. This is an awsome book and i recommend it to all girls! You need to read this book!
Date published: 2003-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book was THE best book i have ever read. It sempt as though you were taken and placed right inside the book. It had a swirl of emotions. It made you cry, and it also made you smile. I can not wait for the next book.
Date published: 2003-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the sisterhood hi my name is katirina, i would just like to say that i would strongly recommend this novel for young women who are seeking a wonderful story. it is about the four really close friends who find a pair of pants. they are no ordinary pair of pant because they are the traveling pants. they go along with the four friends to greece and other fascinating places. good are suppose to happen while wearing the pants. sometimes they are good sometimes they arent! this is a fabulous book of friendship, devotion and trust. Read it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2003-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the most amazing book this book was one of the best books i've ever read and believe me, i read a lot of books. i loved it, it was filled with love stories, sad tearful stories and most of all friendship stories. the four girls, carmen, lena, bee and tibby are all great characters and they are all different but there is one thing that brings them all together and that is their friendship. i loved this book it was incredible and i cant wait to read the second book. i am sure it'll be even better.
Date published: 2003-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK! a friend told me that this was one really good book, so i picked it up on my family vacation thinking i would read it if i had a chance. once i started i could not put it down! it was amazing, funny, and a must read for women of all ages! after i read it i suggested it to all the women in my life and they read it and enjoyed it very much! this book really shows how special things like best friends and falling in love are.
Date published: 2003-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHOA this book was truly amazing! i could not put the book down and the book totaly catches your attention! the 4 main characters and there different summmers was very very well writin. i recommend this book to lots of ppl!!
Date published: 2003-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from weird title good book ! It is a good book to read if u like novels that speek about teens life and how they think about certain things.
Date published: 2003-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These pants really work their magic! This is an excellent book for teenage girls. There's something for every one of them because there are four very different characters and their experiences relate to every teenager's life. One of the characters bought a pair of pants at a second-hand store, but one day, she and her three best friends all try on the pants. Even with completely different body shapes, the girls all look fabulous in the pants. Bridget, who is athletic and outgoing will blow you away with her perseverence to achieve her goals, whether or not they are intelligent ones. She expects her summer at soccer camp to be competitive and all about sports, but when she meets one of the coaches, Eric, it's love at first sight. Lena, goes to Greece to meet her Grandparents for the first time. She is beautiful but shy, is afraid to commit to boys, in fear that they will all turn on her once they see past her looks. Carmen is crossing the country to visit her father, to spend some quality time together, but she soon is surprised to see that her dad has changed and now she will have to share him with other people, not exactly what she was imagining. Tibby, the only one of the four best friends to stay at home expects to spend a summer working in a polyester smock at Wallman's and she expects the most exciting part of her summer to be making a deodorant display. Then she befriends the outgoing 10 year old Bailey, and suddenly her summer becomes more exciting. Will the pants give the girls courage to overcome their problems? Will there be four happy endings? You'll have to read Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants to find out.
Date published: 2003-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous book This is a tale of friendship and love. Four best friends are devastated at the fact that they will be spending their 15th summer apart. Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bridget have been close ever since before they were born and stay together as much as possible. When they discover that there is magic roaming in a pair of blue jeans, they decide to share them for their summer apart, hoping they will help bring them closer together. The pants have many adventures with the four friends, experiencing love, new friendships, sadness and anger. This was a great book that made me miss my own friends when i read it, since i read it during the summer. It made me happy at some parts and sad at others. Anne Brashares did a great job with this book, and i'm sure the sequel is equally amazing. I cannot wait to read The second summer of the sisterhood to find out what happens to the pants and also the four girls. Anyone ranging in age from 10 to 16 would enjoy The sisterhood of the traveling pants because it demonstrates such beautiful emotions. Cheers!
Date published: 2003-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The sisterhood of the travelling pants I thought this book was the best book that I have ever read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read it. Once you pick it up you can't put it down. I am know reading the second sisterhood of the travelling pants and it just keeps on getting better and better. So GO ANN BRASHARES GO!!!!!! you're books rock!!!!!!
Date published: 2003-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An outstanding book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants gave me goosebumps with every new page. The lives of these girls was so closely related to myself or my dreams i can not even describe it. I am going out to buy the second one today and i know it will be just as good. If you love this book try SUMMER SISTERS by Judy Blume, it was one of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2003-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants this book is a very true story of what friendship and a little bit of trust can do
Date published: 2003-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!!! This book was the most amazing book i have ever read in my entire life. It touched my heart.
Date published: 2003-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Book This is such an awesome book which is easy to read, always interesting with an awesome ending!
Date published: 2003-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smashing It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my face and hope to my heart.The best book since Harry Potter.
Date published: 2003-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Captures The Meaning of Being Young! READ THIS BOOK!While this book was not my first choice to read, I could not put it down. This author makes you want to live in jeans for the rest of your life. The lives of these girls makes you want to step in and help them out with their problems. This author knows how to capture the spirit of being young. I have recommended this book to strangers knowing that they would not be disappointed. This book is for the young and old. READ IT NOW!
Date published: 2003-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Livin with out readin this book is not livin atall This book was awsome!It lifted my spirits !!! I could not belive how into it I was. I was jumping for joy when I heard there was a second one. My friend and I are reading the same book(the sisterhood),and we are thinking of being like the sisterhood. We see each other at church and could swap then!! We are both psyced and reading the second book!
Date published: 2003-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from U cant live with out reading it Its the best book ever! Ann Brashares know's what she's talkin about and i think that who ever is going to read this book, they are going to see their lives in a differant perspective. I recomend this book to ANY teenagers who their relationship with their friends is the most important thing in life. Reading how these friends are able to stay close even if they are sooooo far away is incredible. U should give it a try , and possibly make it your favorite book of all me!
Date published: 2003-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! READ THIS BOOK! This book was honestly one of the best i ever read. It was full of fun and friendship and just a feel-good book! READ IT!!!!!!!
Date published: 2003-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants is a really great book. It tells the story of how five girls who are so far apart can still be so close. It gave me a whole new outlook on friends and the value of friendships. Anne Brashares is a great writer. This book draws you into the plot and you can't help but love it.
Date published: 2003-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I re-read it about a month ago and I loved it even more the second time. I can't wait until the second book!!
Date published: 2003-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book Read it 3 times straight! I loved felt so real it is hard to believe the author is a rookie (heehee). When you read it you feel as though you are part of the sisterhood and that you have known the girls all your life! It is great. I can't wait to buy the Second one. You won't be disappointed! *read it trust me you will regret it if you don't ;)*
Date published: 2003-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great book This book was awesome! I can't wait until the 2nd summer comes out! And I hope the author will make a 3rd! My favourite character is Bridget.
Date published: 2003-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Girls This book is a really good book to pass on to all of your friends. It's a great book about the importance of friendship. This is one of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2003-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!Woah!!! This is the best book I have ever read, o my gosh! You feel like you are reliving Briget, Lena, Carmen and Tibby's adventures! Someone I know has the sequel and said it was just as great!
Date published: 2003-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one word, amazing This book is so amazing. I didn't want to put it down, and I didn't I read it in one night. It made you want to go out and find a pair of jeans in a thrift that fit you and your friends so you could have the same adventures they all had. Every girl should read it. I already have the second book on hold for when it comes in that's how good it was.
Date published: 2003-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! This book made me cry. It was so beautiful.
Date published: 2003-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mm mm, gooooood!! I LOVED THIS BOOK! I stayed up til 12 last night reading it and all of today! I am SO getting the next one once it comes out.
Date published: 2003-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the sisterhood of the traveling pants I loved this book it was sooo amazing! The stories and hardships these girls go through are so realistic, and can be related to actual girls lives. i read this book in one day because it captured my attention. This is one of the few books I can read over and over agian.
Date published: 2002-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever!!!!!!! Hey ppl, I recently read this book. I think it is ,by far, the best book that I have ever read! It reminds me of a similar movie that I have seen in the summer, it was called, ummmm.........OH YAH, Now and Then(with Rosie O'Donnell, it is a story about four friends). I also fell in love with that movie. The one thing that I found freaky about the story is that I know two(Greek)sisters that went to Greece for the summer. And their names are Dena and Effie. FREAKY EHH! I was so spooked, any how I loved the book as you already know. One of the many resons that I loved the book is because it really relates to us teens. EVERYBODY SHOULD READ IT!!!! Thx for ur time, !!!SaRa!!!
Date published: 2002-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the sisterhood of the traveling pants I thought that this book was wonderful!!! It was a mix of all emotions. It was one of the books that you are glued to and can't put down. I would reccomend it to young adults! It was a great book and I think that you everyone will enjoy it as much as I did!!
Date published: 2002-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I could not put it down!!!! I was at the Chapters in London when I picked it up, I read a chapter and decided I wanted to buy it (with my own money even!!!) It took me two days to read and I LOVED it!! My mom is going to read it now!! It is my fave book right now!!! I keep going to get it and then remember that I am finished!! LOL!! I love how they put each girl in their own part like a soap opera, when they leave one girl and go to the next it is always a cliff hanger!!! I also loved how instead of a title to each chapter they have a saying which describes the contents of the chapter!! Very interesting and unigue!!! My favourite was Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday Thanks Chapters for the great read, I have gotten many great books from you!!!
Date published: 2002-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious Pants Who knew pants could create an amazing and adventrous summer for four girls. Summer has its ups and downs but would it if you had magical pants? Not the kind of pants that can fly nor the kind that could make you like slimmer but the kind that makes you realize just what family and friends are for...Join Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen as they experience traveling, a death in their life, love and a parental divorce.
Date published: 2002-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT!!! I just wanted to mention this book rox and you should read it!
Date published: 2002-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was one of the good books I have read, I read it in one day, it makes you never want to put it down. It was very sad when Bailey died, but it really rocked. This book was awesome, highly recomended!
Date published: 2002-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book ever this is the best book i love it!!!
Date published: 2002-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER!!! I really enjoyed this book! It was both fun to read and a very uplifting novel after a hard day. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read something fun. It was a mix of comedy, romance, mystery and adventure put together to form one great book. If you liked this book as much as I did I would also recommend Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging I have let all of my friends read it and we can't help but laugh out loud
Date published: 2002-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This amazing and touching book this was the best book i have read in a loonnngg time it was so good because you really felt you were with the girls! i loved this book it was wonderful and hope everyone liked it! Emma
Date published: 2002-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK! This is one amazing book!! I love it!!! I'm going to recommend it to all my has a great story line!!
Date published: 2002-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from light and fun This book was really enjoyable. The characters are easy to relate to and their experiences are fun and interesting to read about. Its an easy read but the unique way of connecting these 4 girls stories through a pair of thrift store jeans makes it a lot more than a fluff story. I would reccomend it for girls ages 9 and up.
Date published: 2002-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow wow this is the best book i have ever read it is so real and i love the charicters it made me laugh and cry all at once it is exsellent i want to read it agin
Date published: 2002-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book You Can't Put Down! I was at my local Chapters book store looking for a book to do a lame book report on. How fun.....not! Then I saw this book! What? was the first thing I said when I saw it! It sound very weird. But I bought the book and brought it home to read. This book was so good that I couldn't put it down! The format that the book is set up in just makes you want to read on because it's a book that makes you want to read it without starting. You won't find another book like this 1! Please for Pete's sake, go out and buy it because I know you will love it!
Date published: 2002-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome this book was great! it shows that no matter where you are in the world, your friends are always there for you no matter what happens. i really liked this book and if you like books about teens, cute guys, and situations you relate too, this is the book. i also recommend this book called someone like you by sarah dessen. it is also a great book.
Date published: 2002-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Heartwarming! I had just read this book for school thinking that it would just be a pain to read. But as i started to read, the characters became real to me. They became apart of me and i actually cared for them like i would my own friends. The whole idea of a pair of pants bring friends together is a great idea. This novel has litterally enspired me to read again me being 15 and i lost interest when i was 12 i think. I loved this book and i can't wait for other titles by Ann Brashares! Love Always!
Date published: 2002-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely one of my favourite books... I highly recommend this book.. it's funny, real, touching, and meaningful.
Date published: 2002-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!! This book is the absolute best book I have EVER read. I read it in two days because I just couldn't put it down. It's a great story about 4 best friends Tibby, Carmon, Bridget, and Lena and their adventures wearing these 'magical' pants. I really hope Ann Brashares writes a 2nd book about these girls!!!
Date published: 2001-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a nice read i really enjoyed this book. it was a relaxing humorous read for teenagers and adults alike. i encourage everyone to read it, it truly becomes more than just a pair of traveling pants!
Date published: 2001-11-18

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"Can you close that suitcase?" Tibby asked Carmen."It's making me sick."Carmen glanced at the structured canvas bag splayed wantonly in the middle of her bed. Suddenly she wished she had all-new underwear. Her best satin pair was sprouting tiny ropes of elastic from the waistband."It's making me sick," Lena said. "I haven't started packing. My flight's at seven."Carmen flopped the top of the suitcase down on the carpeted floor. She was working on removing navy-blue polish from her toenails."Lena, could you not say that word anymore?" Tibby asked, wilting a little on the edge of Carmen's bed. "It's making me sick.""Which word?" Bridget asked. "Packing? Flight? Seven?"Tibby considered. "All of them." "Oh, Tibs," Carmen said, grabbing Tibby's foot from where she sat. "It's gonna be okay."Tibby took her foot back. "It's gonna be okay for you. You're going away. You're going to eat barbecue all the time and light firecrackers and everything.Tibby had nonsensical ideas about what people did in South Carolina, but Carmen knew not to argue with her.Lena let out a little hum of sympathy.Tibby turned on her. "Don't make that pity noise, Lena."Lena cleared her throat. "I didn't," she said quickly, even though she had."Don't wallow," Bridget urged Tibby. "You're wallowing.""No," Tibby shot back. She held up hands crossed at the wrist in a hex sign to ward off Bridget. "No pep talks. No fair. I only let you do pep talks when you need to feel better.""I wasn't doing a pep talk," Bridget said defensively, even though she was.Carmen made her wise eyebrows. "Hey, Tibs? Maybe if you're nasty enough, you won't miss us and we won't miss you.""Carma!" Tibby shouted, getting to her feet and thrusting a stiff arm at Carmen. "I see through that! You're doing psychological analysis on me. No! No!"Carmen's cheeks flushed. "I am not," she said quietly. The three of them sat, scolded into silence."God, Tibby, what is anybody allowed to say?" Bridget asked.Tibby thought about it. "You can say . . ." She glanced around the room. She had tears welling in her eyes, but Carmen knew she didn't want them to show. "You can say . . ." Her eyes lighted on the pair of pants folded on the top of a stack of clothes on Carmen's dresser. "You can say, 'Hey, Tibby, want those pants?"'Carmen looked baffled. She capped the polish remover, walked over to her dresser, and held up the pants. Tibby usually liked clothes that were ugly or challenging. These were just jeans. "You mean these?" They were creased in three places from inattention.Tibby nodded sullenly. "Those.""You really want them?" Carmen didn't feel like mentioning that she was planning to throw them away. Bigger points if they mattered."Uh-huh."Tibby was demanding a little display of unconditional love. Then again, it was her right. Three of them were flying off on big adventures the next day, and Tibby was launching her career at Wallman's in scenic Bethesda for five cents over minimum wage."Fine," Carmen said benevolently, handing them over.Tibby absently hugged the pants, slightly deflated at getting her way so fast.Lena studied them. "Are those the pants you got at the secondhand place next to Yes!?""Yes!" Carmen shouted back.Tibby unfolded them. "They're great."The pants suddenly looked different to Carmen. Now that somebody cared about them, they looked a little nicer."Don't you think you should try them on?" Lena asked practically. "If they fit Carmen, they aren't going to fit you."Carmen and Tibby both glared at Lena, not sure who should take more offense."What?" Bridget said, hopping to Lena's aid. "You guys have completely different builds. Is that not obvious?""Fine," Tibby said, glad to be huffy again.Tibby pulled off her dilapidated brown cargo pants, revealing lavender cotton underwear. She turned her back to her friends for the sake of drama as she pulled on the pants. She zipped, buttoned, and turned around. "Ta-da!"Lena studied her. "Wow.""Tibs, you're such a babe," Bridget proclaimed.Tibby tried not to let her smile get loose. She went over to the mirror and turned to the side. "You think they're good?""Are those really my pants?" Carmen asked.Tibby had narrow hips and long legs for her small frame. The pants fell below her waist, hugging her hips intimately. They revealed a white strip of flat stomach, a nice inny belly button."You look like a girl," Bridget added.Tibby didn't quarrel. She knew as well as anyone that she looked skinny and shapeless in the oversized pants she usually wore.The pants bagged a little at her feet, but that worked for Tibby.Suddenly Tibby looked unsure. "I don't know. Maybe somebody else should try them." Slowly she unbuttoned and unzipped."Tibby, you are crazy," Carmen said. "Those pants are in love with you. They want you for your body and your mind." She couldn't help seeing the pants in a completely new way.Tibby threw them at Lena. "Here. You go.""Why? They're meant to be yours, " Lena argued.Tibby shrugged. "Just try them."Carmen could see Lena glancing at the pants with a certain amount of interest. "Why not? Lena, try 'em."Lena looked at the pants warily. She shed her own khakis and pulled them on. She made sure they were buttoned and sitting straight on her hips before she glanced in the mirror.Bridget considered."Lenny, you make me sick," Tibby offered."Jesus, Lena," Carmen said. Sorry, Jesus, she added to herself reflexively."They're nice pants," Lena said reverently, almost whispering.They were used to Lena, but Carmen knew that to the rest of the world she was fairly stunning. She had Mediterranean skin that tanned well, straight, shiny dark hair, and wide eyes roughly the color of celery. Her face was so lovely, so delicately structured, it kind of gave Carmen a stomachache. Carmen once confessed her worry to Tibby that some movie director was going to spot Lena and take her away, and Tibby admitted she had worried the exact same thing. Particularly beautiful people were like particularly funny-looking people, though. Once you knew them you mostly forgot about it.The pants clung to Lena's waist and followed the line of her hips. They held close to the shape of her thighs and fell exactly to the tops of her feet. When she took two steps forward, they appeared to hug each of her muscles as they shifted and moved. Carmen gazed in wonder at how different was their effect from Lena's bland uniform of J. Crew khakis."Very sexy," Bridget said.Lena snatched another peek at the mirror. She always held herself in a slightly awkward way, with her neck pushed forward, when she looked in a mirror. She winced. "I think maybe they're too tight," she said."Are you joking?" Tibby barked. "They are beautiful. They look a million times better than those lame-o pants you usually wear."Lena turned to Tibby. "Was that a compliment somewhere in there?""Seriously, you have to have them," Tibby said. "They're like . . . transforming."Lena fiddled with the waistband. She was never comfortable talking about the way she looked."You are always beautiful," Carmen added. "But Tibby's right . . .you look . . . just . . . different."Lena slid the pants off her hips. "Bee has to try them." "I do?""You do," Lena confirmed."She's too tall for them," Tibby said."Just try," Lena said."I don't need any more jeans," Bridget said. "I have, like, nine pairs.""What, are you scared of them?" Carmen taunted. Stupid dares like that always worked on Bridget.Bridget grabbed them from Lena. She took off her dark indigo jeans, kicked them into a pile on the floor, and pulled on the pants. At first she tried to pull the pants way up on her waist, so they would be too short, but as soon as she let go, the pants settled gracefully on her hips."Doo-doo-doo-doo," Carmen sang, hitting the notes of the Twilight Zone theme.Bridget turned around to look at her backside. "What?""They're not short; they're perfect," Lena said.Tibby cocked her head, studying Bridget carefully. "You look almost . . . small, Bee. Not your usual Amazon.""The insult parade marches on," Lena said, laughing.Bridget was tall, with broad shoulders and long legs and big hands. It was easy to think she was a big person, but she was surprisingly narrow through her hips and waist."She's right," Carmen said. "The pants fit better than your usual ones."Bridget switched her butt in front of the mirror. "These do look good," she said. "Wow. I think I may love them.""You've got a great little butt," Carmen pointed out.Tibby laughed. "That from the queen of butts." She got a troublemaking look in her eyes. "Hey. You know how we find out if these pants are truly magical?""How?" Carmen asked.Tibby jiggled her foot in the air. "You try them on. I know they're yours and all, but I'm just saying, scientifically speaking, that it is impossible for these pants to fit you too."Carmen chewed the inside of her cheek. "Are you casting aspersions on my butt?""Oh, Carma. You know I envy it. I just don't think these pants are going to fit over it," Tibby explained reasonably.Bridget and Lena nodded.Suddenly Carmen was afraid that the pants that hugged each of her friends' bodies with loving grace would not fit over her upper thighs. She wasn't really chubby, but she had inherited her backside directly from the Puerto Rican half of the family. It was very nicely shaped, and most days she felt proud of it, but here with these pants and her three little-assed friends, she didn't feel like standing out like the big fatso."Nah. I don't want them," Carmen said, standing up and getting ready to try to change the subject. Six eyes remained fixed on the pants."Yes," Bridget said. "You have to.""Please, Carmen?" Lena asked.She saw too much anticipation on her friends' faces to drop it without a fight. "Fine. Don't expect them to fit or anything. I'm sure they won't.""Carmen, they're your pants," Bridget pointed out."Yeah, smarty, but I never tried them on before." Carmen said it with enough force to ward off further questions. She pulled off her black flares and pulled on the jeans. They didn't stop at her thighs. They went right up over her hips without complaint. She fastened them. "So?" She wasn't ready to venture a look in the mirror yet.Nobody said anything."What?" Carmen felt cursed. "What? Are they that bad? She found the courage to meet Tibby's eye. "What?""I . . . I just . . ." Tibby trailed off."Oh my," Lena said quietly. Carmen winced and looked away. "I'll just take them off, and we'll pretend this never happened," she said, her cheeks flushing.Bridget found words. "Carmen, that's not it at all! Look at yourself! You are a thing of beauty. You are a vision. You are a supermodel."Carmen put her hand on her hip and made a sour face. "That I doubt." "Seriously, look at yourself," Lena ordered. "These are magic pants."Carmen looked at herself. First from far away, then from up close. From the front and then the back.The CD they'd been listening to ended, but nobody seemed to notice. The phone was ringing distantly, but nobody got up to get it. The normally busy street was silent.Carmen finally let out her breath. "These are magic pants.From the Hardcover edition.

Bookclub Guide

1. The novel opens and closes with a first-person narrative by Carmen. 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? Or do you think Carmen’s is the best viewpoint to begin and end the novel?2. “For some reason our lives were marked by summers. . . . Summer was the time when our lives joined completely, when we all had our birthdays, when really important things happened” (p. 5). What is the significance of the Sisterhood’s first summer apart? Why is it so important that the four friends have individual adventures? Do you think they would have remained close if the Pants had not been a part of their lives?3. Of the four girls, whom are you the most like? The most different from?4. 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?5. Carmen’s discovery of a new blond stepfamily comes as quite a shock. How could her father have better handled this news? Would it have made a difference to Carmen?6. In the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey sees what the world would have been like had he not been born. Author Ann Brashares has said that the character of Bailey was inspired by this film. How would Tibby’s life have been different if she had not met Bailey?7. Lena is described as quite beautiful. How do you think this affects her friendships? Have you ever been friends with someone who is noticeably more or less attractive than you are? How did it make you feel?8. Bridget feels powerful as she pursues Eric, but her actions leave her fragile and uncertain. Do you think that by the end of the story, Bridget is able to take back some of her power? Why or why not? What role do you think Bridget’s friends will play in her recovery?9. In the novel, the Pants take on a life of their own. Each of the girls in turn feels loved and comforted by them, as if the Pants were a creature or a person. Do you believe that the Pants are really looking out for the girls? Or is what the girls sense a manifestation of their own emotions? Or is it some combination of the two?10. Each of the girls is very different from her friends and has widely ranging talents: Lena is a painter, Tibby is a filmmaker, Bridget is an athlete. But their talents don’t define them so much as send them off in different directions. Carmen is more of an enigma; what would you say her talents are and where do they take her in the novel?11. If you were given the Pants, what rule governing their use would be the hardest for you to keep? Rule 10 is “Remember: Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself” (p. 25). How is this rule observed by each member of the Sisterhood in the story? How is it broken?12. In the epilogue (p. 293), Carmen says, “What happened in front of my friends felt real. What happened to me by myself felt partly dreamed, partly imagined, definitely shifted and warped by my own fears and wants.” Have you ever felt that way? How does it feel to see yourself reflected in other people?13. The novel’s settings are varied—Baja California, Greece, South Carolina, and Maryland. By the end of the book, each of the girls has had a revelation that has a lot to do with where she has been. If you could spend a summer in one of these places, which would you choose? If you could spend a summer anywhere in the world, where would you go? Would you want your friends with you or would you rather travel solo?14. What does Carmen mean when she says that she, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget are the real Septembers (p. 7)? What is it about their friendship that convinces Carmen they won’t drift apart the way their mothers did? Fast-forward ten years . . . do you think the Sisterhood will still be inseparable? What are the bonds that will help their friendship endure? Will the Pants still fit them? If not, will it matter?

Editorial Reviews

“Funny, perceptive, and moving.”—USA Today “Uplifting.” —Seventeen “An outstanding and vivid book that will stay with readers for a long time.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred, Flying Start “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"The pants are just pants, and life is just life, full of joys, sorrows, living, and dying. This is the charm of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby are growing to adulthood, and Brashares accurately portrays one glorious, painful summer in their evolution. Young teens will identify with one, or even all four, of these interesting, funny young women, and they'll be on the lookout for their own pair of traveling pants." --Booklist"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was enjoyable and meaningful at the same time, and that's sometimes a hard thing to find in YA literature." --VOYA "Each girl's story is distinct and engrossing, told in a brightly contemporary style. Like the Pants, the reader bounces back and forth among the four unfolding adventures, and the melange is spiced with letters and witty quotes. Ann Brashares has here created four captivating characters and seamlessly interwoven their stories for a young adult novel that is fresh and absorbing."