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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  497,948 Ratings  ·  6,042 Reviews
From Baja California to Greece, from film-making to football - as Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget endure their first summer apart they are secure in the knowledge that their friendship is constant - and the symbol of it is only a parcel-delivery away.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Corgi Childrens (first published September 11th 2001)
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Katie I would also recommend this book for girls aged 13-16, and it is relatively clean, however the one sexual relationship in the book might need some…moreI would also recommend this book for girls aged 13-16, and it is relatively clean, however the one sexual relationship in the book might need some parental guidance. It's worth knowing that the girl almost instantly realizes she wasn't ready, and it might be a good way to help young girls learn from her mistake. However I don't think the author does a good enough job going in to why a girl might or might not make the decision to have sex for the age the book is really written for. Also, this sexual relationship is with a college aged guy, so that's a big time no no, which the book does not make at all clear.(less)
Becky Galambos Yes! There are some differences as is usual with film vs book. But the characters we love are very well portrayed and most of my favorite scenes made…moreYes! There are some differences as is usual with film vs book. But the characters we love are very well portrayed and most of my favorite scenes made it in. I also heard that the third movie has been greenlighted which will be based on the 5th book.(less)

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Lola  Reviewer
I am extremely surprised. This book should not have moved me as much as it did. It is true that I adore stories in which friendship plays a humongous part, but I have read hundreds of them in the past.

So what makes The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants so special?

The pants, obviously, have a lot to do with my enjoying the story. They symbolize strength, love and courage.

Lena, Carmen, Bridget and Tibby are four teenagers with distinct personalities, wants and needs. Despite all that sets them apa
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Namratha
A sparkling breath of fresh air, this book captures the spirit of friendship in the most charming and sauciest manner possible.

The book is a far cry from the regular breed of YA novels which seem to dwell on the fixed notions that young girls basically fall into two main groups: One, the hatefully pretty, perpetually scheming Prom Queens with their nastier than “week-ol’ milk” cliques! And at the other end of the rainbow, the brave under-dog...not much to look at, the general do-gooder, the f
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Briynne
Sep 10, 2007 Briynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is beginning to feel a little too familiar, but here's yet another disapointment from my YA Lit class. First, I should state that I have never liked the whole "girl power" thing. I guess I always felt intelligent/empowered enough as a teenager to not have to rely on books like this to show me how fantastic it is to be female. Also, generally speaking, I find large groups of girls terrifying, especially at the high school age. So lots of pre-existing strikes against this book.

As for the sto
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Trina (Between Chapters)
I'm glad I finally read this! I'd seen the movie before so this story wasn't new but I still enjoyed it. Brashares 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 and felt very true to how I remember myself feeling at that time in my life. Each of the girls is so different, but I can see a bit of myself in most of them so there were many different moments in each story line that I related to.

However
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Anne
Jan 02, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reads-of-2016
Such a beautiful portrayal of love and friendship sisterhood.
Seeing this image after reading the book just made me smile so much.


Review to come.
Erin
Jul 03, 2007 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yafiction
We, the Sisterhood, hereby instate the following rules to govern the use of the Traveling Pants.
1.) You must never wash the Pants.
2.) You must never double-cuff the Pants. It's tacky. There will never be a time when this will not be tacky.
3.) You must never say the word "phat" while wearing the Pants. You must also never think "I am fat" while wearing the Pants...


So begins the first summer apart for four friends: Lena, who is going to visit her grandparents in Greece with her sister; Carmen, hea
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Hannah G.
Mar 17, 2011 Hannah G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! If you are a teen girl looking for some love stories between friends and their SUPER-HOT boyfriends, well look no further then the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series! This book is about the 4 best friends Bridget, Carmen, Tibby, and Lena when they split up for the summer. With the Pants binding them together wherever they go, their summers are no longer lonely. The Pants witness all break - ups and get togethers and are often shipped with hysterical letters that will make you laugh ou ...more
Julie
Jan 14, 2008 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Charlotte
What an annoying book.
I was going to write snarky, individual letters to each of the characters in succession, but then I realized that it was a pointless endeveaour since all the letters would end up the same, anyway. Why, you ask? Because all the characters are the same.
Would you like to know some personality traits? It's like the author picked one or two for each of the characters and then relied on either one or the other to simply parasail each of the girls through the book.

There was Lena
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
It's hard for me to believe that I first read this series over 10 years ago! Wow!

I hoping to reread all 4 books this summer and read for the first time Sisterhood Everlasting.

It was interesting to see how my reaction to this story and these characters changed from a girl of 15 to an adult that is 30. I love the different narrators of the story, how distinct their personalities are, and how likable and accessible each character is to girls in any generation.

Some things never change though - this
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Shannon (leaninglights)
I really love this series. I think these were the first multiple perspective books I ever read and I really adored being back in the world of Lena, Tibby, Bee & Carmen. I feel like everyone can cast themselves as one of the girls, or at least a mixture of them.
This is the story of the first summer the girls spend apart, each going on different adventures and stepping out into the world of grown-ups and real life. The first book takes place over the summer of their 15th (almost 16) year. We
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Zezee
Mar 27, 2016 Zezee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As posted on Zezee with Books.

Why did it take me so long to finally read these books? I’ve been missing out on a fun but touching story about female friendships and family.

Quick summary on both books:

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is a contemporary young-adult series about the friendship of four teenage girls growing up in Bethesda, MD. All born within weeks of each other, the girls formed the Sisterhood when they discover a magical pair of pants that not only fits them all despite
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Antof9
Must quote from the back of the book, as I love it :)

We, the Sisterhood, hereby instate the following rules to govern the use of the Traveling Pants:
2. You must never double-cuff the Pants. It's tacky. There will never be a time when this will not be tacky.
4. You must never let a boy take off the Pants (although you may take them off yourself in his presence).
5. You must not pick your nose while wearing the Pants. You may, however, scratch casually at your nostril while really kind of picking.

I
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Lisa
Apr 11, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This book took me completely by surprise. I wasn't planning on reading it but the movie was coming on and I decided I should read the book first before watching the film. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a story with an awful premise that was surprisingly well-executed.

Going into it, I expected some silly, shallow book about four teenage girls falling in love over one summer, but instead this book focused on the exploration of family dysfunction, death, and the bonds of friendship. The
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Sierra
Jul 22, 2008 Sierra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was almost ashamed to love this book, because I'm REALLY not one for "chick lit"...give me Gothic or intrigue any day! However, I think this series is really exceptional. The experiences cannot be typified -although there is romance, I appreciate how it does not fall into the "crush/agony/happily-ever-after" triptych that is common to most "chick lit" novels.

I think Ann Brashares is remarkably gifted at describing emotions and experiences -she chooses seemingly minor incidents and trains her
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
3.5 stars.

I went into this expecting it to be a super fluffy teen-girl-friendship-group story, kind of like the movie Now and Then?? And it totally seemed like that's what it was going to be at the beginning of the book. And yet somewhere along the way, it took a turn and detoured down STAB YOU IN THE FEELS Lane. Which I was totally not expecting and still don't quite know how to process.

It's a little dated now, and some of the parental actions are a little bit "WTF WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT" as a
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Kristen (kaymaldo)
I was stuck in a mini book slump so I decided to throw it back to a summer classic with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I remembered a good amount of what happened from when I read the book and watched the movie when I was younger, but after reading it now, it really made me want to go back and finish the series.

Even though this book is about a magical pair of jeans shared among friends, I really enjoyed how realistic it was. Carmen, Lena, and Tibby have my favorite story lines. Carmen'
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Robin
Jan 20, 2009 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't as good as I'd hoped, but it was okay. Let me just say that if I ever find a pair of magic jeans that make me look fabulous I'M NOT SHARING!
Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I had seen previews for the movie adaptation of this book and it made me mildly curious. When I found the book on clearance I stopped having excuses on why I hadn't read it yet. I enjoyed the book for the most part, there were a few slow moving areas and a couple things that just made me go "huh?" but otherwise it was definitely a relatable book.

Carmen, Bridget (Bee), Tibby, and Lena have been best friends forever. This summer marks the first one that they will be spending time away from each ot
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Amy
Dec 23, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of creative, a little irritating at times...
Chloe
Jun 14, 2015 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I literally finished this at midnight so I'm going to do my review now :)
I had first read this book when I was in about 5th grade and I remember LOVING it. (bridget was my fav) But re-reading this as I am older made me realize how unrealistic it is. It makes me sad to realize I am old enough to say that *shudders*

Bridget goes to a soccer camp in Mexico and falls in love with one of the councilors.She is about 15 he is 19. When I was 10 I thought "aww but they are so cute! It's not that big of
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Victoria Scott
This book was on my TBR for way, way too long. In fact, I even watched the movie first! I am so happy I finally got around to reading this
I fell in love with their friendship right from the beginning. These four lived for each other, and were completely lost when they were apart. I desperately want a friendship like that. They weren't afraid of anything when they were with each other. Even when they were spread out all over the world, they didn't stop writing, or talking about each other. I abso
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
My review of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.....

I understood going into this book that is probably wasn't going to be the book for me. A story of four best friends and the lessons learned on the first summer they spent apart *cue the sappy ass rom-com music* Whatever!

I could sit here and go on and on about all the disasters that happen in this book and why it terrifies me that these "coming of age" stories are so well received by teenage girls but someone has probably done that better tha
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Mom2triplets04
Jul 08, 2016 Mom2triplets04 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own-tbr
Read this for #pantsalong readathon. This was my first time reading it. It is a story told by 4 POV's. Carmen - she goes to visit her dad for the summer. She was my favorite character. Tibby - she stays home and gets a job for the summer. My 2nd favorite. Lena - she goes to Greece with her sister to visit her grandparents. Bridget - she goes away to soccer camp for the summer. Great story of friendship and love. Dropped it down a star because I felt frustrated while the POV's switched without wa ...more
Sarafina b.
I was really looking forward to reading The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and I had really high expectations, especially since I ADORE the movie, but this is a rare case of me liking the movie better than the book itself. The book was just okay for me. The writing was good and all, though I still found myself extremely bored throughout the majority of the book, just not my cup of tea.
Susan
Jun 09, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012books
Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in ...more
ClareBear
Mar 25, 2008 ClareBear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10-14 year old girls
Recommended to ClareBear by: My sister
READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU WATCH THE MOVIE. That is, if you watch the movie at all, which I don't reccomend. But the book is romantic and touching. It will make you laugh and cry at the same time. There are four girls who have been friends their whole lives; Bridget (Bee), Carmen, Lena, and Tibby.
Bridget is a great soccer player with beautiful blond hair. Carmen is a smart, hot-tempered Puerto Rican who treausures their friendship and works to keep them together. Lena is shy and tries to hide he
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Beth
Nov 29, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Nowadays our mothers act like friendship is an elective - falling somewhere down the list after husbands, children, career, home, money. Somewhere between outdoor grilling and music appreciation. That's not how it is for us. My mom tells me, "Just wait till you get serious about boys and school. Just wait till you start competing." But she's wrong. We won't let that happen to us.

This is my sort of YA. It's messy and complicated and funny and smart and honest and real. It's about friendship and f
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Jana
Jul 05, 2016 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up completely on a whim but I ended up really enjoying it. It's just the kind of light read that I needed right now. From the atmosphere it reminds me of The Princess Diaries, obviously without the royal stuff, but it is just as funny and has just as awesome friendships and is written in a really fun way.
Sarah
31/5 - Why do they always have to change the book in order for it to become a movie?! Alexis Bledel is nothing like the way I would have imagined Lena (described as having the tanned skin of her Greek ancestry, while Bledel is quite white) if I had read the book first and her character's experience in the movie barely resembles that of her book's counterpart. Lena's relationship with Kostas progresses nothing like the way it is portrayed in the movie (although I have to admit that I found movie ...more
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she ne ...more
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