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The Second Summer (Sisterhood #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  74,719 Ratings  ·  2,091 Reviews
With a little bit of sand in pockets, the Travelling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them are back - and ready to embark on their 16th summer . . . Lena's in love - but will it end in a broken heart? Bridget: She's about to face up to some painful truths about her late mother . . . Carmen: She's hoping destiny will play her cards right - for once! Tibby's going to film ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published June 12th 2003 by Corgi Childrens (first published April 22nd 2003)
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Trina (Between Chapters)
I didn't like this one as much as the first book and I'm not sure if that's because I was so familiar with the first book due to the movie, or what.

Carmen - I can relate to her the most, but her plot was kind of melodramatic this time in my opinion. One thing I really don't understand is her relationship with her step-brother. When did they get close?

Tibby - I was pretty disappointed in Tibby, and while it's realistic that she wouldn't have changed overnight after the events of book 1, I just w
Mar 03, 2008 Lani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, own, kids
I wasn't terribly impressed with the first book, but I was interested enough in the characters to want to read more. I am so glad I did!

This book seemed more realistically teenaged-girl, both the good and bad. The girls had to face things in their lives that they could avoid as children, and came out stronger.

Though other people criticized the way that Bee changed, I thought it was actually a pretty accurate depiction of a girl hurt by her early sexual experience. Teenagers experiment with their
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Third Read: August 22-27, 2016
Second Read: May 2009
Original Read: March 2004

My re-read of the series continues... this time on audio book. All so I can *finally* read the final book in the series, Sisterhood Everlasting.

I found that I was annoyed by most of the girls (with the exception of Bridget) all through this second book in the series.

Carmen - Carmen behaved like an abominable brat for 90% of the book. Her reaction to her mother daring to date and basically have a life made me want to sma
Victoria Scott
Yes, Ann Brashares does it again! Who knew the second book could be as good as the first?
You'd think the plot wouldn't work as well, with Tibby so close to home, and Lena and Carmen not going away. But somehow, it still worked. Yes, the girls saw each other a lot more often. But they still talked online, or sent little postcards to each other. They still made it seem they were apart, even when they were five minutes away. And those conversations are what I really love. The letters that break up
Apr 15, 2008 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first. The ending made me angry and sad though. Poor, poor Lena.
Oct 28, 2008 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 27, 2008 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shannon (leaninglights)
I love the honesty in these books - they really are something special. They tackle a variety of issues and these four girls are some of the realest and relatable ones in young adult contemporary. And you want female friendships? CHECK CHECK CHECK, this series is overflowing with women holding up other women and it's just wonderful and was really ahead of it's time and I just love it soooo much. On to reread book 3!! :D
Diah Sri
love this books... I wishhh.. I've read this book 15 years ago, would've help me trough my teenage life and how to embrace adulthood with all of the pain and sorrow..., This books show you that it is ok to make mistake as long as you have the guts to admit it and try to correct it as best as u can...
I wish I could be more like bree, inspite of the lost she have been trough, she still have enough courage to open her heart and embrace what ever come on her way...

and lena is one lucky girls who has
eleonora -
Non pensate di prendere in mano questo romanzo a vent'anni, perché vi cercherete qualcosa che probabilmente non c'è. Se però lo leggete, sempre a vent'anni, ricordandovi di quando ne avevate dodici o tredici e le vostre amiche erano le persone più importanti sulla faccia della terra, allora potete. Ma non se con queste vostre amiche è andata a finire male e ne serbate un cattivo ricordo: se non portate rancore, però, potete leggerlo.
Si parla di amicizia, quell'amicizia alla quale basta un nulla
Kelly Roberson
Feb 25, 2016 Kelly Roberson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a while there, I was getting so frustrated with this book, and how irritating most of the girls were being. Then I get to the end, and I remembered why it was one of my favorite in the series. Each of the girls had a huge hurdle to climb in this book, and in a way, this book was a turning point in all of their lives. They all learned something they needed to in order to be a better person. Bee will forever be my favorite character in these books, but I can honestly say I am loving rereading ...more
I listened to this on audio for a read along #pantsalong. I was hoping to like this as much as book one but it just was a bit boring and unrealistic. Just like the first book the quotes between each chapter just made no sense at all. Also the switching of POVs without notice still continued to make me confused and frustrated. Towards the end I was getting annoyed with the girls and wanted to know more about the parents. I have the next book and I'm debating on continuing or not.
Hahahaha I just looked back at my review of the first book, and I had made a point to say how much I disliked the audiobook and would be sure to read the rest of the series in print. I didn't have any real issues with the narration this time, but it seemed like a sadder story than the first book so I guess the dourness of the narrator's voice worked better.

I can't say how many times I cried while listening to this as I drove home from Christmas. Each member of the Sisterhood had her own interes
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Rereading all 4 books this summer (after 10+ years) and reading for the first time Sisterhood Everlasting.

Compared to the first book, this summer is about the girls overcoming difficult challenges and a lot of the relationship growth occurred between mothers and daughters, which was an interesting and relatable theme to explore.

- Bridget is looking for healing about her mom (plus finding herself again after last summer)
- Carmen is fighting the idea of her mom dating and finding happiness and lo
Jul 24, 2016 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is honest to a fault. Again the girls are very real and evolving at their own pace. I didn't like this at first, as one of the girls air headed all of a sudden and very unlikable. Where the others were growing up. But then I remembered, not everyone learns and grows at the same time.
A few far fetched plot lines, but once again they are incoorperated well into the ultra realistic. Beautiful writing, focusing on mothers and daughters, i liked the link between The September groups. onto t
This book was about how four girls Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget spend their summers apart from each other but still keeping contact through a pair of jeans. These jeans have been through a lot last summer but this summer they add new experiences and events to them. Through these jeans they learn many things like how to keep a long term relationship and even helps them "fit in" with certain kinds of people while thier in camp. Each girl goes to a different place but the jeans travel from place ...more
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I had hoped this book would change my mind about the series, but, unfortunately, it didn't. I kept putting off finishing this book because of how much it bored me. The characters were the same, annoying, bratty and frustrating. The plot was alright, it intrigued me a little bit more, but to be honest, I actually looked forward to reading about Carmen's mother! She was a lot more interesting than the girls!

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Nov 18, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nikinnia Smith
***This review contains spoilers***

Ah, I feel in love with this book. It was a lot better than the first, and really gave us much more personal info about the girls. I was in tears several times while reading this. The movie tribute to Bailey had me crying like a baby.
I can understand Carmen's feelings about her mother dating, but she was a bit selfish. I was happy to see that she overcame her selfishness.

I'm glad Bridgette went to visit her grandma. I had a feeling that she knew who Bridgette w
Apr 08, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of blue jeans
Shelves: youngadult
I read this book because I liked the first one so much. Also, the teaser at the end of the first book was pretty interesting.

I liked it when I finished it but thinking about it, I am a little disappointed. It seems that the major flaws that the girls had in the first book still afflict them in this one. HOWEVER, I really liked that not everyone had a perfectly happy ending. Not everyone got everything they expected and all were not smiley and hugging. This one was well-written and interesting, k
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I liked the first one, I thought it was cute and liked that the four girls had a friendship and bond, all the while sharing a pair of you could say, magical pants.

But with this one, I don't know, some of the arcs the girls were going through, I wanted to read more of or others I juts didn't care that much. I liked the ones with Brigid, a little bit of Carmen and Tibby. But Lena's I wasn't sure about.

Mostly for the romance drama I was like, sigh, really. I mean, I liked that with and without the
Mar 23, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-the-chaser
Following the tradition of last summer, the Pants make their rounds again. Tibby's leaving for film school, Bridget's off to Alabama while Lena and Carmen spend their summers at home.

I loved the Second Summer of the Sisterhood! This book was much more emotional than the first. I shed a few tears along the way. My favourite character in this instalment would have to be Bridget. She did a 180 from her impulsive and reckless ways in the first book and took time off to rediscover herself. I really
Feb 09, 2016 Anidos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it first when I was in Middle School and reread it now, I understand why this is the least I love among the series. Because it's all sad stories. And Bee's not with Eric. This is the only volume sans Eric. Eric is my fav lad from the series (Leo comes second). I never liked Kostos and Carmen's boy is never impressive and Brian is too geeky.

But now I see Brian is special because he's the closest we could find in real life. Ain't no prince charming nor a knight in shining armor, you boys simp
Dec 17, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so far i really enjoy this book! it is one of my favorites<3 i would recommend it to Lady's 13 and up, because there are some things that are just not for younger people! once you read this book it will just remind you of friendship,love,compassion,relationships, and so much more! this book is just really touching! hope you like my review and i hope you read this book!
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
Another fantastic book in the Sisterhood series. I enjoyed this just as much as the first book. This was a re-read for me.
Feb 25, 2016 Mattea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasnt as good as the first book but it was excelent.
With scince fair going on i couldnt read a big fantasy book today so i thouht i would pick up this one!
Jun 17, 2016 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad this series is still holding up to what I remember it to be.
Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This book was okay. As with the first book, I feel like they didn't develop the characters at all and I didn't really understand why they do what they did. These books also relies on assuming a lot, which I hate. It's one thing where you can see it on TV or the movies and assume, but reading is a lot different. Just like chatting and email sometimes, it's hard to get attitude out of it, these books remind me of that.

Lena writes the introduction this time and her story is about her and her fling
Emily Butler
Apr 09, 2012 Emily Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares is the sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. These books are just so refreshing and have so many valuable lessons to gather. This second book is definitely great and deals with issues that carried on from the first one and also new issues that have surfaced. This book can be a pretty fast read, the language is pretty simple and the story can suck you right in. What is so lovely about this book is that it is so ordinary, so everyday ...more
Amélie Boucher
Feb 12, 2015 Amélie Boucher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Once more, this book was filled with emotions and character development. This second book of the series was quite different from the previous one. Only two of them left, and the remaining two were spending their summer in their hometown. But that didn't mean that it wasn't as good as the other one.

What I liked about it was that, this time, we were more focused on each girl, which made me understand them a lot better. Each girl had changed from the previous summer they had spent apart, but they g
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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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Other Books in the Series

Sisterhood (5 books)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)
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  • Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #4)
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