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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

(Sisterhood #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  86,893 ratings  ·  2,454 reviews
With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their second summer together.

Bridget: Impulsively sets off for Alabama, wanting to both confront and avoid her demons... but she can't keep the truth from the Pants.

Carmen: Is concerned that her mother is making a fool of herself over a man. When she discovers
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Paperback, 373 pages
Published 2008 by Random House Australia Pty Ltd (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
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Erin
Re-read in 2019

I am so glad that I decided to read this one again because I realized that I blended the storylines of books 2 and 3 into quite a tangled spiderweb.

It's now summer again and the four friends are still confronting family, friends, and love interests issues. IMHO, the winner in this one was definitely Bridget's storyline as she travels to check out her maternal grandmother, Greta and get more answers about her mother, Marly. Of course, Bee tries to mask who she is, but her curios
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Erin
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I continue my reread of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, I'm struck by how many of opinions about the characters change and how many stay the same. When I first read this series as a teenager my two favorite characters were Tibby & Carmen. As an adult I still love Tibby

But God!!!!!

I can't stand Carmen. Carmen is a terrible person and I'm wondering what drew me to her as a teenager. Carmen is the type of person who grows up to become a mass murder. Her inability to control her r
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Lani
Jan 19, 2008 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
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Iryna *Book and Sword*
3/5 stars

​“She used to cry roughly three times a year. Now she seemed to cry three times before breakfast. Could that be considered progress?”


I enjoyed the 1st book of this series much, much more. The only thing that improved in the book two was the writing - it was more refined and less juvenile, but unfortunately that was the end of improvements.

“She got tired of herself. She got tired of not being able to say what she wanted or do what she wanted or even want what she wanted.”

The only chara
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bookswithpaulette
It was ok. Didnt enjoy this as much as the first one... so I think I will stop here :)
Norah Una Sumner
2.5 stars.

I feel like it took me a whole month to finish this book more because I couldn't deal with anyone but Bee than because I was reading it in Swedish and trying to write down all the words I didn't know.

Seriously though, I expected much more from Tibby and Lena only to be so horribly disappointed by both of their arcs. Carmen's story line was even interesting compared to these two but... we all know Carmen is a drama queen so it was obviously a bit over the top. Bee's story line is what s
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Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I liked this one okay enough. I couldn't remember the first book so I had to keep looking up details online so I wouldn't get the girls mixed up. The story switches between the four girls, sometimes within very short periods (a page of one girl, a page of the next, etc.). Sometimes it was annoying because the girl we were focusing on never did anything or I was more interested in what another girl was doing, bu
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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
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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
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Bookishrealm
Update! Here's the full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....

3.5 Stars. While I still had a problem with some of the characters, this was a little better than the first and definitely explored more difficult topics. If I had to pick a character that I resonated with the most, I would definitely have to pick Lina. She went through so much during this book and still a managed to keep it together just to be 16. I’ll be doing a full review of this book on my blog.
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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
Cassie
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first. The ending made me angry and sad though. Poor, poor Lena.
Bitchin' Reads
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I forgot what Kostas did! Ugh!
Victoria
Sep 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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K.
First things first: I want the shoes that the model on the cover of this edition is wearing. Because they're wonderful and I need them.

Onto the book itself - I kind of wanted to strangle all of the characters. First of all? WASH THOSE FUCKING JEANS. I'm sorry, but you cannot pass a pair of jeans between four teenage girls over the course of two summers and NOT get blood on them at some point. Also, it's summer. In Washington D.C. It's humid as shit. And Bridget plays soccer in them. WASH THE JE
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Samantha (WLABB)
This was an interesting summer with the girls and the pants.

I won't say I loved every storyline, but overall, I enjoyed reading about this summer of change and disappointment. It was odd to see that Bridget, who is the hot mess of the group, was really the only one who had her act together. Her storyline was probably my favorite, because it was her working through her grief, learning more about her mother, and reconnecting with her grandmother. Brashares did something nice there at the end too.
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Viir
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book a couple of years ago so I don't know all the details of the first one. So if I make mistakes in this review then bear with me :)

The Travelling Pants, the Magic Pants, the Pants that helped the 4 girls have a great summer the last year are now not helping at all. Bridget leaves for the summer to visit her grandma, but not as Bridget. She gives herself an alias to find out more about her family. Carmen gets super jealous when her mother gets a boyfriend. Tibby attends a phot
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Cindy
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Ashley
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a whirlwind, the second summer was just as exciting as the first but definitely more emotion-filled. The girls seem to hone in on their own personal journeys and the theme is about their mothers. It is a beautifully woven story that had me tearing up at some parts and it helped me to see different aspects of the girls’ personalities and strengths. At times it was a bit slow which can make the story drag out, but for the most part I really enjoyed myself. Can’t wait to read the third in ...more
Ann
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
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Shelly
Aug 19, 2014 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
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Kelly Roberson
Feb 15, 2016 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
Mom2triplets04
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.
Martha
4.5 stars

Tibby struggles to fit in at film school while also dealing with grief.
Carmen's mum has a new boyfriend, which makes her feel left out.
Lena is still reeling from her breakup with Kostos and uncovers a mystery man in her mother's past.
Bridget, struggling to find herself, impulsively sets off to stay at her grandmother's, hoping to learn more about her late mother. 


It is the theme of friendship - which runs through every chapter - that makes this series special. The four girls, though so
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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
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Adriana
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
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
From Lena's point of view



This story was so good. It has a lot of pain and love. I cried a lot more than laughed. Carmen surprised me by being very mean and selfish! Her character in the movie is so different. Lena's story in the book pained me so much just like Carmen's mom and her lover David. I can't understand how Carmen was so mean and hateful like that!!!



Bee broke my heart but she always gets up and push herself forward. I love her for that. Tibby's love and sorrow for Bailey is so touching
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Sydney
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Turns out not all Sisterhood summers can be exciting ones. Carmen nannies in Bethesda, Lena works retail, Bee cleans out an attic, and Tibby goes to summer camp. Everyone--and I mean, EVERYONE--is mean to their mom.

Hilarious Highlights:
+ The number of times Wisconsin Avenue is mentioned.
+ How chill everyone is about Brian sleeping on the floor of Tibby's dorm room all summer.
+ Bridgette choosing "Gilda" as her alias and no one saying, "1897 called, they want their Eastern European housekeeper ba
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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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