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The sisterhood of the traveling pants
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Lena (Female), Student, Pretty; spending the summer with her grandparents in Greece
Bridget (Female), Student, Motherless, Twin, Athlete, Has a twin brother; spending the summer at a soccer camp in Mexico
Carmen (Female), Student, Spending the summer with her divorced father in South Carolina
Tibby (Female), Student, Rebellious; staying home on her summer vacation to work at a local drugstore
Coming of age
Young adult fiction
Teenage girls
Summer vacations
Family relationships
Life changes
Personal growth
Washington, D.C. - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Greece - Europe
- Mexico
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

A pair of jeans purchased at a thrift store is the unlikely bond that keeps four best friends emotionally connected during the first summer that they spend physically apart. This clever (if initially hokey-sounding) premise sets the course for four intertwined, compelling coming-of-age stories. Carmen doesn't think much of the pants she buys for $3.49, until she and her pals discover their magical quality. The jeansAwhich fit each girl perfectly despite their very different body typesAserve as a surrogate friend for Tibby, Carmen, Lena and Bridget as they wrestle with new issues of first love, jealousy, fear and sadness in the months before their junior year of high school. Each girl has a turn with the pants, then sends them on to the next person in the rotation; by summer's end, when the friends are reunited, the jeans will be the symbol of what the girls have experienced. Goethals sounds every bit the teenager here, but her sometimes halting reading never quite captures the crackle of Brashares's writing style. In Goethals's command, the author's snappy asides and retorts occasionally sound cumbersome rather than humorous or biting, as they were intended. Many teen girls will likely take these shortcomings in stride and get lost in a story that speaks to them. Ages 12-up. Simultaneous release with Delacorte hardcover, reviewed in Children's Forecasts July 6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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 Lena decides they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. . . Take theNew York Timesbestselling book and pair it with a perfect cast, a screenplay from one of Hollywood's most respected writers, and gorgeous locales like Vancouver, Baja, and Santorini, and you haveThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the teen girl movie of summer 2005 from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures! • Ken Kwapis directs a dream cast: Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) as Lena, 2004 Emmy nominee Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) as Tibby, America Ferrara (Real Women Have Curves) as Carmen, and newcomer Blake Lively as Bridget. • Screenplay by Delia Ephron--the screenwriter behindYou've Got Mailand associate producer ofSleepless in Seattle. • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants received enormous recognition including starred reviews, was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, is a Book Sense Book of the Year, aPublishers WeeklyFlying Start, and won the hearts of teen girls across the country--and continues to be aNew York TimesBestseller. From the Paperback edition.
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