Title: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Author: Ann Brashares
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
© Copyright Date: 2003
# of pages: 336
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Summary: Tibby Tomko-Rollins, Lena Kaligaris, Carmen Lowell and Bridget Vreeland have been best friends since childhood. In the beginning of their summer vacations, they find a pair of jeans that fits each one of them perfectly. They decide to share the pants as a magic symbol of their friendship and form a sisterhood with a list of ten rules. During their first summer apart, the girls must learn how to face their experiences without the security of the others. Each girl faces a different conflict. Bridget travels to a soccer camp in Mexico and she has a crush on the coach Eric, who is older than her which poses many dangers. After things get physically intimate between the two, their relationship goes downhill from there. Lena visits her family in Greece and has a crush on the local fisherman Kostos and has to learn how to open herself up to others so she doesn’t lose Kostos. On her way back from Greece, Lena makes a detour in Mexico since she knows Bridget needs a friend because she feels hurt abut what happened with Eric. Carmen travels to South Carolina and struggles to accept her father’s new family and her own anger at her father. After throwing a rock through Lydia’s window, Carmen is guilty and after returning home she vows to make things right with her father. Tibby stays in town working in a department store to raise money to buy new equipment for her documentary and is befriended by the twelve- year old Bailey that is very ill. Bailey dies from leukemia and after attending her funeral, Tibby decides to live her life to the fullest. After all of the girls’ vacations, they grow-up and their friendship remains solid as ever.
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