Jan 2, 2017

Review- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series



The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series
Author: Ann Brashares
Release Date: September 11, 2001-January 9, 2007
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 1,389 (all 4 books)
Format: Paperback


Synopsis:

The Sisterhood of the Traveling pants (Book 1)
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 anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Book 2)

With a bit of last summer’s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the sisterhood who 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 Carmen discovers that her mom borrowed the Pants to wear on a date, she's certain of it.
Tibby: Makes a movie she'd like to be proud of...while the Pants keep alive the memory of a friend who could see beyond appearances.
Lena: Has spent months hiding from love...only to find that she's at last ready to put on the Pants and let them lead her where they will.

Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Book 3)
The Pants first came to us at the perfect moment. That is, when we were splitting up for the first time. It was two summers ago when they first worked their magic, and last summer when they shook up our lives once again. You see, we don't wear the Pants year-round. We let them rest so they are extra powerful when summer comes. (There was the time this spring when Carmen wore them to her mom's wedding, but that was a special case.)
Now we're facing our last summer together. In September we go to college. And it's not like one of those TV shows where all of us magically turn up at the same college. We're going to four different colleges in four different cities (but all within four hours of one another--that was our one rule). We're headed off to start our real lives.
Tomorrow night at Gilda's we'll launch the Pants on their third summer voyage. Tomorrow begins the time of our lives. It's when we'll need our Pants the most.

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Book 4)

With unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious summer.
Lena: Immerses herself in her painting and an intoxicating summer fling, fearing that the moment she forgets about Kostos will be the moment she sees him again.
Carmen: Falls under the spell of a sophisticated college friend for whom a theatrical role means everything and the heritage of the Pants means nothing.
Bridget: Joins a dig for an ancient city on the coast of Turkey and discovers that her archaeology professor is available in every way except one.
Tibby: Leaves behind someone she loves, wrongly believing he will stay where she has left him.



My Review:
I figured since this was an older series, I would go ahead and just review the whole series together (with exception of Book 5). 

I've never been a girl that has a ton of friends. If I'm being honest, I can say at most parts of my life I haven't had a single friend. I read this back in high school when I did have a friend at the time and it made me happy to have her. I no longer do, we fell apart after high school ended. I was worried re-reading this series without that friendship would hurt, but it surprisingly didn't.

This book made me happy as I read it. I loved seeing the girls and how different they all were from each other. That difference actually benefited the other and helped them keep going. When one was having an issue, they knew the first one to go to then let the others know after. They never kept anything from each other and I like that. It actually gave me hope that I will find that one day, too.

The girls personalities are wonderful. They are all real and genuine to who they are, they know the other 3 love them that way and they don't change for anyone. It's a breath of fresh air. There are so many books out there that have characters, especially female ones, that I want to strangle them. They change so much and whine to a point that is beyond ridiculous. This book does not do that. They all have their breakdowns, but they all are valid and make sense.

I feel I relate most to Lena. I am Greek just like she is, I don't wear clothes that show anything off and I am very introverted. I connected to her the most and wished her life the best.

These books are honestly set all over the place, though they spend a big chunk of their story in New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, California, and Washington DC. Even between all the books, these are the main areas you find them all. I haven't been to really any of the places they were at, but I could still picture it along the way.

I think this book is really for anyone. It can help those that feel lonely, depressed, and unwanted. It can also bring extra happiness to those that already feel they are where they below. I know from experience that it can help those that need the help. I felt a new outlook on my life when I finished it and know it will be a series I will go to when I get into a dark place and need someone to help me through. The girls will help me again just as they have now.

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