When a pair of jeans manages to work on four diffirent best friends and make each look uniquely special, that's when you know you're in possession of a truly remarkable article of clothing. The pants of, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares, is what makes the book complete. Even though this novel is a "girly" book; that's what makes the characters more relatable, the plot interesting in almost gossipy way, and the theme, which is the importance of friendship.
The characters are relatable. Carmen is the most thoughtful of the four friends, and recognizes the importance of friendship more than others do. Carmen is half Puerto Rican and half White, she lives with her single Latina mom. Throughout the book she has to deal with feeling replaced when she finds out that her dad is engaged to a white woman who already has two teenagers. Bridget is an athlete, she spends her summer at a soccer camp in Mexico. She is impulsive and reckless, but her high spirits help her make friends quickly. Lena is the shy one. She travels to Greece to spend the summer with her grandparents. She is quiet and happiest when she can just be alone. She's not much into boys, because through experience she's learned that they usually only like her for her looks. Finally there's Tibby, the rebel. The only one of the 4 girls stuck at home, she views it as plain and boring.
The Plot behind the story is interesting. The book starts out with Carmen buying a pair of jeans. Magically, they happen to fit Carmen, Lena, Tibby and Bridget perfectly, even though they have different body types. When they all go their separate ways, the girls mail around the pants to whoever needs them, once the...
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...rangers. However, Bailey's overall happy outlook on life rubs off on her. Lena needs her friends to look past her beauty. Without them, she withdraws, deep into her own thoughts. Its her friends that remind her she's more than her looks. Bridget is the one who's the least open about friendship, but she needs it just as much as the others. Without close friends around, Bridget's daredevil attitude are fun and exciting, but nobody thinks to tell her to slow down. She goes too far and ends up in a bad situation, but her friends are there to make it better.
The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants is very much a touching story about four best friends and their lives. The relatable characters interesting plot and theme, just make it a really good, well put book. Good friends are a big part of life and without them life can't be as fun and these four girls know that for a fact.
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