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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Overview
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a best selling novel
Novel
A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of the medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter supplied the present generic term in the late 18th century....

 written in 2001 by Ann Brashares
Ann Brashares
Ann Brashares is an American writer of young adult fiction. She is best known as the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series of books....

. The book follows the adventures of four best friends—Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins
Tibby Rollins
Tabitha Anastasia "Tibby" Tomko-Rollins is a member of the fictional The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, along with her friends Lena Kaligaris, Bridget Vreeland and Carmen Lowell. She was portrayed by Amber Tamblyn in the movie adaption, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.-Family:Tibby's...

, Bridget Vreeland, and Carmen Lowell
Carmen Lowell
Carmen Lucille Lowell is a main character in the book and film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She is sometimes called Carma and Carmabelle or carmeena in the book, and is a sensitive and caring half-Puerto Rican with a bad temper. Her parents are divorced, and she lives with her mother,...

, who will be spending their first summer apart. When a magical pair of jeans
Jeans
Jeans are trousers made from denim. Some of the earliest American blue jeans were made by Jacob Davis, Calvin Rogers, and Levi Strauss in 1873. Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for cowboys, became popular among teenagers. Historic brands include Levi's, Lee, and Wrangler...

 comes into their lives, their summer turns upside down. The book was adapted into a film of the same name
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (film)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American film, based on the novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by Ken Kwapis and written by Delia Ephron.The film's production budget was $25 million...

 in 2005
2005 in film
- Highest-grossing films :Please note that following the tradition of the English-language film industry, these are the top-grossing films that were first released in the United States in 2005...

. Four sequels to the book have been published, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood is a novel written in 2003 by acclaimed author Ann Brashares. The story continues the adventures of four best friends who own a magical pair of jeans that fit all of them, even though they are different sizes. During the summer, the girls share the pants...

; Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood this book is the third in a series of four books The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, and Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood.-Plot summary:...

; Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood is the fourth and final novel in Ann Brashares's acclaimed "Sisterhood" series. The story concludes the adventures of four girls who share a pair of "magical" pants that fit each one of them perfectly, despite their vastly different shapes and...

; and Sisterhood Everlasting.

In the first novel in the series, we are introduced to four high school students, Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget Vreeland, and Carmen Lowell, who have been best friends "since birth" (their mothers attended prenatal exercise classes together).
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Quotations

Once upon a time there was a pair of pants. They were an essential kind of pants - jeans, naturally, blue but not that stiff, new blue you see so often on the first day of school.

We started being "we" before we were born.

I'm sorry you asked me out, she told him silently. Otherwise maybe I could have liked you.

You would hate this place. Wholesome, all-American people doing sports all day. High fives are common. I even witnessed a group hug. Sports cliches all day long.

I hope these Pants bring you... Courage? No, you have too much of that. Energy? No, you have way too much of that. Not love. You get and give loads as it is. Okay, how 'bout this? I hope they bring you good sense.

And someplace under that, she was sad that people like Bee and Kostos, who had lost everything, were still open to love, and she, who'd lost nothing, was not.

She would just stay here holding Bailey's hand for all time, so Bailey wouldn't be afraid there wasn't enough of it.

Bridget looked down at the Pants, grateful to have them. They meant support and they meant love, just as they'd all vowed at the beginning of the summer. But with Lena right her, right next to her, she almost didn't need them.

Still, the Pants promised us there was time. Nothing would be lost. There was all year if we needed it. We had all the way until next summer, when we would take out the Traveling Pants and, together or apart, begin again. Category:Children's books

Encyclopedia
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a best selling novel
Novel
A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of the medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter supplied the present generic term in the late 18th century....

 written in 2001 by Ann Brashares
Ann Brashares
Ann Brashares is an American writer of young adult fiction. She is best known as the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series of books....

. The book follows the adventures of four best friends—Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins
Tibby Rollins
Tabitha Anastasia "Tibby" Tomko-Rollins is a member of the fictional The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, along with her friends Lena Kaligaris, Bridget Vreeland and Carmen Lowell. She was portrayed by Amber Tamblyn in the movie adaption, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.-Family:Tibby's...

, Bridget Vreeland, and Carmen Lowell
Carmen Lowell
Carmen Lucille Lowell is a main character in the book and film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She is sometimes called Carma and Carmabelle or carmeena in the book, and is a sensitive and caring half-Puerto Rican with a bad temper. Her parents are divorced, and she lives with her mother,...

, who will be spending their first summer apart. When a magical pair of jeans
Jeans
Jeans are trousers made from denim. Some of the earliest American blue jeans were made by Jacob Davis, Calvin Rogers, and Levi Strauss in 1873. Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for cowboys, became popular among teenagers. Historic brands include Levi's, Lee, and Wrangler...

 comes into their lives, their summer turns upside down. The book was adapted into a film of the same name
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (film)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American film, based on the novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by Ken Kwapis and written by Delia Ephron.The film's production budget was $25 million...

 in 2005
2005 in film
- Highest-grossing films :Please note that following the tradition of the English-language film industry, these are the top-grossing films that were first released in the United States in 2005...

. Four sequels to the book have been published, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood is a novel written in 2003 by acclaimed author Ann Brashares. The story continues the adventures of four best friends who own a magical pair of jeans that fit all of them, even though they are different sizes. During the summer, the girls share the pants...

; Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood this book is the third in a series of four books The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, and Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood.-Plot summary:...

; Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood is the fourth and final novel in Ann Brashares's acclaimed "Sisterhood" series. The story concludes the adventures of four girls who share a pair of "magical" pants that fit each one of them perfectly, despite their vastly different shapes and...

; and Sisterhood Everlasting.

Plot summary


In the first novel in the series, we are introduced to four high school students, Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget Vreeland, and Carmen Lowell, who have been best friends "since birth" (their mothers attended prenatal exercise classes together). The summer before their junior year of high school, Carmen finds a pair of old jeans that fits each of them perfectly despite their different sizes, convincing the girls that the pants are special. They share the "traveling pants" among themselves over the summer while they are separated.

Lena spends the summer with her grandparents in Santorini, Greece. While there, she meets Kostos, the grandson of some of Lena's grandparents friends, and he becomes interested in Lena. Though she does reciprocate his feelings, she is shy and is unable to express them. Lena goes skinny-dipping and is accidentally seen by Kostos, and her grandparents assume she has been assaulted by him when she is unable to explain what happened. Later in the summer, Lena explains what happened in order to repair the rift between her and Kostos' grandparents, and confesses to Kostos how she feels about him.

Tibby spends the summer working at a department store
Department store
A department store is a retail establishment which satisfies a wide range of the consumer's personal and residential durable goods product needs; and at the same time offering the consumer a choice of multiple merchandise lines, at variable price points, in all product categories...

, planning to make a documentary of her experiences there. She meets a 12-year-old girl named Bailey, whom she is initially annoyed with, but becomes close with by the end of summer as they work on Tibby's documentary. Bailey is hospitalized and dies at the end of the novel, which results in Tibby refocusing her documentary to be about the summer they spent together.

Carmen goes to South Carolina to spend the summer with her father, whom she has grown apart from since he and Carmen's mother divorced several years before. Carmen is surprised to learn that her father is engaged and lives with a woman with two grown children of her own. After being frustrated at feeling left out of her father's new family, she breaks a window in their house and returns home to her mother. She eventually reconciles with her father and attends his wedding at the urging of her friends.

Bridget attends a soccer camp in Baja California
Baja California
Baja California officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Baja California is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is both the northernmost and westernmost state of Mexico. Before becoming a state in 1953, the area was known as the North...

, Mexico. While there, she meets Eric, one of the coaches, and immediately falls for him. Despite coach-camper relationships being completely off-limits, Bridget actively pursues him anyways. She ends up realizing that it wouldn't work out well. She gives up at the end.