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Second Summer of the Sisterhoodby Ann Brashares
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With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.
Bridget: Impulsively sets off for Alabama, wanting to both confront her demons about her family and avoid them all at once.
Lena: Spends a blissful week with Kostos, making the unexplainable silence that follows his visit even more painful.
Carmen: Is concerned that her mother is making a fool of herself over a man. When she discovers that her mother borrowed the Pants to wear on a date, she's certain of it.
Tibby: Not about to spend another summer working at Wallman's, she takes a film course only to find it's what happens off-camera that teaches her the most.
"Brashares returns to the beloved characters she brought to life in her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, for a new installment that's equally authentic and engaging. The story again rotates through the perspectives of lifelong friends Carmen, Lena, Tibby and Bridget, who stay connected during their summer adventures with help from a shared pair of jeans that look fantastic on each of them, despite their 'different sizes and shapes.' This time they struggle with their relationships with their mothers. Carmen sabotages her mother's new romance, slowly realizing that she's really afraid of someone coming between them. Meanwhile, depressed Bridget visits her estranged grandmother in Alabama, masquerading as a stranger; she faces her mother's past (she committed suicide years ago), and also learns, to her relief, that she is not exactly like her. Though initially hard to swallow, Bridget's story line is ultimately deeply moving. A few plot strands seem unnecessary (e.g., Lena's instant love connection with Carmen's step-brother after a devastating heartbreak) and readers unfamiliar with the first book may have a little trouble catching up. But these quibbles are easily overlooked in light of the full-bodied characters and their loving, often humorous interactions. Throughout the summer, the girls send each other emails and packages, and lend support ('You will never never never ever ever ever run out of chances. Don't you know that?' Bee writes to Carmen). The pants, meanwhile, don't start out magical, but end up being a symbol of strength to all. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[E]qually authentic and engaging....[Small] quibbles are easily overlooked in light of the full-bodied characters and their loving, often humorous interactions." Publishers Weekly
"[T]he author's sure ear for dialogue and her empathy for her protagonists' complicated emotions creates a story as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. A big, complex, satisfying sequel, sure to add to the author's legions of fans." Kirkus Reviews
"Brashares has done an outstanding job of showing the four teens growing up and giving readers a happy, ultimately hopeful book....Readers will want at least one more summer of the sisterhood of the traveling pants." Frances Bradburn, Booklist
"[A] big-hearted, complex tale of living, learning, and caring. Brashares's novel can be enjoyed by readers who have not yet discovered the previous book. It is certain to delight those readers who have." School Library Journal
“Light and romantic," raved The New York Times of the second novel in the bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares, author of The Here and Now.
With a bit of last summer’s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the sisterhood who wears them—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—embark on their second summer together.
“Fits like a favorite pair of pants.” —USA Today
“A great summer read.” —The Sacramento Bee
“As comfortable as an old pair of jeans.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
About the Author
A lover of travel and of pants, Ann Brashares lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
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