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ISBN13: 9780385731058
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1. The novel opens with a first-person narrative by Lena. Why do you think the author selected this character to frame the story? If you could change it, would you select another character, and if so, what would he or she say?

2. Self-destructive and hurting, Bridget impulsively decides to journey to Alabama and conceal her identity from her estranged grandmother. “She didnt look like Bee Vreeland. Who said she had to be her?” (p. 21). Have you ever wished you could be someone else? How does posing as Gilda help Bridget learn to be comfortable in her own skin?

3. Each of the girls is embarrassed by her mother (or mother figure)-Carmen by Christinas new romance, Lena by Aris Greekness, Tibby by Alices Mozart-playing cell phone and diaper-wipe-trailing shoes, and Bridget by Gretas life, “so small, and so simple, and so completely unremarkable” (p. 280). In turn, each girl does something to embarrass her mother, with behavior that is often cruel. How could the girls have handled their situations differently? By humiliating their mothers, what do the girls of the Sisterhood learn about themselves?

4. Tibby gets caught up in trying to appear cool and sophisticated in front of Alex and Maura. “She wondered. Had she not brought Brian because she was worried about how he would seem to Alex and Maura? Or was it because she worried about how she, Tibby, would seem to Brian?” (p. 105). Do people judge you by the company you keep? Sometimes people rebuff the ones they love . . . why do you think Tibby pushes Brian away? If you were Brian, would you give up on Tibby? Why or why not?

5. In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Tibbys friend Bailey is the only one outside the Sisterhood who wears the Pants. In The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Christina has that role. Carmen notes (p. 156), “The sick thing was, Christina looked beautiful in the Pants, slender and young. They fit Christina. They loved her and believed in her just as theyd loved Carmen last summer, when Carmen had been worthy of them. This summer they eluded Carmen. Instead, they chose her mother.” And on Bridgets fifth day in Alabama, the Traveling Pants arrive-and they dont fit her anymore. What is the emotional impact of these incidents on Carmen and Bridget? Is there a larger issue at play?

6. Epigraphs (short quotations) from a variety of sources-song lyrics, remarks by real-life personalities, fictitious sayings by the novels characters-are used to separate sections of the book. Which one is your favorite, and why?

7. Lena loves being in Carmens kitchen. “It felt safe and contained” (p. 81), and the food is comforting as well. Do you have a favorite place that makes you feel protected and secure? How do people make a place special?

8. Does Bridget find what shes looking for in Alabama? How does spending time with Greta teach her about Marly? How is Bridget changed by this experience?

9. Ari tells Lena intimate details of her love affair. Do you think Lena is prepared for such information? Is it better for parents to shield their children from some of their own experiences-or do you think sharing them can help prevent heartache? On page 345, the narrator writes, “Lena was starting to need to go back to being the daughter again.” Have you ever been the recipient of knowledge that you didnt feel equipped to handle?

10. Which of the girls would you most like to be? Which girl would make the best friend for you? Which mother-Christina, Ari, Alice, or Greta-would you most like to have?

11. Is Kostos a man of honor or a coward? How do you view his behavior? Lena broke up with Kostos-is she justified in thinking, “But that didnt mean you were allowed to stop loving me” (p. 193)?

12. Carmen and Lena remain at home for most of the novel. Do you think the girls friendship would be stronger if all four girls were together? Or do you believe Lena, who tells us in the prologue (p. 4), “We didnt realize that we are bigger and stronger and longer than the time we spend together”?

13. At the end of the novel, the remaining original Septembers-Alice, Ari, and Christina-are reunited. What does this teach the girls of the Sisterhood? Think about the women in your own life-mothers, grandmothers, aunts. Can you imagine their having a life before you?

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I loved the first book so much that i kept on reading the series and i could not put this book down, it was such an amazing book. i love how ann Brashares can make a person think and relate to her story. i think she's a great author. and i love this book sooo much.
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it's a great book! I can relate to all 4 girls in different moments... what an imagination! I wish I could write like that! I love it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385731058
Author:
Brashares, Ann
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 416 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385731058 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "[E]qually authentic and engaging....[Small] quibbles are easily overlooked in light of the full-bodied characters and their loving, often humorous interactions."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , “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

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