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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 they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Over a few bags of cheese puffs they decide to form a sisterhood, and take the vow of The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants. The next morning, they say good-bye. And now the journey of the pants, and the most memorable summer of their lives begins.
Spend another summer with the girls of the Sisterhood.
©2001 Ann Brashares (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner, Children's Literature, 2002

"A clever...premise sets the course for four intertwined, compelling coming-of-age stories." (Publishers Weekly)"[Angela Goethals'] narration is joyful and alive with nuance. As the listener, you will care deeply for the personal growth and developing humanity of these engaging young women." (AudioFile)"Young teens will identify with one, or even all four, of these interesting, funny young women." (Booklist)

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A great teen read...

I wanted to know what was in this book, as my near 13 year old expressed interest in the title. I was taken in by the story immediately, and thoroughly enjoyed it through the end. Branshares' characters were well developed, and I was able to clearly visualize each girl as she went through her 15th summer, the first one away from the fold of four best friends.
Branshares has aptly captured the hearts and minds of four very individual girls-becoming-women on the pages of this treasure.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Amy
  • Murfreesboro, TN, USA
  • 06-16-04

Fabulous book

This is one of those audiobooks that keeps you in the car long after you've reached your destination. Or you go out to the car at lunch just get a few minutes further in the story. I've loaned this cd to 3 other co-workers (all female) who all loved the book, too.

The narrator does a great job - I'm impressed that one person can make each character sound like a different yet identifiable person.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A good read for older children

We listened to this book on a car trip. While it was a good book with an interesting premise, I think it was a bit too mature for my youngest (age 8). It was appropriate for my daughter, age 12, who enjoyed the book, as did I.

The book had lots of things going on that were fun, amusing and thought-provoking. But it also addressed juvenile death and, somewhat thinly veiled, the loss of virginity.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Natalie
  • Woodridge, IL, USA
  • 09-19-05

I am 27 and Loved this book

I LOVED this book. I enjoyed this book so much I listened to the 2nd and 3rd book right away.

Ann Brashares really captures the characters well. Highly recommend reading this book. You can't put it down.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Adults can love it too!

I'm amused to see that so many reviewers suggest the book for teenagers, and, indeed, they will enjoy it. But I'm a mature 57 year old, who was once a teenager, and I loved it. I'm grateful for the audio format or I wouldn't have accomplished as much in the last couple days, with my Ipod and my headphones as constant companions. I look forward to listening to the next two in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • CT
  • Charlotte, NC
  • 08-07-05

Good for Teenagers

This was a great listen, but make sure it is older teenagers. The story lines are realistic for teens, but maybe uncomfortable for preteens. The girls experience many things including relationships with boys. Recommended for mature 13 year olds and older. We can't wait to listen to the Second Summer of the Traveling Pants.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Draws you in

From the first chapter, I was drawn into the lives of Tibby, Lena, B, and Carmen. I think this story captures the lives of girls this age so wonderfully, and doesn't make unbelieveable things happen. It is a perfectly normal story in so many ways... but it has those magical pants that add the spice to the girls' lives. I recommend this book to anyone who holds in fond memory those teenage days!

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  • C. Telfair
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 06-23-12

Wonderful Adventure in Friendship

This has the makings of a YA classic. All the books and movies are now out, and the rage has moved on to "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games." But I think this series will remain a favorite because of its emphasis on friendship and the great satisfaction that enduring relationships bring to real life.

"The Sisterhood" offers lively, interesting, and varied characters dealing with the real matters of teenaged existence. Angela Goethals reads with conviction, humor, and a light, youthful tone. I can't imagine any listener failing to get deeply involved with this story.

So, if you haven't discovered the joys of "The Sisterhood" in its Audio version, try this, either alone or with the family in the car. It's a great trip!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Became attached to all these girls

What made the experience of listening to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants the most enjoyable?

I got wrapped up into the stories of all these characters and felt like I was part of the sisterhood. Brashares weaves a great story and brings the emotions of the characters out so that you can get to know them. Goethais keeps true to the characters and their stories throughout the performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • Auburn , IN, USA
  • 08-13-07

Love this book!

I would have never considered reading this book, but it was actually part of a grad. class assignment. Do not discount this book, or series, because it's for young adults. You will fall in love with these characters. You will feel their joy and their sorrow. If you are a teen you will relate...if you are an adult you will remember.

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