We were given the task in class, to read a book written by an English-speaking author, published later than 1950. I wanted to read a feel-good story, and the first that came in mind was “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”. I saw the movie with same name when I was younger, and decided that I wanted to read the book as well. Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, and Forever in Blue. I have just read the first novel of this award-winning series, and I enjoyed it just as much as the movie, if not even more.
The story is as simple as it's genius; we follow one pair of jeans, four girls and their unforgettable summer. As they are spending their last days together before their first summer apart since birth, they discover a pair of jeans, which miraculously fits all of them. The four girls, Lena, Bridget, Tibby and Carmen, decide that they'll send "the traveling pants" back and forth among themselves throughout the summer. I would say that the pants are the missing link in their dependable and solid friendship, and it keeps them together during the summer.
It is a "bildung" novel, also called "coming of age" novel, following four young persons' transitions from childhood to adulthood. The theme of friendship is quite relevant in this novel. They all learn that they can get through everything if they have their friends to rely on in the end. Almost everyone are familiar to this theme, and will once or maybe twice in their life experience that their best friends are the most important and reliable. Even though you get a crush on a nice guy, you should never set him before your best friends. And if you've done something really bad, your friends are always there to comfort you. You may know the expression; bros over hoes.
|Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bridget|
“The loving depiction of enduring and solid friendship will ring true to readers, who will appreciate this recognition of one of life’s most important relationships.”—The Bulletin