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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

Tibby, Lena, Carmen and Bridget are back for another summer with the magical pants from THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS. The jeans from the resale shop that look great on all four best friends have been waiting for another summer. New decorations and words will be added to the remains of last year's events, as documented on the magical denim.

The many fans of the first book will not be disappointed by this sequel, but it is a different book. The girls have all grown up over the past year and find themselves changing as issues confront them. Bridget has not really recovered from her relationship last summer and decides to spend this summer in Alabama with a long-estranged grandmother. She want to rediscover herself and her love of soccer. Carmen is dismayed to find that her mother is dating again, just as she herself is going on her very first date. Her mother even tries to wear the Pants! Tibby is at film camp, where she wants to fit in and needs the Pants to help her find out who is sincere and who is phony. Lena is shocked when Kostos, her Greek boyfriend, comes to America and they fall in love all over again. She also learns that her mother experienced long-distance heartbreak when she was Lena's age, though she doesn't want to talk about it. Each girl needs the Pants and each other to continue growing their unique identities.

The magic of this book extends far beyond the Pants and readers will probably want to devour it in one sitting, as they envy the wonderful friendship of these four teens and long for their own Pants! Many events are referred to from THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS with little explanation, so readers will want to refresh their memories with the first book before embarking on this one.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on April 22, 2003

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
by Ann Brashares

  • Publication Date: April 22, 2003
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385729340
  • ISBN-13: 9780385729345