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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385730586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385730587
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,763,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Brashares is the New York Times bestselling author of the phenomenally bestselling series of young adult novels, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Her first adult novel, The Last Summer (of You and Me debuted on the New York Times list, in both hardcover and paperback, where it stayed for months.

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"It may be a trick from Hollywood - to put enough momentum into a story so that nothing in it lingers for long and nothing really hurts - but it works" (Daily Telegraph)

"There is something of a good Channel 4 series in this engaging, froth-free plot . . . Good, hearty, heart-warming fare" (Guardian)

"An outstanding and vivid book that will stay with readers for a long time to come" (Publishers Weekly)

"Mentioned in Range of the best recent paperbacks for the summer holidays - only a plot precis though, no actual comment on the book" (Financial Times)

"Convincingly and honestly written, this is a book that will help girls understand a little more of the pains and hardships of teenage life, subtly dealing with issues of divorce, terminal illness and first sexual encounters" (Waterstones Books Quarterly) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A brilliantly gripping and tender story of four best friends, one special summer, and a magical pair of jeans. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 2003
Format: Paperback
When I bought this I didn't expect it to have such an impact on me. But as soon as I read the first page I had to read to the end and couldn't put it down! It has a realistic, funny, moving and deep plot which isn't apparent at first. But after a while you realize that there is much more to this book than you first thought! It follows 4 girls summers and it is their first summer apart from each other. At first everything seems fine - Carmen going to visit her dad, Bridget going so soccer camp, Lena visiting her Greek family and Tibby staying at home. But for each of them nothing turns out quite as expected and there are some very unexpected and exciting turns in the plot. This is probably the first book that has made me laugh out loud and cry. It is the kind of book you can read over and over again and never tire of it! I would recommend it to anyone, especially teenage readers. Without a doubt a full 5 stars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 8 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Just as Carmen doesn't initially care for the Pants (jeans) in the opening stages of this fantastic book, I bought "The Sisterhood..." as part of an offer with some other books - and it lay unread on my shelf for quite some time. But when I finally got round to reading it, it instantly became one of my favourite novels.
The plot of the book is original and simple: four best friends spending their first summer apart, and a pair of jeans that travels between the four of them, thus keeping them all together despite the miles. Bridget spends the summer in soccer camp in Mexico, where she finds a challenge to her unrelentless spirit and energy. Lena goes to Greece with her family and meets a boy...but in true style, things get a lot more complicated. Carmen is visiting her Dad, but when she gets to South Carolina she finds a lot more than she bargained for. And Tibby stays home working at a local supermarket, spending her spare time making a film, and meets someone who changes her view on life in the most unexpected way.
Ann Brashares has a brilliant way of telling the story in a detached way, but making you feel completely involved with what's going on: by the end of it I felt emotionally wrung out but really satisfied and happy. All the characters are brilliantly written: you respect them, and look up to them, but Brashares is keen to emphasise that everyone has their faults and yes, sometimes this does lead to problems. Sentimental? Yes. Overly cheesy? No. An inspiring novel which just demands to be re-read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
When I bought this book years ago, I wasn't expecting much. A book about a pair of jeans, as far as I could see, wasn't going to keep me very entertained. But by the first page I knew I was wrong: it's a book about friendship, trust, love and self-discovery. The characters are so believable and the language so understated that it took my breath away.
The jeans are a symbol of keeping a friendship between four best friends alive, when they spend their first summer apart. With all the young women being shaped so differently, the only explanation for the jeans fitting them all perfectly is magic- somehow they think that the jeans are the key to feeling as though they're all still right next to one another even though they're miles apart.
Lena, the shy beauty of the group, goes to Greece and discovers love. Tibby, the rebel, embarks upon a friendship with a young girl and learns about loss. Carmen, 'the one who cares the most', spends the summer with her dad and his new family- much to her displeasure. And Bridget, the confident athlete, goes to soccer camp and gets in over her head with one of the coaches.
This book could have very easily fallen into the category of 'teen fiction', but the way Ann Brashares writes it with such honesty and charm means that it's accessible to anyone. You'll fall in love with the characters and the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "naughtykiss" on 9 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm glad that I bought this wonderful book from Amazon, although I haven't got a clue why I bought it at the first place, since obviously, there wasn't any reviews on it, and I usually tend to pick books only with high praise. This must be a divine intervention! ha ha!
This is an heartwarming tale about friendship, love, courage, and self-control. Our four girls each begin a different life style when they are apart. Their different expeirences are told together in an intriguing way, with no confusion. The plots are carefully developed, that make you wanting to know more with such eagerness. During my reading, I couldn't help myself comparing whose story was more exciting, and guess what, they all got more and more intriguing at pace. Sometimes, I found myself being so touched, with full of tears in my eyes; And sometimes, I just bursted out laughing, feeling extremely joyful for the girls.
Unlike some other books always ending in a cliche way, e.g. the boy and the girl get together live happily ever after, or a family reunion etc. This is about reality, there are tough things you just have got to face, and they make you growing up.
I adore this book dearly, it's perfectly designed for teenagers, just like Tibby, Carman, Lena and Bridget.
Lastly, I have to tell one of my favourite philosophy from the book - The Problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Got that?
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