- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Corgi Childrens; Reprint edition (1 July 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552548278
- ISBN-13: 978-0552548274
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants Paperback – 1 Jul 2002
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Due to the fact that the story takes place over the summer - the first summer in the teens' lives they spend away from each other - there are not many points within the plot in which they are all together. Given that they are supposed to be hopelessly close, I was surprised at how many snide comments the girls make towards their "sisters" in the opening "scene". I found it a little confusing, and while I am fully aware that sometimes the best friendships are the ones filled with the most teasing, it felt like it was something other than that, leaving me with the concern that Brashares had no fixed, confident idea of their dynamic and how they would interact. However, given that their bond is convincingly portrayed through their letters later on, this is not a huge concern.
It is complete with wit and humour. Brashares successfully manages to bridge the gap between read-on-the-beach chic lit (though I'm not sure I appreciate that term!) and fine literature. It is fun, easy and accessible while filled with insight and sharp observations. Another thing that sets it apart from your typical novel aimed at teenage girls is the fact that it is not centred around body image and boy issues. It focuses more on discovering one's self through trying times and entering into the unknown.
As you have likely already deduced, I would definitely recommend this, particularly for young girls and women! :)
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it takes to long to read and not very interesting