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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, May 20, 2023
I finished The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares yesterday. It is the sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (yes, the movie based on this novel will be out June 1). It is considered Young Adult fiction and maybe I'm really intune with my inner teenager but I really identified with a lot of the themes in this novel. (Actually I think I would call it ChickLit for teens.) Like the first in this series, the four friends, Bridget, Carmen, Lena, and Tibby (short for Tabitha) are going to be separated for the summer. Bridget rediscovers her grandmother from Alabama and sets off to get to know her. Carmen is staying home with her single mother. Lena is also staying home, to work at the local Greek clothing store. And Tibby is going away to a college class in film making. Each friend has a rich summer, full of changes, and growing. There is heartbreak and redemption for each friend.
Brashares is a really great writer. She turns simple prose in to poetry in places, pulling unexpectantly at heartstrings and bringing tears of remembrance to your eyes. The spark of new adolenscent love (and first heartbreak)...the pain of learning that your mother is a person too...the unexpected love of a grandparent...the pain of loosing a friend to death...Brashares writes it all with such amazing understanding of the crazy emotions teenagers go through. I can't recommend this series highly enough and I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
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This book is great!, May 1, 2023
"The Second summer, while breezy and fun to read, deals seriously with love lost and found, death, and finding the courage to live honestly", says Emily of Newark. This absolutely sums up Ann Brashare's second novel, "The Second Summer of the Sisterhood." This book is outstanding by anyone's standards.
The main characters Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget learn valuable lessons that are neither age nor gender specific. So much so, in fact, that most people who read the book would probably swear that it's geared towards their age group or gender. "There's been a genuine response from people of different ages. I like to think it will have some broader appeal", says the author herself. "Not only does it relate to many girls the ages of Tibby, Carmen, Bridget, and Lena, but it also teaches lessons to girls of all ages", says Wendy Glynn, of Children's Literature. "Everyone should read this book, even mothers and even grandmothers", says Bryanna Scurry. Mothers can appreciate the trials and tribulations of Alice, Christina, Greta, and Mrs. K. They can enjoy Christina's dating adventures, Mrs. K's secrecy from her daughter, and Greta and Alice's attempts to reconnect with their (grand) daughters. Older women will laugh and reminisce about when they were the girls' age. Males can feel for David and Porter, and laugh at Tibby's pathetic attempts to get Alex to notice her. "I truly do recommend this book for anyone, boy or girl, child or adult...It's a must read", says M. Purcell of New York.
Teenage girls themselves can cry with Tibby and Bridget, feel for Carmen, and laugh at Lena's melodramatic reactions to Kostos's antics. Emily of Newark agrees. "The book showed how a group of teenage girls dealt with the problems many other girls face", she says. "She is able to express the emotions and difficulties that almost every teenager goes through", says Heidi Henneman of Ann Brashares.
"The teens' lessons are often painful, but the Sisterhood prevails", says Emily. The girls are thrown curveballs throughout the story and emotions run high. Each girl struggles to solve her problems and find a way through.
Bee dives right in, heading to Alabama on an impromptu road trip. Carmen is like a kid with a piñata. She can't see where she's going or what the problem truly is, but she keeps swinging as hard as she can anyways, hoping for a greater reward. Lena hides away in her bedroom. She picks apart every thought, letter, conversation, and encounter between her and Kostos, trying to find where it all went wrong. Tibby turns to her creative side, and rebels silently with a film.
Don't be fooled if it seems each girl handles her ordeal independently. "As these characters work through their issues, they may feel lost and confused, but they know they are never alone", says Wendy. The girls and their problems are forever intertwined. When Kostos and Lena get back together, the whole group can't stop smiling. When Tibby's film is shown at the finale of her camp, everyone cries freely. The girls never doubt for a second that "The Sisterhood" is bigger than each of them.
"The Second Summer of the Sisterhood" is a book that everyone can enjoy, about four girls with an undeniable bond. This book allows its readers to truly connect with Tibby, Carmen, Lena, and Bee. "The Second Summer of the Sisterhood" is a great book!
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great book, Jan 2, 2023
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a great sequel to the original, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. What makes this book so unique is the fact that there are four main characters unlike most books with only one main character, so the reader can really connect with at least one of the characters. The four main characters are Tibby, Carmen, Bee, and Lena, who are four teenagers that are true best friends. Each girl is going through something different than the others. Tibby is working on a movie for classes that she is taking during the summer, Carmen is at home and babysitting, trying to make some money, Bee went to see her grandmother that has wanted to see her, but her parents did not want her to go, and works for her grandmother without telling her who she is and why wshe is there, and Lena is working and misses Greece, where she went the previous summer, and misses her ex-boyfriend back in Greece. In the first book, they find a pair of pants that fits all of their different body shapes, which is amazing, so they start a sisterhood, or secret club, and during the summer, they send the pants to each girl for about two weeks. In the sequel, they are all changing and growing older and they are sending the pants to each other during the summer. The significance of the pants, are that they are a part of each girl, and hold certain memories that are special to each girl. One of the rules of the pants is that they cannot be washed, because all of the girls wrote on the pants, to help remember each occasion in them. This is truly a wonderful book, but you would deffinitely have to have read the first book to understand this book. I would particulary recommend this book to teenage girls, because they, like myself, would be able to relate to the characters the best.
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a great read, Apr 11, 2023
this was a good sequel to the sisterhood of the traveling pants.. Tibby is off to film school which is pretty interesting. Carmen stays home and gets in a huge fight with her mom about her new boyfriend.. she is my least fav. character. Bridget goes to her grandmoms to find herself and gets back into soccer, meets an old friend but doesnt tell anyone who she is till later. And lena.. has broken up with kostos because of distance but he comes to visit and they have a hot romance.. BUT you wont BELIEVE what is in their way.. personally i really liked kostos and their romance and i didnt like how lenas story ended :-(.. but all in all it is a good book.. however make sure you read the first one before you read this.