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*****The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

by Ann Brashares

Reviewed May 6, 2003.
Delacorte Press, New York, 2003.  373 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF BRA).
A Sonderbooks’ Stand-out of 2003:  #1, Young Adult Contemporary Novels

Hooray!  Here’s the sequel to the wonderful The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  I selfishly checked it out the minute it arrived at the library.

Like the first book, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood tells about the summer of four dear friends, Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bee.  They’ve been friends since they were born, and now they’re getting ready to face their Senior year of high school.  The girls share the “Traveling Pants,” magic pants that don’t need to be washed, that fit all four of them and make them look beautiful.  What girl couldn’t use a little bit of magic in her summer?

This book is about the girls’ relationships with their mothers.  Bee, whose mother is dead, runs off to spend the summer with her mother’s mother.  Carmen’s divorced mother falls in love.  Lena learns that her mother has a secret she never told her, and Tibby copes with feeling that her mother doesn’t have time for her now that she’s got two toddlers to deal with.

The simple plot synopsis doesn’t convey the power of this book.  The reader gets pulled into this loving friendship and the girls’ escapades.

There is a bit of sexual content again in this book, so I recommend Moms reading this book themselves to decide if it’s appropriate reading for your daughter.  If you have a smidgeon of memory left of what it was like to be a teenage girl, you’re sure to enjoy the experience.

Reader comment:  An anonymous reader gives this book five stars with the comment:  "I love this book! Already read it 12 times!!"  

Another anonymous reader says, "I loved this book so much!  I read it with some friends and it was so awesome!  I would recommend it to any teenagers or mothers of teenagers or mothers of girls!  It's an outstanding book that shouldn't be passed up!"

Reviews of other books by Ann Brashares:
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Girls in Pants:  The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

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