Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Based on the book by Ann Brashares
Publisher: Warner Home Video 2008
Rating: PG-13

Classification: Young Adult Fiction
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Topics: coming of age, romance
Media Type: Movie

Grade level: 9+

Reader's annotation: Four girls miraculously fit into the same pair of jeans which gives them a connection over the summer while they are scattered around the world. Each one has a turn with the jeans and passes along their journal when they send it on to the next friend.

This is a story about friendship and growing up. Four best friends will be spending their summer in very different places doing very different things. They discover this pair of jeans at a thrift store that fits all of them even though they have different body types and sizes. They decide to each take a turn with the pants and keep a journal that they will send along to the next friend. The pants are sent from Tibby (staying at home) to Bridget (in Baja California, Mexico at Soccer camp) to Carmen (with her father in North Carolina) to Lena (visiting her grandparents in Greece). All the girls learn valuable, different lessons that they share with each other as they take the next steps to becoming independent young women.

This is a fun coming of age story that most girls will really enjoy. The filming is beautiful, especially the scenes in Greece. The acting is very good and the story is very well adapted to film.

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