The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

by Ann Brashares


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The second novel in the wildly popular #1 New York Times bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, from the author of The Whole Thing Together and The Here and Now.

With a bit of last summer’s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the sisterhood who wears them—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—embark on their second summer together.
Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself.

“Light and romantic." —The New York Times 

“Fits like a favorite pair of pants.” —USA Today

“A great summer read.” —The Sacramento Bee

 “As comfortable as an old pair of jeans.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385731058
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Series: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 373
Sales rank: 49,768
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Whole Thing TogetherThe Here and Now, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her family. 

Visit Ann online at and follow @AnnBrashares on Twitter.

Read an Excerpt

0nce there were four girls who shared a pair of pants. The girls were all different sizes and shapes, and yet the pants fit each of them.

You may think this is a suburban myth. But I know it's true, because I am one of them-one of the sisters of the Traveling Pants.

We discovered their magic last summer, purely by accident. The four of us were splitting up for the first time in our lives. Carmen had gotten them from a second-hand place without even bothering to try them on. She was going to throw them away, but by chance, Tibby spotted them. First Tibby tried them; then me, Lena; then Bridget; then Carmen.

By the time Carmen pulled them on, we knew something extraordinary was happening. If the same pants fit-and I mean really fit-the four of us, they, aren't ordinary. They don't belong completely to the' world of things you can see and touch. My sister, Effie, claims I don't believe in magic, and maybe I didn't then. But after the first summer of the Traveling Pants, I do.

The Traveling Pants are not only the most beautiful pair of jeans that ever existed, they are kind, comforting, and wise. And also they make you look really good.

We, the members of the Sisterhood, were friends before the Traveling Pants. We've known each other since before we were born. Our mothers were all in the same pregnancy aerobics class, all due in early September. I feel this explains something about us. We all have in common that we got bounced on our fetal heads too much.

We were all born within seventeen days of each other, first me, a little early, in the end of August, and last Carmen, a little late, in the middle of September. You know how people make a big deal about which twin was born three minutes before the other one? Like it matters? Well, we're like that. We draw great significance from the fact that I'm the oldest-the most mature, the most maternal -and Carmen is the baby.

Our mothers started out being close. We had a group play date running at least three days a week until we started kindergarten. They called themselves the Septembers and eventually passed that name down to us. Our mothers would gab in whoever's yard it was, drinking iced tea and eating cherry tomatoes. We would play and play and play and occasionally fight. Honestly, I remember my friends' mothers almost as well as my own from that time.

We four, the daughters, reminisce about it sometimes- we look back on that period as a golden age., Gradually, as we grew, our mothers' friendship disintegrated. Then Bee's mother died. A giant hole was left, and none of them knew how to bridge it. Or maybe they just didn't have the courage.

The word friends doesn't seem to stretch big enough to describe how we feel about each other. We forget where one of us starts and the other one stops. When Tibby sits next to me in the movies, she bangs her heel against my shin during the funny or scary parts. Usually I don't even notice until the bruise blooms the next day. In history class Carmen absently grabs the loose, pinchy skin at my elbow. Bee rests her chin on my shoulder when I'm trying to show her something on the computer, clacking her tee& together when I turn to explain something. We step on, each other's feet a lot. (And, okay, I do have large feet.)

Before the Traveling, Pants we didn't know how to e~, together when we were apart. We didn't realize that we, are bigger and stronger and longer than the time we spend together. We learned that the first summer.

And all year long-, we waited and wondered what the second summer would bring. We learned to drive. We tried to care about our schoolwork and our PSATs. Effie fell in love (several times), and I tried to fall out of it. Brian became a regular fixture at Tibby's house, and she, wanted to talk about Bailey less and less. Carmen and Paul evolved from stepsiblings to friends. We all kept ue nervous, loving eyes on Bee.

While we did our thing, the Pants lived quietly in the top of Carmen's closet. They were summer Pants -that's what we had all agreed on. We had always marked our lives by summers. Besides, with the no-washing rule, we didn't want to overuse them. But not a day of fall, winter, or spring went by when I didn't think about them, curled up in Carmen's closet, safely gathering their magic for when we needed them again.

This summer began differently than the last. Except for Tibby, who'd be going to her film program at a college in Virginia, we thought we'd be staying home. We were all excited to see how the Pants worked when they weren't traveling.

But Bee never met a plan she didn't like to change. So from the start, our summer did not go the way we expected.

Reading Group Guide

1. The novel opens with a first-person narrative by Lena. Why do you think the author selected this character to frame the story? If you could change it, would you select another character, and if so, what would he or she say?

2. Self-destructive and hurting, Bridget impulsively decides to journey to Alabama and conceal her identity from her estranged grandmother. “She didn’t look like Bee Vreeland. Who said she had to be her?” (p. 21). Have you ever wished you could be someone else? How does posing as Gilda help Bridget learn to be comfortable in her own skin?

3. Each of the girls is embarrassed by her mother (or mother figure)–Carmen by Christina’s new romance, Lena by Ari’s Greekness, Tibby by Alice’s Mozart-playing cell phone and diaper-wipe-trailing shoes, and Bridget by Greta’s life, “so small, and so simple, and so completely unremarkable” (p. 280). In turn, each girl does something to embarrass her mother, with behavior that is often cruel. How could the girls have handled their situations differently? By humiliating their mothers, what do the girls of the Sisterhood learn about themselves?

4. Tibby gets caught up in trying to appear cool and sophisticated in front of Alex and Maura. “She wondered. Had she not brought Brian because she was worried about how he would seem to Alex and Maura? Or was it because she worried about how she, Tibby, would seem to Brian?” (p. 105). Do people judge you by the company you keep? Sometimes people rebuff the ones they love . . . why do you think Tibby pushes Brian away? If you were Brian, would you give up on Tibby? Why or why not?

5. In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Tibby’s friend Bailey is the only one outside the Sisterhood who wears the Pants. In The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Christina has that role. Carmen notes (p. 156), “The sick thing was, Christina looked beautiful in the Pants, slender and young. They fit Christina. They loved her and believed in her just as they’d loved Carmen last summer, when Carmen had been worthy of them. This summer they eluded Carmen. Instead, they chose her mother.” And on Bridget’s fifth day in Alabama, the Traveling Pants arrive–and they don’t fit her anymore. What is the emotional impact of these incidents on Carmen and Bridget? Is there a larger issue at play?

6. Epigraphs (short quotations) from a variety of sources–song lyrics, remarks by real-life personalities, fictitious sayings by the novel’s characters–are used to separate sections of the book. Which one is your favorite, and why?

7. Lena loves being in Carmen’s kitchen. “It felt safe and contained” (p. 81), and the food is comforting as well. Do you have a favorite place that makes you feel protected and secure? How do people make a place special?

8. Does Bridget find what she’s looking for in Alabama? How does spending time with Greta teach her about Marly? How is Bridget changed by this experience?

9. Ari tells Lena intimate details of her love affair. Do you think Lena is prepared for such information? Is it better for parents to shield their children from some of their own experiences–or do you think sharing them can help prevent heartache? On page 345, the narrator writes, “Lena was starting to need to go back to being the daughter again.” Have you ever been the recipient of knowledge that you didn’t feel equipped to handle?

10. Which of the girls would you most like to be? Which girl would make the best friend for you? Which mother–Christina, Ari, Alice, or Greta–would you most like to have?

11. Is Kostos a man of honor or a coward? How do you view his behavior? Lena broke up with Kostos–is she justified in thinking, “But that didn’t mean you were allowed to stop loving me” (p. 193)?

12. Carmen and Lena remain at home for most of the novel. Do you think the girls’ friendship would be stronger if all four girls were together? Or do you believe Lena, who tells us in the prologue (p. 4), “We didn’t realize that we are bigger and stronger and longer than the time we spend together”?

13. At the end of the novel, the remaining original Septembers–Alice, Ari, and Christina–are reunited. What does this teach the girls of the Sisterhood? Think about the women in your own life–mothers, grandmothers, aunts. Can you imagine their having a life before you?

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood was very similar to the rest of the
books in the series. It followed all four girls, Tibby, Carmen, Lena, and Bridget on their various adventures throughout the summer. I really like Ann Brashares' writing because it describes exactly how the characters feel and what they're going through. While I was reading the book, I experienced the same anger, frustration, jealousy, giddiness, and heartbreak that the four girls had. I would recommend this book as a light, on-the-side reading book, because it kind of reminds me of a chick-flick in the version of a book. I would also strongly recommend the rest of the series, because it is the same, descriptive, emotional writing, and the stories of the four girls continue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Three words. A- MA- ZING!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you dont read it you are missin gout on the best book for girls 10and older, especially if you love love storys and happy endings!ann brAshares is the best Eric seems HOT!read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book its even better than the first one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book but i think you should read the frist one before though. I wish the second was as exciting as the frist but otherwise love it! :)
dholland08 More than 1 year ago
I think as I re-read Ann Brashares' Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series I love the four main characters more and I have more appreaciation for the author's deft storytelling. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood is a novel that can be enjoyed during the first, second, or I'm sure even tenth read. It takes place a year after the first book and it is Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget's second summer with their magical pants. As usual, the prologue is in the first person, this time narrated by Lena who gives a quick overview of book one and gives a glossy summary of the school year. That's something that makes these books special. Their stories take place completely outside of the world of school and studying and are set in that eternal land of summer. This summer the girls are sixteen. Tibby is going off to movie making camp at Williamston College. Bridget, Lena, and Carmen were all supposed to stay home. But the pants are Traveling Pants and soon their lazy summer plans are transformed, starting with Bridget impulsively setting off to Alabama to see her grandmother for the first time in years. Throughout the book there is humor, heartbreak, and life lessons. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood deals with the girls' mother-daughter relationships more than the first installment. I think I loved this book even more this time because I wasn't simply caught up in finding out what was going to happen. I appreaciated Brashares' imaginative use of language and her witty one-liners. I felt like this quartet of best friends were my best friends too. That's the magic in this series. It's not that this old pair of jeans miraculously fits these four very different girls. It's that these girls- Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget- feel like the reader's best friends every time they pick up one of the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood was a well written book. It kept me hooked to see what happens next. The four main characters learned lessons all girls will sometime in their life, whether it is about love, death, or life in general. The book made me feel like I was living the lives of the four girls, Bridget, Lena, Tibby, and Carmen. After I was done with the book, it was hard to come back into my life again, because I got so absorbed in the book. It sucks you in and doesn't let you go until it's finished. This novel made me cherish my friends even more, because no matter where you go or who you meet, your best friends will always be there for you. I can always tell when I'm reading a good book, because I start to feel the same emotions as the characters. For example, when Carmen got mad at her mom, Christina, for acting like a teenager out on one of her dates with a co-worker, I felt the anger, too. Or when Lena lost Kostos, the love of her life, for the second time, I felt as miserable as Ann Brashares describes Lena. I give this book, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, five stars!
explorerBG More than 1 year ago
Most books don't deal with some of the challenges of the journey from childhood to adult, the teenage years. We meet four girls who are strengthened by their friendship, the relationship that provides a safe place to grow, expand horizons, succeed and fail. It provides a place to learn. We experience their journey through their eyes, and are provided a chance to learn and examine their decisions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann. Brashares The time was the summer, when four best friends had to separate so they can work on what they wanted to achieve. But the problem was they all had a rule that they had to share the pants with each other. That would be a problem because they were all going to different states for the summer so they try to send the pants to each other. At the end they finally see each other again. I recommend this book to anyone who liked the first book. There were some big surprises at the end. It wasn't really a big page turner but I thought it was from one page to another I wish I could say so much more about the book but I was afraid I would give it away so easy. It was kind of hard to concentrate because all the distractions I have at my house. I finally finished it but when there were not distractions I was deeply in the book I could read it over and over again. To be honest I really connect with the character because they go through what I am going through in my life. I enjoyed this genre because it relates to the average teen age girl life with the boys, jobs plainly teenage life. No the story did not end in cliff hangers in my point of view
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann Brashares has done it again. I love these books and wish they were real. AMAZING BOOKS!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must reaad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book! Dont hesitate for reading it
D B More than 1 year ago
Before I started this book I had read the first one, it was one the best books I've read. This book is a very good book, but, I wish it was little bit more like the first one.
Nancy Kerber More than 1 year ago
So good
Courtney Mensink More than 1 year ago
Anna Sweeney More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Great read for tweens/teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. More peolpe need to read it! I can say that you will find thingss that you relate to. I,m recommending the series to my friends!!!
Jennie-Penny More than 1 year ago
This book is the second in the Traveling Pants series, and I ordered it immediately upon finishing the last page of the first book. There's no way it could be as good as the first, right? It was amazing, and it not only picked up where it left off, but it flowed gracefully into the next parts of the characters lives without skipping a beat. This book definately had a bit more drama and negativity than the first book, but the views and spiritual journeys left me analyzing and appreciating my own family. I was brought to tears more than once. I can't wait to see what will happen to these girls in the next 2 books, and I may just re-read this book while I wait for my 3rd book to arrive!
Orla More than 1 year ago
More adventures and drama await Carmen, Tibby, Lena, and Bee. I know that any teenage girl will be able to identify with one or more of the characters as they go through the difficulties of adolescence in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first in the series and this second one was just as entertaining. It's a light fun read that took me back to my teen years.
cestovatela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I expected reading these books to be like eating a whole pint of ice cream - and they were. But they were more like my favorite $6 Haagen Dazs Belgian chocolate shake than the crappy $2 version from Braum's. Once I tell you this is young adult fiction aimed at girls, you'll be able to guess the broad outlines of the plot: a diverse but closely knit group of friends confront summer jobs, first kisses, boyfriend angst and parental strife during their first summer away from home. With a storyline like this, you can't really call the book original or fresh. You can, however, appreciate the nuanced and thoughtful way it addresses its themes. What separates it from other works in the same genre is the outstanding cast of characters. While so many books aimed at women (teenage or otherwise) try to create feminist icons or charmingly confused heroines a la Bridget Jones, author Ann Brashares contents herself with 4 appealingly realistic young ladies: spunky Carmen whose fiery temper leads to trouble; cynical Tibby, at constant war with her reclusive and judgmental nature; beautiful but self-conscious Lena who expresses herself best through art; and Bridget, my favorite, a talented athlete whose hormones and headstrong nature get her in over her head.In my opinion, books 1 and 2 are equally good. Teenage girls will find a lot to identify with; older women will no doubt recognize their past selves in at least one of the young main characters. For people of any age, I would recommend either of these books over your typical, cliched "chick lit." Regrettably, by book 3, the charm has worn off. As in the other books, this one is told in a series of short vignettes that alternate between the characters' point of view. In this installment, however, the scenes shift so quickly that I could rarely get into them. You might think this would make for a fast moving plot, but the story develops so slowly that I sometimes wanted to skim. Most frustrating, the character development is unbalanced. Bridget and her angsty relationship with a fellow soccer coach are featured prominently, but her character barely changes throughout the book. Lena's struggle to become an artist and Carmen's conflict with her newly-wed mother are better done but lack the nuance of the previous books. Tibby's changing relationship with her best male friend is promising, but only merits 1 or 2 scenes in the book's 338 pages. There's only one more book left in the series and I'll probably read it. But not until it comes out in paperback.
Maria8A on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was an okay book.
supersam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was not vey impessed with this. It got super boring in the middle. The only thing that kept this book interesting was the teenage anxt.
hippieJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
let the sisterhood live on! i like rule # four ^.^ read this book and enjoy the girls adventures
DolcenGabbana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book i read for my book review was the sisterhood of the traveling pants. this book was written by ann brashares the characters in this book are bridget,lena,tibby