Sunday, 7 September 2014
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
I really enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (although not it's awful cover!). I'm currently reading Moby Dick, so I picked up this book as I needed something light, quick and engaging to go alongside it. And Sisterhood certainly filled that brief. Within a few pages, I was hooked into the story and the switching of perspectives between the four girls made the pacing really snappy. It's sometimes very satisfying to be reading a book that you can immerse yourself in completely and get through in only a few days.
What's clever about Sisterhood is that Brashares manages to create four main characters that are diverse enough for every reader to relate to one of them, or at least one of their experiences. Tibby feels left behind and like she doesn't quite fit in anywhere. Bridget is loud and confident, but rushes into sexual experiences too quickly. Lena struggles with shyness and finds it hard to express how she feels, and Carmen has to deal with a new step-family. I personally related most to Lena, as I know that I am too much of a closed book sometimes, so I enjoyed her character development and how she started to learn to open herself up and share what she was feeling.
I finished Sisterhood excited to read the next volume in the series. I won't be picking it up straight away, but I'm sure I will be reading this who series sooner rather than later.
Source: Personal copy
First Published: 2002
Score: 3.5 out of 5