West Regional Reads: Second Summer of the Sisterhood

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*This blog post got Hilary a ticket in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest.*

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

This is the second summer of the Sisterhood and its Traveling Pants. Each summer brings surprises, life, and love.
Bridget, after finding her grandmother’s letters, ones that she had never saw before, sets off for Alabama to see who her grandmother truly is. Her depression had changed her from a happy, spirited blonde into a moody, plump girl with fake brown hair. She doesn’t even recognize herself in the mirror…but as she spends the summer with her grandmother, the old Bridget starts to come back. For the first time in a long time, she wear the Pants…and it fits! She kicks a soccer ball…and feels everything come back to her. And to top it all off, she discovers love from the most amazing people…
Carmen is jealous. She can’t find her love story, but her mother sure has. Her mother is acting like a teenager again, going out every night with a man named David. Carmen can’t concentrate on her current date, Porter. Then the bad Carmen surfaces. After her mother borrows the PANTS to wear out with David, Carmen has really had it. This relationship has got to stop…with a little help from Carmen.
Tibby makes new friends — Alex and Maura. She suddenly feels like she wants to impress them all the time, so she makes a horrible movie about her mother…and begins to avoid Brian. But the Pants bring back a friend, one who didn’t care how a person looked, but one who cared about what was really inside. Tibby finds herself in a situation where she has to make a very hard decision.
Lena cannot get over her heartbreak, Kostos. She rereads his letters over and over again, until they’re sucked dry. She daydreams about the day when he will rush in and tell her that he loves her. But he’s with another girl now. But to Lena’s surprise, Kostos comes back. He tells her that he had never stopped loving her, and never would. Suddenly a wave of emotions come over Lena, and she realizes that she still loves him. But can Lena get over a second heartbreak by the same guy?
Branshares has written a marvelous second book to her bestseller series. As the Kirkus Reviews says, this book is “a story as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. A big, complex, satisfying sequel, sure to add to the author’s legions of fans.” Once you open this book, you’ll find love, courage, determination…and most importantly, friendship.

Teen Reviewer: Hilary Sun, Morrisville


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