Genre: YA, Contemporary
Series: Sisterhood #1 (Can be read as a Standalone)
Going into this book, I really didn’t think it was going to be good. I guess it felt similar to a lot of other books that I’m not a fan of (like Jenny Han’s books), and I was only trying it for a reading challenge. And I’m so thankful to that reading challenge right now because this book really surprised me and I enjoyed it a lot.
It follows four girls–Tibby, Bridget, Lena and Carmen. Carmen gets a pair of jeans at a thrift shop and when the four friends try them, they seem to be magical because they fit all four of them. The girls make a pact to take the pants with them on their separate vacations and mail them to each other on schedule. That’s when the journey of the Travelling Pants begins.
And these were quite a pair of jeans, I tell you. I loved the initial description/introduction. Never have an ordinary pair of blue jeans had that much character.
In the beginning, I was kinda interested in knowing if the pants were actually magic (side-effects of reading too much fantasy) but soon after, it ceased to matter. The story is more about the four girls and about what those plain jeans symbolise for each of them.
They symbolize strength and comfort and, most importantly, their friends. And they really help on the different journeys.
As for the journeys, I’m gonna let you read them for yourself. I loved reading each one and I really grew to care for all the girls. They were all very different characters and they all made their own mistakes and learned from them. They grew in many different ways and, honestly, this book has so much to offer to young girls and even to older people. It was a wonderful read.
Except for the part with the parents. It just baffled me how neglectful they were. When I was fifteen, my mom would’ve freaked if I’d gone to buy cookies without telling anyone. And here, they can just book a flight and leave the state and it’s no biggie. It feels like the author didn’t know what to do with the parents other than when they were needed. That was a little sloppy.
But otherwise, everything was great. The book was well written, touching and also a lot of fun. I loved it and I highly recommend it.