The SisterHood of the Traveling Pants


Autumn


1. SisterHood of the Traveling Pants


Ann Brashares


Delacorte press


New York, NY


Copyright 2001



o Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the DC area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Last year, Ann made the transition from editor to full-time writer and wrote her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I think see was qualified to write this book because she was young once too, and probably went through some of the same things that these girls went through. We learn a lot form our friends.
o It all started when a girl named Carmen picked up a pair of pants from the local thrift store. She didn’t buy them to wear she bought them to show that she was not embarrassed to shop at a second hand store. When she got them home she invited over all of her friends. She wanted to get rid of the pants so she asked her friend Tibby if she wanted them. So she tried them on. They looked great on her. They fit every curve, but she wasn’t sure of them so she got her other friend Lena to try them on. She tried them on, and they snuggled up against her right where they should be. It was weird though because Lena and Tibby had completely different body shapes. Lena slender and beautiful and Tibby short and average. Then they made Bridget try them on. They clung to her hips so perfect, and gracefully fell to the tops of her shoes. They began to think the pants were magic, but to make sure, they made Carmen try them on even though they were her pants. Carmen was short, and had a big butt. It was hard for her to find pants because she couldn’t get them up. She slipped on the pants, and they made her look like a super star. There was no doubt from then on that the pants were magic. That night the girls made rules for the pants. The rules were;

o You must never wash the pants.
o You must never double cuff the pants. It’s tacky. There will never be a time when this will not be tacky.
o You must never say the word “phat” while wearing the pants. You must also never think “I am fat” while wearing the pants.
o You must never let a boy take off the pants (Although you may take them off your self in his presence).
o You must not pick your nose while wearing the pants. You may, however, scratch casually at your nostril while really kind of picking.
o Upon our reunion, you must follow the proper procedures for documenting your time in the pants.
o You must write to your sisters thorough out the summer, no matter how much fun you’re having without them.
o You must pass the pants along to you sister according to the specifications set done by the sisterhood. Failure to comply will result in a severe spanking upon our reunion.
o You must not wear the pants with a tucked-in shirt and belt. See rule #2.
o Remember: pants=love. Love your pals. Love yourself.
The girls were going to be separated for the summer, so they decided that Lena should get the pants first. She was off to Rome for the summer. When Lena got there her grandma threw a party for her and her little sister Effie. Lena’s grandma wanted to hook Lena up with a guy named Kostos. He had looks to die for, but Lena blew him off. One day when Lena was out painting by the river, she got hot, and wanted to take a dip in the water. There was no one around so she slipped off her close