Dr. Shelly Sanders
ENGL 351.01 Young Adult Literature
January 29, 2008
: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
When I first received my copy of the book The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
along with my
other books for this class, I must confess that I did not intend to read it. After all, I decided that it was
clearly a book for girls somewhere between the ages of “training bras” and “prom-dates”, but certainly
not for a thirty-something man. I simply couldn’t imagine what there could be for me (or any other
adult) within the pages of a book about four 15-year-olds who’ve been friends since birth? I was
While The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
is definitely young adult literature and falls head
over heels into the subgenre of Chic Lit, it has the ability to make readers of all ages reflect on the
relationship between with friends, family, lovers and self.
The themes range from what it is to be
giddily drunk with first love, and abjectly devastated by lost love to the bravery required to reach out to
love again after heartbreak. The book also makes the reader think about what it is to be lost, to be
found, and to realize you knew where home was the whole time.
The stories of Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby which are interwoven in The Sisterhood of the
are compelling, and I must confess,
, that I was too busy
devouring each page to notice that there was a “deeper” level until I was finished reading the entire
Afterward, when thinking about the relationship the girls shared,
I began reflecting on how
important it is to not only recognize the people and relationships who make us who we are, but also to
come to terms with how we shape the lives of others around us by seemingly simple acts.
By the time you get to the end of the book, you’ve laughed, and blinked back tears, and smiled
bittersweetly, and felt your heart leap at long-forgotten memories - and altogether fallen into the
Sisterhood shared by Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby.