I definitely would not be a book lover to the extent that I am now if it wasn’t for my parents. My mum was an absolute advocate for reading and not a day went by when I was a child where she didn’t read stories to me and my little brother, or else listen to us read ourselves. Books were gifted to us, through bank of Dad, without question and trips to the library were frequent. During this time I came across a whole host of amazing pieces of literature, of all types of genres so I’ve taken it upon myself to start a new throwback series and give myself the opportunity to reread the books that I remember loving when I was younger.
One of the series that I read as a teenager was Ann Brashares famous The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series. As it stands, I watch the films quite regularly but it has been a good number of years since I read the books. Getting hold of the first book was actually much harder than I anticipated- for some reason, there was a massive wait for it to be delivered but finally my copy arrived and I was able to relive my youth in the best way possible.
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants follows four girls, best friends since they were born days apart from one another. With different backgrounds and stories to tell, the girls meet up every year on their birthdays to celebrate together. This summer, the girls go shopping together and discover a pair of jeans in a thrift shop. Not an unusual discovery, except for the fact that this pair of jeans fits the long and lean Bridget, shapely latin-american Carmen, straight-up-and-down Tibby and curvy, gorgeous Lena. The girls – except Tibby- have summers planned full of adventure and they make a pact to send the pants to one another for the duration of their holidays. Here we experience an adventure and a love story in Greece, football camp, a film-making summer with a difference and family difficulties.
I absolutely loved the story. Even though I would argue that I’m overly familiar with it, as the book is very accurately represented in the film, but that didn’t mean I enjoyed it any less. I found myself feeling so nostalgic about my own childhood and the summers I spent when I was a teenager in Italy and Malta. It made me all the more excited to get stuck into reading the rest of the series and I’ve already ordered myself a copy of the second book in the series, ready to read in the next few weeks.
Have you read Ann Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series? What did you think of it? Let me know!