The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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Anne Brashares wrote a series of four books about The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It details four summers of four girls, friends since childhood. The first book was made in to a movie, with only minor changes or mistakes. These quotes are mostly from the movies, but the ones with Anne Brashares by them are from the books. The basic plot is these four friends, who've been together since birth, all split apart one summer. But, before they do, they find an amazing pair of pants that fits each one perfectly. So they make a list of rules and a schedule of sending the pants from girl to girl, and at the end of the summer they document their travels on the pants. This happens four years in a row. Bridget, Tibby, Carmen and Lena go through many things wearing the pants. While they may not necessarily be magic, the pants keep four friends together while allowing them all to grow.


  • I'm afraid of time...Not enough time to understand people, how they really are, or to be understood myself. I'm afraid of the quick judgments and mistakes that everybody makes. You can't fix them without time. I'm afraid of seeing snapshots instead of movies.
  • Hey, it's me, Bailey. You don't have to use this in your movie or anything, although now that I think of it, fainting in Wallman's does kind of qualify me as a loser. But then again, wearing a price sticker on your forehead probably makes you one, too. Ya know, I don't know, Tibby, maybe the truth is there's a little bit of loser in all of us, ya know? Being happy isn't having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it's about stringing together all the little things like wearing these pants or getting to a new level of Dragon's Lair - making those count for more than the bad stuff. Maybe we just get through it... and that's all we can ask for.

Bailey to Tibby:

  • - What? - Nothing. Just that you surprise me every day. - I like that you let yourself be surprised.


  • "Hey, Dad!" she called, throwing herself at him. She savored that word. Most kids got to use it constantly, thoughtlessly. For her it lay unused, stashed away so many months of the year.
  • I guess I just felt... invisible there. Nobody paid any attention to me. Nobody listened when I said I was unhappy or complained when I acted like a brat. That just wanted everything to look and seem perfect.

Anne Brashares: Referencing Carmen

  • She wanted to pray, but then she felt guilty because she only ever seemed to pray when she needed something. She wasn't sure she even wanted to alert God to her presence here: The Girl Who Only Prayed When She Needed Something. It might irritate Him. Maybe she should just hold out, and pray when it was just for the sake of praying so that maybe God would like her again. But God (sorry, God), who could even remember to pray when things were just okeydokey? Good people, that was who. And she wasn't one of them.

Referencing Bridget:

  • She couldn't figure out what to do with herself. She was fitful, both energetic and apathetic.
  • Better a swollen heart than a shrunken one.