Title: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
Genre: YA fiction
Publisher: Dell Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the library
First line: Once there were four girls who shared a pair of pants.
Ann Brashare’s The Second Summer of the Sisterhood brings back Tibby, Bridget, Carmen, and Lena, the four best friends who discovered a magical pair of pants. This second summer finds Bridget, Lena, and Carmen looking forward to a summer together, while Tibby is off to film school summer camp. Then Bridget finds letters from her grandmother that her father had hidden from her, and she decides to head to Alabama to visit her.
Carmen is anticipating a summer of babysitting and her first real date. Her world is turned upside-down, though, when the evening of her first date finds her mother also out on a date. Carmen knows that her reaction is irrational, but that doesn’t stop her from sabotaging her mother’s new relationship.
She’s not the only one having mother – and boy – problems. Lena is still missing Costas like crazy. She thought that breaking up with him would solve the long-distance yearning problem, but it didn’t. Then an inadvertent comment by Carmen’s mother alerts Lena to the fact that her mother has a lot of experience with long-distance relationships, experience that Lena never knew she had.
Tibby is working on her film for summer camp and trying to be part of the artsy, cynical crowd – and hurting her mother and Brian in the process. In Alabama, Bridget meets her grandmother and learns some things about her mother – and herself.
There were moments in this book when I was so frustrated with each girl that I wanted to shake her and say, “What in the heck is wrong with you? Why are you doing that?” I listened as a mom, and so the mother-daughter issues hit me much differently than they would have if I had listened to this when I was a teenage girl. Brashares captures the angst that is the mother-daughter relationship and the teenage years of womanhood.
In spite of my moments of frustration with their choices, I love each one of these characters, and was so involved emotionally in their stories that at one point I literally gasped aloud at a revelation that I knew would be devastating to Lena. If you haven’t read these books yet, and you like YA fiction, then get thee to the library or bookstore.