The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Often shortened to TSOTP) is a series of five bestselling young adult novels by Ann Brashares. Released by Random House, the novels tell the continuing story of four young girls who acquire a pair of jeans that fit all four of them perfectly, even though they are all different shapes and sizes. The four main characters are Lena Kaligaris, Tabitha "Tibby" Rollins, Bridget "Bee" Vreeland, and Carmen Lowell. Carmen delivers the opening prologue and epilogue in first person and tends to play the role throughout the series of keeping the group of friends together. The series begins with the four girls beginning the summer prior to their junior year in high school, and then follows them through four consecutive summers, finally ending with the summer break following their freshman year of college. During this time the girls develop in various ways, but their ultimate goal is to learn to become individuals whilst maintaining their childhood friendship that makes them whole. A spin-off novel was released in 2011 and picks up about ten years later, as the girls are about to turn 30.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win & 14 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
66
Rotten Tomatoes:
77%
PG
Year:
2005
119
$43,504,854
Website
984 Views

Tibby:
Hey, do you know who would have loved this P, Bee? Your mom.

Bridget:
Yeah. I remember this one time she decided that she'd make one herself. She always woke up starving after one of her episodes. I was just sitting in the kitchen doing my homework and she just walked in and just started making this thing. You know, I don't even know if you could call it a pizza. It was more like the entire contents of our refrigerator on a round crust.

[They all laugh]

Bridget:
Craziest part is we actually ate it.

Carmen:
Of course you did.

[Tibby laughs]

Bridget:
We ate every single bit of that pizza in like 10 minutes.

Tibby:
Yeah.

Bridget:
And we were laughing the whole time. It was great. I remember thinking that maybe there won't be any more bad spells. Maybe she'll just be happy like this forever.

Carmen:
It's okay to miss her, Bee. I mean, as hard as it is to be sad about it don't you think maybe it's harder not to be?

Bridget:
[Crying] You don't understand.

Tibby:
[long pause] Bridge...

Bridget:
I can't. It hurts too much.

Carmen:
I know.

Bridget:
No, you don't know. I just want to feel good and happy and alive. Because if I feel alive then it doesn't seem like she's dead. And if I'm not sad then it proves that I'm not like her.

Carmen:
Bee, you don't have to prove that to anybody. I mean, you have a strength in you that your mom never had. As much as she wanted to, she couldn't find it.

Tibby:
Yeah, and you have something else too.

Bridget:
What?

Tibby:
You have us. And we're not gonna let you go anywhere, okay?

Bridget:
Thank you.

Carmen:
Come here.

[Carmen hugs Bridget and Tibby holds her hand]

Carmen:
[At her house, sitting at a table across from Tibby. Awkwardly, shifting in her chair, Carmen speaks into the phone] Um... I just... I wan - .

Al:
[At his house, Al walks from the dining room where Lydia and the kids eat dinner, to a small den and speaks to Carmen at a whisper] I-It's alright. You don't - you don't have to apologize, sweetheart. You were... upset, I know.

Carmen:
Um... no dad. You don't know. That's just it, you've never known. Because I've never been able to tell you.

Al:
T-Tell me what?

Carmen:
That I'm angry with you, Dad! [She stands and walks across the room and begins to pace] This entire thing about you, and Lydia, and... and the kids!

Al:
It's my fault. [He sits at a small table] I, I should have told you about them before... and I'm - I'm sorry.

Carmen:
Yeah, you should have warned me, but it's more than that. It's, it's the fact that you've found yourself this new family and I feel like some outsider that doesn't even belong to you anymore. [Carmen begins to cry, softly] It's like you traded me and mom in for something that you thought was better. And I wanna know why. Are you ashamed of me? Are you embarrassed? [Cut to Al, listening to Carmen through the phone] Just tell me, Dad. What did I do wrong? [Back to Carmen, crying much harder now] Why did you leave? Why did you have to go? And then tell me that we were gonna be closer but that never happened! And why does Paul visit his alcoholic dad every month, but you only visit me twice a year? And I know you... you just seem so happy about being Paul and Chris's dad, but you never even had the time to be mine.

Al:
[Cuts to Al, still sitting. Very quietly] I'm sorry. I... I'm so sorry...

Carmen:
[Back to Carmen] I wish that were enough, Dad. [Hangs up]

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