Brashares demonstrates how important these little details and memories are to the four friends and how the Pants are even more important, because they keep the friends connected and help them remember all of the details and memories. (15)
Thanks for the great feedback Isha. I too think that the author uses good techniques to explain the girls memories and fun together. Also think her book scenes are very exciting and keep you on the edge of the readers seat.(89)
I think Bridget is having a hard time becoming used to her grandma Greta. Bridget was not close to Greta because her dad didn't like Greta(108).
On page 41, Brashares shows how each girl is difference and unique. For example, Lena is not a a good decision maker, and she tries to worm out of a choice and choose her own answer. She demonstrates this in how she frets about even little things about how to sign a letter to Kostos.
I think that Carmen is not happy about her mothers new relationship. She does not like that her mother is with someone else besides her father(110).<br/>
On page 149, the author demonstrates how Carmen finds various reasons to create problems against her mom and David. She doesn't want to plainly state her dislike against this issue because she doesn't want to hurt her mom's feelings
On page 196, Brashares uses exaggeration to show how bad Tibby feels about herself because she has tore crucial relationships with her mom and Brian, through poor judgement and bad actions
I think Carmen is feeling guilty about yelling at her mom. She told her mom that she hated her and now Carmen is feeling guilty(131).<br/>
On page 239, Brashares shows how surreal Lena's mind is; how much she thinks, feels, and imagines is combined into one great sentence
On page 281, Brashares exaggerates because she wants to show how frustrated Carmen is and how much she wants peace and not chaos.
I predict that Carmen is realizing that her mothers love might be a good thing(167).<br/>
Bridget is remembering how her mother dies, and she reliving it. (290)
Greta knew that Bridget was Bridget, and not Greta, showing how well Greta knew her and how much she loved her (294)
I think Bridget is realizing that Perry and Pervis are very alike(186).
I think Lena is happy about Kostos coming to New York. She is just nervous about how to talk to him(195).
Carmen is feeling weird about finding Krista being in DC. She was talking to her and feeling like Krista didn't belong(213).
"Usually I don't even notice until the bruise blooms the next day." (p4) I love this quote because the word bloom is used when flowers begin to form and here, a bruise begins to form in a day just like a flower that blooms in about a month.
"And she also knew how tempting it was to cast off that sad, ruined part of yourself like a sweater you outgrown." (p13) I love this simile because it reminds me of how I feel sometimes and I always think that it is a sweater that I outgrew.
"Fine, blood was thicker than water. But friendship, it struck Tibby, was thicker than both." (p26) I love this quote because it uses blood and water and even though blood is very thick, friendship is even more thick and has more meaning to it.<br/>
"The store was as cold as February" (p27) I like this quote because it uses a season to explain the temperature of the room.<br/>
Bridget has many memories from her childhood that she misses and it kind of feels sad that all of those times are gone. (66-67)
I like how Tibby is exaggerating by saying "I didn't exactly set the world on fire". She was talking about the trouble she had caused at work.<br/>
"Carmen's eyes were narrowed like laser beams on her mother's face." (83) I like how the author explained Carmen's eyes. It gives you an image of someone getting very angry using words that may seem a bit scary<br/>
"Christina seemed to feel she needed to lay the world out for David." I like this because it shows you that Christina is going over the top.<br/>
On page 101, the author put in a simile, "Each word burst like a firework in her brain" This simile puts an image in your mind on how the character feels when reading a paragraph "Burst like a firework"<br/>
p 106, the author uses a metaphor that I can relate to. "Life isn't fair. It's just fairier than death. That's all"<br/>
I have question about why Bridget wanted to find her mother and what happened to her. "Bridget ate and drank fast. She didn't feel like talking with Greta. She wanted to get back to her mother." (123)
I have a question on why Marly had to take a drug for sueicide. "She'd been prescribed a drug called lithium. One doctor reported that Marly had talked about suicide." (123)
I like how the author used "evaporate" in her sentence. "She wished her lies would just evaplorate when she was done with them" (125)<br/>
I like how the author is expressing the way Marly's mood is and I have a question why she is feeling that way. "Marly was really moody. High as a kite one week, and couldn't get out of bed the next."
I have a question why Marly had to be diagnosed and had to be in a hospitol for a few months.
I can tell that Carmen must of done something bad to brian because when he saw her, he just packed up his stuff and left. (182)<br/>
I have a question on why Carmen is afraid to face her mother. (182)
I like how the author said that "Lena's heart whizzed like a Matchbox racer." (184)
I like how the author is saying that Carmen "stole the kitchen" which means that Carmen was in the kitchen for a long time.<br/>
I like how the character is expressing her emotions using periods after every individual word. "Her. You. Both." (205)<br/>
I like how the author used this simile to show how angry the character is at the other. "Like you are the expert on mother-daughter relations," she spat. (205)
I have a question about why Carmen's mother has been ticking her off. (210)
I can see an image on what the attic looks like that Greta named. (243)
I have a question why Carmen's mother was hurt these days. (245)
I like the simile ''She felt the surge of emotion smack her like a sandbag across the head''(249) because I could see a lot of feelings coming to Tibby.
I wonder why Carmen was sitting in her closet. (250)
I can tell Carmen feels very sorry for herself because on page 254, she said that she was jealous selfish, and small.
I can feel the sadness Tibby was feeling like because she had a picture of someone who died and was very special to her. (330)
I noticed a sad comment Kostos said to Lenna: "Lena, if I've broken your heart, I've broken my own a thousand times worse." (337)
Theories And Conclusions: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares<br/>
Thesis: “It is not necessary for people to be physically together in order to stay connected.”<br/>
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood is a novel written by author Ann Brashares. The story continues the adventures of four best friends who own a magical pair of jeans that fit all of them, even though they are different sizes. During the summer, the girls share the pants. Ann Brashares shows how important the memories of three girls ( Bridget, Carmen, Tibby, and Lena) are so important to them because it keeps the friends together to help them remember their past. <br/>
Lena, sometimes called Lenny, is a beautiful, quiet, and shy artist of Greek heritage. She has a sister, Effie, who is fourteen years old. Lena spent last summer with their paternal grandparents in Santorini, Greece, where Lena met and fell in love with a boy named Kostas. They sent letters back and forth until January, when Lena ended their correspondence because she couldn't stand missing him all year. <br/>
Tibby is a girl who has an interest in filmmaking leads. She comes to a college where she meets a boy named Alex. She makes a hurtful movie about her mother and ignores her friend Brian. She eventually ditches her new friends in favor of Brian and makes a heartfelt movie about Bailey instead. <br/>
Bridget ¨Bee¨ is a professional soccer player, but after running into her coach, she quit playing soccer. She discovers letters written to her and her brother by her grandmother, Greta Randolph, following her mother's death, and journeys to Alabama to visit Greta.<br/>
Carmen is a sensitive and caring with a bad temper. Her parents are divorced and she lives with her mother. She is then worried that her mother is leaving and forgetting her.<br/>
She criticizes her mother's actions, leading to Christina and David's break-up, and her mother's resulting depression causes her to realize that her mother deserves happiness, even if Carmen feels threatened by it.<br/>
There were 10 rules to these girls:<br/>
You must never wash the pants.394<br/>
You must never double-cuff the pants. <br/>
You must never say the word ¨phat¨ while wearing the pants. You must also never think ¨I am fat¨ while wearing the pants.<br/>
You must never let a boy take off the pants. <br/>
You must not pick your nose while wearing the pants.<br/>
Upon our reunion, you must follow the proper procedures for documenting your time in the pants.<br/>
You must write to your Sisters throughout the summer, no matter how much fun you are having without them.<br/>
You must pass the pants along to you Sisters according to the specifications set down by the Sisterhood. Failure to comply will result in a severe spanking upon our reunion.<br/>
You must not wear the pants with a tucked in shirt and belt.<br/>
Remember: Pants= love. Love your pals. Love yourself.<br/>
The author shows all the characteristics of the ¨sisters¨ and their unique personalities. Brashares exaggerates a lot and each character has a different character. She also puts a lot of voice into the characters. I really like the quotes Brashares puts into her book. One of my favorite quote is: ¨Usually, I dont even notice until the bruise blooms the next day. I like how the author is using the word bloom. The bruise appears just like a flower does. <br/>
The author knows how to create pictures in peoples head without directly telling them. She uses great detail in her book which makes the reader want to read it even more. Brashares shows how the characters think in a very descriptive way.
I like how the characters are very relatable. The reason the characters seem so real is because they have realistic traits and feelings. "Bridget sat on the floor with her heart pounding," (8). This quote shows that Bridget is nervous like everyone gets and the way the author describes it, makes Bridget very realistic.
I think the author makes the beginning of the book very ambiguous. The reader does not really know what is going on. "On the carpet lays four envelopes, all addressed to Bridget and Perry Vreeland..." (11). The reader does not know why the envelopes are such a big deal and who Perry Vreeland is, so this part is very mysterious.
I do not like how in this book, the characters sometimes seem to act a little young for their age. Lena says, "...she's gotten into the habit of imagining he was a present. It was a little game she had," (27). This does not seem to fit Lena's character, which makes the book a little less enjoyable.
I looked up why Ann Brasher wrote "The Second Summer of the Sisterhood and this is what she said:<br/>
“I don’t really write with the idea of trying to teach any lessons. I want to tell a story as truthfully and engagingly as I can, and then let the chips fall where they may.”—Ann Brashares.
I think the Traveling Pants in this story symbolizes the four girls' close friendship because it shows how they are connected. Since the pants travel to girl to girl, everyone gets a turn to wear them. In the very beginning, there is a list of rules of the pants such as, "Remember: Pants=love. Love your pals. Love yourself," (1). This is just one of the many rules that shows how much the pants, which symbolizes the girls' friendship, means to each one of them.
I like how Tibby's roommate is very differnet from all the four main girls because it adds in a whole new personality, even though the girl is a little odd. When Tibby is talking to one of her friends, she says, "'It's full of toys and stuffed animals. I swear to God. The girl is a freeeeak'," (73).
I do not like how Brian is changing Tibby so much. I think the four main characters should stay the core and should stay because if they change, they may not like each other as much and their friendship will be ruined. "Tibby didn't act or feel the same way around him," (90). Tibby may pick Brian over her friends because she is starting to feel more comfortable around him.
I like how each chapter begins with a quote that sort of describes how the chapter is going to play out. For example, one quote at the beginning is, "Lovers alone wear sunlight -E. E. Cummings," (94). This chapter is all about Lina's love life. I really like how the author used these types of quotes for each chapter.
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