I have to be honest, I loved the Traveling Pants movie and was very excited when this book came out.....it was painfully difficult to read. SO boring, I only kept reading it to se if SOMETHING....ANYTHING would happen. It was a huge dissapointment for me, but maybe my reading tastes are very different............Her style of writing is unique to say the least, but not for me.........sorry all you fans!
I had a hard time getting into this one and at the first I had a hard time discerning when she changed from the present to the past and back again. After the first few chapters I did begin to enjoy the book and although it was somewhat predictable it was a very good story. I enjoyed the setting, the descriptions made you feel like you could actually see the places from the book. Certainly worth the read.
I had high hope for this book. I loved Brashares' Sisterhood series and was excited when she came out with a book for adults. The book was a disappointment, I read it over a span of a weekend and was happy when I got to the last page. The characters are supposed to be in their early 20s but they feel so much younger - they acted more immature than her teen characters in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It seemed that Brashares wanted to try to write something deep and meaningful, but it just was one hyperbolic paragraph after the other.
This is a wonderful book about how childhood feelings affect our adult life and relationships...paired with a beach setting...you feel like you are there with them. Her writing may not be for everyone, but this book was a pleasant surprise.
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Having never read the Traveling Pants series, I had no expectations going in. I thought this was a beautifully written story. It starts off a little slow, but picks up fairly quickly. Loved the depth of emotion for the characters. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
When reading this story it was really slow getting through the characters and what their places in the story was. When I started to get toward chapter 15 is when things started to really happen and then on the story got to be more interesting, more detailed, and things started to happen. The story was about having fun, teasing, funny, joyful, loving, happy, and sadness. Once you get into this story you will find that you can't stop reading it. After I got to chapter 15 I just kept on reading and didn't want to put the books down. This story was very good.
Ok, so maybe I'm a little bit biased, having fallen in love with The Sisterhood books, but I thought this book was fabulous. If you've read Jodi Picoult, you're most likely going to love this book. Laughing, crying: it's all in here. I think there's a season that any book is best read in, and I would have to say this is a summer read. It's not overly dense or dramatic.
I have a policy of never quitting on books. If I start it, I finish it. With that said, I must admit that my policy has never been as tested as it was by this particular book. I had to force myself to finish. I kept hoping that SOMETHING would happen. Unfortunately by the time I read the last word, nothing did. Hands down: the dullest book I've ever read.
To fans of the "pants" series: beware, it's not of that quality.
I did not care for this book. I didn't attach to the story line or the central two female characters. It is very rare for me to say this, but I couldn't bring myself to read the end of the book.
I love the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series and wanted to read more by the author, but the style, tone, and content of the book was so different from the other series, I just couldn't get into it. I also need to clarify that I am a Lit major, so I am used to reading a breadth of books from authors, knowing that they will obviously have different reasons for different pieces of literature. This book: not so much.
Also AND REALLY IMPORTANT: If you have a child with a chronic disease, this may not be a good read for you AT ALL. One of the sisters has a congenital heart defect and (spoiler) she dies from it. My daughter was preparing for and undergoing one of her several open-heart surgeries when I was reading this book and it was completely inappropriate reading for me at the time. I had to go back and try it again later (still hating it...) just to make sure I was being fair. I wouldn't even leave it at the Ronald McDonald House for fear that another family with a very sick child would start reading it.
I read this book in a day. I seriously could not put it down. Having read Ann Brashares Sisterhood of the Traveling pants series, I was a little worried about how she would transition to adult fiction. She did wonderfully.
This book was horrifyingly bad. If I had the receipt I would have returned it for the money. The characters in this book are frustrating, uncommunicative, and boring. This review probably isn't going to help me get rid of this book any faster, but you should know what you are getting yourself into.
I found myself skimming quite often, I really just wanted it to end. I was very annoyed with one of the characters and others just seemed to disappear for long periods of time. I think the concept of the story was good, but the execution was awful.
Though the plot to this book was somewhat predictable, Ann Brashares made this book stand out by opening the heads and hearts of her three protaganists. Whether man or woman, the reader knows what it is like to be these three people and can find, in each of them, a sympathetic vein. At the end, the reader can see how misunderstandings, regardless of the intent of the people involved, can spiral out of control, or at least nearly out of their control.
A nice story about a very close relationship between 2 sisters and a neighbor boy who grew up together and the love they shared. It was a little difficult getting started, but I stuck with it and it turned out to be a good book.
BORING! Forced myself to finish it and basically skimmed the last third of it. Not even sure why I finished it, but I wanted to make sure at least it ended up the way I thought it should. Didn't seem to be a real storyline, "story" was about sisters, Riley and Alice, and their relationship with Paul; Riley's storyline - and that whole situation was handled very strangely - and then the relationship (or not) of Alice and Paul, and that got pretty weird too. Very disappointing and a waste of time.
I've not read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I understand it is a young adult series. Ann Brashares does not do well writing for adults. Her style is plainly adolescent and she does not seem to think adult readers could handle anything more sophisticated- or maybe she just can't write anything more sophisticated.
I would've liked this book in middle school...but since I'm in my early twenties, it just did not leave an impression on me. The story and the characters lacked depth. Some of the smaller plot points such as an affair and the Robbie/Lia relationship were much more interesting to me than the actual lead characters. It made me long for the beach though, the author did a great job describing the environment and what life at a summer beach house would be like.
Can't compare to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, of course, but it's not that bad of a beach read for the days when you have nothing else to read. The place descriptions are lyrical, the characters appealing but lacking a certain something--oomph and memorability, perhaps?
I really liked this author so I thought that I would read this book. I was definitely not disappointed when I started to read this book. It is about two sisters and a boy that grows up next to them. The book starts out with them being children and ends when they are in their late 20s, early 30's. The oldest sister gets sick, and the younger one somehow blames herself because she was with the boy when it happens. She doesn't talk to the boy after that. Both the girl and the boy are too stubborn to talk about what happened. The book is so wonderfully written, you will not be able to put it down until it is finished. I definitely recommend this book for people who like stories that follow the lives of the characters. You really get a feel for the characters as you read about them growing up and growing together.
I'd have to say, I was really expecting a lot from this book because I am a HUGE fan of the Traveling Pants books. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. The characters had no real meaning for me and the style of writing felt forced. I can appreciate when the author wants to write in an abstracted style sometimes, but I felt that she went way overboard on this one. Nothing about this book felt like an adult book, mostly because her characters acted like emotionally undeveloped children. That isn't to say that the entire book was a waste, but it's not something that I would recommend to anyone anytime soon.
A slow but fun read. There are lagging times in the book, but overall a fun book to read for pure enjoyment. I read while on a vacation and traveling and it was an easy read to put down and pick back up.
The theme centers around the relationship of three main characters, two are sisters and the other is their guy best friend. The setting is New York, mostly Fire Island beach. The setting mostly makes it a good read for the summer. The first half of the book details the history of the interpersonal relationships between these three characters, which does become a little dull and boring. It takes patience to get through the first half of the book. The middle of the story becomes more interesting with a bit of steamy, coming-of-age romance. The climax intensifies a bit more as it builds up to a rising tragedy. The end is as expected and satisfying. Can be an emotional read for some, but I found it extremely predictable. Since I loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, I had high expectations for this novel, but was very disappointed, and almost put it down during the first half of the book. I'm glad I stuck with it, though, although it still isn't my favorite or the best novel I've read. I hope Ann Brashares' other novels will have some of the elements that I felt this one lacked in such as a little more suspense, interest, and more substance in the first half.
The story itself is pretty good, but there are some entirely unnecessary sexual scenes that are kind of explicit. And the story gives the impression that a successful romance can begin as just a "friends with benefits" relationship.