armen buys a pair of jeans at a thrift shop. Magically, the pants fit Carmen and her three best friends, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget, equally, even though the girls have very different bodies. The girls, who “met” before birth when their mothers were in a prenatal aerobics class together, are spending this summer apart—their first significant separation. Carmen will go to South Carolina to spend the summer with her father. Lena will go to Greece with her sister, Effie, to spend the summer with their grandparents. Bridget will spend the summer at soccer camp in Baja California, Mexico. Only Tibby will stay home in Bethesda, Maryland, to work at Wallman’s, a superstore. Before each girl sets off to her summer destination, they have a friendship ceremony at Gilda’s gym, where their mothers met so many years ago. To stay close while they’re apart, they vow to send the pants—which they call the Traveling Pants—to one another throughout the summer

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants