The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Popular series start shows positive girl friendships.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 77 reviews

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age 12+
Parents need to know that this book supports female friendships, which will inspire many readers. The characters make poor choices, but they "grow from them," according to the site's expert review. There are some sexual references, language and some "intense" emotional stuff. Teens will really enjoy this book (young adults, too!).

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Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 14+

*Spoiler included RE sexual content

I did really enjoy this book and found the characters to be well developed and charming...true to how I remember myself and my friends feeling and acting in high school, if not in action, definitely in spirit. I do feel that the material is more appropriate for high school aged teens, however. The provided review referenced "some sexual content" which would include a young teen seducing an older teen so she could lose her virginity. A lot of emotion is involved, obviously my description is brief, flippant, even, for the purpose of sharing information quickly. Remember that I do like this book and am not saying to stay away from it. And some 12-year-olds may relate to that. But not all. I think there are some parents of 7th graders who would want to know that that's in there and would choose to hold off a bit. I just like everyone to be able to make those informed choices.

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For kids who love coming-of-age stories

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