The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares is a young adult novel that lives up to the hype that surrounds it. It is the story of four girls who have been thrust together since birth and who believe that their strength comes from each other. They are both right and wrong in that belief.
The summer of the novel they are separated. Forced to develop relationships with people outside of their sisterhood. They come to realize that the sisterhood just enhances what each of them holds inside.
The magical pants are secondary.
I am most fascinated by the four characters drawn by Brashares. She started with nuggets of what could be considered stereotypes. But she wrote them so deeply that they become real. These four characters breathe.
Really a magical book.