Maybe everybody had the same allotted measure of happiness within each day. Maybe it didn’t matter if you were a world-famous heartthrob or a painful geek. Maybe it didn’t matter if you friend was possibly dying. Maybe you just got through it. Maybe that was all you could ask for.

Carmen found the pants at a thrift store. They were common looking, plain blue jeans with fading around the knees. They were nothing special, or were they? Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby are friends. When they are together, they form a one whole. This summer will be their first summer apart. The day before they split, Carmen is about to throw away the jeans, until Tibby asks if she could have them. Well, if Tibby wanted her old jeans she was going to throw away anyway, good for her, Carmen thought. When Tibby tryed them on, they looked amazing. Then Lena trys them on, and even though they are different builds, they look wonderful on her too. Then Bridget trys them, and they also look good. Then, when they think it can’t get any weirder, they fit Carmen too. They have a pair of magical pants. When the girls go their seperate ways for the summer, they take turns with the pants. (earning them the name “the traveling pants”) in them the girls cry, make mistakes, ruin their lives, and then laugh, and fix them again.

“Mrs. Graffman, I know what happened. you don’t have to say.” Tibby put her hand to her eyes. The Funeral was two days later, on a Monday.

I loved this book. It is definately something I would read again. I would have to say my favorite charactor was either Bridget or Bailey. I was litterally crying by the end of this, because the part before the end is really sad. I would give this book five stars.

She lay down. She curled up. And then she changed her mind. She was alive, and they were dead. She had to try to make her life big. As big as she could. She promised Bailey she would keep playing.