Carmen and her best friends, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget, are going to be spending their summer apart for the first time ever. Just before they all leave to go their separate ways, Carmen buys a pair of used jeans and everyone tries them on. These jeans are magic pants, as everyone looks amazing in them. They agree to pass the jeans along to each other over the summer so they each have a chance to experience the magic from the jeans. Rules are written and the girls go their separate ways.
Lena has them first, as she travels to Greece to visit her grandparents. Her grandmother tries to set her up with a Greek boy roughly her age, but Lena isn't having any of that. The jeans are then passed on next to Tibby, who is staying at home during the summer working at Wallman's. Tibby meets a 12 year old girl when the deoderant display knocks her over. The two of them become friends and start making a documentary. The pants are then passed to Carmen, who is living with her divorced father in South Carolina. The only problem is that when she arrives, Carmen finds out that her dad is getting married again in the summer to a mother of two and that her dad has essentially found himself a new family. The final one to get the pants is Bridget, who is at a soccer camp in Baja and is falling in love with one of the counselors.
This is a cute book with regular teen problems that you would see: boys, work, friends, and sex. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I thought it was just going to be another teen book but the friendships are very real and the problems of each character aren't exaggerated. I will be looking to read the next in the series because it was fun. Who knows, I may even watch the movie! Though I hear it doesn't follow the book too well.
First Line: "Once upon a time there was a pair of pants."