Oh man, this throwback is probably to the 8th or 9th grade, and it was a book I was devoted to.
I read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants at exactly the right time in my life. I was young. I was totally boy crazy but also really loyal to my friends. I always wanted summers to be the exciting sort-of parallel worlds that they're represented as in movies and books, and this was just another book that proved to me I was totally missing out somehow.
This book made me want to go thrift shopping to find a magical pair of jeans that would fit me and all my best friends (and at this point in my life, I definitely had at least two groups of best friends who did not interact with each other unless it was at like my birthday party). It made me want to be brave and bold and actually like talk to boys I found cute. It made me want to take up sports and movie making and fashion. I wanted to be all four of these girls.
This is the perfect book to satisfy adventure cravings because there are four different stories and four different kinds of adventures all intertwined together. It's basically like reading four books in one but better because the characters know and interact and talk to each other.
I still recommend this book to contemporary young adult lovers who somehow missed out on it. The movie did not do the book justice. And I read the second book (which I also really liked) but somehow never finished the series. It's a series that I would like to go back to some spring or summer day when I can sit outside and enjoy a book with a glass of iced tea or lemonade.
Maybe this year.