Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

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by Ann Brashares

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“A fun and poignant coming-of-age story," declared Entertainment Weekly of the third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares, author of The Here and Now.

It’s the summer before the sisterhood departs for college . . . their last real summer together before they head

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“A fun and poignant coming-of-age story," declared Entertainment Weekly of the third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares, author of The Here and Now.

It’s the summer before the sisterhood departs for college . . . their last real summer together before they head off to start their grown-up lives. It’s the time when Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen need their Pants the most.

 “Readers of the other books won’t be disappointed.” —Booklist, Starred

“A treat for anyone.” —Los Angeles Times

“These are friends worth having.” —Chicago Tribune

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Since publication of The Second Summer of the Sisterhood in 2003, readers have waited with bated breath for the third uplifting installment of Ann Brashares' blockbuster series. At last, the Traveling Pants are back! Filled with changes, surprises, and -- of course -- friendship, this appealing page-turner follows the four friends through the last eventful summer before they head off to college. Beginning with the ceremonial unfolding-of-the-Pants, Brashares dives headfirst into the complicated lives of the four girls: Carmen, who is now taking care of Lena's grandmother and dealing with a new development at home; Lena, whose plans for art school might be thwarted by her father; Bridget, who finds an unexpected surprise at the soccer camp where she is working; and insecure Tibby, who discovers in herself untapped reserves of strength. In this touching and heartfelt story, Brashares sends her likable characters off in several directions; but, as always, she ultimately brings them together in an affirmation of friendship. And, while it remains to be seen what further adventures await the girls as they leave for their different schools, one thing is sure: Fans of the Traveling Pants will continue to savor every twist and turn in this inspiring series. Shana Taylor

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Granted, Tibby was in a mood. All she could see was change. All anybody talked about was change. She didn’t like Bee’s wearing heels for the second day in a row. She felt peevish about Lena’s getting three inches trimmed off her hair. Couldn’t everybody just leave everything alone for a few minutes?
Tibby was a slow adjuster. In preschool, her teachers had said she had trouble with transitions. Tibby preferred looking backward for information rather than forward. As far as she was concerned, she’d take a nursery school report card over a fortune-teller any day of the week. It was the cheapest and best self-analysis around.
Tibby saw Gilda’s through these same eyes. It was changing. Its glory days of the late nineteen eighties were far behind it. It was showing its age. The once-shiny wood floor was scratched and dull. One of the mirror panels was cracked. The mats looked as old as Tibby, and they’d been cleaned much less. Gilda’s was trying to get with the times, offering kickboxing and yoga, according to the big chalkboard, but it didn’t look to Tibby like that was helping much. What if it went out of business? What a horrible thought. Maybe Tibby should buy a subscription of classes here? No, that would be weird, wouldn’t it?
“Tibby, you ready?” Lena was looking at her with concerned eyebrows.
“What if Gilda’s closes?” Tibby opened her mouth, and that was what came out.
Carmen, holding the Traveling Pants, Lena, lighting the candles, Bee, fussing with the dimmer switches near the door, all turned to her.
“Look at this place.” Tibby gestured around. “I mean, who comes here?”
Lena was puzzled. “I don’t know. Somebody. Women. Yoga people.”
“Yoga people?” Carmen asked.
“I don’t know,” Lena said again, laughing.
Tibby was the one most capable of emotional detachment, but tonight it all lay right on the surface. Her irrational thoughts about Gilda’s made her feel desperate, like its demise could swallow up their whole existence—like a change in the present could wipe out the past. The past felt fragile to her. But the past was set, right? It couldn’t be changed. Why did she feel such a need to protect it?
“I think it’s Pants time,” Carmen said. The snacks were out. The candles were lit. The egregiously bad dance music played.
Tibby wasn’t sure she wanted it to be Pants time yet. She was having enough trouble maintaining control. She was scared of them noticing what all this meant.
Too late. Out of Carmen’s arms came the artifacts of their ritual. The Pants, slowly unfolding from their winter compression, seeming to gain strength as they mixed with the special air of Gilda’s. Carmen laid them on the ground, and on top of them the manifesto, written on that first night two years before, describing the rules of wearing them. Silently they formed their circle, studying the inscriptions and embroidery that chronicled their summer lives.
“Tonight we say good-bye to high school, and bye to Bee for a while,” Carmen said in her ceremonial voice. “We say hello to summer, and hello to the Traveling Pants.”
Her voice grew less ceremonial. “Tonight we are not worrying about good-bye to each other. We’re saving that for the beach at the end of the summer. That’s the deal, right?”
Tibby felt like kissing Carmen. Brave as she was, even Carmen was daunted by the implications of looking ahead.
“That’s the deal,” Tibby agreed heartily.
The last weekend of the summer had already become sacred in their minds. Sacred and feared. The Morgans owned a house right on the beach in Rehoboth. They had offered it to Carmen for that final weekend, in part, Carmen suspected, because they had gotten an au pair from Denmark and felt guilty about not hiring Carmen to babysit this summer as she had done the summer before.
The four of them had promised each other in the spring that it would be their weekend. The four of them and nobody else. They all depended upon it. The future was unfurling fast, but whatever happened this summer, that weekend stood between them and the great unknown.
They all looked ahead to college in different ways, Tibby knew. They all had different amounts to lose. Bee, in her lonely house, had nothing. Carmen did; she dreaded saying good-bye to her mother. Tibby feared leaving the familiarity of her chaos. Lena flipped and flopped—one day she was afraid to cut ties, and the next she was dying to get away.
The thing they feared equally and powerfully was saying good-bye to one another.
After drawing for the Pants (Tibby won), reviewing the rules (unnecessary, but still part of tradition), and taking a brief hiatus to chew down some Gummi Worms, it was at last time for the vow. Like they had the summer before, they said it together.
“To honor the Pants and the Sisterhood
And this moment and this summer and the rest of our lives
Together and apart.”
Only this time, Tibby felt the tears fall when they said “the rest of our lives.” Because in the past that had always seemed like a distant road, and tonight, she knew in her heart, they were already on it.

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orangecrush More than 1 year ago
Girls in Pants Would you be upset if you had to leave your closest friends for college? In the book Girls in Pants,four very close friends Tibby, who is having a tough time worrying about her friend Brian if they should be friends or more than friends. Carmen, who gets a suprise that her mother is pregnant and doesn't know how to take it in the right way. Also, Lena is going to an art class but her father doesn not approve of it. Finally, Bridget is at a soccer camp and gets her heart broken when she finds out the boy she liked has a girlfriend. They only have the summer until college starts in September. The only thing that keeps them close is pants. These pants are magical to them because they fit each and every one of the 4 girls perfectly. If you like reading about people's lives and how they get through tough times, I would recommend this book to you. I thought this book was a very good book and I couldnt put it down. Girls in Pants is almost like a diary being written by each and one of the four girls about how their summer vacation is going, which in my opinion makes the story more interesting. This book has its ups and downs, but will everything be ok? Read to find out!
Jennie-Penny More than 1 year ago
I am a mid-30's woman that has been hooked by the Sister Hood Of The Traveling Pants series! This book has been my latest read, but I was smart this time and bought book 3 (Third summer - Girls In pants) and the book 4 (Forever in Blue) at the same time. I had to wait a week between book 2 & 3 and it was just too long. The characters are so well rounded that I sometimes have to remind myself that they are fictional and they don't even exist! I love the internal evolution that each character goes through, and it is great to be along for the ride. I enjoyed Carmen's growth in this book, because in book 2 I was beginning to worry. Bee has her soccer, and it gives her something passionate to throw herself into, and it's great. I wonder what she would be like without it? I love Lena, she's following her heart, and she seems to know herself. Tibby seems a little lost, although she was there when Christina really needed her. As I anticipate book 4, I wonder if Bridget's brother Perry will always remain in the shadow? Great book!
BookReviews8 More than 1 year ago
The novel Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares is the third novel in the ever so popular series of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The four main characters are Lena, Bridget, Carmen, and Tibby. These four girls are best friends and share the pants all through the summer. The setting of the book takes place at soccer camp, Tibby's house, the hospital, and the art studio where each girl is spending their summer. Girls in Pants is a great read because it helps you understand that being yourself is the most important thing; if you are yourself around people they will know who you truly are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really liked the first two, and this one was okay. the ending wasn't that good and the pants weren't really in it. i hope there's a fourth book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey you bi?
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So sexual and filled with so many moods love Tibbyl
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What r u takin bout? Awnser to aubry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the ratings for each of these books is great! Duh
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I love these books, but the movie was horribly innacurate! So I'm writing a different version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not finished this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt kotsos get married and is having a baby? I read it in the second book. Please reply to kendall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone says this is the best book of the series. It probably is because i have the other too books. Should i get it it sounds interesting.
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I think this book captures a lot of knowledge about Bridget. I love her, she is my altime favorite characture and I just enjoy her. Her side of the story is always thrilling and even though i have read the serise twice i always find myself rereading those bridget moments. I always did love Eric, now he is back
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TammyK1 More than 1 year ago
Fun and enjoyable, Girls in Pants is a great sequel to the sisterhood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love his series . It totally changed my life. Can't wait to read next book. Books that change your life are the best books around. These books awaken me to real sisterhood of pants. It is not THE best book so I will give it a four . Still a great book!