Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

by Ann Brashares


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The third novel in the wildly popular #1 New York Times bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, from the author of The Whole Thing Together and 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.

Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself.

“A fun and poignant coming-of-age story." —Entertainment Weekly

 “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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553375930
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/13/2006
Series: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 45,929
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Whole Thing TogetherThe Here and Now, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her family. 

Visit Ann online at and follow @AnnBrashares on Twitter.

Read an Excerpt

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.

Reading Group Guide

1. The novel opens with a first-person narrative by Tibby. Why do you think the author selected this character to frame the story? Would you have selected another character, and if so, what would he or she say?

2. Epigraphs (short quotations) from a variety of sources–song lyrics, remarks by real-life personalities, fictitious sayings by the novel’s characters–are used to separate sections of the book. Which one is your favorite? Why?

3. Of the four girls, whom are you most like? Whose first year of college would you most like to follow?

4. "Our shared childhood is ending. Maybe we’ll never live at home again. Maybe we’ll never all live in the same place again. We’re headed off to start our real lives. To me that is awe-inspiring, but it is also the single scariest thought in the world" (p. 5). The girls realize that leaving for college is much bigger than leaving each other for just a summer. Do you think each of the girls is prepared to be away from her friends for an entire year? Whose first year do you most worry about? How would you prepare to leave your friends?

5. On page 3, Tibby compares each of the girls to a car. What kind of car would you be? Why?

6. "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" (p. 10). By the end of the book, how has Tibby changed in her response to the new or unexpected? How have the other girls changed? Who has grown the most? How?

7. In both The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Girls in Pants, Carmen feels she doesn’t belong in her family. How do her feelings differ from those of Bridget, Tibby, and Lena toward their families? Do the girls’ family relationships have an impact on their friendships? Are their perceptions of their situations valid, or do they sometimes overreact?

8. Do you think Lena and Kostos could have a future together? What would you suggest to Lena if she asked you for advice about Kostos and her feelings for him? What could Lena learn from Bridget and Eric’s relationship? What could Bridget learn from Lena?

9. Each of the girls has one person who pushes her toward self examination this summer. Carmen has Valia, Tibby has Katherine, Lena has Annik, and Bridget has Eric. What does each of the girls learn about herself through these influences? Do you have someone in your life who pushes you to learn new things about yourself?

10. "There was a funny thing about Carmen, and she knew it all too well: She could understand and analyze and predict the exact outcome of her crazy, self-destructive behavior and then go ahead and do it anyway" (p. 115). What do you think of Carmen’s "Good Carmen vs. Bad Carmen" descriptions? Do certain people draw out a "good" or "bad" version of you? Why?

11. The four girls have very different approaches to relationships and love. By the end of Girls in Pants, three of them have found boyfriends with whom they are happy. Are there similarities in the ways the girls approach the search for love? Differences? Do you think their romantic relationships will change anything, good or bad, about their friendships?

12. The Pants have always provided the girls with confidence and security. If you were a member of the Sisterhood, would you adjust the rules to allow use of the Pants year-round for this first year of college? Why or why not?

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Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 421 reviews.
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.
hockeycrew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another excellent addition to the traveling pants story. I found that the pants themselves figured less into the story than in previous books in the series.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was great! The girls are really growing up and becoming more introspective in their lives. Throughout the book, you laugh, cry, smile, gasp, and yell. The dialog is realistic and moving, and the narrative is nearly flawless. Brashares is an excellent writter. It's sad that there is only one more book it this series.
LauraT81 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Girls In Pants is the third book of The Traveling Pants series. I really adore these books. This one seemed less about the pants (plays a much smaller row than the previous books) and more about the friends growing up. Looking forward to reading Forever In Blue, and the newest, due to be released this month, Sisterhood Everlasting.
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third installment to a wonderful series about growing up. I enjoyed re-visiting the "sisters" again.
Nancy.Mosholder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first novel.
niyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
as captivating as the others!!
mzzkitee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved these books.
cestovatela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I expected reading these books to be like eating a whole pint of ice cream - and they were. But they were more like my favorite $6 Haagen Dazs Belgian chocolate shake than the crappy $2 version from Braum's. Once I tell you this is young adult fiction aimed at girls, you'll be able to guess the broad outlines of the plot: a diverse but closely knit group of friends confront summer jobs, first kisses, boyfriend angst and parental strife during their first summer away from home. With a storyline like this, you can't really call the book original or fresh. You can, however, appreciate the nuanced and thoughtful way it addresses its themes. What separates it from other works in the same genre is the outstanding cast of characters. While so many books aimed at women (teenage or otherwise) try to create feminist icons or charmingly confused heroines a la Bridget Jones, author Ann Brashares contents herself with 4 appealingly realistic young ladies: spunky Carmen whose fiery temper leads to trouble; cynical Tibby, at constant war with her reclusive and judgmental nature; beautiful but self-conscious Lena who expresses herself best through art; and Bridget, my favorite, a talented athlete whose hormones and headstrong nature get her in over her head.In my opinion, books 1 and 2 are equally good. Teenage girls will find a lot to identify with; older women will no doubt recognize their past selves in at least one of the young main characters. For people of any age, I would recommend either of these books over your typical, cliched "chick lit." Regrettably, by book 3, the charm has worn off. As in the other books, this one is told in a series of short vignettes that alternate between the characters' point of view. In this installment, however, the scenes shift so quickly that I could rarely get into them. You might think this would make for a fast moving plot, but the story develops so slowly that I sometimes wanted to skim. Most frustrating, the character development is unbalanced. Bridget and her angsty relationship with a fellow soccer coach are featured prominently, but her character barely changes throughout the book. Lena's struggle to become an artist and Carmen's conflict with her newly-wed mother are better done but lack the nuance of the previous books. Tibby's changing relationship with her best male friend is promising, but only merits 1 or 2 scenes in the book's 338 pages. There's only one more book left in the series and I'll probably read it. But not until it comes out in paperback.
supersam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it was better than the second book but there is just something about this series that i'm bored with.
hannah.aviva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three of the four stories in this third book worked for me. Lena growing as an artist and finding mentorship from Annik was believable. Tibby's guilt and depression seemed true. And Carmen's manic behavior seemed real. Bridget and Eric's interactions didn't seem plausible at all to me. Not enough time had passed for them to be friends in my opinion.The scene where Tibby helps Christina through her pregnancy was powerful and vivid. That was probably the best part of the book for me.
MeganAngela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of the Traveling Pants books, I was a bit disappointed with the third novel of the series. As others have said, the Pants have a very minor role in this book and the focus is purely on the girls. On top of that, only one of them is away during this summer so many of the fun letters and exchanges have been removed. Those letters were part of what gave the book some flair.However, the book isn't a bad one. While it is my least favorite in the series so far, it is still leaps and bounds better than many other YA fiction. I find that in each book I gravitate more towards one girl's journey than the others. In the first book it was Tibby. In the second book it was Bridget. In this book I found Lena's story to be the one that was the most interesting and well thought out, with Bridget's being a close second. It was nice to see Lena transform into a stronger, more self-sufficient version of herself. It was refreshing to watch her fight for her dream of going to art school and finally letting go of Kostos. The other three story lines just didn't seem to compare as far as depth and self-discovery were concerned.In the end, this book is pretty average. I think that Traveling Pants fans will still love it for bringing us another summer in the lives of four of our favorite girls, but I wouldn't recommend the uninitiated to start with this one. Three and a half stars.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wasn't my favorite in the series, but it was still pretty good. And, gotta love the title!
bookwitch24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
And yet another story, showing the true power of friendship. Wonderfully written, a story that really warms your heart.
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I said I'd read the whole series, and I am. In this one, the girls are out of high school and facing their last summer before heading off to college. Again, real life issues are handled in varying ways. The book is really fine, and I probably should give it more stars, but I didn't. I really like these characters, and I'm starting to understand them a bit better. The only problem is that they are all too privileged and too perfect at times. I want to see more flaws!
pjacx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really nice wrap up to the 3-book series.
sassafras on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The summer between high school graduation and college. Lena is worried about going to art school. Bridget goes to soccer camp and finds her "first" there as a fellow coach. Carmen is thrown for a loop when she finds out her mom is pregnant but she finds a compadre. Tibby is shaken up when her little sister falls out of Tibby's bedroom window and when she starts to see Brian in a whole new light.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read the first two and enjoyed them despite the stupid premise that four (or five) girls can fit the same pair of pants and magical things happen when they wear them. This last one was just too smarmy and not entertaining enough.
rosencrantz79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third in what I assume will be a series of four books, Girls in Pants is not quite as good as its predecessors. While books one and two came of as skillfully written and original, the characters in GIP seemed more cliched than before, and portions of the book tended to summarize major plot elements that I feel the author should have expanded upon and explored. Here's hoping that with book four, Brashares returns to the energy and originality of the first two books.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ChelseaB-ley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Sisterhood has to deal with some more problems the summer before they start college. Lena has to stand up to her father so she can live her dream of becoming a great artist. Bridget is at a soccer camp again, this time coaching with Diana when an unexpected person shows up. Tibby has to learn to love Brian as more than just a friend. And Carmen has some family issues again when she learns her mother's secret.Another great addition to a great series. The characters' personalities are developed really well. Best for girls 12 and up.
kimbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The only reason I didn't like this book as much as the other 2 in the series is because of Lena's storyline. I thought it dragged on.