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Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – May 22, 2007

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Amazon.com Review

Ages 12 and up. Best buds Tibby, Carmen, Lena and Bridget are back with their magical pair of shared jeans in Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood. Each summer brings new and difficult challenges, as the perennially separated friends discover afresh this last season before college. Tibby struggles with the idea of close friend Brian becoming her boyfriend, and their fragile relationship is soon tested by a tragedy in her immediate family. Carmen doesn’t know how to react when she finds out that her middle-aged mom is pregnant, and Bridget is unpleasantly surprised to be reunited with the boy who broke her heart two summers ago. Finally, Lena, still coming to terms with the loss of her first love, tries to convince her strict father that art school is a better career path than Greek restaurant management. But through every crisis, each girl is assured of the love and support of the created sisterhood when she pulls on the denim armor of the cherished, and by now, a bit fragrant ("Rule # 1. You must never wash the Pants.") Traveling Pants.

Full of homey platitudes about life, love and the pursuit of perfect jeans, Girls in Pants occasionally reads like a lengthy Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul entry. But often that’s precisely the kind of friendly reassurance female readers are looking for, and fans of the wildly popular series who’ve journeyed every summer with the "Septembers" will find much to laugh and cry about in this volume. --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up - Four friends embark on their third summer of adventures, beginning with their high school graduation. Tibby ponders the change in her relationship with a male friend who now wants to date her. She is devastated when her little sister is seriously injured after falling out a window that Tibby accidentally left open. Lena's plans to attend art school are disrupted when her conservative father discovers her sketching a nude male model during a summer class and refuses to pay the tuition. Carmen takes a job looking after Lena's cantankerous grandmother. She decides to attend college locally when she discovers that her mother and new stepfather are expecting a baby. Bridget goes to summer camp and is surprised to learn that her ex-fling is also a counselor. As in the previous books, the pants move from girl to girl weaving their special magic, but they are mentioned only briefly and it is easy to forget who has them when. The multiple story lines abruptly switch within chapters, building suspense. However, reluctant readers may miss having more solid transitions. The novel will appeal to those wanting light fare as the girls spend most of their time fretting about boys and all of their tribulations end happily. Fans will clamor for the latest in the series. The story stands alone, but references to the previous summers will attract readers to the other books. - Linda L. Plevak, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553495046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553495041
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ann Brashares is the bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, Forever in Blue, The Last Summer (of You and Me), and My Name is Memory.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Hardcover
This book was so great. It dealt with the girls growing up a little and realizing what each of them has inside plus the support of each other and family, they can make it in the world.

They all are sad because they know at the end of this summer they will have to separate and make a way for themselves in the world, but are hoping to still stay close. Wish it was this way but for many of us, we know that life gets busy and friends grow apart.

This book however the girls lean on each other a bit, but are a bit more independent. They learn to rely on themselves a bit more. Like Lena, who wants to go to art college but her dad forbids it. He won't pay for her to, so now she must work to get a scholarship. Carmen must deal with her mom and David having a new baby, just as she is ready to leave for college. Tibby must deal with her siblings and what she really feels about Brian. Bee is coaching a soccer camp and must deal with the past.

It all went so fast you won't want to go to sleep until you read the last page. I do hope there is another book, but this one was the best!
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A Kid's Review on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Having recently read The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, I highly recommend this and the three before it. Actually, I mostly recommend this and the other books to mature girls because of it being about teenage girls who demonstrate how real teenage girls act. As a matter of fact, whenever one of my friends asks me what books they should read I always first mention this series. If they say they have already read it, we end up getting of topic and start talking about how great the book is.

One of the reasons why this book is so great is because of it being so real, but yet it still has the romance and fun that every girl dreams of. For instance, when one of the girls mother is getting remarried, then having to deal with that would be like a real life situation. Or, since one of the girls gets to hang out with her biggest crush the whole summer, then she gets to experience some true romance. So, although the book shows wishes coming true, it also demonstrates that not everyone and their actions are perfect.

All in all, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series are the best books that I have ever read. I'm hoping that Ann Brashares will write a fourth book, but I having a feeling that the third one will be the last.
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Format: Hardcover
The third installment of the Traveling Pants saga brings the girls ever closer to adulthood as they head off to college, and their lives take off in new directions.

As entertaining as the previous books, this one pushes the believability buttons a little too hard, and some of the scenarios just don't quite sound like real life. The pants begin to fade into the background, yet continue to magically hold the friendship together.

Tibby is the last to discover that Brian has somehow morphed into a hunk, and is blind to his utter devotion for her. She finally makes peace with the memory of her friend Bailey, and helps Carmen's mom through one of the most frightening episodes of her life.

Carmen has to cope with her mother's new life, and make her decision about which college she should attend. She also has the responsibility of looking after Lena's grandmother who's not very pleased to be in the United States, and on top of it all, there's a cool guy that she keeps bumping into, whom she feels is seeing her as someone she's not.

Lena has it pretty rough, as she battles with her father about attending art school, and tries to forget Kostos. She learns to see people as they really are through her drawings, and gets a new impression of Paul.

Bridget has achieved All-American status and is returning to soccer camp, this time as a coach. Things get complicated when she realizes that she knows another of the coaches a little too well.

This book touches on a lot of issues in the growing up process, and although not the best in the series, you'll want to finish it in one sitting.

Amanda Richards, October 30, 2005
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Format: Hardcover
"Girls in Pants" is the third segment (out of four, apparently) of Ann Brashares's bestselling series about four girls and their magical pair of pants. It is a worthy addition to the collection and will NOT disappoint.

It's the last summer before the girls go away to college and as they cope with this fact, they are each bombarded with problems, relationships, and their pasts. Tibby does not know how to look at her burgeoning feelings for Brian, and her troubles are only furthered when a situation involving her little sister disrupts the...well, the other problems. Carmen discovers that Christina is pregnant, with the baby due to arrive the month she leaves for Williams University. On top of that, she is "grandmother-sitting" a homesick Valia and conveniently discovering love at the elderly woman's hospital (Win, Win, Win). Bee is off to soccer camp again, but this time she's a coach. There she finds that a certain camp counselor from her past is a now a colleague, complete with his gorgeous looks and a girlfriend back home. Finally, Lena, who is trying to get over Kostos while Carmen's stepbrother, Paul awaits her, is forbidden to attend the art school she has been looking forward to (or has she?) for so long. In an art project for a scholarship, she apprehensively probes the emotions of her family , Paul, and those within herself.

Brashares is an artist with words and metaphors. She carefully layers this book with emotion, symbolism, love, humor, friendship, and of course...a pair of magical pants. "Girls in Pants" is a delightful second-to-last installment of the series, sure to bring joy to readers, old and new.
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