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Le troisième été (Sisterhood #3)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  63,433 Ratings  ·  1,567 Reviews
Rien ne sera plus comme avant. A la fin des vacances, Carmen, Tibby, Bridget et Lena devront se séparer, se rendre chacune dans une université différente. Plus que jamais, elles se raccrochent au symbole de leur amitié : le jean magique, témoin de leurs vies, témoin de ce troisième été qui s'annonce décisif...
Carmen voit s'effondrer ses belles certitudes. Après avoir déco
Broché, 359 pages
Published April 14th 2005 by Gallimard Jeunesse (first published 2005)
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Trina (Between Chapters)
Maybe 4.5 stars?

I think this is my favorite book of the series so far. It's hard to tell because the first book packs such a hard punch right off the bat. But I didn't realize how little I liked book 2 until book 3 walked in and brought back that intensity! It's made more powerful because of all the history I now have with these girls and their lives.

I still just don't enjoy the format of this book, and I keep getting stuck on that. But I feel like the writing has vastly improved since book 1. I
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Shannon (leaninglights)
Loved rereading this book! This is about the summer before college and we see Bridget, Tibby, Lena and Carmen grow up a lot and figure out what they want. Loved, loved, loved :)

Well, I was told to have more tissues on hand for this book than the other two. That was good advice. This definitely had more heavy moments, and earlier on, than the first two books.

The author's writing was a bit more poetic in this book, as if her writing, like The Septembers, is growing up. This book takes place during the summer after their senior year of high school, and I actually got choked up when I read the second sentence in this section: "But if you're me, you realize tha
Nov 23, 2008 Kirsten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So frustrating!!!! I had some issues with Book #2, but really wanted to see what happened next, so I moved on to Book #3. I seriously want to slap everybody in this book. Brashares doesn't seem to realize that in order for characters to mature, they should (hopefully) learn from their mistakes and their experiences. No one has progressed one whit. Carmen is still terribly upset when anybody has something going on in her life that doesn't revolve around her, and proceeds to act like a very small ...more
Nov 09, 2008 Jazmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sisterhood fans worldwide!
Recommended to Jazmine by: been reading the series
The third summer of the sisterhood takes place before their freshman year of college. This is an important time in their life and they are anxious for their futures. Everyone this summer is staying in Bethesda except for Bridget who attends soccer camp in Pennsylvania where she is reunited with Erik, her heartthrob from two summers ago who changed her forever. This time though after creating a friendship they pursue a relationship together. Brian and Tibby are in love, but Tibby is afraid they w ...more
Jul 22, 2009 Lizz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, Brashares, you should have quit while you were ahead. The plot is thin. The story is anti-climactic. I love the descriptive writing style, but it doesn't make up for what's lacking.

It seems as if Brashares was forced to write this book in a limited amount of time. There's very little development, and frankly, it's boring. Relationships are built-up and there's no follow through. The characters get what they want with very little effort, the events are predictable and too much is said inst
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
3.5 Stars

Re-Read: September 7-13, 2016
Original Read: May 26-27, 2009

My re-read of the series continues... this time on audio book. All so I can *finally* read the final book in the series, Sisterhood Everlasting.

I had forgotten so much about this third book (then again it has been seven years since I originally read it). I don't feel the need to do a full review so here are some random thoughts.

* For the third book/summer in a row Bridget is away from the other girls. In the first book they were
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
I. Does it represent/portray and do it well?

One of the protagonists and some minor characters are characters of color. Another character is heavily immersed in her culture. Grief/suicide/mental health is covered throughout the series, and done well. Elderly issues are explored.

II. Does it teach me something or make me think?

It definitely inspires reflection. It’s the kind of book that makes you analyze yourself.

III. Does it perpetuate healthy ideals?

Absolutely! Carmen, Lena, and Bridget all s
Victoria Scott
Another great book in this series! Although, admittedly, maybe not as good as the rest.
The fabulous Bee is back with a vengeance. At the end of book 1, Eric made her lose her spark. So book 2 was all about her learning to love herself again. Now, the Bee I fell in love with in book 1 was back! And, so was Eric. So, we had exactly what I wanted - awkward sexual tension, flirting, stress, and gossip with the girls. It didn't end how I wanted it to. I won't tell you what happened, of course. But I
Feb 17, 2012 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, you guys. The last book of this series is going to hurt so much. I love these girls. I want to go back in time so I’m young enough to hang out with them and then I want us to all grow up together so they can help me understand things like mortgages and my 401k. But I guess I’ll just have to stick with the books because (NEWSFLASH, SELF) these characters are not real people.

The third book in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series takes place just after the girls have graduated from high
Melissa (ladybug)
From the goodreads blurb:
"We’re facing our last summer together. In September we go to college. And it’s not like one of those TV shows where all of us magically turn up at the same college. We’re going to four different colleges in four different cities (but all within four hours of one another—that was our one rule). We’re headed off to start our real lives."
This is the first book I have read in this series. It is about 4 girls who are friends throughout high school. This book takes place thei
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Okay, so here's my main problem with this book: I just didn't give a shit. They all felt incredibly passive in their stories in this one - with the possible exception of Carmen. Tibby spends the book floating into a relationship with Brian that she doesn't actually seem to want. Lena spends the book floating around drawing pictures of her family members, and the scholarship she's trying to get through the pictures is almost an afterthought. Bee spends the book floating through coaching at soccer ...more
Allegra S
Apr 18, 2014 Allegra S rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the movie of the first book, so I picked up the second and third books to read. I got them in the french translation because I figured that I might as well be learning something if I'm going to read fluffy books.

The second book was ok and managed to keep my attention, but this one was a total flop. I kept reading online how all the books are so much different from one another and that this one is the best one of all. They are not different! In any way! See formula:
1) The girls are sad
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Rereading all 4 books this summer (after 10+ years) and reading for the first time Sisterhood Everlasting.

The 4 girls face some hard challenges this summer. It is the summer before college and there are a lot of life lessons and self-discoveries. I love how Ms. Brashares takes important life lessons and weaves them in to accessible and moving journeys. Lena learns to fight for what she wants and how to uncover the truth with her art - "always draw the chair." Bridget has matured a lot since her
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
This book is from Tibby's point of view

The sisterhood of the Traveling Pants graduates from high school and spends their last summer before college learning about life and themselves.

So I am reading the third book, and again Carmen is killing me, she just spoiled everything. I just finished and I am really happy for Carmen's choice on Win and Williams, and for Tibby and Brian, and Bee and Erik and Lena for once doing what she is good at. But I don't want the series to end.
I listened to this on audio for the read along #pantsalong. I enjoyed the fact that the girls have all matured a bit since the last two books. It's the summer before they go to college. But without spoiling the book I felt that some of the storylines were a bit unrealistic and we don't see much of the pants in this book. The storyline that I enjoyed the most was Carmen's mothers. Looking forward to reading the next book.
Dec 13, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first two, but I still love these books and really liked the ending in this one! I felt this book showed more of the "coming of age" story and that it is inevitable that we all at some point grow up and move on. Now on too the next book ! :)
Oct 30, 2016 Heatherblakely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why am I crying
Jul 27, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
V good.
Cassie Doran
Jan 09, 2016 Cassie Doran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Believe it or not, this is the first book in this series that I've read. My mom randomly picked it up at a thrift store.
I enjoyed and I finished this faster than other books I've read.

It's about Four best friends who have known each other since they were babies. They have now graduated from high school and about to embark to college. This book is about the summer before college. Everyone stays home except Bee who goes to Soccer Camp

Carmen, I'm sorry to say, is very annoying at first. She gets a
Sep 04, 2009 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard-core "Traveling Pants" fans
Shelves: chicklit
The “Traveling Pants” books are brain candy, although I felt that the first one was more like a good Swiss chocolate bar while the subsequent ones were more like eating marshmallow fluff with a spoon.

I agree with the reviewers who found Bee to be their favorite of the four girls. She’s definitely the most authentic; the other three girls felt flat and pretty much interchangeable, less so in the first book but increasingly as the series continued. I also thought Bee’s story in this book was the
Lorelei Ponto
May 27, 2014 Lorelei Ponto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in pants is the third book in the summer of the sisterhood. This is my favorite series of books, each book there is new exiting events going on, which makes want to read each and every one of them. In the first book the four girls find a pair of jeans in there closet and each try them on, and even though they wear all different sizes the pants fit them all really well. The four friends then had to go there separate ways for the summer, and they mailed the pants to each other with a lett ...more
Oct 12, 2012 abi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the more you read these books the closer you get to the characters and grow to like them. I can really relate to this book because it is my final year at school and next year I should (hopefully) be going to university. This story just made me think about how much I'm going to miss my friends and how my life is altering so suddenly.

The story was split up into four stories again, Lena's, Bridget's, Tibby's and Carmen's. This time I enjoyed every story unlike the 1st book and the 2nd book
Aug 19, 2014 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelly by: Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
These books are so amazingly written.
Witty, diverse and so true to a teenage brain. I cannot put into words the perfection of this.
If you're going to read a series, read this.
Each of these books seems to have a theme, friendship, mothers & daughters and this one seems to be about facing your fears.
Once again very realistic and wonderful look at true friendship, the girls are getting older and as of such the relationships are changing.
BUT....oh i wish there wasn't a BUT.......
A character give
Mar 11, 2011 Ðɑηηɑ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SIsterhood wannabes
I really liked the first book of the series "The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants", the first book was also my "first real book", which means, this is how I like calling all the books that I have read since the age of twelve, when I got about thirteen books for my birthday, and I started this one first. Anyway, I really loved the first book, it was, at least for me, another word for "summer", because it's all about summer, love and fun. By the way, I think it is true that the books are mainly t ...more
Erika Lawrence
Erika Lawrence

Brashares, A. (2005). Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood. New York, NY: Delacorte Press

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This book is a delightful continuation of the Ann Brashares series about four childhood friends. It is a summer to remember for Tibby, Carmen, Lena, Bridget and the positive attributes of a special pair of pants they all share through good and tough times. They have just g
Ms. Patterson
Jan 26, 2010 Ms. Patterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
After reading the first two "Sisterhood" books, I had to read the third one. I wanted to find out what happens to Bridget, Tibby, Carmen & Lena as they get older.

GIRLS IN PANTS starts with the four girls graduating from high school. Each has a different plan for college next year and this is their last summer together. The pants, once again, serve as a way for the girls to connect while all experiencing pivotal moments in their lives.

At first, I wasn't very interested in the story. It seemed
Sep 30, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I enjoyed this book the most out of the entire series - maybe because I remember a time when I was leaving highschool on the brink of adulthood, wondering where the hell our lives were going to go.. I mean I didn't have four amazing "sisters" and a pair of magical pants, but don't you think we could all relate a little here?

I particularly enjoyed the character development Brashares gives us in this book especially and how well done these stories are. By the third installment, we've gro
Mar 28, 2015 Noella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Third Summer of the Sisterhood follows the girls in the summer before they head off to attend different colleges. Bee is at soccer camp as a coach and is forced to confront her reappearing feelings for Eric, who is a fellow coach. Tibby finds her relationship with Brian is changing. Carmen discovers another big change in her life and becomes worried about her position in the family. Meanwhile Lena finds herself concentrating on her art to escape her feelings of sadness brought on by the even ...more
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she ne ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Sisterhood (5 books)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #2)
  • Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #4)
  • Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)

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