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Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood #3)

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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 bestsellingSisterhood 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
Paperback, 338 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Ember (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
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 12, 2008 Jazmine rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Allegra Hailey Green
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
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
Nikinnia Smith garcia
I liked this book, but it is my least favorite in the series so far. It's been three years since Carmen purchased the pants. I wish they would at least steam clean them. I understand them being lucky pants, but think of all the germs that have collected on the pants.

In the beginning I really didn't like Carmen or Tibby. Carmen was very selfish, and a brat. I get her being upset about her mother keeping the pregnancy a secret, but get over it. I'm happy that in the end she did grow and improve. I
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 ! :)
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
"Pase lo que pase, nos encontraremos. Siempre"

Si hay algo que tiene esta saga es simplicidad. En el buen sentido. Son historias muy simples pero a la vez muy emotivas.
De los tres libros que leí hasta ahora, este fue mi favorito, tal vez por que me "toca más de cerca" por la edad de las protagonistas.
Noté una gran evolución en cuanto a escritura de la autora con respecto a los libros anteriores y me encantó la forma de entrecruzar la historia de las protagonistas con los personajes secundario
Lorelei Ponto
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
Ms. Patterson
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
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
Sep 23, 2014 M/Ðɑηηɑ rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Sep 05, 2009 K rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Rebecca Daniel
As the summers pass, these girls had to deal with a great deal of obstacles being thrown at them. Thanks to the pants keeping them together they were able to over come some great challenges. Relate-able story for young adult females, who can connect with one or a mixture of the girls as they go throughout their own lives. Highly recommended to those who enjoy a story about friendship and the struggles it endures with the unexpected obstacles that they must go threw as they get older.
While these girls have matured some, I find it hard to believe that they are 18 and making adult decisions.

Carmen fails to support her mother in an important event. She kind-of comes through in the end. She is immature about choosing a school.

Lena has a job she hates and still can't seem to get over the Greek guy, even though it always seems like she is just about to at the end of the book. She does persevere and to go to art school.

Tibby makes a mistake and spends most of the summer hiding fro
Nov 23, 2007 Seana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like chick lit.
In this book, it is now the third year the sisters have had the pants. Except this time, they are all in college in different places. In this book Carmen's mom is having a baby, and Tibby ends up having to do something very Special for her. Also in the book Carmen finally meets her special someone. Who she laughs and hangs with most of the summer, but is she pushing him away by constantly talking about her friends, and canceling dates to hang with them instead? Also in this book, Lena becomes de ...more
L'ho trovato leggermente meno intenso degli altri due, ma ne è valsa comunque la pena!
Prenderei Carmen a legnate nei denti ogni tre per due, ma che ve lo dico a fare...
I, for one, did not think I would like this series. I am not one into chick lit or chick flixs. I really loved these books. Seeing myself in each character and seeing my closest friend in each character, the weakness, doubst and strengths as indiviuals and a group of close friends. As a group they realized what needed to be said and done to support one another, no matter the butrual honesty. These books made me realize how blessed I am to have the bestest friends possible. The trials, heartbreak ...more
Daisy Honeywell
So che questo è un libro per ragazzine e non dovevo aspettarmi niente, solo che l'autrice ha pagato tanto per farlo divenire un successo che mi è capitato tra le mani come opzione in biblioteca. Volevo un libro per svagarmi e riposarmi durante la lettura e l'ho preso. Allora, le 4 protagoniste sono 4 stupide. Pensano solo ai ragazzi e sono delle perdenti. Alcune di loro imparano durante la storia ma non stiamo parlando di un gruppo di bambine ma di ragazze di quasi 17 anni! Incredibile! Hanno pr ...more
Ashley Durso
The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, "Girls in Pants" was a good book. I liked it, but it wasn't as good as the first and second ones. It was kind of boring, it's almost like the first and second ones were enough. But this book was still good, I love this series.
"Girls in Pants" is about 4 best friends in the summer before college. They are all home in Maryland for the summer, except for Bridget who goes to Pennsylvania to teach a soccer camp. The 4 girls make a plan to end their summer in a be
Julie Decker
Again, it's summer, and the Septembers are separated, to be tied together with their special traveling pants. Lena, ever the growing artist, runs into trouble when her father finds out about the nude (male) model she's been exposed to in sketching class and wants to push her to pursue a different course of career--threatening her with refusing to fund her art school. And Tibby is overcome with guilt when it is her mistake that causes her sister to get injured. She grapples with that and with the ...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)
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) The Last Summer (of You and Me)

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