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

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  60,604 Ratings  ·  1,439 Reviews
“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 2005)
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Jul 27, 2008 Deana rated it liked it
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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 24, 2008 Kirsten rated it did not like it
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 it was amazing
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
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
Jan 18, 2016 Sylwia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2012 Jennie rated it really liked it
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
Allegra Green
Jul 25, 2014 Allegra Green rated it did not like it
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
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
Jun 26, 2014 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 ! :)
Apr 29, 2015 Noella rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2016 Ainsley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I never read these because I thought the premise sounded so cheesy. And shame on me! Because I'm falling in love with this series more with each book. But maybe it's a right time, right place situation: while I always wanted these type of friendships growing up, this series is awakening me to the incredible funny, spunky, loyal Sisterhood of friendships that've bubbled up in my life just over the last few years. Everyone should have a Bee, Carmen, Lena and Tibby spurring them on to live life big ...more
Cassie Doran
Mar 19, 2016 Cassie Doran rated it it was amazing
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
"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
Mar 16, 2015 Lorelei Ponto rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 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
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 Amarice 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
Oct 12, 2012 abi rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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
Mar 04, 2015 Rebecca Daniel rated it it was amazing
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.
Sydney Miller
Jan 27, 2016 Sydney Miller rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book along with the other two books. I like how they describe the girls growing up because it feels like you have been with them since the beginning. The only part i didn't like about this book was there wasn't many climaxes as the other ones. All in all I love this book and the whole series.
Jul 18, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
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
Feb 10, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book, in the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series looking at the crazy, fun, frustrating lives of four teenage girls. I enjoyed seeing how the girls matured from the second book. Enjoyable, quick, easy and light read.
Nov 23, 2007 Seana rated it liked it  ·  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
Sep 16, 2015 Ellinor rated it really liked it

I haven't actually read the first two books in this series, I have only watched the first movie. But I got this around two years ago and when I couldn't decide what to read last week I chose this because it sounded good. It's a beautiful book about friendship and it reminds me of me and my own friends who I love very much. I really enjoyed this!
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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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