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Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood #4)

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With unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious summer.
Lena: Immerses herself in her painting and an intoxicating summer fling, fearing that the moment she forgets about Kostos will be the moment she sees him again.
Carmen: Falls under the spell of a sophisticated college friend for whom a theatrical role means everything an
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Delacorte Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jean
Jul 25, 2012 Jean rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults at heart
I guess the Traveling Pants series couldn't go on forever, especially once the girls started growing up and starting college. As a whole, I would rate the series 4/5 stars. I liked each of the 4 girls for their unique merits/weaknesses/struggles, and the concept of a magical pair of jeans that fit each one of them was special. The collection of memories in the way of scribbles, patches and whatnot on the pants seemed like a cool 3D scrapbook. It reminded me of a journal that 3 other high school ...more
Rebecca
Nov 03, 2007 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: high school girls, college girls
I enjoyed this last book in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series. It wasn't quite as un-put-down-able as the first three books, and it had a different sort of feel, which I think makes sense, because the four girls are older, in college, and pulling away from their joined-at-the-hip friendships and younger lives.

As with the other books, I recognized parts of myself in Carmen, Tibby, Bridget, and Lena (especially Lena). At times, it was annoying how many questions were asked in this book
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Claudia
I've read this series a couple times.
I keep going back because despite what a part of my brain keeps screaming at me, I really do enjoy it.
I've just re-read it again.
I don't know why I do this to myself.

At some points it always drags me in, and I'm convinced that these are great books, and I'm enjoying myself. Then Ann Brashares decides yet again to remind me that YES, BEE'S HAIR IS NICE.

Sometimes I feel that so little of the girls' relationship is even detectable, which makes me think the pant
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Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
Review written on June 2nd, 2014

I decided to leave adult books alone for a while. I was getting tired of the same plot of "the guy meets girl. the guy treats her like shit. the girl suffers promising to never love him. Then for some reason they get together again." uggh.

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I decided to get back to YA for a while. Well, I do not regret it.

I really enjoyed this series. It was great for me because I could relate to it. The writing was great, the stories were great, the plot was great, and the whole
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Dawn Michelle
Apr 12, 2008 Dawn Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who read the first three
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: Read the first three books
Ehh.
This is the fourth and last (though at the end of the book, the author hints that she may at some future point revisit these girls) of this series. And to be honest, a lot of the book fell flat for me. A lot of the plot lines are the same (especially with Bee, who's storyline was very similar to book 1 which was kind of annoying to me) and to be honest, some of the "angst" that the girls go through was overdone and rather tedious as well.

To me, the only storyline I rather enjoyed and relate
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

FOREVER IN BLUE is truly a bittersweet book! It has a truly amazing story but I'm sad that this is the final book in the SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS series. I never wanted this series to end! It is a remarkable ending to such a great series, though!

Lena: She is afraid that when she finally forgets about Kostos he will reappear. At her college she is taking a summer painting class and maybe she will meet someone new there.

Carmen: Shy Carmen, w
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Brittany
Aug 28, 2008 Brittany rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the rest of the Sisterhood series
Recommended to Brittany by: Myself
How I Came To Read This Book: I read the first three?

The Plot: The Sisterhood is back one last time as the girls regroup following their freshman year at college. Although they've all moved forward with their own lives, the girls still share their magic pants (year-round in fact, since they no longer attend the same school). Carmen has retreated into her shell under the shadow of her new friend Julia - the two girls decide to go to a theatre production for the summer as interns where Julia revea
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Tiffiny
Aug 05, 2008 Tiffiny rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mothers of daughters so they know what their children are reading.
I read this one to finish out the series. Knowing who the books are primarily written for, I would strongly recommend that mothers read the book first and then determine if they want their daughters to read it.

The conflicts (for lack of a better word) that the protagonists face in this book are rather mature for a young audience. I would exercise much caution.

I think it could be the catalyst for some important conversations on morality and other coming of age topics, and if used in this contex
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Jen
I’m finished with the Sisterhood series. Reading these books has been like rereading my high school journals -- pathetic and sometimes painful.

They tell the stories of somewhat typical teenage girls making somewhat typical teenage girl mistakes (albeit in atypical places) and therein lies the problem — we usually do not read books to find characters just like us. We’ve already lived through the mundane high school years where everything is drama, drama, drama until it’s over and and a week late
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Christina
Forever in Blue will leave you feeling miserable and heartbroken. That much could even be suggested in the title. I really enjoyed the journey with these girls and although this one was much more depressing I still reckon this book was worth reading. I would've liked the characters introduced previously to stick around but they were so easily forgotten that I questioned why they were introduced to begin with. (view spoiler) Forever in Blue delivered a bit ...more
Noella
Nine months have passed since the previous summer and the girls find themselves once again apart and meeting new people and in some cases leaving people behind.

I've grown to care about these girls so much but this book was so painful to read. It felt like book #3 didn't even happen at all and the girls learnt nothing from past experiences. (view spoiler)
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Bobby
I'm not going to lie.. this book I think almost took me a year to read.. It wasn't that I didn't want to read it though, it was that last summer was distracting, and then I find it almost impossible to read anything when I am back at school for the year. When I picked this back up over spring break.. I will admit I had to reread what I had already read.. but I am glad to say I finally finished it after being home for the summer for about a week! ... okay onto the actual book review. This install ...more
Melissa
This was my least favorite of the series. While you could probably read this one on its own, it would make sense to read the others beforehand. For those not familiar with the series, it revolves around four friends and a special pair of pants that fit all of them. With these pants they experience life and all it has to offer.

In this book the girls have been in college and are doing their different summer activities; but they run into snags as usual. Carmen has found a friend who likes her only
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J
Aug 11, 2011 J added it
(THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS)



This is an all right sequel. If it hadn't had the third book before it, I might give it a better rating. :P I do like what Brashares does with the concept of trying to stay together with your friends after all going your separate ways--you really do have to work at it. While as a whole, perhaps, the book wasn't stunning, it really has some memorable scenes. I absolutely love when Bee goes home and fixes up her family and they cook together. And the depth of T
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Mireille
This just isn't very good, huh. Tibby's story is the worst. The wooooorst. I can never understand that kid, even as the narrative spends pages and pages on her fucked-up thoughts. Lena's adventures at art school are fun, but also, ugh, Kostos. Carmen finding herself is okay? Although why Brashares felt she had to give this story to her most self-assured character is weird. And I love Bridget's story, as usual, though I wish we had much more of her rebuilding her family. The last days in Santorin ...more
Markus
This book was alright, but it could have been so much better. I really liked some parts of it, but overall it just wasn't as good as the other ones have been. It was really predictable and dumb in some places. A lot of the things we had actually already been through in previous books, so I was underwhelmed. This book dealt with a lot, but it didn't really give conclusions to anything. I did like all of the storylines at times, but they weren't as coherent as in the earlier books. I don't think I ...more
Miriam Mitchell
So concludes the summer of the sisterhood...as does my summer soon. But I was left with so many questions...will Lena end up with Kostos?...will Tibby ever do anything?...will Carmen ever get over herself?...who cares about the last one?...and most importantly will I ever find a great book? Oh well.
Renee
These girls, all four of them, pissed me off at some point in this book.
First, Bee. Why can't she do anything but think about the opposite sex?! Seriously. She has this wonderful opportunity to visit foreign lands and do excavations, which admittedly she threw herself into, but she also threw herself at her married with children co-excavator. She already has one boyfriend whom she's having issues with but she adds this too. Why is she always looking for boy trouble.
Boy trouble, as you'll find, i
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Florbela
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Bekah
did not like how it was great, expected, etc. for college kids to have sex when it wasn't okay in high school
Rebecca Daniel
A growing friendship held together by a thread, or just a pair of jeans. Now in college these girls are on a roller coaster of crazy obstacles they must go through. With losing sight of each other and slipping further away from their close inseparable friendship, this may just be the last summer the pants will be able to keep them together. 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 th ...more
Sarah
What a disapointment after all of the other books! I found it dissatisfying and a little on the trashy side. Lena became a person I no longer admired or even liked. Tibby treated Brian like garbage because of her own stupidity and then just expected everyone to give her what she wanted. Bee disapointed me as well with the choices she made with her professor. And Carmen. As my favorite character in the books, the author made her very much NOT herself in this book. She would have been the last cha ...more
Jennie
Here is something I did not know, but that my husband told me while I was reading this: the second Sisterhood movie was based more on the fourth book than the second. I just love that my husband had this information and I didn’t. He’s pretty dreamy.

I found this book really disconcerting. Maybe it’s not good to read all of these one right after the other. I know I’ve praised the fact that the girls make mistakes in my past reviews, but in this book, I just felt disappointed that they were making
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Michelle
AHHH! I can't believe I almost completely missed this book coming out. For the last one, I had been impatiently waiting for it. However, Girls in Pants seemed like a satisfying conclusion to the series. I knew there'd be one more, and from what I'd heard of the plot, I didn't think I was going to like what was gonna happen. And I was kind of right. There was a point where I just wanted to shout at all the characters and tell them to stop doing whatever they were doing. That being said, the diffe ...more
Katrina
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Ashleigh K
Jan 03, 2008 Ashleigh K rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls Like to read about others
Forever in Blue by Anne Brashares was one of my favorite books. I liked it because it is never boring. It is easy to follow and has different drama almost every page. You will never want to put this book down because the author keeps you so close to the characters.

This is about four best friends named Tibby, Lena, Carmen and Bridget. They discovered a pair of pants that fit them magically. Over the summer was the only time they wore the pants and even though they each traveled, the pants was how
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Lucy
Jun 17, 2007 Lucy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like strong ya
Shelves: teen
This is the fourth book in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, and I suspect it is the last. And just like the other three books before it, the girls are alternately annoying, endearing, totally familiar, and completely human.

In this book, the girls have been away at college all year. Now, the pants aren't just for the summer anymore - they're for all year, because they are apart all year. They are living seperate lives for the first time ever. Lena is in a summer art program at her u
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Meghan
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Kate
I've loved this whole series, although I thought the first was the best, and the third not quite as good as the others. I was happy to find that the fourth was mostly great. These books tell the story of four teenage girls who are lifelong friends, and how their friendships develop and change as they grow up. The characters are nicely multidimensional, only occasionally falling into stereotypes. With four girls to work with, Brashares can have them face a wide variety of adolescent issues withou ...more
Sarah (The Book Purist)
This might be my favorite book of the bunch. I love how their friendship has evolved and how interesting their lives are becoming. Except for Tibby - could not get behind her story in this book. She keeps doing the sake dumb things to different people. Hopefully her life is more varied by the final book!

This one was audio too, and with each book I like the narrator more and 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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Sisterhood (5 books)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #2)
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