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Girls In Pants: The Third Summer Of The Sisterhood

(Sisterhood #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  76,207 ratings  ·  1,780 reviews
The Pants first came to us at the perfect moment. That is, when we were splitting up for the first time. It was two summers ago when they first worked their magic, and last summer when they shook up our lives once again. You see, we don’t wear the Pants year-round. We let them rest so they are extra powerful when summer comes. (There was the time this spring when Carmen wo ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published 2008 by Random House Australia (first published January 25th 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
Re-Read 2019
Now high school graduates Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget should have it all figured out, but with changes on the horizon they face another summer of the world as they know it being changed. Since the death of her grandfather, Lena's father has been pretty strict and now he's not sure his daughter's art talents are a promising future. Tibby feels guilty when a mishap at home has devasting consequences for one of her siblings and threatens her relationship with Brian. Carmen's throw
Reading Rush: Read a book in one spot(my bedroom)

GOD!!! I forgot how much I loved book 3 Girls In Pants. This book just hit me in the feels.

In Girls In Pants we catch up with our girls Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bridget the summer before college. These girls aren't girls anymore they're adults even if they don't wanna be or act like it.

I think I've come to the conclusion that Lena is unnecessary. I just don't find her all that interesting, which is crazy because as a teenager I loved her but as
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Iryna *Book and Sword*
4.5/5 stars

“You couldn't erase the past. You couldn't even change it. But sometimes life offered you the opportunity to put it right.”

I do not like young adult books much anymore, especially contemporary young adult, and especially young adult contemporary coming of age stories with romance (whew, that was a mouthful). And The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants series is all of those things. And somehow I really enjoy it. Girls in Pants is the 3rd book in the series, and so far my favorite one. I lo
Shannon (kitchandpages)
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 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
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Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yep, still my favorite book in this series. These characters have grown so much!
Jul 22, 2009 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
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! Such a great story!! Glad that carmen went to the college she wanted too!!
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this still isn’t a perfect read, it’s been my favorite to reread so far in the series. I really enjoyed the individual stories for each of the girls during this summer before college, which is always a time I’m partial to reading about. I definitely got the feels reading this one!
Nov 09, 2008 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
Joey Susan
I don’t even know where to start with my thoughts on this one, it was such a beautiful story, with my closest book friends I’ve ever had. Getting to step back into another summer with them was incredible and beautiful.

This summer the pants are with the girls as each one grows and changes, spending one last summer together before college and before they are all separated into different states.
Bridget is the only one that is away for the summer being in philadelphia working at a boys summer camp
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
Apr 08, 2014 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
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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 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
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book we follow Carmen, Bridget, Tibby and Lena to their "last" summer. They all graduate high school and are soon to start university. So this summer is special, exciting and nerve-wrecking. Totally understandable that as young adults/ late teens your are scared and contemplating about your future. Especially in the US, where a lot of kids leave their homes to start college or university.

Carmen gets into emotional turmoil because her mother has plans that are not really to her liking. Le
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.
Hmmm, I really enjoy this series but this installment seemed a bit weepy and needy. The focus of the third book is avoidance, which can get annoying at times but ultimately you know all will be alright. I think that some parts could have been left out and at one point all of the characters seemed to blend together until I would walk away and come back, completely confused as to who I was reading about. All in all, not my favorite but I still like the series.
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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My feelings toward this book are similar to the last book: It is an okay read. I liked parts of the individual stories, I like how the book ends in a motivation/inspirational note, and I love the message of friendship in these books, but I must admit that not a whole lot actually happens in these books. That's not surprising considering that these books detail the summer of teenage girls and sometimes summers c
Sophie U
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something about these books just captures adolescent friendship unlike anything else. It isn’t edgy or thought provoking or particularly brilliant, but it brings back waves of nostalgia so intense you almost drown in them (clearly I’ve been reading a lot of Brashares’ metaphors lol).

This didn’t quite hit the same way the first one did - it’s not quite as fun or fresh - but had some real moments of authenticity. A damn fun escape.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is keeping me warm during this emotionally frigid time.
this book is an AMAZING book about friendship and the last summer before collage
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A disturbing side effect of reading these books as a teenager is that they've given me marginally unrealistic expectations about men. Lemme tell ya something--these girls get the guy every.damn.time. The magical plot device of The Pants somehow always finds a way.

Bridgette's crush has a long-time girlfriend? No problem. She'll be forgotten come summer's end. Lena's beau is living in Greece with a wife and baby-to-be? A miscarriage and a loveless divorce will solve that nicely. Carmen has emotion
Michelle Hofacker
I'm loving these books! They make me miss my childhood and high school best friends! Most of the time, I forget that these books fall into the YA genre because they seem like I'm re-living a younger part of life. Friendship and adapting to change are the two biggest themes in these books, both of which can be both beautiful and beautifully sad. ...more
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
Allegra S
Apr 18, 2014 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
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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

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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