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Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

(Sisterhood #4)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  65,255 ratings  ·  1,791 reviews
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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Delacorte Books
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Caterina Iapicco Carmen says that when she went back to school she met up with him a couple times but she was so insecure in herself from being depressed and anxious…moreCarmen says that when she went back to school she met up with him a couple times but she was so insecure in herself from being depressed and anxious at school that she did not bother making plans with him again. Basically she didn't feel good enough to date him anymore.(less)

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Trina (Between Chapters)
I did really enjoy the depth to the characters in this one. I feel as though the writing has grown a lot since the first book. I maybe connected with each character the most this time around. BUT, I thought this book contained soooo many overdone tropes. And they were so transparent and flimsy!

I was so irritated with Bridget's choices that seemed to stem from nothing more than boredom. (view spoiler)
3.5 / 5

I can’t believe the first time I read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was when I was in 5th grade—and here I am just finishing the series (I realize there’s a 5th book, but that’s more of an add-on to the series). Either way, this was put off for too long, but I’m glad that it didn’t disappoint.

As always, I connected the most to Lena. As someone who is extremely modest and not too willing to step out of my comfort zone, I felt like cheering for her every time she did something “
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Nov 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
My re-read of the series continues (this time on audio)... all so I can *finally* read the last book, Sisterhood Everlasting.

Original Read: May 2009
Re-Read: Oct 26-Nov 1, 2016

Lena: After four books of Lena being either in love with or heartbroken over Kostos, I would've thought that I would be sick to death of it. And in some ways I was (I mean, we get it already) but the fact is, I always liked Kostos and felt bad for the position he found himself in. While it was nice to see Lena finally make

I quite liked the first book in this series, but it's been a downhill slope since then. The characters felt like they never learnt ANYTHING over the course of the series and continued to make the same string of mistakes.

I don't understand why the hell Kostas was a recurring character. He's the actual worst and having waded through four of these books, I STILL don't know why Lena liked him.

Tibby's relationship with Brian was...super weird, to be honest. She never seemed particularly into
Dawn Michelle
Oct 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who read the first three
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: Read the first three books
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
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Shannon (leaninglights)
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite in the original series. Each of the girl's went on a fantastic journey and learned so much about themselves. Pants = Love
Iryna *Book and Sword*
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Where there is nothing, there is the possibility for everything. When you live nowhere, you live everywhere.”

I keep coming back to the Sisterhood, I just can't get enough of these girls, well, young women at this point. I love how the books grow up with the girls, or girls grow up with the books - whichever way you want to put it, really.

I know I've said this in the review of previous Sisterhood book, but I do not like young adult contemporary books about coming of age. And yet, I love this se
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I always told myself "eh, I'll just put the book down after this chapter ends and wash the dishes," but it's SO GOOD it ends up being an hour before I move from the spot from where I was reading (standing up, of course). I didn't cry at the end, but everything came together and ended quite wonderfully.

This series I'll definitely read again-- I have the 1st movie and love it, but have yet to watch the second because I watched the first 20 min and realized it was a combo
Bitchin' Reads
This is the fourth book of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Originally, this was the end to Carmen, Tibby, B, and Lena's story, but there is now a fifth book out in the world. I will be checking it out soon but I'm not sure how to feel about it. These girls' stories wrapped up well for me. Of course I still have questions about each of them, how they are doing, where their lives went and are going--but isn't that how we feel about all stories we only sneak peeks at? Isn't that how w ...more
A deeply satisfying conclusion (but not?) to the series. I love these characters and how their imperfections make them endearing and relateable.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series! One more to go I think...

The only true paradise is paradise lost. - Marcel Proust

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead. - Oscar Wilde

...and down they forgot as up they grew - e.e. cummings

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song.
A medley of extemporanea:
And love is a thing that can never go wrong:
And I am Marie of Roumania.
-Dorothy Parker

Pain is inevitable: suffering is optional. - Greta Randolph

Make friends with your sweat this summer. She had a kind of boo
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From Bridget's point of view

[Thursday, February 16, 2012] As their lives take them in different directions, Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget discover many more things about themselves and the importance of their relationship with each other.

I loved the whole series, I read the first 3 books but I wanted to read other things so I took a break and now I am back and I want to finish the last book in the series.
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
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the 4th book we follow Carmen, Bridget, Tibby and Lena to university and observe how they are adjusting to being apart from each other. Besides Bridget everyone else struggles to find friends. It's just the typical way that you sometimes forget how to start friendships when you're friends were always the same people.

In this book I also developed a little hatred for Bridget, for not giving a shit if someone is taken or married. You need two to tango and just because you are not in any committe
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This installment was heartbreaking and poignant. I found myself tearing up at many parts, I am unsure if this is because I knew the young lives of the sisterhood were transitioning over to adulthood or if their problems were too relatable. I loved this one because it contains things that almost every young woman must go through and although the book doesn’t offer any shiny panacea to young women problems, it does offer contentedness with things and the way life goes. I think the fourth summer en ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of all four of these books, this one is my least favorite, mostly because of the lack of interaction between the main characters. Some of the characters were rather annoying throughout the book, but I do like the ending.
Nusrah Javed
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just like the pants find their way into the girls’ lives, it feels like these books have found their way back into mine.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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)
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Wasn't as good as the other ones
Aug 11, 2011 added it

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
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Man this one put me through the ringer.
Can't believe it took me till book 4, to realise each prologue is written by a different girl. This book was left the the lively Bridget.
For this one I think the theme is love. Family, each other, parteners and themselves.
I had a bit of trouble with Tibbys view of Brian, she seemed to keep changing her mind set on whether he was pressuring her for sex or not. I'm not sure if it was Tibbys thinking, or confusing writing.
Personally this one hits home a lot mo
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Sisterhood (5 books)
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  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #2)
  • Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #3)
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