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Title: Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
Publisher: Published May 22nd 2007 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 25th 2005)
ISBN: 9780553495041
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4.6 out of 5

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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 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 wore them to her mom's wedding, but that was a special case.) Now 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. Tomorrow night at Gilda's we'll launch the Pants on their third summer voyage. Tomorrow begins the time of our lives. It's when we'll need our Pants the most. "From the Hardcover edition."

30 review for Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

  1. 5 out of 5

    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 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'm seeing more of the character actions and reactions instead of just being told how they felt off page.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed this book as much as the first two, although I did have a few issues with it. 1. What kind of camp assigns a male and female councelor to do an overnight trip with 10-14 year old boys and has them share a tent without the campers in it? I don't care if they -are- both over 18, I just don't see a camp doing that. It became unbelievable to me. Now, if they'd had different tents and one or the other snuck over to the other... although that would go against what they were trying to accompli I enjoyed this book as much as the first two, although I did have a few issues with it. 1. What kind of camp assigns a male and female councelor to do an overnight trip with 10-14 year old boys and has them share a tent without the campers in it? I don't care if they -are- both over 18, I just don't see a camp doing that. It became unbelievable to me. Now, if they'd had different tents and one or the other snuck over to the other... although that would go against what they were trying to accomplish (trust) so... yeah. Same problem with him helping her when she was sick. Although it was super sweet, I think someone would complain and they'd probably get fired for her sleeping in his bed. Even if she was sick. And especially cause he was there too, they were both in nothing but underwear, and he had his arms around her. At a camp full of 10-14 year old MALE campers... that seems like a no-no to me. I was very, very proud of Bee for not having sex with the guy, though. 2. Lena's scholarship. It was just too perfect. Her parents take away her chances of going to school, her teacher pushes her to apply for a scholarship - there are already 70 applications and only a few days to apply - she pulls off a bunch of drawings of her family in a very short time with very little preparation... and of course she gets the scholarship. It just works out too perfectly for me. I was almost hoping she -wouldn't- get it, to shock us, since everyone -knew- she would get it. Or maybe she didn't get it, but her parents saw how amazing her work was and changed their mind and saw she was really determined to go so they paid for it and it all worked out, but for a while we were scared she wouldn't get to go, you know? 3. I must be a bad person, but I was seriously hoping that David (Carmen's mom's husband) was having an affair. Out of town for work all the time, his cell phone is turned off... I was seriously thinking that Carmen and Win would get to Trenton or wherever he was, and find him with another woman. But no, of course, these books are too good for that. Once again, predictablilty wins. 4. And finally, something good. I loved Tibby in this book. In the first two, she annoyed me. But in this one, she really came into her own and I really liked her character. She was not predictable, and she changed a lot as a person throughout the book. Yay Tibby!

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Antof9

    TISSUE ALERT! 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 TISSUE ALERT! 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 that life as we've known it is over. Our shared childhood is ending. . . . To me that is awe-inspiring, but it is also the single scariest thought in the world." I'm trying to figure out how to describe how I felt about these girls. I was pleased as they each became more fully aware of others around them, less selfish and caring. I suppose that's something we all hope will happen as we grow up. But of course it doesn't happen to everyone. Carmen's change was the most obvious, as she realized that "Good Carmen" was actually part of her, not just an act to impress a nice guy. But I loved what Bee did for one gangly soccer player. Tibby's story was heart-wrenching in multiple ways, and Lena's experience with her art was beautifully touching. The interaction with her dad at the end is wonderful. I'm sure I found it more touching because my dad isn't alive any more, but still -- it was great reading. I don't think I can give much more of a review without giving spoilers, so I'll end with this: I loved this book! I really like this series, and would recommend it to anyone, but this last one especially is very good. The first two were sort of fun YA that older people might enjoy too, but this third one puts a lovely finish on the series and makes it a great book for all ages. If I had a teenage daughter, I'd want her to read these books and then discuss them with me. There's a lot of life application within them, and I think it would be an easy "in" to cover a lot of heavy subjects that parents might shy away from discussing in the first place.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Léa

    Toujours une aussi bonne lecture. J'ai adoré suivre la suite de leurs aventures et les bouleversements de leurs vies. Une grande étape va être franchie par les 4 amies avec les peurs qui l'accompagne. Un récit encore une fois émouvant et très facile à lire.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    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 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 child. Lena and Tibby are moping (*eyeroll* - not very convincingly). And Bee..... actually, Bee was the only character I liked here. Guess what? She's the only character who has grown and changed and isn't acting like an idiot anymore. Go Bee!!! For the rest of them, UGH. (Will I read Book 4? possibly. Maybe I'll just skim it. I gotta see what Carmen thinks of Williams.... *more eyerolling*)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jazmine

    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 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 will lose their friendship. In the end, she lets go of her fears when she learns that sometimes you just have to take the chance when her younger sister, Katherine, is injured. She falls out of Tibby’s window, which Tibby opened, when reaching for an apple belonging to the apple tree behind their house. Against her father’s desires Lena wishes to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, so, without his financial support she works hard to win a scholarship. Later, he apologizes and gives her his permission though she doesn’t need it, but wants it. Carmen discovers that her mother is pregnant, and chooses to attend the University of Maryland to stay close to home, but after the baby is born she realizes she should follow her dreams and “re-enrolls” to Williams (she doesn’t think her parents ever took her out). Her summer job is to watch Lena’s homesick, newly widowed grandmother, Valia. Despite their disputes Carmen ends up caring for Valia and persuades the Kaligaris to let Valia return to her beautiful, Greek island. Carmen and a boy, Win, develop a strange relationship which Carmen feels guilty about because she thinks she is giving this false impression of her being some saint who volunteers all the time when really she thinks of herself as a pretty awful person. In the end, she discovers that “Good Carmen” is a part of her, too. The foursome end their summer with a trip to the beach where they each present each other with gifts for remembering their everlasting bond. Once again, I was engrossed in the “girls in pants’” compelling journeys. It was romantic, credible, bittersweet, and full of much change. The characters were developed to a degree where they felt like long, lost friends. The relationships were strong and the author kept my attention with her perfectly built suspense. Lovely imagery allowed me to visualize everything that occurred. I can’t wait to read the next and final book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lizz

    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 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 instead of shown. I could go on. The first book in this series is absolutely worth reading, but the rest are not. Really, nothing so incredible happens to the characters that a reader is missing out by skipping the rest of the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I loved this book!! Such a great story!! Glad that carmen went to the college she wanted too!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    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 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 all apart but here especially it felt like one story about the other three girls... and then another story about Bridget. * Lena showed some growth here that I was applauding. Moving on from Kostos and going against her father's wishes to follow her own dreams/goals. Go Lena. * Tibby has always been a favorite (I can't help but love her cynical/sarcastic personality) but her pushing Brian away had me annoyed with her. Last summer she blew him off in favor of her "cool" new film-making friends and now she shuts him out after Katherine's accident. Brian deserves better treatment, Tibby. He might not always be waiting around for you. * Carmen has always been my least favorite. Between her temper and her selfishness, I don't find her all that likable. Once again she treated her mother so shabbily and yet again Christina took it all graciously without ever putting Carmen in her place. Carmen is a brat. * Bridget showed some real restraint and self-awareness while away at soccer camp in PA. She was much less impulsive with Eric and I really liked how their story played out.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)

    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 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 struggled with overcoming their past unhealthinesses (yup, that’s the word I’m using). Tibby struggled in the area the most, but even she was attempting to shed past ideals and behaviors. This book FOCUSED on the development of health. IV. How was the writing itself? (Style, plot, characters, ease of reading, pace, world-building.) Brilliant. There is not a single unnecessary sentence. The characters are relateable and likable and their struggles are reflections of our lives. The ease of reading is perfect, especially because I consider this YA literary fiction. I cannot praise the writing style and the chosen words enough. I also love that Brashares is tackling typically final book issues in the middle of a series! V. Did I enjoy reading it? I struggled to get into it because it hits with emotional intensity from the get-go, but once I got into it, I read until completion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Viir

    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 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. Lena struggles with going after her dream and trying to not piss off her family. Bridget goes to summer camp again. Tibby tries to cope with change and with finding her path. The book is a quick read as were the other ones. It is again a bit weird that all of them struggle at the same time and experience happiness at the same time. Other than that I was happy how each character got their own story and how they are keeping contact to each other. With Carmen I was a bit irritated that her "love interest" from the previous book only got mentioned in one sentence but she met another guy very quickly. And of course it is still weird that Lena is pretty but doesn't want to be seen as pretty but also kinda wants it. I never met anyone who was pretty and tried to hide it. Can't wait to pick up the next one!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    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 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 had a way I wanted it to end, and they chose to take the predictable route instead. Lucky she's so great, so I can forgive her. Carmen has by far grown up the most. For the first two books, she whined about EVERYTHING. In fact, I kind of hated her for it. And at the beginning of this book, I was prepared for the same rubbish all over again. Her mum has just got married, so she's overly angry about that. But she realised that actually, her mum deserved to be happy. She did adorable things like looking after her in pregnancy classes when David was away. I really liked her for that. Plus, she met Win. Win was a fantastic love interest for her. He saw the good in her, which helped Carmen see the good in herself. Hooray! Win is probably my favourite boy in the book, he's so cute. Especially with the little kids (like Katherine). Tibby didn't have her usual spunk. She spent most of this book feeling sorry for herself. Which meant she couldn't accept that Brian loved her, she couldn't look after Katherine and Nicky like they deserved, she couldn't get into her film making, and she couldn't do anything that made her slightly happy. It kind of annoyed me. Especially with Brian, because they're PERFECT. She grew a lot by the end. It was just all the rest that upset me. I understood she blamed herself for what happened to her baby sister Katherine. And I understood she was going off movies because she was watching them a thousand times. But that's no reason to be unhappy. Lena did crazy big character development with her family, and in part with herself (though not as much as Carmen). First, there was the art classes she was taking, and that went terribly wrong. She coped with it incredibly well, I thought. Second, there was the art portfolio she did of her family. She got to know them so much better than she did before. I absolutely loved seeing the interaction between them all. Especially with her grandmother, Valia. Poor Valia had been dragged out of Greece, and was absolutely miserable. Lena helped her with a lot of her pain, and even talked to her scary dad about letting her go home. I really loved seeing the relationship between those two. In this book, Lena might have been my favourite. There's only two books of this series to go. I'm so scared of saying goodbye to my lovely girls. I'm also scared they're going to get worse from now. But with that sweet ending, it looks like it'll stay just as amazing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    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 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 school and are preparing for college. Also: THEY GROW UP SO MUCH. Even though the only one who actually travels anywhere is Bridget (I think?), the rest have completely separate adventures and experiences. Although, obviously, there is some overlap, because Ann Brashares knows you just want to read about these BFF(s) 4EVA!!!!1!!1!!! (I’m sorry for that.) Bridget goes to a summer soccer camp, where she’s a coach this time, and runs into Eric, the boy she was obsessed with (and did sex with) in the first book. She’s determined, however, that they will just be friends. She regrets the way she acted when they first met and wants to respect the fact that he has a girlfriend this time. See? Grown up! Tibby struggles with a couple of things. Her sister hurts herself and Tibby finally realizes that, although her much younger siblings get on her nerves (duh), she really, really loves them. The other thing is that her friend Brian has gotten totally hot and loves her with the fire of a thousand suns. So that’s awesome. But also scary. Because Tibby is Tibby. And she really Tibbies it up all over the place in this book. Poor Lena is trying to figure out how to be an artist. Her father, angry that his daughter wants to pursue a career he deems worthless, tells her he won’t pay for college if she goes to art school. Lena, for once, fights for what she wants and pursues a scholarship so she won’t need her father’s permission. Also, there’s probably some whiny drama about Kostos BECAUSE OF COURSE THERE IS. Carmen is preparing to become a big sister. Her mother, recently married, is pregnant and Carmen, worried that she’s being replaced, gets jealous and tries to come to terms with this huge change. I have a confession to make. Up until this book, I was not the biggest Carmen fan. Most of the time I wanted to tell her to shut up and stop acting like a brat. But! I finally, FINALLY, grew to love her in this book. She’s so sassy! I mean, what do you want me to say? If you’re reading this, you’ve probably read at least one other Pants book in the series, so I’m basically preaching to the choir. I’m not sure what book is my favorite (so far), because I feel like I can’t make an objective decision. I like whatever book I’ve finished most recently the best. Sounds like I’m going to have to reread all of them once I’ve finished the fifth.

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 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 their last summer together before college. I found myself liking this book. It was written in an easy to read and understand format. There was not a lot of language and just a few questionable situations. I started the book and could not put it down. Having started at 8:30 PM and ended at 12:00 AM reading, I found myself having read it straight through. Each chapter was narrated by each of the girls and really showed what the summer was like for them. This caused one of the problems for me though. There was no lines or scene closings. The book would be about Carmen or Bee or etc. and then it would switch to Tibby's or etc... This was very disconcerting and would knock me out of the story. That was very disappointing. Second was what kind of camp did Bee go to? I have never heard of a camp that would assign just one girl counselor and one boy counselor together for activities (that maybe no camper wants to attend) or assigns them to take a group of (9 - 13 year old) boys or girls camping and only provides one two person tent for these same counselors to share? This is just a law suit waiting to happen. I would have been extremely upset to send a child to such a camp. I would have also been upset to learn that these same two counselors were in each others cabins and beds in just their underwear. True one was sick and nothing happened, but it is the appearance and responsibilities. Third is what happened to the "Pants"? The Pants had a very minor role in this book and the focus was solely on the girls. I wanted to learn more about the pants and how they affected the summer.

  17. 5 out of 5

    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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mom2triplets04

    I listened to this on audio for the read along #pantsalong. I enjoyed the fact that the girls have all matured a bit since the last two books. It's the summer before they go to college. But without spoiling the book I felt that some of the storylines were a bit unrealistic and we don't see much of the pants in this book. The storyline that I enjoyed the most was Carmen's mothers. Looking forward to reading the next book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Dunton

    This book surprised me a little bit. I mean I didn't hate the second book. Not really. But it just made me feel like this shouldn't have been turned into a series. I mean it was cute and adorable, but it was just... I'm not sure how to explain it exactly. I did like it though. And I did enjoy reading it very much. There are some parts that were rather hastily put in that should have been discussed a little more for context. There were other parts that I didn't understand were included at all. Mo This book surprised me a little bit. I mean I didn't hate the second book. Not really. But it just made me feel like this shouldn't have been turned into a series. I mean it was cute and adorable, but it was just... I'm not sure how to explain it exactly. I did like it though. And I did enjoy reading it very much. There are some parts that were rather hastily put in that should have been discussed a little more for context. There were other parts that I didn't understand were included at all. Mostly the former than the latter. All in all, it was a cute book. I can tell you honestly that it is directed more at the younger audience that it is aimed for. And that's okay. I have been enjoying the book and I will finish reading the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    These books all blended together in my head over the past years, but this installment is again a nice one, of which I forgot quite a bit! I might be cliché but I really liked some of the life-changing things that happened.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bitchin' Reads

    Yep, still my favorite book in this series. These characters have grown so much!

  22. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Okay, so here's my main problem with this book: I just didn't give a shit. They all felt incredibly passive in their stories in this one - with the possible exception of Carmen. Tibby spends the book floating into a relationship with Brian that she doesn't actually seem to want. Lena spends the book floating around drawing pictures of her family members, and the scholarship she's trying to get through the pictures is almost an afterthought. Bee spends the book floating through coaching at soccer Okay, so here's my main problem with this book: I just didn't give a shit. They all felt incredibly passive in their stories in this one - with the possible exception of Carmen. Tibby spends the book floating into a relationship with Brian that she doesn't actually seem to want. Lena spends the book floating around drawing pictures of her family members, and the scholarship she's trying to get through the pictures is almost an afterthought. Bee spends the book floating through coaching at soccer camp and OH MY GOD NO WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH/GET INTO A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GUY WHO YOU LOST YOUR VIRGINITY TO BEFORE YOU WERE READY AND YOU ENDED UP IN A YEAR-LONG DEPRESSION AS A RESULT???? WHY. WHY IS ERIC BACK. I JUST WANT HIM TO FUCK OFF AND DIE IN A FIRE. And he can take Kostas with him. Meanwhile, Carmen is doing good deeds all over town while also being slightly bratty about the fact that her mother's pregnant. Speaking of Carmen's mother being pregnant, you cannot HONESTLY tell me that (view spoiler)[when she goes into labour and Carmen decides to go off and find David that the ONLY option of someone to stay with Christina was fucking Tibby. Surely Christina has friends of her own?! Surely Tibby could have been like "Hey Mom? Christina's in labour and she needs a birthing partner" and her mother would have dropped everything to help out? Why wouldn't Christina be like "Um. Hello, daughter's best friend. This...isn't exactly the place for you to be"??? (hide spoiler)] I just...it made literally no sense to me. So yeah. It was a fast paced read, and I got through it in a couple of hours. But for the most part? I just didn't care about any of them.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Allegra S

    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 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 about splitting up for the summer. 2) They go wherever they're supposed to go anyway and start to enjoy themselves. 3) Things turn bad and we flip between Tibby being morose, Carmen's boy troubles, wishy-wasy Lena trying to make a decision, and Bee being an emotional spaz 4) They get over their problems, reunite, and none of us can remember why they are friends in the first place because they have absolutely no chemistry and nothing in common The end. Safe to say I didn't like it. I was only glad to have a conclusion for Bee and Eric.

  24. 4 out of 5

    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 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 first summer with Eric and has learned how to not just focus on her wants and desires, but be more considerate towards others. Carmen learns (finally!) not to focus on her feelings of selfishness and perceived neglect. And Tibby learns how to open her heart and give it to others. Definitely a lot of inspiring character development and maturing!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    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 ! :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nusrah Javed

    This has been my favorite forever and is even more so now!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heatherblakely

    Why am I crying

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    V good.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    While I still really loved this book, I did see some flaws in it. There are a handful of continuity issues, which stood out to me since I’m reading the books back to back. I also found it odd that God is mentioned so many times in this book. It felt like the author suddenly found religion. Nonetheless, this is an important installment in the series. I was surprised how much of this book I didn’t remember. I’m looking forward to rereading the (original) last book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    Its another cute summer but the plot is practically the same. Each girl ventures out and has a conflict but they each overcome it and find their way back to each other. Its cute but very repetitive.

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