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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 and 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 and the heritage of the Pants means nothing. Bridget: Joins a dig for an ancient city on the coast of Turkey and discovers that her archaeology professor is available in every way except one. Tibby: Leaves behind someone she loves, wrongly believing he will stay where she has left him. Join Ann Brashares's beloved sisterhood once again in a dazzling, fearless novel. It's a summer that will forever change the lives of Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby, here and now, past and future, together and apart. From the Hardcover edition.


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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 and 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 and the heritage of the Pants means nothing. Bridget: Joins a dig for an ancient city on the coast of Turkey and discovers that her archaeology professor is available in every way except one. Tibby: Leaves behind someone she loves, wrongly believing he will stay where she has left him. Join Ann Brashares's beloved sisterhood once again in a dazzling, fearless novel. It's a summer that will forever change the lives of Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby, here and now, past and future, together and apart. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for Forever in Blue (Sisterhood #4)

  1. 4 out of 5

    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)[Teens getting involved with an older, married person is such an overused trope and it's especial 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)[Teens getting involved with an older, married person is such an overused trope and it's especially frustrating with it isn't used for anything. Not all 30 year olds with families are looking to cheat, I wish that books would stop portraying marriage this way! (hide spoiler)] I also came down with a case of eye-roll strain from the giant deus ex machina Kostos twist. Puh-lease. But what I have really mixed feelings on was a scene with Tibby. (view spoiler)[ I'm not familiar with sex crime laws in 2007, but the scene between Tibby and Brian fits today's definition of rape. They were both drunk (you are unable to GIVE or INTERPRET consent if your mental function is altered by drugs, alcohol, or comatose state - yes, drunkeness is akin to being in a coma in rape laws!) and... here, I will just type it out word for word: (Brian:)"Do you want to...?" (Tibby:)"I don't know...." She loved him. She knew she did. And then in a moment, simple and pure, they were together in a way they hadn't been before. Please show me the part where she said yes. Because I saw her say she wasn't sure and then it was happening. Love does not equal consent. Are we supposed to read between the lines and assume more dialogue happened that wasn't shown? Or that more consensual actions happened that weren't described? Part of me thinks, but they were in a loving relationship and it doesn't even cross her mind if it was rape or not, so no big deal. But the other part of me knows that people are assaulted by someone they know or are romantically involved with way too often and the law doesn't exclude relationships and even marriages from sex crimes. Honestly, I'm frustrated in myself for continually getting caught up in this kind of crap with books, but I'm even more mad that books keep blurring the lines like this. I know, I know. "It's 9 years ago though, things are different now." Well 9 years ago I was in college and I promise you these discussions were happening then. I don't think this was intentional, but I point this type of thing out because this is something I would use to start a discussion with kids if I had them, and what I wish adults had discussed with me when I was younger. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eryn✵

    ★ 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 “ ★ 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 “risky,” because I almost felt like I was watching myself. Ha … not that I would ever do what she did with Leo. Still. I loved how raw Bridget was in this one—she’s so relatable with how she prefers to hide her feelings rather than talk about them. Don’t tell me I’m the only one who does that, too. Carmen and Tibby, as always, weren’t my favorites; however, I learned to enjoy Carmen more. I enjoyed seeing her gain confidence and learn that she’s worth more than keeping “friends” who just pull her down (ahem, Julia). Tibby’s story, too, was entertaining and nerve-wracking—though, not as good as Lena’s or Bridget’s. I felt like it was slow and, quite honestly, I wasn’t a fan of Brian. Overall, I’m thrilled to have finished this series. It makes me think about my young self and when I “really” started reading books. It was nice remembering that feeling and re-connecting with these characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    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 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 friends and I would trade amongst each other, taking turns to write in it between class periods and homework. We actually had 2 versions of this journal, one started earlier by another friend and returned to her and the other later, me. When I go through the journal that I have, I wish we had treated it a little more like a scrapbook with magazine clippings and photos to preserve more of the visual culture from back then. In any case, going back to the book... It was definitely more adult than young compared to the previous 3 books, dealing with identity, boundaries, and premarital sex. But I think Brashares tried too hard to make the book relevant to contemporary teen themes that I felt like I was reading a book version of Seventeen. The writing still remained effortless and enjoyable but honestly, I was disappointed with it being as the ending, and the actual ending felt too innocent to reflect the recently past events. However, the movie version may be more fitting for the story since the girls are and look older than their book age.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    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 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: if you give four unsure young people four internal monologues, you get a lot of self-doubt and constant questioning. It's close to reality, but it bothered me slightly while I was reading. Maybe that's because I am always asking questions in my own head!! Also, although the girls were apart for longer than ever before, the inclusion of the Pants started to seem forced. [SPOILER ALERT] When the Pants were lost at the end of the book, I did not think it was a tragedy, as they had stopped being necessary to the story. And that turned out to be the lesson the girls learned, as well: they didn't need the travelling pants to keep them together. Pants = Love. But we knew that all along, right? Quotes: "When will we all be home again? That was what she wanted to know. But when she thought about it logically, she knew: It wasn't just the answer that had changed, it was the question. What was home anymore? What counted as the status quo? Home was a time and it had passed." "She used to have the idea -- an untested belief, really -- that you loved someone in a kind of mirror dance. You loved in exact response to how much they were willing to love you."

  5. 5 out of 5

    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 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 an effort to move forward I still felt for Kostos after the way she treated him during his surprise visit. And the way things were left at the end... meh. I like that the door was still open for the future but I'd hoped for more. Bridget: I was so pleased with Bridget in the second and third books. It seemed like she had grown up a lot and was making smarter decisions. But here we are in the fourth book and she's right back to her reckless behavior. Her relationship with Peter while in Turkey was so ill-advised and I wanted to shake them both. It smacked of Bridget from 3 years ago and felt like a big step backwards for her. Tibby: I've always said that Tibby was my favorite of the four girls but My re-read of the series has made me wonder how I ever could have thought that. Her shabby treatment of Brian over the course of four books/years was so bad that I could hardly stand her by this point. Her inclination through every book has been to push him away or treat him poorly - like some object she could pick up and put down at will, knowing she could always come back to it when she felt like it. And naturally Brian is supposed to be standing by just waiting for Tibby. In book two she shut him out after Katherine's accident. In book three she dropped him in favor of some new fake friends. She really pushed it this time and I found myself wishing Brian would finally tell her to take a hike. By this point I was completely over Tibby's mean girl ways when it came to Brian. Carmen: Carmen has always been my least favorite character because she's usually so bratty but she ended up being the one I related to most in this one. Carmen's unbalanced relationship with a frenemy when she's at her most vulnerable actually had me pulling for her. Shocker. Finally... FINALLY... I can read the last book in this series and see what became of the four friends a decade later.

  6. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Eeeh?? 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 Eeeh?? 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 it, and so her reaction to them sleeping together felt completely realistic to me. Carmen's story was once again the most interesting one in the book, but it drove me nuts that it took her so long to realise that Julia was messing with her constantly. Bee's story in this one filled me with rage, because a) I continue to hate Eric and don't think she should be with him, b) the whole bullshit thing with her 30 year old professor (HAHAHAHAHA SERIOUSLY?? He's just turned 30 and he's a PROFESSOR?!) was super gross, and c) OH MY GOD STOP KNEELING IN THE TRENCH OH MY GOD. Seriously, I was filled with so much archaeologist nerd rage. You NEVER kneel in the trench. And you certainly don't crawl around in it on your hands and knees, or roll around with your professor. Because holy hell, you could be destroying seven million artefacts. So yeah. I was honestly a little relieved when the stupid magic pants disappeared into the ether. It was a cute concept in the beginning, and I did like the friendship between the girls. But they just never seemed to learn their damn lesson. You know?!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yaz *The Reading Girl*

    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. 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 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. 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 original idea of the pants was great. So...(warning: this review is full of positive and negative reviews mixed together.) Enter the world of four best friends.... (in other of appearances from left to right) Carmen smart and with an attitude that can annoy the hell out of you. In other words a little bitch that people seem to like. But cares a lot about her best friends. Tibby rebellious, miserable, tough looking, and mean. Typical teenager. But behind that mask she has a heart. Lena the BEAUTIFUL one. That's really about it. Oh and she is an artists who seems to be everyone's favorite. She is nice though. Bridget is the athletic one. Fun, wild, fast, and etc. Considered beautiful by everyone because of her blonde gorgeous hair. Except, she doesn't think she is beautiful or do her friends because Lena is the gorgeous one. ______________________________________ Those were my thoughts one the characters. Well not really, that's how they are described. My thoughts on them are mixed. Here we go... Carmen is my least favorite character out of this whole series. She is bitchy, mean, rude, loud, and if she is not happy no one else is. I hated her part. But, I liked her in this last book of the series. She was likable and for once calm. Tibby was okay. Stupid sometimes but okay. I actually liked her character. Lena was stupid too. Too fragile and I kept getting tired of her being the fucking beautiful one and the favorite one and blah blah. Yeah..we get it. Bridget was my MOST favorite. She actually grew up throughout the four years that the this whole series talks about. She was smart, independent, strong, and beautiful to me. I looked forward to her parts in the book. _____________________________________ The writing was awesome. It was easy to understand and I could understand why so many young girls could like this series. The events that happened in this book has happened to many girls, including me. _____________________________________ There was just something about these books that kept me reading them all the time. I read the whole four books in 4 days. I really enjoyed all the books. It did have its flaws... -Carmen, Tibby, Lena (but then thats how most teenage girls are) But I loved the stories the author created. These books in some way were beautiful and thought me many lessons. I do not regret reading them at all. _____________________________________ OVERALL SERIES RATING: 4 stars Why? -I would sometimes get annoyed at the main four girls (except Bridget) -Them depending on pants was kind of stupid to me, but then again that's the whole point of the book That's really about it. I really liked these books. I didn't want their world to end. P.S. The movies are WAY different but I still like them

  8. 4 out of 5

    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 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, who thinks that she is invisible to the rest of the college students, finally makes a friend. She and her new friend have a summer that no one would suspect. Bridget: She goes on an archaeological dig in Turkey and meets someone that she can't have. But what about Erik, who is still in love with her??? Tibby: Tibby and Brian have a few rough spots in their relationship. Will they be able to handle it? Or will it mean the end of their relationship? As I'm sure you can tell there is never a dull moment while reading this book. There is always something going on with everyone. There is a major twist in the end of the book that I never saw coming. You will have to be the judge on whether it's a good twist or not, but I thought that it was well put and really tied in to the story. Just as a warning, though, if you have not read the first three books in this amazing series (THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, THE SECOND SUMMER OF THE SISTERHOOD, GIRLS IN PANTS) do not read this book until you have read the others. I wouldn't want you to ruin a perfectly good, well-written book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    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 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 related to was Carmen's. And really, only because of the "been there, done that, don't EVER want to go back there again" factor. Though, I really like Carmen (probably the best of the 4) and really relate to her the best. If I had to pick one of them that was most like me in HS, Carmen would be that (minus the Latino factor LOL). This book was also WAY more "adult" than the previous three (maybe because they have finished their first year of college...I don't know). I f I was letting my young teen read these, I would try and be prepared for some pretty open and interesting discussions about the books and the activities that take place. The end was a bummer for me as well. I was really let down in a way. And I don't know how to describe how or why I was let down. I just felt that it was really flat after the first three. All in all, it was a good book, but not as good as the first three. YA/T (15+) Minor language Minor sexual references

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tiffiny

    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 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 context it might be useful for both mother and daughter to read. However, I personally believe premarital and extramarital sex are wrong and I don't like the cavalier attitude towards these in the book. I'm frankly sick of the media telling girls that it's a right of passage to lose one's virginity and it doesn't matter who the guy is. That will be a discussion I mostly definitely have with my children without ever having them read this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (leaninglights)

    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

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    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 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 reveals her true colours. Bee is on an archaeological dig in Turkey and missing her boyfriend...not that there aren't distractions in the form of hot male professors to keep her busy. Tibby is in NYC and pondering the repercussions of her relationship with Brian while worrying about her summer film program. Lena is taking an art class where she is (Surprisingly) enamored with the subject of their classes - but more surprises emerge through Kostos of course. The Good & The Bad: Looking back at my review, I feel that I would still agree with it. There was a big gap in my memory between book #3 & book #4, which made it tougher to read - but I still liked it. The girls are farther apart than they'd ever been in past books, a good call on Brashares part to both tone down their overemphasized sisterhood friendship, but also to represent the natural drift college creates. That being said, it also defeated the purpose of the books - instead of being about friendship and self-discovery/growth, the book was more focused on relationships, love, and sex. Even the movie was guilty of this! Still, I think Brashares did a good job of wrapping up the series (perhaps a tad too neatly) and I'm glad she wrote the fourth. I'll miss the girls, but we'll always have the movies I guess. The Bottom Line: A fitting conclusion to the pants. Anything Memorable?: I had a helluva time getting into see the second movie (which is largely based on the fourth book) including winning passes to the premiere only to have it sold out, then barely being able to get into a showing nearly a week alter. 50-Book Challenge?: Book #8 in 2008

  13. 4 out of 5

    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 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 later we’re onto the next tragedy. We (or at least I) don’t want to experience it a second time. As for the specifics — if you’ve seen the second movie, you’ll know the basic plot points of the book. I found the second movie fairly forgettable, so maybe it’s no surprise that I was bored reading this. The plot meandered along, telling the girls’ sob stories until the last 100 pages or so, when they grew brains and started dealing with their lives. You’d think that by the fourth book in a series, I’d be somewhat invested in these characters but for most of the book I didn’t really care what happened to them or if the ending would be satisfying. That being said, the last third of the book was pretty good. I think I’m glad I slogged through it all, but with a pile of books sitting on my floor waiting to be read I can’t help but wonder if I should have spent my time on something else. I do feel the need to note that one of my friends loves these books and has been waiting to read this one because she’s so sad it’s the last in the series. It just goes to show that not every book is for every reader. One of the greatest challenges I face as a teacher is looking at a book objectively — being able to recognize value in a book I didn’t enjoy — because it may end up being just the book that one of my reluctant readers will love.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    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 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 of the last 3 books... Will watch soon for sure.

  15. 4 out of 5

    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 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 we feel about people who have come and gone from our lives? It is only natural to wonder like this, so it seemed natural for their story to end for us but continue mysteriously in the ethereal of future existence. Because of that, I am wary of this fifth book. I am worried of disappointment. I have envisioned where these girls' lives have taken them and I don't want those imaginings ruined. We shall see. Hoping to start it this weekend. Will keep you all updated. Happy reading, y'all!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    A deeply satisfying conclusion (but not?) to the series. I love these characters and how their imperfections make them endearing and relateable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    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 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 boot-camp mentality Bridget decided. She was excited about privation. Well, Bridget could get excited about privation too. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. - Epicurus In the depth of winter. I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. - Albert Camus Most people when they sensed a crisis got despotically curious, needing to stake out the far boundary of trouble. Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward. -Vernon Law A wife like you had in a real family. Kids like you had in a real family. Kids who jumped around and needed things. An opera in Italian was playing over the speaker to the left of Effie's head. You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. - Aldous Huxley Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that you live, if you do. - Elizabeth Bowen Love was an idea. Nothing more or less. If you lost the idea, if you somehow forgot about it, the person you loved became a stranger. Love lives in the memory. It can be forgotten. But she knew the darkest parts of growing up had become linked to him that night. Those dark parts had attached to him & somehow overwhelmed the fragile idea of love. Where there is nothing, there is the possibility of everything. When you live nowhere, you live everywhere. You have to be like a turtle; you have to figure out how to bring your home along with you. Carmen felt the familiar reactions, outmoded and dislodged though they were. She felt the old pull of gratitude. She felt needy & uncertain. She still clung to the notion of a friend, even a crappy one. Life's a voyage that's homeward bound. - Herman Melville crazy is what crazy do - The Black Eyed Peas Poor empty pants With nobody inside them. - Dr. Seuss At first cock-crow the ghosts must go Back to their quiet graves below. - Theodosia Garrison Ruins stood for what was lost, and yet they were beautiful - peaceful, historic, intellectual. Not tragic or regrettable. Why not celebrate what you had had rather than spend your time mourning its passing? There could be joy in things that ended. How powerful it was to give up your desires. It was like bargaining for a rug. Your only leverage was being able to walk away. So often the world was made of jumps & starts, but tonight it was round & continuous. She looked out the window and saw the proud full moon hanging over the Caldera, seeming to enjoy its own perfect reflection below. It seemed to Carmen they were putting off having to touch their feet to the earth again. The earth turned and time passed and then they would have to think about what it meant. But the hour did come, as all hours do. Those are the places we grew up and the times we spent together, but they aren't us. If we think they are, then we're lost, because times end and places are lost. We aren't any place or any time. That's the thing. We are everywhere. "It is not enough for you to succeed; your friends must also fail" = toxicity = BOO!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    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)[Billy? Win? Paul? C'mon. (hide spoiler)] Forever in Blue delivered a bit 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)[Billy? Win? Paul? C'mon. (hide spoiler)] Forever in Blue delivered a bittersweet conclusion to the series but left quite a lot to be desired.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Viir

    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 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 committed relationships (or is she?) doesn't mean you can just freely hook up with anyone. Another bad feeling developed for Tibby as well. She doesn't deserve Brian at all, her reaction was really too much for a 18-19 year old woman. But that's just my upbringing, maybe if you were always the innocent type you would react similarly who knows. Carmen was my poor baby in this book, she lost herself and had to find herself all alone, without her friends. It was a nice book, reading how they grow, how they noticed their mistakes and how the pants still mattered but not as much as in the other books. Can't wait for the last book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    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 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 ended exactly the way it should have.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nusrah Javed

    Just like the pants find their way into the girls’ lives, it feels like these books have found their way back into mine.

  24. 5 out of 5

    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 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 when she's not succeeding, and she's starting to succeed at acting camp. Tibby fears she is pregnant and it causes her to draw further and further away from her boyfriend. Lena is still pining for Kostos, but finds a new interest in Leo. And finally, Bridget plays with a dangerous relationship while she's on a dig abroad. The characters really plummeted in this book. Lena as I finally figured out, is just boring. I could never figure out why I wasn't attracted to her character in the previous books and it just kind of hit me with this one. Tibby takes a wide leap and does some very uncharacteristic things. Carmen is even further from herself and despite being able to get down and out sometimes, it just wasn't realistic for her character to do what she does. Bridget is actually the only one I liked. I think this was the best of her in the books. The writing is the same as in the others and it is easy reading. However, the plot was sorely lacking and kind of boring in this book. Actually a lot was recycled among the girls for this book. This book just wasn't as charming as the others and I'm kind of glad it is the end because I don't think I'd go on. I almost wish that there had only been one book as the others were ok, but the first was among the strongest. Forever in Blue Copyright 2007 384 pages Review by M. Reynard 2011

  25. 5 out of 5

    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)[What happened to Win?? What was with the hopeful hints of Paul and Lena as a couple? Why did Lena continue obsessing about Kostos in this book 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)[What happened to Win?? What was with the hopeful hints of Paul and Lena as a couple? Why did Lena continue obsessing about Kostos in this book? Bee is separated from Eric again and their relationship is patchy once more? (hide spoiler)] There was no calm before the storm hit. The issues just piled up for the girls and they were thrown at us from the beginning. The moments of happiness in this book were very very few. It was confusing to find that since we last saw Carmen, she became quiet and was missing her feisty side. I couldn't recognise her at all. Bee totally solidified herself as an out-of-sight out-of-mind kind of girl and I didn't like how we got a repeat of her reckless behaviour. Lena once again lacked any development and was forever in a depressed state... Last but not least, Tibby was the one who annoyed me the most with her crazy bi-polar behaviour. I spent most of the time feeling angry or frustrated at the way all the girls were acting. Everyone has issues but these girls just had WAY TOO MUCH drama and angst in their lives. They were seriously never happy. I'm glad there is another book and I'm holding out hope that it will allow me to leave the series on a better note.

  26. 4 out of 5

    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 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 installment of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants started out a little slow for me.. I don't know if it was because I was in the same state Carmen was in at the beginning of the book.. or what, but I didn't quite get hooked in until about a little under half way through. Then the book I thought picked up in an awesome way. I was very happy with the second half of the book, it embodied all of the reasons why I love the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series... and gave me all les feels... I probably would of been more emotional if I didn't have Sisterhood Everlasting to pick up next. I'm kind of nervous with what the epilogue book will have in store. But anyways.. In conclusion I think the sisters have always said it best, Pants = Love.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Theodora

    Wasn't as good as the other ones

  28. 4 out of 5

    J

    (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 (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 Tibby's emotions for and after she breaks up with Brian and after she breaks up with him are a literary achievement in themselves. But I wasn't entirely happy with several of the characters resolving their emotional insecurities by losing their virginity. Certainly this is realistic, but the author didn't expand on the logic (or illogical decisions) surrounding any of the scenarios. Tibby, at least, was drunk. But what she did with Lena makes absolutely no sense, and I don't think she was willing to go into that any further because there was no reason to it...

  29. 4 out of 5

    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 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 will pick up the last book, but this was just OK and a nice finish for me, I don't think I need the last one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    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 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 more as they're catching up to my age.

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