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Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

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Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Bridget, Lena, Tibby and Carmen are back with their famous jeans in the third installment of this wildly popular series by Ann Brashares. The girls are looking at the summer between high school and college, where they all will head in different directions. The pants step in again to help them face the future --- both separately and together.

The pants have a lot of work to do here! Bridget is spending the summer playing soccer, where she runs into Eric, her former heartbreak. Lena loves her art class, until her father realizes she is actually drawing nude men and tries to stop her from fulfilling her dream of going to art school. Carmen tries to come to terms with her mother's new marriage and other changes while trying to connect with a great new guy. Tibby gets ready for film school and struggles to make sense of her growing affection for Brian. Even with the powerful pants, the true magic of these books comes from the bond shared among these four girls. Together, they are able to see their families and situations with humor and perspective.

The problems mature with the girls, making each book in this series different. Bridget's reflections on the changes between her and Eric from two summers ago really illustrate this point. Lena also has to make sacrifices and tough decisions to achieve her dream, surprising her family and even herself.

Readers will be sad to know that the four girls will be parting ways geographically at the end of the summer when college begins, but hopefully the series will continue with future summers.

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Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
by Ann Brashares

  • Publication Date: January 25, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385729359
  • ISBN-13: 9780385729352