GIRLS IN PANTS: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Ann Brashares, Author . Delacorte $16.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-385-90919-8

Fans of the Traveling Pants series will be delighted to welcome back the four lifelong friends as they face their last summer together before separating for college. Though each girl has her own problems—and her own romance—to deal with, the quartet is there for each other, as are the magical pants that look good on them all (even if the pants themselves take a back seat in this installment). The author expertly splices together each friend's struggle with growing up: Bee's first love turns up as a fellow soccer coach at the summer camp where she is also coaching, Carmen's mother is expecting a new baby, Lena's father, as punishment for her sneaking off to an art class, will not pay for her education at Rhode Island art School of Design and Tibby is afraid when a longtime friendship turns into romance. Though readers new to the series may have trouble catching on to the back story, and a couple of plot points strain credibility (e.g., Tibby becomes Carmen's mother's last-minute labor coach), the girls are once again wonderfully drawn, with all their realistic faults. Readers will laugh as tough Carmen faces off with a police officer who stops her on her way to the hospital, and be touched when Lena draws a portrait of her recently widowed grandmother. Even in moments that edge toward melodrama (such as a parting shot of the four friends holding hands as they face the ocean surf), it's the girls' genuine love and tenderness that will win readers over and make them envious of the friends' strong bond. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 12/20/2004
Release date: 01/01/2005
Show other formats
Hardcover - 416 pages - 978-0-7862-7264-8
Hardcover - 338 pages
Book - 6 pages - 978-1-4000-9943-6
Book - 978-1-4000-9856-9
Prebound-Sewn - 350 pages - 978-1-4177-0021-9
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-7393-3013-5
Compact Disc - 978-0-7393-5683-8
Compact Disc - 1 pages - 978-0-307-20683-1
Open Ebook - 277 pages - 978-0-375-84319-8
Paperback - 347 pages - 978-0-552-55277-6
Paperback - 338 pages - 978-0-553-37593-0
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-4000-9857-6
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-61707-573-5
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7569-7281-3
Ebook - 352 pages - 978-0-307-43344-2
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.