Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann BrasharesForever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

byAnn Brashares

Paperback | April 8, 2008

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The fourth and final novel in the wildly popular #1 New York Times bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, from the author of The Whole Thing Together and The Here and Now.

With unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious summer. It’s a summer that will forever change the lives of Lena, Bridget, Tibby, and Carmen, here and now, past and future, together and apart.

Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself.


“Genuinely moving." —Entertainment Weekly
 
“A strong, satisfying conclusion.” —Booklist    
                                                                               
“An ode to love and friendship.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A great read.” —Daily News (New York)

Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Whole Thing Together, The Here and Now, 3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit Ann online at AnnBrashares.com and follow @AnnBrashares on Twitter.
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Title:Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the SisterhoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.31 × 5.56 × 0.89 inPublished:April 8, 2008Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385734018

ISBN - 13:9780385734011

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from What an ending The final of the four books takes these girls on some journeys that they did not think were possible. I would highly recommend this series to any girl or woman looking for a fun and intriguing tale about friendship, womanhood, family, love, and so much more
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great almost ending to the series
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful end to a beautiful story Forever in blue comes to a beautiful end with the 4 girls having been on amazing adventures, both together and apart. Highly recommend the series
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from i liked it This book was good and wonderfully wrapped up the series however i wasn't that entertained...
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A continuation. For those who wanted to know what happened to Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby. Still touching but the four heroines start to lack depth and character for the aging readership.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love ! Read these books when I was in elementary school and again in university and both times I could relate to the characters in a different way. I feel like I grew up with the girls.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love! I remember when this book came out - I was so excited there was another addition to the series! And it did not disappoint - keep reading if you've liked the books so far!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Great conclusion to the series.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A poetic ending the tension within this book really rings true to life. A great ending to the saga
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ending Great final book to the series.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED Great Series, really loved it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I love this series... there were some frustrating moments in this book, and the ending left me feeling slightly unsatisfied, but overall I enjoyed it almost as much as the first books.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely series So, I read these way back when, I can't remeber a whole lot about them, I loved the message of friendship throughout each book in the series.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still pretty good I read these books in my early teens, and loved them. Especially the first!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fitting end to the series 4 stars The girls have had the travelling pants for four years now, but they are finding it harder and harder to get together, as they have all gone their separate ways now, and are rarely "home" at the same time, anymore. This summer, Carmen has gone to a summer "camp" to help with sets for a play, but ends up doing more than what she originally bargained for. Bee is in Turkey on an archaeological dig, and though she still has a boyfriend back home, finds herself attracted to someone else there. Lena is taking an art class and is attracted to one of the older painters in the class. Tibby is enjoying her relationship with Brian, maybe a little too much, until things take a turn for the worse. This was very good. I really enjoyed this one and often wanted to keep reading. I think it was a fitting end to the series.
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read! Also one of the best series out there. Its great that is talks about the trials of teens not just from one perspective but four and all with different issues. Definitely a great way to end the series or so i thought until i heard another one was coming out. Awesome read
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Torn and worn The sisterhood are back again for their last summer. The girls are already planning for college and hope to see familiar faces again. This is the toughest summer they'll live through. Will the once strong relationship between each other last through it all? Maybe through college and years to come.
Date published: 2008-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I really liked this book. I like the whole series, but before I move on to the merits of this book I must say this is not like the other "travelling pants' books. The girls are in College now, they are older, and they do more adult things. This book is not appropriate for 12 year olds, like the first three were. It is meant for an older teen audience. The girls grow up in this book and we see who they are becoming. The characters are more fleshed out and real. They feel a whole variety of things at the same time and really truly see how lucky they are to have each other and the pants. I felt like this was a good way to leave the girls. On a high note, with a glimmer of the potential their futures hold.
Date published: 2008-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good I read the other books in this series and found them to be mediocre, but this one was horrible. The characters didn't seem like themselves and this book was not appropraite for the 9-12 group; one character contemplates an affair with a married professor, another has a pregnancy scare and yet another considers herself a prude for being uncomfortable with posing nude! Is this really the message we want to be sending to young girls? Aside from its questionable content, the book is not very well written. The writing is cliche and the characters are very stereotyped. It reads more like the diary entiries of immature highschool girls.
Date published: 2007-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT!!! this is one of the best books i have ever read, and i read a lot. this series shows that no matter what, love and friendship never die out, and that true friendships aren't just make believe. this is the most meaningful series i have and probably will ever read. i recommend it for anyone, preteen, teen or adult.
Date published: 2007-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I think this is over the top for 10-12 yr olds I know that girls seem to be growing up faster in today's society, but I truly feel that this book is NOT age appropriate for what is listed.
Date published: 2007-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best from Ann Brashares The characters were completely different in a unlikeable way. The story seemed to slowly move along and the ending was horrible. I heard it was the last novel, you just can't end a book like that. I feel she just wrote it because she seemed pressured to.
Date published: 2007-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mature content I have read all the other books with my 12 year old daughter and have found them to be age-appropriate. However, this book definitely had more mature content. It goes to reason that the girls are growing older, however some parts of it were definitely more mature than I had anticipated. We still read it, with an opportunity to discuss some of the more mature parts. However I would warn other parents that there is definitely more graphic sexual content than any of the other books.
Date published: 2007-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read The Series! It's Absolutely Awsome!! I loved all 4 books. I personally would recommend any of these books to anyone interested in reading about regular teenaged girls who are there for each other through the good times and the bad. These are heart warming tales. I urge you to read and experience the love that these four girls have for each other through life changing events which include life and death. Take my word for it you will not be disappointed reading these books; you will not want to put them down. The forth book of the Sister Hood is the best so far. I would give it a 9/10. I have just finished reading the whole series and can't wait to lend the books to my friends. I don’t know if I will find another series to match this one but I will try. So far I am unsuccessful. Don’t Be Afraid; Pick Up A Book and Read!!
Date published: 2007-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Perfect Ending to a Not So Perfect Book I loved the ending but found the rest of the book unlike all the others. I didn't find the qualities of the characters in the fourth consisdent with the rest of the series. Over all it was okay, I wish I had of gotten it from the library though.
Date published: 2007-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a Horrible Come-Back I was uncertain of this book, I was thinking.. Another? I thought it was a trilogy. I guessed from the beginning that this wasnt going to be great. I was somewhat right. But the ending made up for my thoughts! It has one of the best series-ender ive ever seen! Good job Ann Brashares!
Date published: 2007-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ummm.. okay so i'm disappointed, this book was probably the worst. I had to read it over 3 times before i even liked it. I found only bridget's stroy-line interesting, but other than that there was little substantial eye-cathching substance in this book . To summarize, I'm going to return it tomorrow.
Date published: 2007-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Sore Disappointment As a longtime Ann Brashares fan, I was more than just a little disappointed by her latest work. Confident that she would end off the series with a bang, and give the readers what the wanted, I was upset once I finished reading that she had done nothing more than further prolong the series longer than necessary. If Ms Brashares sees this as a fitting end to the Traveling Pants legacy, then she has let down an avid follower. Carmen's story takes a very unexpected and quite implausible turn, as the personality that she had in the previous books becomes timid and insecure. VERY un-Carmen like. Bridget remains as impulsive and mischevious as ever; however, I was happy to read that she discoveres a new focus in her life. however, her new, driving interest is very un-Bee like, and leaves the reader wondering how she could have made such a momentous leap in her life. Lena manages to blossom, but by the end of the book, I was puzzled and confused by the train of thought Ms Brashares was going. Though I was pleased to see Lena grow and mature, but by the end of the novel, there is no real end to her story. Tibby's journey, however, is consistant with the series. She endures further problems with her self-esteem, personal identity, Brian, and further conflicts with her family. All in all, the series should have ended at the third book. THAT was a proper send-off for the September Girls, and though I had been more than eager to get my hands on the latest installment, I was severely disappointed by the lack of quality and flow to the book. This was a less than spectacular effort by Ms Brashares
Date published: 2007-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read chick-lit! Forever in Blue chronicles the lives of the four best friends (Lena, Carmen, Tibby, and Bridget) as they embark on yet another journey with the renowned Traveling Pants. This year, the four girls are each experiencing her own troubles once agian, but this time they are facing them more alone than ever before. That is to say, the four girls are gradually falling apart. Their relationships are in danger as they stray farther and farther away from one another until the only thing holding them together is the trusted Pants and their very rare letters. The Pants are symbolic of the girls' friendship; is it possible that they will have to live without it?... This book further builds upon the framework created by Ann Brashares' preveious three in the series. As Brashares continues to craft such immensely deep themes as in her previous novels, you will find yourself finishing the story and simply longing for more.
Date published: 2006-11-18

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PROLOGUEOnce upon a time there were four girls. Young women, you might even say. And though their lives traveled in different directions, they loved each other very much.Once upon a time before that, these same girls found a pair of pants, wise and magical, and named them the Traveling Pants.The Pants had the magic of teaching these girls how to be apart. They taught them how to be four people instead of one person. How to be together no matter where they were. How to love themselves as much as they loved each other. And on a practical level, the Pants had the magic of fitting all four of them, which is hard to believe but true, especially considering only one of them (the blonde) was built like a supermodel.Okay. Full disclosure. I am one of these girls. I wear these Pants. I have these friends. I know this magic.I am in fact the blonde, though I was kidding about the supermodel part.But anyway, as it happens with most kinds of magic, these Pants did their job a little too well. And the girls, being extraordinary girls (if you don’t mind my saying so), learned their lesson a little too well.And so when the girls’ lives changed that final summer, the Pants, being wise, had to change too.And that is how this tale of sisterhood began, but did not end.---------------------------------------------- Gilda’s was the same. It always was. And what a relief too, Lena found herself thinking. Good thing you could count on human vanity and the onward march of fitness crazes requiring mats and mirrors.Not much else was the same. Things were different, things were missing.Carmen, for instance, was missing.“I can’t really see how we can do this without Carmen,” Tibby said. As was the custom, she’d brought her video camera for posterity, but she hadn’t turned it on. Nobody was quite sure about when posterity started, or if maybe it already had.“So maybe we shouldn’t try,” Bee said. “Maybe we should wait until we can do it together.”Lena had brought the candles, but she hadn’t lit them. Tibby had brought the ceremonial bad eighties aerobics music, but she hadn’t put it on. Bee had gamely set out the bowls of Gummi Worms and Cheetos, but nobody was eating them.“When’s that going to be?” Tibby asked. “Seriously, I think we’ve been trying to get together since last September and I don’t think it has happened once.”“What about Thanksgiving?” Lena asked.“Remember I had to go to Cincinnati for Great-grandma Felicia’s hundredth birthday?” Tibby said.“Oh, yeah. And she had a stroke,” Bee said.“That was after the party.”“And Carmen went to Florida over Christmas,” Lena said. “And you two were in New York over New Year’s.”“All right, so how about two weekends from now? Carmen will be back by then, won’t she?”“Yeah, but my classes start on June twentieth.” Lena clasped her hands around her knees, her large feet bare on the sticky pine floor. “I can’t miss the first day of the pose or I’ll end up stuck in a corner or staring at the model’s kneecap for a month.” “Okay, so July fourth,” Tibby said reasonably. “Nobody has school or anything that Friday. We could meet back here for a long weekend?”Bee untied her shoe. “I fly to Istanbul on June twenty-fourth.”“That soon? Can you go later?” Tibby asked.Bridget’s face dimmed with regret. “The program put us all on this charter flight. Otherwise it’s an extra thousand bucks and you have to find your own way to the site.”“How could Carmen miss this?” Tibby asked.Lena knew what she meant. It wasn’t okay for any of them to miss this ritual, but especially not Carmen, to whom it had mattered so much.Bee looked around. “Miss what, though?” she asked, not so much challenging as conciliating. “This isn’t really the launch, right?” She gestured to the Pants, folded obediently in the middle of their triangle. “I mean, not officially. We’ve been wearing them all school year. It’s not like the other summers, when this was the huge kickoff and everything.”Lena wasn’t sure whether she felt comforted or antagonized by this statement.“Maybe that’s true,” Tibby said. “Maybe we don’t need a launch this summer.”“We should at least figure out the rotation tonight,” Lena said. “Carmen will just have to live with it.”“Why don’t we keep up the same rotation we’ve had going till now?” Bridget suggested, straightening her legs in front of her. “No reason to change it just because it’s summer.”Lena bit the skin around her thumbnail and considered the practical truth of this.Summer used to be different. It was the time they left home, split up, lived separate lives for ten long weeks, and counted on the Pants to hold them together until they were reunited. Now summer was more of the same. Being apart wasn’t the exception, Lena recognized, it was the rule.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.Nobody was eating the Gummi Worms. Lena felt like she should eat one or cry. “So we’ll just keep up the rotation,” she echoed wanly. “I think I get them next.”“I have it written down,” Tibby said.“Okay.”“Well.”Lena looked at her watch. “Should we just go?”“I guess,” Tibby said.“Do you want to stop at Tastee Diner on the way home?” Bridget asked.“Yeah,” Tibby said, gathering the effects of a ritual that hadn’t quite happened. “Maybe we can see a late movie after. I can’t handle my parents tonight.”“What time are you guys taking off tomorrow?” Bee asked.“I think our train’s at ten,” Tibby said. Lena and Tibby were taking the train together: Tibby was getting off in New York to start film classes and her Movieworld job, and Lena was heading up to Providence to change dorm rooms for the summer. Bee was spending a few days at home before she left for Turkey.Lena realized she didn’t want to go home just yet either. She picked up the Pants and cradled them briefly. She had a feeling she could not name exactly, but one she knew she had not had in relation to the Pants before. She had felt gratitude, admiration, trust. What she felt now still contained allthat , but tonight it was mixed in with a faint taste of desperation.If we didn’t have them, I don’t know what we would do, she found herself thinking as Bee pulled the door of Gilda’s shut behind them and they walked slowly down the dark stairs.--------“Carmen, it is beautiful. I can’t wait for you to see it.”Carmen nodded into the receiver. Her mother sounded so happy that Carmen had to be happy. How could she not be happy?“When do you think you’ll move in?” she asked, trying to keep her voice light.“Well, we will need to do some work. Some plastering, painting, refinishing the floors. There’s some plumbing and electrical to do. Hopefully we can get most of it out of the way before we move in. I hope it will be by the end of August.”“Wow. That soon.”“Nena, it has five bedrooms. Is that unbelievable? It has a beautiful backyard for Ryan to run around in.”Carmen thought of her tiny brother. He could barely walk yet, let alone run. He was going to grow up with such a different life than the one Carmen had.“So no more apartment, huh?” “No. It was a good place for the two of us, but didn’t we always want a house? Isn’t that what you always said you wanted?”She’d also wanted a sibling and for her mother not to be alone. It wasn’t always easy getting what you wanted.“I’ll have to pack up my room,” Carmen said.“You’ll have a bigger room in the new house,” her mother rushed to say.Yes, she would. But wasn’t it a bit late for that? For having a house with a yard and a bigger room? It was too late to redo her childhood. She had the one she had, and it had taken place in her small room in their apartment. It was sad and strange to lose it and too late to replace it.Where did that leave her? Without her old life and not quite coming up with a new one. In between, floating, nowhere. That seemed all too fitting, in a way.“Lena dropped by yesterday to say hi and see Ryan. She brought him a Frisbee,” her mother mentioned a little wistfully. “I wish you were home.”“Yeah. But I’ve got all this stuff going on here.”“I know, nena.”After she hung up with her mother, the phone rang again.“Carmen, where are you?” Julia Wyman sounded annoyed. Carmen glanced behind her at her clock.“We’re supposed to be doing a run-through on set in . . . now!”“I’m coming,” Carmen said, pulling on her socks as she held the phone with her shoulder. “I’ll be right there.”She hustled out of her dorm and to the theater. She remembered along the way that her hair was dirty and she’d meant to change her pants, because the ones she was wearing made her feel particularly fat. But did it matter? Nobody was looking at her.Julia was waiting for her backstage. “Can you help me with this?” For her role in the production, Julia wore a long tweed skirt, and the waist was too big for her.Carmen bent down to work on the safety pin. “How’s that?” she asked, pinning the waistband in the back.“Better. Thanks. How does it look?”Julia looked good in it. Julia looked good in most things, and she didn’t need Carmen to tell her so. But Carmen did anyway. In a strange way, it was Julia’s job to look good for both of them. It was Carmen’s job to appreciate her for it.“I think Roland is waiting for you onstage.”Carmen stepped onto the stage, but Roland didn’t appear to be waiting for her. He didn’t react in any way when he saw her. These days she felt her presence had the same effect as a ghost—nobody noticed her, but the air suddenly got cold. Carmen squinted and tried to make herself small. She did not like being onstage when the lights were on. “Did you need something?” she asked Roland.“Oh, yeah.” He was trying to remember. “Can you fix the curtain in the parlor? It’s falling off.”“Sure,” she said quickly, wondering if she should feel guilty. Was she the one who put it up last?She positioned the ladder, climbed up three rungs, and aimed a staple gun at the plywood wall. Set building was strange in that it was always about the impression, made to be seen from particular angles and not made to last. It existed in space and time not as a thing, but as a trick.She liked the chunk sound of the staple clawing into the wall. It was one of the things she’d learned at college: how to operate a staple gun. Her dad was paying a lot of money for that.She’d learned other stuff too. How to gain seventeen pounds eating cafeteria food and chocolate at night when you felt lonely. How to be invisible to guys. How not to wake up for your nine o’clock psychology class. How to wear sweatshirts almost every day because you felt self-conscious about your body. How to elude the people you loved most in the world. How to be invisible to pretty much everyone, including yourself.It was lucky she’d gotten to know Julia. Carmen was very fortunate, she knew. Because Julia was one of the most visible people on campus. They balanced each other out. Without Julia on the campus of Williams College, Carmen privately suspected she might disappear altogether.For more of this excerpt go to www.SisterhoodCentral.com!From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“Genuinely moving." —Entertainment Weekly “A strong, satisfying conclusion.” —Booklist                                                                                   “An ode to love and friendship.” —Kirkus Reviews"The series' legion followers will eagerly follow each gal through her summer of ups and downs and will again be heartened by the teens' rock-solid friendship." —Publishers Weekly"A great ending to the series. Sisterhood followers who are eagerly awaiting this final book will not be disappointed." —VOYA“A great read.” —Daily News (New York)