Girls In Pants: The Third Summer Of The Sisterhood by Ann BrasharesGirls In Pants: The Third Summer Of The Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

Girls In Pants: The Third Summer Of The Sisterhood

byAnn Brashares

Paperback | June 13, 2006

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The third 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.

It’s the summer before the sisterhood departs for college . . . their last real summer together before they head off to start their grown-up lives. It’s the time when Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen need their Pants the most.

Pants = love. Love your pals. Love yourself.

“A fun and poignant coming-of-age story." —Entertainment Weekly

 “Readers of the other books won’t be disappointed.” —Booklist, Starred

“A treat for anyone.” —Los Angeles Times

“These are friends worth having.” —Chicago Tribune
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 and follow @AnnBrashares on Twitter.
Title:Girls In Pants: The Third Summer Of The SisterhoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.56 × 0.79 inPublished:June 13, 2006Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553375938

ISBN - 13:9780553375930

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute Just when you think it can't get better it does
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girls In Pants Another fun, funny book about those four.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Some of my favourite parts of the series is in this book. A wonderful addition to the series. Could almost have ended the series with this book!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Three is NOT a crowd I loved this third book, Watching the girls learn and grow over the series so far has been incredible. Amazing series
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adore this series! I can't get enough of it, the girls are just amazing and the stories they each experience are wonderful
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series As with the first two, great story on teen friendships.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series can't go wrong! Another wonderful book from Anne Brashares about the girls we have come to love. In my opnion, no book will beat the first one, but they will all still be amazing.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Great read, just as good as the other two.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A charming third book The third chapter of this series is just as good as the initial two
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Teen Series I've loved the whole series so far!
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 4 out of 5 by from Love Great portrayal of friendship
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Teenage best friends everywhere will connect with these characters.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I'm so excited to have discovered a new favourite series!!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I can't really remember everything about these books, I read them so long ago. They do have a strong message about the beauty of friendship, I really enjoyed them at the time. <3
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book of the Series All of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books are wonderfully written but this one is my favourite. The best part of the book is Carmen's story.
Date published: 2016-12-20
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 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING SERIES I love this whole series! Beautifully written and such a fun story!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! This book was absoloutly charming. EVERY teenage girl has to read this! Monika
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girls in Pants are on fire!!! Ann Brashares had done it again! This book is totally amazing and perfect for a summer's read. Carmen, Tibby, Lena, and Bridget had an unexpected summer. I love all the characters so much! I wish they were real. sometimes i wished i have friends like these girls. they're so caring and so understanding and would totally do anything for each other. In this book i have to admit that the most MOST exciting part was when Eric and Bridget got together.( you would have to read the first book of the sisterhood to understand). I totally recommend this book and it's such an amazing experience. I can't wait for the fourth book to be out. it's going to be out on January 2007 so be sure to get it!
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! This book i thought was soooo GREAT!!! I really liked how she brought Eric back in to the book... for some reason I just love the whole thing between Bridget and him. I highly reccommend this book and the thing is you don't even have to read the first to books to understand it becasue at the start it goes through the history of the pants and the book!! However i think that it would help because it does not explain ALL of the people... i totally think its a must read!!!
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful The third installment of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, this book was not only enjoyable to read, but also addresses many of the issues facing teenaged girls. The characters are life-like and relateable and the novel both entertains and enlightens.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! I loved this book, and as a pre-teen I can say that it wasn't too easy but it wasn't hard either. Ann Brashares captures the life of a teenage student wonderfuly, from pesky parents to sucky love lifes. I love this book and I woulf recomend it to anyone of any age.
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Travelling Pants Novel So Far Unlike many series, this one seems to be improving as it goes along. The girls are maturing and dealing with more mature matters. And they are rounding out as characters. This is a book that both mothers and daughters will enjoy.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brashares does it again! The third installment in the travelling pants series proved to be just as engaging as the first two. I spent yet another day with Lena, Tibby, Carmen & Bee, reading into the early hours of the morning simply because I could not put the book down! It was great to see each of the girls growing into their personalities, yet still hold closely to their childhood ties. I highly recommend this book to girls, women, boys & men of all ages!
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious :) Such a great book. I would recommend it to any teenage girl, and even to adults, It did a great job telling both how sucky and how great being a teenager can be.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful and Touching Girls in Pants is another great book in an awesome series. It will touch anyone, especially those who are going through those necessary changes that have everyone uncertain about their future, since Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen are facing changes like that. They are all uncertain about which colleges to go to, how things will be different when they go to college, and what will happen to their friendship when they are forced apart, as they deal with troubles such as facing a new death, learning to deal with an old one, falling in love, falling out of love, and trying to find their own way. Wonderfully written, The Third Summer of the Sisterhood takes you on journey with its four believable and very real main characters, making you feel as if you are part of the group, and are going through the same things, even if you are not. I think everyone can relate to one of the characters, and people of all ages will be deeply moved by this story. I do, however, strongly reccomend reading the first two of the series before skipping straight to the third as it looses its magic when you do that.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK! This is a really good book! everyone should read it! its very good written. so READ IT!
Date published: 2006-05-27

Read from the Book

Granted, Tibby was in a mood. All she could see was change. All anybody talked about was change. She didn’t like Bee’s wearing heels for the second day in a row. She felt peevish about Lena’s getting three inches trimmed off her hair. Couldn’t everybody just leave everything alone for a few minutes?Tibby was a slow adjuster. In preschool, her teachers had said she had trouble with transitions. Tibby preferred looking backward for information rather than forward. As far as she was concerned, she’d take a nursery school report card over a fortune-teller any day of the week. It was the cheapest and best self-analysis around. Tibby saw Gilda’s through these same eyes. It was changing. Its glory days of the late nineteen eighties were far behind it. It was showing its age. The once-shiny wood floor was scratched and dull. One of the mirror panels was cracked. The mats looked as old as Tibby, and they’d been cleaned much less. Gilda’s was trying to get with the times, offering kickboxing and yoga, according to the big chalkboard, but it didn’t look to Tibby like that was helping much. What if it went out of business? What a horrible thought. Maybe Tibby should buy a subscription of classes here? No, that would be weird, wouldn’t it?“Tibby, you ready?” Lena was looking at her with concerned eyebrows.“What if Gilda’s closes?” Tibby opened her mouth, and that was what came out.Carmen, holding the Traveling Pants, Lena, lighting the candles, Bee, fussing with the dimmer switches near the door, all turned to her.“Look at this place.” Tibby gestured around. “I mean, who comes here?”Lena was puzzled. “I don’t know. Somebody. Women. Yoga people.”“Yoga people?” Carmen asked.“I don’t know,” Lena said again, laughing.Tibby was the one most capable of emotional detachment, but tonight it all lay right on the surface. Her irrational thoughts about Gilda’s made her feel desperate, like its demise could swallow up their whole existence—like a change in the present could wipe out the past. The past felt fragile to her. But the past was set, right? It couldn’t be changed. Why did she feel such a need to protect it?“I think it’s Pants time,” Carmen said. The snacks were out. The candles were lit. The egregiously bad dance music played.Tibby wasn’t sure she wanted it to be Pants time yet. She was having enough trouble maintaining control. She was scared of them noticing what all this meant.Too late. Out of Carmen’s arms came the artifacts of their ritual. The Pants, slowly unfolding from their winter compression, seeming to gain strength as they mixed with the special air of Gilda’s. Carmen laid them on the ground, and on top of them the manifesto, written on that first night two years before, describing the rules of wearing them. Silently they formed their circle, studying the inscriptions and embroidery that chronicled their summer lives. “Tonight we say good-bye to high school, and bye to Bee for a while,” Carmen said in her ceremonial voice. “We say hello to summer, and hello to the Traveling Pants.”Her voice grew less ceremonial. “Tonight we are not worrying about good-bye to each other. We’re saving that for the beach at the end of the summer. That’s the deal, right?”Tibby felt like kissing Carmen. Brave as she was, even Carmen was daunted by the implications of looking ahead.“That’s the deal,” Tibby agreed heartily. The last weekend of the summer had already become sacred in their minds. Sacred and feared. The Morgans owned a house right on the beach in Rehoboth. They had offered it to Carmen for that final weekend, in part, Carmen suspected, because they had gotten an au pair from Denmark and felt guilty about not hiring Carmen to babysit this summer as she had done the summer before. The four of them had promised each other in the spring that it would be their weekend. The four of them and nobody else. They all depended upon it. The future was unfurling fast, but whatever happened this summer, that weekend stood between them and the great unknown. They all looked ahead to college in different ways, Tibby knew. They all had different amounts to lose. Bee, in her lonely house, had nothing. Carmen did; she dreaded saying good-bye to her mother. Tibby feared leaving the familiarity of her chaos. Lena flipped and flopped—one day she was afraid to cut ties, and the next she was dying to get away. The thing they feared equally and powerfully was saying good-bye to one another.After drawing for the Pants (Tibby won), reviewing the rules (unnecessary, but still part of tradition), and taking a brief hiatus to chew down some Gummi Worms, it was at last time for the vow. Like they had the summer before, they said it together.“To honor the Pants and the Sisterhood And this moment and this summer and the rest of our livesTogether and apart.”Only this time, Tibby felt the tears fall when they said “the rest of our lives.” Because in the past that had always seemed like a distant road, and tonight, she knew in her heart, they were already on it.From the Hardcover edition.

Bookclub Guide

1. The novel opens with a first-person narrative by Tibby. Why do you think the author selected this character to frame the story? Would you have selected another character, and if so, what would he or she say?2. Epigraphs (short quotations) from a variety of sources–song lyrics, remarks by real-life personalities, fictitious sayings by the novel’s characters–are used to separate sections of the book. Which one is your favorite? Why?3. Of the four girls, whom are you most like? Whose first year of college would you most like to follow?4. "Our shared childhood is ending. Maybe we’ll never live at home again. Maybe we’ll never all live in the same place again. We’re headed off to start our real lives. To me that is awe-inspiring, but it is also the single scariest thought in the world" (p. 5). The girls realize that leaving for college is much bigger than leaving each other for just a summer. Do you think each of the girls is prepared to be away from her friends for an entire year? Whose first year do you most worry about? How would you prepare to leave your friends? 5. On page 3, Tibby compares each of the girls to a car. What kind of car would you be? Why?6. "Tibby was a slow adjuster. In preschool, her teachers had said she had trouble with transitions. Tibby preferred looking backward for information rather than forward. As far as she was concerned, she’d take a nursery school report card over a fortune-teller any day of the week. It was the cheapest and best self-analysis around" (p. 10). By the end of the book, how has Tibby changed in her response to the new or unexpected? How have the other girls changed? Who has grown the most? How?7. In both The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Girls in Pants, Carmen feels she doesn’t belong in her family. How do her feelings differ from those of Bridget, Tibby, and Lena toward their families? Do the girls’ family relationships have an impact on their friendships? Are their perceptions of their situations valid, or do they sometimes overreact?8. Do you think Lena and Kostos could have a future together? What would you suggest to Lena if she asked you for advice about Kostos and her feelings for him? What could Lena learn from Bridget and Eric’s relationship? What could Bridget learn from Lena?9. Each of the girls has one person who pushes her toward self examination this summer. Carmen has Valia, Tibby has Katherine, Lena has Annik, and Bridget has Eric. What does each of the girls learn about herself through these influences? Do you have someone in your life who pushes you to learn new things about yourself?10. "There was a funny thing about Carmen, and she knew it all too well: She could understand and analyze and predict the exact outcome of her crazy, self-destructive behavior and then go ahead and do it anyway" (p. 115). What do you think of Carmen’s "Good Carmen vs. Bad Carmen" descriptions? Do certain people draw out a "good" or "bad" version of you? Why?11. The four girls have very different approaches to relationships and love. By the end of Girls in Pants, three of them have found boyfriends with whom they are happy. Are there similarities in the ways the girls approach the search for love? Differences? Do you think their romantic relationships will change anything, good or bad, about their friendships?12. The Pants have always provided the girls with confidence and security. If you were a member of the Sisterhood, would you adjust the rules to allow use of the Pants year-round for this first year of college? Why or why not?

Editorial Reviews

“A fun and poignant coming-of-age story." —Entertainment Weekly“Readers of the other books won’t be disappointed.” —Booklist, Starred“A treat for anyone.” —Los Angeles Times“These are friends worth having.” —Chicago Tribune"Filled with conversations, action, & life." —Kliatt, Starred"The girls are once again wonderfully drawn, with all their realistic faults." —Publishers Weekly"The Pants set will bruise their fingertips on this page-turner." —The Bulletin, Recommended"Fast-paced, addictive reading." —Children's Literature"Four intersecting story lines, snappy dialogue, empathy for characters and humor make this installment as enjoyable as the others." —Kirkus Reviews