The first book in this series is absolutely worth reading, but the rest are not Really, nothing so incredible happens to the characters that a reader is missing out by skipping the rest of the series.
5 5 stars You couldn t erase the past You couldn t even change it But sometimes life offered you the opportunity to put it right I do not like young adult books much any, especially contemporary young adult, and especially young adult contemporary coming of age stories with romance whew, that was a mouthful And The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants series is all of those things And somehow I really enjoy it Girls in Pants is the 3rd book in the series, and so far my favorite one I lost some faith in the book 2 I didn t like it much , but book 3 came back and definitely brought it home for me She was still waiting for him to come back to her, even though he wasn t going to She was still holding out for something that wasn t going to happen She was good at waiting That seemed like a sad thing to be good at If I was a teenager reading these books right now they would be my holy grail of books I can say that with a 100 percent certainty But as I am not a teenager any, I just appreciate these books for what they are a really good, proper young adult coming of age story Young Adult genre, while skyrocketing in popularity over the last couple of years, definitely went downhill in quality of its content A lot of ya contemporaries are very mainstream, hip or whatever they are trying to be and just not generally good in my humble opinion The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants is a classic of coming of age stories it s relatable, it s real and it s very raw Nobody in these books is perfect adults or teens both are flawed, both are guilty of doing wrong things And I really love that Nowadays it s teens vs parents, or parents are very often absent I guess we have Disney to thank for a trend of poor unfortunate orphans that always somehow save the day Why does he have to be my boyfriend Are you inferior if you don t have a boyfriend Why does everybody have to be in love with somebody Girls in Pants is far from perfect, not just character wise, but plot wise too I admit that it is too easy, too convenient, too happy even But I ever the critic of cliches and tropes somehow am okay with it There was plenty of heavy emotions to offset the cheesy it was a pretty good balance Being on a third book in this journey my only fear right now is for the series not to become horrible with the last books, because oh that is definitely a possibility But, fingers crossed I always try to say who was my favorite in each book, and I always gravitate towards Lena I just really love her And her story arc in this book was so, so good And happy to say that I finally didn t hate Carmen or Tibby both definitely evaluated themselves as characters in my eyes Bee is always a solid number 2 for me, I love Bee Sometimes when she thought of Eric, and nowpowerfully when she saw him, she felt some achy nostalgia for her old self For the dauntless, daring soul she used to be There were certain qualities you possessed carelessly And you couldn t retrieve them when they were gone My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG A Fun And Poignant Coming Of Age Story, Declared Entertainment Weekly Of The Third Novel In TheNew York Times Bestselling Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Series By Ann Brashares, Author Of The Here And NowIt 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 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 Re read 2019 Now high school graduates Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget should have it all figured out, but with changes on the horizon they face another summer of the world as they know it being changed Since the death of her granfather, Lena s father has been pretty strict and now he s not sure his daughter s art talents are a promising future Tibby feels guilty when a mishap at home has devasting consequences for one of her siblings and threatens her relationship with Brian Carmen s thrown for a loop when she finds out her mother and stepfather s secret,but is she ready for her own romance Then there is Bridget who comes face to face with her past at soccer camp Although I must confess that book 3 is a little bit of a letdown in terms of the first two books which had a lot of plot development, I have to say that Carmen really redeemeed herself in this one I think I loved her storyline the best But admit to always having a soft spot for Tibby who really needs that heart to heart with her parents.
Goodreads review published 25 10 19 TISSUE ALERT Well, I was told to havetissues on hand for this book than the other two That was good advice This definitely hadheavy moments, and earlier on, than the first two books.
The author s writing was a bitpoetic in this book, as if her writing, like The Septembers, is growing up This book takes place during the summer after their senior year of high school, and I actually got choked up when I read the second sentence in this section But if you re me, you realize that life as we ve known it is over Our shared childhood is ending To me that is awe inspiring, but it is also the single scariest thought in the world I m trying to figure out how to describe how I felt about these girls I was pleased as they each becamefully aware of others around them, less selfish and caring I suppose that s something we all hope will happen as we grow up But of course it doesn t happen to everyone Carmen s change was the most obvious, as she realized that Good Carmen was actually part of her, not just an act to impress a nice guy But I loved what Bee did for one gangly soccer player Tibby s story was heart wrenching in multiple ways, and Lena s experience with her art was beautifully touching The interaction with her dad at the end is wonderful I m sure I found ittouching because my dad isn t alive any , but still it was great reading.
I don t think I can give muchof a review without giving spoilers, so I ll end with this I loved this book I really like this series, and would recommend it to anyone, but this last one especially is very good The first two were sort of fun YA that older people might enjoy too, but this third one puts a lovely finish on the series and makes it a great book for all ages If I had a teenage daughter, I d want her to read these books and then discuss them with me There s a lot of life application within them, and I think it would be an easy in to cover a lot of heavy subjects that parents might shy away from discussing in the first place.
Loved rereading this book This is about the summer before college and we see Bridget, Tibby, Lena and Carmen grow up a lot and figure out what they want Loved, loved, loved So frustrating I had some issues with Book 2, but really wanted to see what happened next, so I moved on to Book 3 I seriously want to slap everybody in this book Brashares doesn t seem to realize that in order for characters to mature, they should hopefully learn from their mistakes and their experiences No one has progressed one whit Carmen is still terribly upset when anybody has something going on in her life that doesn t revolve around her, and proceeds to act like a very small child Lena and Tibby are moping eyeroll not very convincingly And Bee.
actually, Bee was the only character I liked here Guess what She s the only character who has grown and changed and isn t acting like an idiot any Go Bee For the rest of them, UGH Will I read Book 4 possibly Maybe I ll just skim it I gotta see what Carmen thinks of Williamseyerolling The third summer of the sisterhood takes place before their freshman year of college This is an important time in their life and they are anxious for their futures Everyone this summer is staying in Bethesda except for Bridget who attends soccer camp in Pennsylvania where she is reunited with Erik, her heartthrob from two summers ago who changed her forever This time though after creating a friendship they pursue a relationship together Brian and Tibby are in love, but Tibby is afraid they will lose their friendship In the end, she lets go of her fears when she learns that sometimes you just have to take the chance when her younger sister, Katherine, is injured She falls out of Tibby s window, which Tibby opened, when reaching for an apple belonging to the apple tree behind their house Against her father s desires Lena wishes to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, so, without his financial support she works hard to win a scholarship Later, he apologizes and gives her his permission though she doesn t need it, but wants it Carmen discovers that her mother is pregnant, and chooses to attend the University of Maryland to stay close to home, but after the baby is born she realizes she should follow her dreams and re enrolls to Williams she doesn t think her parents ever took her out Her summer job is to watch Lena s homesick, newly widowed grandmother, Valia Despite their disputes Carmen ends up caring for Valia and persuades the Kaligaris to let Valia return to her beautiful, Greek island Carmen and a boy, Win, develop a strange relationship which Carmen feels guilty about because she thinks she is giving this false impression of her being some saint who volunteers all the time when really she thinks of herself as a pretty awful person In the end, she discovers that Good Carmen is a part of her, too The foursome end their summer with a trip to the beach where they each present each other with gifts for remembering their everlasting bond Once again, I was engrossed in the girls in pants compelling journeys It was romantic, credible, bittersweet, and full of much change The characters were developed to a degree where they felt like long, lost friends The relationships were strong and the author kept my attention with her perfectly built suspense Lovely imagery allowed me to visualize everything that occurred I can t wait to read the next and final book.
Reading Rush read a book in one spot my bedroom GOD I forgot how much I loved book 3 Girls In Pants This book just hit me in the feels In Girls In Pants we catch up with our girls Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bridget the summer before college These girls aren t girls any they re adults even if they don t wanna be or act like it I think I ve come to the conclusion that Lena is unnecessary I just don t find her all that interesting, which is crazy because as a teenager I loved her but as an adult she s boring y all As unlikeable as I find Carmen to be, at least Carmen s interesting Lena s just blah I m so happy I decided to reread this series during the summer I feared I wouldn t like them, that maybe I had out grown them but no They re still just as great as when I originally read them Now I m on to book 4 I enjoyed this book as much as the first two, although I did have a few issues with it.
1 What kind of camp assigns a male and female councelor to do an overnight trip with 10 14 year old boys and has them share a tent without the campers in it I don t care if they are both over 18, I just don t see a camp doing that It became unbelievable to me Now, if they d had different tents and one or the other snuck over to the other although that would go against what they were trying to accomplish trust so yeah Same problem with him helping her when she was sick Although it was super sweet, I think someone would complain and they d probably get fired for her sleeping in his bed Even if she was sick And especially cause he was there too, they were both in nothing but underwear, and he had his arms around her At a camp full of 10 14 year old MALE campers that seems like a no no to me I was very, very proud of Bee for not having sex with the guy, though.
2 Lena s scholarship It was just too perfect Her parents take away her chances of going to school, her teacher pushes her to apply for a scholarship there are already 70 applications and only a few days to apply she pulls off a bunch of drawings of her family in a very short time with very little preparation and of course she gets the scholarship It just works out too perfectly for me I was almost hoping she wouldn t get it, to shock us, since everyone knew she would get it Or maybe she didn t get it, but her parents saw how amazing her work was and changed their mind and saw she was really determined to go so they paid for it and it all worked out, but for a while we were scared she wouldn t get to go, you know 3 I must be a bad person, but I was seriously hoping that David Carmen s mom s husband was having an affair Out of town for work all the time, his cell phone is turned off I was seriously thinking that Carmen and Win would get to Trenton or wherever he was, and find him with another woman But no, of course, these books are too good for that Once again, predictablilty wins.
4 And finally, something good I loved Tibby in this book In the first two, she annoyed me But in this one, she really came into her own and I really liked her character She was not predictable, and she changed a lot as a person throughout the book Yay Tibby