Title: Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
Series: Sisterhood #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Easy reading, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: It was the life he had grown up in.
Some friends just fit together.
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.
This series just keeps getting better and better. It’s definitely one that will be read again and again and again. The four girls continue to grow older, confront their pasts and turn from the girls that they were into the women that they can be. Actually, pausing between books to write this review is a little like torture. Girls in Pants leaves them right on the cusp of adulthood, heading off to college (or university for us Aussies). And I can’t wait to open up Forever Blue.
Again, Carmen is forced to face her destructive tendencies. And just in time, I loved her self-destruction in the first two books (since I totally relate), but it was starting to get a little repetitive. So, finding out more about the Good Carmen was a lot more enjoyable. It also helped to send her off to the start of her adult life on a much more kiltered level. Again, Bee has to face up to emotions that she thought long buried. But this time, instead of just finding her footing and self, she finds someone else. Which was such a beautiful ending to her individual story that I was left smiling in that quiet way that you do when something just works so beautifully and sweetly.
Finally, Lena and Tibby go on two completely opposite journeys. While Lena struggles to get over her past love life and stand up for herself; Tibby tries to begin one and stop rebelling quite so hard. The reverse-parallel between the two stories works beautifully and it’s a reminder of how completely different these four young women are. Yet, how similar they are and the ways in which they’re just trying to find themselves in their new and ever growing world.
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