Thursday, July 14, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Title: Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Author: Ann Brashares

Publisher: Random House

RRP: $19.95

ISBN: 9781740519939

Release Date: June 2011


The third tantalising book in the story of the Travelling Pants and the four friends who wear them.


The Pants first came to us at the perfect moment - when we were heading our separate ways for the first time. It was two summers ago when they first worked their magic, and last summer when they shook up our lives once again. You see, we don't wear the Pants year-round. We let them rest so they are extra powerful when summer comes. Now we're facing our last summer together. In September we go to college. And it's not like one of those TV shows where all of us magically turn up at the same college. We're going to four different colleges in four different cities. So this is really, really big. Our shared childhood is ending. We're headed off to start our real lives. Tomorrow night we'll launch the Pants on their third summer voyage. Tomorrow begins the time of our lives. It's when we'll need our Pants the most…



‘Funny, perceptive, and moving.’ - USA Today

‘The loving depiction of enduring and solid friendship will ring true to readers, who will appreciate this recognition of one of life’s most important relationships.’ - The Bulletin, USA

'It's great to read a fantastically written, fresh novel every once in a while that really makes you feel good.' - Suzi, age 15,

'A must-read for any person who has ever faced hardships and felt they were alone.' - Bec, age 18,


'In one word, inspiring… it makes you laugh and it makes you cry but most importantly it makes you feel. I give this book a 9 out of 10.' - Carlie, Year 11,


Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood is the third book in the Sisterhood series by author Ann Brashares. It's the last summer before the girls go away to college and as they cope with this fact, they are each bombarded with problems, relationships, and their pasts. Tibby does not know how to look at her burgeoning feelings for Brian, and her troubles are only furthered when a situation involving her little sister disrupts the...well, the other problems. Carmen discovers that Christina is pregnant, with the baby due to arrive the month she leaves for Williams University. On top of that, she is "grandmother-sitting" a homesick Valia and conveniently discovering love at the elderly woman's hospital. Bee is off to soccer camp again, but this time she's a coach. There she finds that a certain camp counsellor from her past is a now a colleague, complete with his gorgeous looks and a girlfriend back home. Finally, Lena, who is trying to get over Kostos while Carmen's stepbrother, Paul awaits her, is forbidden to attend the art school she has been looking forward to for so long. In an art project for a scholarship, she apprehensively probes the emotions of her family, Paul, and those within herself.

This third volume definitely does not disappoint. If anything, the separate-yet-intertwined stories of Bee, Tibby, Carmen, and Lena become even better. Somehow, the essence and spirit of each girl is "transmitted" so well that reading this sequel is like catching up with your best friend.

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