Girls in Pants – Ann Brashares

Title: Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
ISBN: 9780553375930
Pages: 384
Release Date: January 25, 2005
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Teen, Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the back cover:

The Pants first came to us at the perfect moment. That is, when we were splitting up 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. (There was the time this spring when Carmen wore them to her mom’s wedding, but that was a special case.)

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 (but all within four hours of one another—that was our one rule). We’re headed off to start our real lives.

Tomorrow night at Gilda’s 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.

Girls in Pants is the first Sisterhood book I’ve read after watching the movies, and I have to say, while the second movie left something to be desired, they did an amazing casting job.  While I was reading this book, I saw Bee as Blake Lively, Carmen as America Ferrera, Lena as Alexis Bledel, and Tibby as Amber Tamblyn.  It made the book much more lively in my head!

I would say that I definitely found Lena’s story the most compelling in Girls in Pants.  I enjoyed watching her blossom as an artist.  Also, it was interesting to watch her struggle to find herself and what she wanted with her life, especially if it meant going again her parents’ wishes.  I really feel like Lena came into her own in this book.

Bee’s story was engaging as well.  Eric was a loose end that needed to be tied up, and I loved how Bee handled the whole thing.  It is so clear how much she has grown up and developed as a character since the first book.  She desires Eric’s respect and realizes that she has to earn it from him.

Tibby’s story was sort of interesting, and sort of not.  On one hand, I liked watching Tibby’s relationship with her family evolve, as well as reading about her try to come to terms with her feelings about Brian.  I also loved how she rose up to the occasion when Carmen’s mother needed her.  However, a lot of Tibby’s story was her feeling sorry for herself, which isn’t exactly my favorite thing to read about.

As usual, my least favorite storyline in Girls in Pants was that of Carmen.  I find Carmen to be really difficult to deal with – she seems really selfish when it comes to her mother and refuses to give her anything.  I hate how obstinate she can be, and how manipulative she is (but at least she feels bad about it!)  Each time I read about Carmen, I hope that she has learned from her experiences and will be older and wiser in the next book.  I hope I’m finally right this time.  I did like how she came to understand and deal with Lena’s grandmother. 

Girls in Pants is definitely a must-read for those who have read the first two books of the series.  It wasn’t perfect, but it was a quick, light, and enjoyable read.  I’m looking forward to reading the last book in the series.

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  3. I love “quick, light, enjoyable” reads for the summer! It’s good to learn about what they are. Thanks for the good review!

  4. I love “quick, light, enjoyable” reads for the summer! It’s good to learn about what they are. Thanks for the good review!

  5. I know most people loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but it was just okay for me, and I haven’t felt compelled to read any more of the series.

  6. I know most people loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but it was just okay for me, and I haven’t felt compelled to read any more of the series.

  7. I read all of the books and enjoyed them. I read them long before I had a book blog, they are what got me reading again after having my second (and enduring very little sleep) I like that they are light, but still revolve around relationships. Great review!

  8. I read all of the books and enjoyed them. I read them long before I had a book blog, they are what got me reading again after having my second (and enduring very little sleep) I like that they are light, but still revolve around relationships. Great review!

  9. Sounds like a great follow-up to the last Sisterhood book. You said you didn’t care for Carmen, but would the story have worked without her?

  10. Sounds like a great follow-up to the last Sisterhood book. You said you didn’t care for Carmen, but would the story have worked without her?

  11. LuAnn – Great point! The story definitely would not have worked without Carmen. Though I wasn’t (and never have been) her biggest fan, she is definitely integral to the storyline.

  12. LuAnn – Great point! The story definitely would not have worked without Carmen. Though I wasn’t (and never have been) her biggest fan, she is definitely integral to the storyline.

  13. I’ve only read the first book in the series – I think it’s time to get back to them.

  14. I’ve only read the first book in the series – I think it’s time to get back to them.

  15. I saw the movies but I haven’t yet read any of the books. I’ll have to take a look.

  16. I saw the movies but I haven’t yet read any of the books. I’ll have to take a look.

  17. I recently started watching The Unusuals and have become a fan of Amber Tamblyn, so maybe I’ll give this series a try over the summer.

  18. I recently started watching The Unusuals and have become a fan of Amber Tamblyn, so maybe I’ll give this series a try over the summer.

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