Title: Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
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.