Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood



More girl self-discovery in teen series' third.
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Educational value

The reading might be light fare, but this book can still lend itself to some fun discussions. See our "Families Can Talk About" section for some ideas. 

Positive messages

This is pretty classic coming-of-age fare as these girls continue to learn to stand on their own (even as they continue to stand together!)

Positive role models

These girls experience their share of drama, but they remain true and respectful of their friends and families. Their loving, lifelong friendship is something that can certainly be an inspiration to teen readers.


A 3-year-old falls from the window and sustains a life-threatening head injury. Grandmother trips and hurts her knee.


Detailed descriptions of kissing. References to skinny dipping with and sleeping with a boy. A past sexual experience is discussed.


"Damn" and "ass" are used occassionally.


Third book in the popular series. A film was made of the first.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The book includes references to getting stoned and drinking, but the female protagonists are clean.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book is the third in a hugely popular series for teens. The four friends certainly deal with some drama, including romances, anxiety about college, and an accident that leaves a young child seriously hurt. But they always continue to stand with each other, even as they learn to stand on their own. There are some references to "getting stoned," detailed descriptions of kissing, and mentions of sleeping with and skinny-dipping with a boy. But in the end it's these girls' friendships -- and each girl's growing sense of who she is -- that will leave an impact on teen readers. 

What's the story?

The pants are back -- and with them, adventure and self-discovery for four college-bound friends:Lena's ultra-conservative father threatens to pull the plug on art school; Tibby's relationship with a male friend takes a romantic turn in the midst of a family crisis;Carmen begins a job caring for Lena's depressed and cranky Greek grandmother, meets a boy, and is horrified to discover that her middle-aged, newly remarried mother is pregnant; and Bea, still processing the death of her mother, is reunited with a past fling -- but learns this time to start with friendship before romance.


Is it any good?


This third novel in the series continues the odyssey that has struck a chord with teens, and readers may find some aspects of the story not entirely believable. But the author is such a good writer, and the characters are so lovable, that this book is sure to be a hit for teens who enjoy coming-of-age books, especially if they've read the other installments. As the girls grow during the summer after high school graduation, the "magical" pants that were a symbol of their friendship and support become less prominent. Even so, Brashares makes their love for one another clear as she weaves expertly through each of the four girls' adventures, sometimes even changing point of view within the same chapter.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reading a series. What's fun about it? Do you notice the quality changing at all as you progress through the books? Many people say that a sequel is never as good as the original -- do you agree?  

  • These books have now been made into popular movies. Are they as good as the books? How do they compare? What would you have left in (or left out) if you were making the movies?

Book details

Author:Ann Brashares
Genre:Coming of Age
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Delacorte Press
Publication date:January 25, 2005
Number of pages:338
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17

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Kid, 10 years old January 20, 2012

it is NOT for young children

it is NOT for young children they have many sexual refrenses and dosn't have good rollmodles. parents should read befor their child. WATCHOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bygirl_in_glasses May 20, 2015

Love the book....

So this is the 3rd book to the Girls In Pants series and it is really amazing! But the thing is that like the girls are actually starting to grow up and that means that the things they do are different. No, there was never any REAL sex in this book. Though the baby and the pills included in the book can kind of relate to that category. There are lots of romances too. On the drinking/drugs/smoking topic, Carman did a few times talk about being hungover from drinking and other things related to that. And as I said, there was the birth pills (not to be a spoiler) But the book is, as I mentioned, amazing. The 4 girls are growing up and they really represent real friendship.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bymoviebooklover February 16, 2012


I read the whole series and i think this one is maybe the best. This is my favorite series ever!!


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