A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Strong message about the power of friendship -- and the importance of telling people how you feel, even when it means taking a risk with your heart.
Positive Role Models
The four female protagonists are each flawed, but they do grow through this course of this book -- and make choices to ensure their own happiness. They learn that they can indeed lean on one another -- and even include new members into their circle of support.
Violence & Scariness
A key character dies at the beginning of this book, drowning while swimming. Her friends assume it was a suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing and Bee has a graphic near one-night stand with a stranger she hooks up with while drunk at a bar. Tibby, Bee, and Carmen all live with their boyfriends; Tibby has a child and Bee considers terminating an unplanned pregnancy. Some discussion of birth control and a Planned Parenthood visit. Kostos tells Lena he wants to wake up in the same bed together.
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Some occasional swearing, including the f-word, "a--hole," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Some brands mentioned, including Vera Wang, Pop Tarts, iPhone, ABC, People magazine, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking, including to drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a new installment of the popular Traveling Pants series, but this volume takes place nearly 10 years later and is written for an adult audience. The four friends at the heart of this series are now nearly 30, and dealing with mature issues: When a key character dies, the three remaining friends assume it is a suicide, and when one discovers she is pregnant, she initially wants to have an abortion. There is some swearing and drinking, and also lots of tears and heartbreak. But in the end, there is a strong message about the power of friendship -- and the importance of telling people how you feel, even when it means taking a risk with your heart.
Is It Any Good?
This follow-up may be targeted to an older audience, but readers will still be inspired by its powerful messages about the importance of love and friendship. There is a lot of grieving here, which can be somewhat overwhelming, but the author knows these characters well, and the readers who have long loved them will be willing to follow them anywhere, including down their own personal paths of destruction. The ending may wrap a little neatly -- OK, a lot neatly -- but it is a satisfying conclusion after all these girls have lived and learned, in this volume and throughout the series.
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