“Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood” by Ann Brashares

girlsinpantsI’ll admit, this book wasn’t as good to me as the others in the series so far. It wasn’t anything in particular, it just wasn’t as exciting as the other books. There were some exciting parts, but the book as a whole just felt like more of the same. There wasn’t much to set it apart.

This book follows Lena, Bridget, Tibby, and Carmen in their last summer before they go off to college. Lena is taking an art class, Bridget is a counselor at a soccer camp, Tibby is working a job she doesn’t particularly like, and Carmen is hired to babysit Lena’s grandmother from Greece. Also some family drama for Carmen. I won’t give it away.

Just like in the last book in the series, it feels like this one digs a little deeper into the main characters’ families instead of just the four girls. Their friendship is still as strong as ever, but I can’t help but wonder if it will stay so when they are all off living new collegiate lives. Only time will tell, I suppose.

Next up is “Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood.” I’m also on to “A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village” by Lemony Snicket. I apologize for mixing my series so much, but what can you do when all books demand to be read?

Until later,
Maegan

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“A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator” by Lemony Snicket

The_Ersatz_ElevatorThe tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans continue. This time they’ve been placed with two new guardians, Jerome and Esmé. Apparently Jerome knew the Baudelaire parents before they died and claims to have wanted to take them on as a legal guardian long before, but he was pretty quick to give them up by the end of the book. Esmé only accepted them into her 71-bedroom penthouse apartment because “orphans are in” and she is very into what is in. She’s also the sixth-most important financial adviser in the city.

Anywho, the apartment that the Baudelaires live in here is in the same neighborhood as their old home, but they really don’t seem that bothered by this fact and it really isn’t brought up that often.

The Quagmires are brought back in, of course, because it’s obviously up to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny to rescue them since they have no responsible adults in their lives. Predictably, all plans fail.

One thing I noticed this time is that for being so smart, sometimes the Baudelaires are kinda dumb. I felt like there were a couple things that were extremely obvious well before they were given away that these kids should have figured out, and yet they didn’t. Then again, the series was written for children so maybe I’m just being too critical.

Next up is finishing “Girls in Pants,” which is the third book in the “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series. I’ll probably also go ahead and start on the seventh book in this series, “The Vile Village.”

Yay books!
Maegan

“The Second Summer of the Sisterhood” by Ann Brashares

5454This book, the second in a series of four, picks up the summer after the last book (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) ended. The stories are only told throughout the summer, so we don’t know much of the characters’ lives during that time.

They’re set up that way because everything revolves around the Traveling Pants, which are only worn during summer. It’s pretty ironic that the only time these girls wear jeans is during the sweltering summer. Especially considering one of the rules of the pants is that you can never wash them. I mean ew.

But anyway, the four characters are Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget, and of course they have some shenanigans during the summer. Here’s what they are up to this go around:

  • Tibby — Attending some kind of summer film school at a college nearish. Friendzones one of her best friends and acts like a poser for a while. Offends her mother and then makes a documentary about Bailey, who she met the summer before.
  • Lena — Got a summer job at a clothing store (thanks to her mom) and then proceeds to be the worst employee ever. Has some boy drama, then has some more. Then has A LOT more. Mix in a little family tragedy.
  • Carmen — Rude to a boy who continuously tries to make an effort. Babysits some. Destroys the happiness of those around her.
  • Bridget — Up and decides to go to Alabama after she finds some letters from her maternal grandmother, who lives there, that her dad had been keeping from her. Lies about her identity, Grandma knew anyway.

My favorite story of these characters in this book is Bridget. I feel like she has the most change from the start of the book to the end. Plus she spends her summer in Alabama and I heart Alabama a lot. She stays in a town called Burgess, which I honestly didn’t know what a real place until I just looked it up and I lived in Alabama most of my life. But several places that I do know were mentioned, and it made me miss it a little.

It seems like there’s a little more about the relationships between the four main characters and their families in this book. The last book mainly focused on the girls themselves and the friendships they had with each other. So it was nice to get to dig a little deeper into who they are.

I haven’t started the third book in the series, “Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood,” but I will probably do so tomorrow. Plus I’m a little into “A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator” by Lemony Snicket. You know, that other series that I’m also reading.

Bye for now,
Maegan