Brashares competed for girls' hearts and minds when she wrote her first two Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. Now, with her third installment, a little of the gusto has gone, but the love these girls have for each other is still there.

It's the last summer before all the girls go off to college. They aren't traveling as much this summer and for the most part stay close to home. Bridget sees a ghost from her past, Lena must draw her way to school, Carmen has to deal with a new step-dad and Tibby once again finds herself with a loved one in the hospital.

One of the great things about the first two books was learning about the girls' quirks and what made them tick. Now that we know them so well, this third book needed to do a little more shaking up of things than it did. But will fans be disappointed? No way. This is still a wonderful book and Brashares is a fantastic writer with a gift for putting the emotional pitfalls of being a teenage girl into brilliant context. (Jan., 352 pp., $16.95)
Reviewed by: 
Taylor Morris