Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
With unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious summer. Lena: Immerses herself in her painting and an intoxicating summer fling, fearing that the moment she forgets about Kostos will be the moment she sees him again. Carmen: Falls under the spell of a sophisticated college friend for whom a theatrical role means everything and the heritage of the Pants means nothing. Bridget: Joins a dig for an ancient city on the coast of Turkey and discovers that her archaeology professor is available in every way except one. Tibby: Leaves behind someone she loves, wrongly believing he will stay where she has left him. Join Ann Brashares's beloved sisterhood once again in a dazzling, fearless novel. It's a summer that will forever change the lives of Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby, here and now, past and future, together and apart. From the Hardcover edition.
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"Forever in Blue" is the last book in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bridget are back from their first year of college, and are learning to live without each other and the Pants.
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What unexpected struggle is Carmen faced with after hearing her mother's news?
Carmen's college experience is a lot different from what she expected. The highlighted section is a great example of the struggle Carmen has with herself and the physical result of her internal conflict. The changing perspective with each chapter provides insight to the different struggle each girl faces and how they deal with it. (This annotation contains a video)
What upsets Bridget the most about her status as "a girl with a boyfriend"?
What can you conclude from Tibby's internal conflict regarding her relationship with Brian?
Have you been paying attention to the quotes and lyrics at the beginning of each chapter? The author, Ann Brashares, added these to set the tone and hint at what the chapter is about.
Which of the following would you not cite as a reason Carmen wants to attend the festival with Julia?
Lena's desire to be invisible creates a great contrast to how Carmen feels about not being seen at school. Notice how the author uses similar situations to illustrate the different reactions, expectations and struggles experienced by each girl. Can you think of other examples that provide the same insight?
How does the way people react to Lena contribute to her sense of self and motivation to be invisible?
Not only does Tibby question the life span of her happiness but she also feels uncomfortable expressing her feelings. Tibby's urge to break the moment by saying something ironic illustrates her discomfort with being vulnerable. In not believing her happiness will last, Tibby is creating obstacles that may eventually contribute to her assumptions coming true.
In what way is Carmen's inner conflict related to Tibby's relationship with Brian?
This is how Brian is sitting on bed. The Thinker is a famous sculpture created by French artist Auguste Rodin. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define feature and look up the meaning of acceding. Based on definition, which of the following is an antonym (meaning opposite) of acceding?
In addition to feeling invisible at school, Carmen feels isolated from her mother's new life and happiness. Carmen struggles with her own identity as she faces these personal obstacles.
The girls have come to rely on the confidence and comfort they experience from wearing the pants. For Bridget, the pants fill in the gap left by Eric and her family. The pants symbolize different qualities and needs missing in each girl's life. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on this statement, what might be a possible reason Julia likes having Carmen around?
This is all that is left of the the Temple of Artemis. The Temple of Artemis was once a magnificent structure and is now honored as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (This annotation contains an image)
How does Lena's observation relate to Bridget's inability to speak with Brain?
Did you know there is more than one meaning to this statement? The literal translation acknowledges the physical ability to listen. The figurative meaning relates to being open to listening and hearing what someone has to say. Can you see how the two are different?
How does Julia's reaction to Bridget parallel Julia's friendship with Carmen?
Like Carmen, Lena is struggling with her identity at college. This idea has emerged as a theme for Carmen, but has branched out to all of the girls. Lena's struggle also includes her discomfort in being seen by her peers. In finding her identity without Kostos, Lena is forced to see herself for who she is.
What effect does the repetition of incorrigible have on the reader's perception of Bridget?
Carmen is happy and finally feeling good about herself. The Pants give Carmen the boost she needs to get back in check with herself. What do you think Julia will think about Carmen looking good?
Notice how Carmen internalizes most of her discomfort in this scene. In the film version Carmen's thoughts are not revealed. Instead, the film version uses the setting to show Carmen's hesitation and awkwardness. Can you spot any other changes that contribute to this scene? (This annotation contains a video)
Fill in the blank: Carmen experienced a renewed sense of confidence because _____________.
Hmm, what do you make of Peter taking back his hand? Keep an eye on how Bridget and Peter interact and the ripple effect of her misguided flirting.
Julia's laugh reveals which of the following emotions?
Wow, not only is Carmen being recognized, but she is also being valued. Judy acknowledges the parts of Carmen that are vulnerable and makes them important. The greatest part is that Carmen allows herself to accept the praise.
The author emphasizes Lena's discomfort and self doubt by using _______ to share Lena's thoughts.
Chapter 1-10 Quiz
"It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things."How does the quote at the beginning of the chapter connect to Tibby's situation?
Maybe Carmen needs to think of herself as being worth the fight. What do you think?
What else is Lena choosing to give up in forgetting about Kostos?
This is an intact version of Bridget's discovery. (This annotation contains an image)
Potsherd is defined as pieces of pottery found by archaeologists. Bridget prefers to call these pieces shards, a term more commonly used to describe pieces of pottery, glass or rock.
Why does the idea of sitting for a portrait make Lena react this way?
Carmen is blossoming both physically and emotionally. Carmen realizes less effort is easier, but not as enjoyable as wanting something. Carmen's shift in thinking and growth as a character exemplifies a dynamic character. Watch the clip below to learn more. (This annotation contains a video)
Tibby's overthinking intensifies the tension around her situation. Compare this scene to how Tibby's panic manifests in the film version. How does the film version change Tibby's experience is shared? (This annotation contains a video)
Notice how the tone of Peter's explanation creates room for the reader to question who Peter is really talking about. What does Peter's explanation make you think?
How is Julia's attitude related to Carmen's sudden success?
Why does finding out how Clytemnestra died shift Bridget's perception of the dig?
Foreshortening is a drawing technique that is used to create depth. In the picture below, the focus is on the fingers, not the rest of the body. Leo wants to focus Lena's painting on his face, so his body fades into the background. (This annotation contains an image)
Carmen's comparison to a scuttling baby turtle is an example of simile. (This annotation contains a video)
In what way does Peter's presence prove Bridget wants more than a theoretical relationship?
"She feared they had both seen the place where they could have turned back, and knowing, they had passed it by."Bridget's situation parallels which of the following conflicts?
Lena's outlook is unexpected but exciting. In pushing out of her comfort zone, Lena is challenging the rules she has created to protect herself.
Which of the following would you cite to illustrate the biggest impact Peter's family has on Bridget?
Now it makes sense why Tibby was reluctant to believe in the lifespan of her happiness. The real issue isn't Brian or the pregnancy scare, it is Tibby's sense of self-worth. In not believing she is worthy of love, Tibby creates an environment where relationships cannot survive.
Bridget and Carmen both confront similar ideas regarding how they wish to be seen. How do these similarities contribute to the development of theme?
Notice how Carmen's perception of Julia's beauty is changing. This observation of Julia also reflects the traits Carmen is happy not to possess.
What might have been different if Peter's family lived at the dig site campus?
Lena is realizing that being wanted and allowing herself to be seen aren't that scary. Posing for Leo has pushed Lena to embrace feeling vulnerable, which helps Lena shed her fears.
There is more than one interpretation of what "the sacrifice of children" means. Obviously the literal definition of sacrifice is death, but what else does it relate to? In what ways has Bridget's happiness been sacrificed by the loss of her mother or the disconnect she has with her dad and brother?
Tibby has the family life that Bridget yearns for, but that doesn't mean it works for Tibby.
What is really taking place through Julia's effort to help Carmen?
Wow, Tibby's feelings about relationships, marriage and family creates an interesting contrast to Bridget's struggle. The author's decision to share each girl's point of view creates a foundation for simple conflicts or themes to develop and become more complex with each girl's experience. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following would you cite as an example of simile?
Chapters 11-20 Quiz
What part of breaking up with Brian did Tibby fail to consider?
Wow! This is a huge breakthrough for Lena. Do you think she would have been able to reach this conclusion if she hadn't met Leo?
How does the use of horrendously in "There was something horrendously liberating about lying," contribute to the meaning of the sentence?
These two words reveal so much about Tibby. Do you think Tibby even allows herself to think Brian is attractive? The wall Tibby has built around her heart isn't doing her any favors.
Compare Peter's explanation and farewell to Bridget's view of the situation. What does Bridget's reaction prove about Peter?
How does Lena's lack of energy to hide herself relate to Carmen's struggle to be herself?
Keep track of how Leo prioritizes his art with Lena. Which do you think he finds more important?
Tibby's energy is no longer summed up by a little black box, and more importantly her_______, but rather her TV and shows.
This rad, regal, ritual repetition is an example of alliteration. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Carmen still not realize about Julia? Even if Julia is acting innocently, her interference with Carmen's learning process is creating tension and conflict.
How is Bridget translating her experience abroad to her home life in the states?
Boo Radley is a character in To Kill A Mockingbird. In the novel, Boo Radley never leaves his house and is rumored to be crazed and dangerous. Tibby's reference illustrates her lack of confidence around Effie. (This annotation contains an image)
This is a really interesting idea/excuse. The Pants brought the girls together, but are the Pants powerful enough to make Carmen's excuse true?
What does Lena's expression reveal to Tibby?
Have you ever heard the saying, "Distance makes the heart grow fonder"? Who would have thought that being a theoretical girlfriend would work out for Bridget!
How would this scene be different if Bridget hadn't gone to Turkey?
What does Bridget finally realize about her father and brother?
Bridget also needs to realize Eric didn't second guess their relationship. Do you think Bridget would have acted the same if she landed in Turkey smitten with Eric? No way! Bridget fought the idea of being a theoretical girlfriend and found herself making poor choices.
How does the idea of "out of sight, but still here" relate to Bridget's understanding of her family?
Bridget is giving Perry the type of attention and love he needs. Bridget realizes that she cannot change Perry, and her best option is to support him for who he is.
How is Carmen able to shake off Julia's influence and find confidence again?
Carmen is correct in seeing the advantage of not hiding away, whether it be hiding from love, friendship, challenge or yourself.
Why doesn't Bridget want to tell Carmen about the pants being missing?
The Pants disappearing is the reason the girls are finally back together. If the Pants use magic to help the girls, is Effie really to blame for their disappearance?
Lena is referring to the physical terrain of their surroundings. The girls are surrounded by steep hills, winding streets and crowded neighborhoods. It should be easy for them to find the pants, right? (This annotation contains an image)
What does Lena mean by ugly?
Compare Lena's observation of Kostos to the changes she also made. What do you notice?
What is Lena realizing in this moment? Keep track of how this message impacts Lena's thinking and motivation.
The Pants have symbolized friendship and become a physical reminder of the bond between the girls. Yet, Carmen realizes that the absence of the Pants doesn't diminish the bond between the girls.
Chapters 21-31 Quiz