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3 Willows by Ann Brashares


Rating: 3/5 Stars

Also reviewed for TeensReadToo.com

About the Book: The Sisterhood may be grown up, but their legend lives on. Meet Polly, Jo, and Ama, three girls who are now entering the very same high school the legendary Sisterhood attended. The three have been friends since third grade, but now with high school approaching, they find themselves being drawn in separate ways and spending the summer apart.



Ama is all about academics, extra credit, and schoolwork. She’s signed up to spend the summer at a camp that will give her school credit. She’s hoping to be in the library all day, but instead finds herself signed up for the outdoor wilderness hike. Ama is not an outdoorsy girl and can’t imagine herself spending the summer hiking and sleeping in a tent.

Jo is spending the summer at her family beach house and working as a bus girl at a local restaurant. She’s hoping to make friends with the older girls from the "in" crowd so she can start high school in the right group. But a fling with a mysterious boy threatens to change all of Jo’s plans.

Polly is stuck at home babysitting until she gets the idea that she could be a model. She throws herself into the world of modeling camp and starts to lose herself - and only her friends can help bring her back.

A summer apart is just what these three friends need to bring their friendship back.

GreenBeanTeenQueenSays: One of Ann Brashares strengths is that she puts so much into her characters that readers can always find someone like them. The experiences the girls have never seem over the top or unrealistic, and their friendship will resonate with readers making the transition from middle school to high school.

Although reminiscent of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Polly, Ama, and Jo each bring something new to the story - and their stories are original. Fans will enjoy the appearances made by characters from the previous series, as well. 3 Willows is a great pick for readers looking for a wonderful, charming book about the challenges of friendship and growing up.

Comments

  1. Just got this in the mail and was wondering if you had to have read the other books first (I haven't). But it looks like this stands alone quite well.

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  2. I've read all of the Sisterhood books, except the last one (still need too) but I'm glad you liked this one. I thought it was a cute idea and really want to read it too!

    Lauren

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  3. Lenore - 3 Willows stand well on its own and you don't need to have read the other Sisterhood books. I hope you like it!

    Lauren - My favorite part was the cameos made by some of the characters from the Sisterhood!

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  4. Ooh, dying to read this! I hope Random House will send me a copy!

    Happy New Year!
    Love your blog--so cool that you're a librarian! BTW I'm now following you!

    (: Bookworm

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  5. Thanks Bookworm! I think working in a library is the greatest thing ever!:)

    I hope you get a copy of 3 Willows-I'm sure you'll like it.

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  6. I heard about the cameos! So pumped.

    -Lauren

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