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3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

by Ann Brashares

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Series: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (4.5)

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This book follows the lives of three long-time friends who have grown apart. It takes place in the time span of a summer right before starting high school. They have loose ties to the *Sisterhood* girls. Polly baby sits younger siblings, Jo has an unfortunate encounter with Lena's younger sister, Effie, and Bridget Vreelander had previously worked with Jo at soccer camp. There is no mention or appearance of Carmen in the story, although she's the one who started everything with the beloved pants to begin with.

Brashares switches back and forth between the girls. At the beginning of the book, the rapid switching caused confusion and I found it difficult to keep the girls' stories straight. As the book progressed, more time was spent on each girl in each segment and it became easier.

Each girl is dealing with big things. Ama, the brainy one applies to a program and thinks she'll be spending her summer doing academic work for high school credit. Instead she is sent to participate in a wilderness program. A 350 foot rappel is just one of the many obstacles Ama must deal with.

Polly does not know who her father is. During a conversation with an *uncle* she learns that her paternal grandmother was a model and decides that's what she wants to be, too. Ditched by one friend for more popular girls, and by another for being immature, Polly has a lot of emotions to deal with. On top of that, her free-spirit artist mother has a problem that eventually brings the three estranged friends back together.

Jo learns early in the summer that her parents are separating. Stress over the death of her brother Finn has taken a toll. She gets her first job at a diner and encounters a guy named Zach, who likes to kiss her every time he sees her, his former (current) girlfriend, and a slew of popularity-seeking girls. Jo eventually learns who her real friends are.

At the heart of the story are 3 Willow trees, planted by the girls the first day they met. The girls tried to emulate the *pants* sisterhood, but in the end, they had their trees.

It took me awhile to get into the story, but as it progressed, if was worth hanging in there. ( )
  daatwood | Nov 21, 2013 |
This didn't have the scope of Sisterhood nor did it have the same impact but I really liked reading this novel. All three characters had interesting stories and the writing is impeccable as ever. Wondering now if I should read Brashares' adult fiction. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
Maddie May 10th 2013
  msgibson | May 10, 2013 |
3 Willows by Ann Brashares was one of the best books i’ve read this year. Its about three young girls, Jo, Ana, and Polly. They all deal with their own personal issues as they try to grow up.
Polly who wants to become a model but is an outcast because she has a curvier body than others.
Jo Who is becoming more popular and meeting a new guy Zack over the summer. And Ana who is a smart girl who gets a scholarship to a wilderness camp.
These 3 girls once use to be best friends but as they got to highschool they drifted apart. As they grow up they start to realize they need each other. Will they become friends or stay their separate ways?
I would recommend this book to anyone who is into friendship, love, and trust worthy.
I rate this a five out of five. ( )
  br13marbu | May 2, 2013 |
I enjoyed the Sisterhood books, but this one wasn't quite up to snuff. ( )
  wwrawson | Mar 31, 2013 |
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The smallest sprout shows
there really is no death.
-Walt Whitman
"Song of Myself"
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For Nancy Easton, with love and gratitude for your friendship, through many children, many books, and many miles. Thanks for listening to my thoughts about trees.

And for my beloved 3, Sam, Nate, and Susannah.
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The roots of the willow tree are remarkable for their strength and tenacious hold on life.
The last day of school was a half day.
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summer is a time to grow

seeds
Polly has an idea that she can't stop thinking about, one that involves changing a few things about herself. She's setting her sights on a more glamorous life, but it's going to take all of her focus. At least that way she won't have to watch her friends moving so far ahead.

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Jo is spending the summer at her family's beach house, working as a busgirl and bonding with the older, cooler girls she'll see at high school come September. She didn't count on a brief fling with a cute boy changing her entire summer. Or feeling embarrassed by her middle school friends. And she didn't count on her family at all. . .

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Ama is not an outdoorsy girl. She wanted to be at an academic camp, doing research in an air-conditioned library, earning A's. Instead her summer scholarship lands her on a wilderness trip full of flirting teenagers, blisters, impossible hiking trails, and a sad lack of hair products.
It is a new summer. And a new sisterhood. Come grow with them.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:35 -0400)

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Ama, Jo, and Polly, three close friends from Bethesda, Maryland, spend the summer before ninth grade learning about themselves, their families, and the changing nature of their friendship.

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