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Amigas Para a Vida

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Polly, Jo e Ama são grandes amigas desde o primeiro dia de escola. Agora preparam-se para gozar as últimas férias de Verão antes da entrada no secundário, um Verão de grandes mudanças que irá pôr à prova os laços que as unem. Terá a sua amizade raízes suficientemente sólidas para sobreviver a todos estes novos desafios e descobertas?

Da mesma autora de Quatro Amigas e Um Pa
Paperback, , 304 pages
Published May 2010 by Editorial Presença (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 08, 2009 Kit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always thought the idea of magical jeans that mysteriously grew or shrunk was an unnecessary element in the awesome Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, maybe left over from the original sell of the series idea to an editor, kind of like Gene Rodenberry had to describe Star Trek as "Wagon Train in space" to get the network to sign off on it. In 3 Willows, Brashares proves that she doesn't need a gimmick. And in a very cool move, she actually addresses the question that lots of real-life gi ...more
Mar 01, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2009
3.5 stars. While I wouldn't call this part of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, this book is sort of a spin-off from the original series in that it revolves around three girls the summer before starting 9th grade who known of the Sisterhood girls and are in awe of their traveling pants. They don't get a pair of pants to share between them, however; the story just revolves around their friendship.

The girls were fairly likable, even though I grew frustrated at times because they acted,
Jan 23, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Ann Brashares has written a breathtaking story that will blow readers away and have them begging for more of Ama, Jo, and Polly.

The main focus of 3 Willows is how three best friends have grown apart after four years of friendship and have fallen into different groups that don't involve the other two. Leaving them to wonder that even though they have been through so much together, do they really need each other again? As you can see, this is a big departure from Brashares The Sisterho
This was a sort-of companion to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, but you didn't have to read them to get what was going on in this.
This was very different, though, because the girls' friendship is different. That is what I like about this book, that it proves that not all friendships are like that of Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget, even if the girls are very similar. Jo is a bit like Bridget: she's daring and reckless, and a significant family member of her's is dead; she must rec
May 04, 2014 MJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a fan. IF I would've been writing reviews this would've been an epic rant. I still might do it one of these days if I ever dig this one out of storage.
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Aug 12, 2009 Adzua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book 3 Willows by Ann Brashares about three girls named, Jo, Polly, and Ama. In the book the girls go their own separate ways for the summer. Polly is questioning herself and her looks and decides to try out for modeling. Jo, is at her family beach house for the summer and works as bus girl, and meets cute boy that changes her. Meanwhile Ama is an a outdoor sleep away camp, and is miserable and in tears. The internal conflict for Polly is that she worries that friends are growing up to fast ...more
May 22, 2009 Preet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw the novel, 3 Willows: A Sisterhood Grows, on a shelf at the library I noticed that the author of this novel had written several other realistic fiction books that I had enjoyed. Ann Brashares, the amazing author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, introduced her latest novel on January 2009. Because I had enjoyed her other novels so much, I was naturally curious to see how this new one would compare.

Ama, Polly, and Jo, the three main characters of this novel, are best fri
Makayla M.
3 Willows is a book about three girls who have been friends since they were young. But ever since middle school they have drifted apart. I think that the author compared their friendship to a willow tree. One of the girls, Jo has begun to realize who her real friends are, and that you don't have to change to feel accepted. Ama thought that there was nothing worse than going to an outdoor camp and having no hair products. Yet she was wrong. Polly, thought she could change herself to fit a more gl ...more
Alex Bennett
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If you know anything about my reading history, you'll know that I love Ann Brashares's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Although 3 Willows is not exactly a continuation of Brashares's previous series, I was eager to read the book and be reminded of why I fell in love with the Sisterhood in the first place. Thankfully all of the magic of the original series was retained in this novel an
Jan 29, 2009 M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Friends grow apart but are always there. Get ready for a whole new sisterhood of friends and a great story about another interesting summer and the strength of friendship in Ann Brashare's new series.

Jo starts to feel embaressed by her middle school friends and while at her beach house starts to try harder to blend in with the older cooler girls that she will be going to high school with the next year. Little does she know that the unexpected fling she has with a boy on a bus after some bad ne
Mar 03, 2010 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
The Summer That Changed Everything is a beautiful summer tale of friendship, love and loss.

The four girls from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants were mentioned throughout the novel and one even had a cameo. In the eyes of Ama, Polly and Jo, those girls and their story are legendary. But I haven’t read the books about the Sisterhood. I know, I know, I’m very ashamed of myself. It seems like the stories of the Sisterhood are teenage rites of passage and The Summer That Changed Everything seem
Jan 30, 2010 Linna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-childhood
If there’s one thing that bothered me about the sisterhood of the traveling pants, Its this- their friendship is too perfect. I love those books, but things come so easily to them when they’ve been besties since birth.

Three Willows explores the foundations of friendship- and our girls don’t share a bond at all. They have fascinating personalities that are nothing like Tibby, Carmen, Lena and Bee.

Most of the book follows the girls’ individual summers and their trials. It isn’t picture perfect- i
A nice, well-written friendship story that still bears a style recognizable as Brashares', but with not quite the same level of power, bittersweetness, and warm truth that the original Sisterhood series gave us.

First, don't pick up this book expecting it to be any sort of continuation of Sisterhood; while there are a few very brief cameos of those characters (Lena is seen for a couple sentences, Bridget is mentioned in passing, and there's a short but sweet appearance by Brian and his relationsh
Nov 22, 2008 Teen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle school girls
Polly, Ama and Jo make up the new sisterhood from Anne Brashares. Readers who loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series will enjoy this book.
There are quite a few ties to the original series. The characters in this book live in the same town and attend the same school as the original sisterhood. The sisterhood is a legend in their town and the three girls have even tried their own version of the pants (impossible with their different shapes & sizes) and later tried a scarf which on
Sep 29, 2010 Cathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
uggh, where to start...Ok, is it fair to judge adolescent fiction the same way I would judge adult fiction? I think so, because I honestly found the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants enjoyable. As the original series progressed I found, as with most series, in an effort to maintain continuity (and sales, I'm sure), the books were published in such rapid succession that they were neither as well-edited or as original as the first(anybody who read the Twilight series should also know where I ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pants fans, 8th & 9th grade
Recommended to Jess by: working on a book talk; Pants love
Shelves: ya, z_11
Polly, Ama, & Jo have drifted apart in junior high, thus it only feels natural to spend the summer without each other. But, as they find out, true honest-to-goodness friendship is rare.

Couldn't tell you if it was the book or my general mood prior to reading, but this one seemed sadder than other books by Brashares. I like it and the characters, but things just seemed rough. Has it been so long since I read the Pants books that I misremember them being upbeat?

This isn't to say the book's a do
Apr 04, 2009 Adele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have come to the conclusion that I don't gel with Ann Brashares writing. I can recognise that she's good but I can never find my way into one of her novels (with the exception of Tibby). I could argue that the Traveling Pants series were easier for me to relate to as the characters were older and slightly more mature but then I should have enjoyed The Last Summer (of You and Me). I just didn't care enough about Ama, Jo or Polly and I should have.

The immaturity of the characters bothered me. Th
Sep 08, 2009 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle schoolers interested in tales of friendship
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Three girls from the same town as the Sisterhood graduate from 8th grade and have different experiences during the summer before high school that cause them to remember the value of true friends. Polly decides to explore modeling and goes to modeling camp. She learns that her mother Dia's unreliablility may not always have been because she was working on her art. Jo spends the summer at Rehoboth Beach with her mother. She works as a bus-person at a restaurant, gets involved with a very good-look ...more
Apr 22, 2009 Claudia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my Sisterhood fans
Recommended to Claudia by: Claudia Louise
Shelves: ya-books, chick-lit
So, this is the new Sisterhood. I love the way Brashares connects all the girls...with the Sisterhood being a legend at their high school, and the funny stories of how other groups of friends tried to emulate them. Couldn't be done. But Ama, Jo, and Polly DO create a bond just as strong, just as supportive in their own way. As elementary students, they plant willow tree seedlings by the bank of a stream in a park. They move on, and apart and forget about the willows who do what willows do best, ...more
Apr 20, 2009 Presley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So... I'm confused.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was wildly popular, right? I seem to remember everyone but me having read it, anyway. And the author must have done something good to be so popular.

(Well. Maybe. On the other hand, look at Twilight.)

Which leaves me wondering why this book felt so half-hearted.

I read a digital version. Maybe the print version is better, but I was pretty much reeling in horror from the lack of proofreading/formatting the whole way through. I'd say that maybe
Jan 26, 2010 $hanel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3 Willows is a novel by Ann Brashares bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. 3 Willows is about three life long best friends Ama, Jo, and Polly on summer break but are all in different places for summer break. Jo is spending her summer at her family`s beach house and gets a summer job as a bus girl and is bonding with the older and much cooler girls, she also meets a very cool guy over break! Polly has a major dream in her life that is going to take a lot of courage to do o ...more
Abby Johnson
Jo, Ama, and Polly were best friends all through middle school, but now it's the last summer before high school and they've grown apart. Jo's chasing after the popular crowd. Ama's concentrating on her studies. And Polly's wondering what happened to their friendship. 3 Willows follows each of the girls as Ama goes on a dreaded wilderness retreat, Jo navigates the social hierarchy at her beachside restaurant job, and Polly pursues an ill-advised quest to become a model.

It's no Sisterhood of the T
For whatever reason I wasn't that excited to read this title. I had heard that it wasn't as good as the Sisterhood books. exceeded my expectations! I found myself really caring about Ama, Jo and Polly.

All three characters are well-developed and likable despite their shortcomings. At times you want to take all of them, and shake some sense into their heads, but being fictional characters the reader has to be content to let them make mistakes and learn from them. All of the girls are deal
Dec 02, 2008 Kricket rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: traveling pantsers
a sweet read about the summer between middle and high school for three girls branching off from each other. the story switches between ama, jo, and polly as they spend their summers in different ways, each dealing with their own difficult problems.

it's kind of like brashares regretted her decision to wrap up the traveling pants and said, hmmm, i'll pick three new, younger characters and swap out the symbolism of the pants for the symbolism of....willow trees!...and start the series all over aga
Janet Lynch
Very, very much a YA book by the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. This is about a new group of girls (3) living in the same town as the original four (who are mentioned several times in this book). These three girls have just finished eighth grade and have already started drifting apart. Their separate summer experiences make them re-examine their friendship. Read the over 300 pages in one day. The girls (Ama, Jo and Polly) are all likable and believable although very clich ...more
Sep 09, 2010 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably between ratings of 'okay' and 'I liked it,' in my opinion. The writing was good and the characters were well-developed, but it felt like a lesser version of the Traveling Pants series, which I really enjoyed. The plot was essentially the same: Will the girls remain friends in spite of the changes that come with growing older? One thing that really bothered me was the worship of the original Sisterhood displayed by the characters in this book. I think the book would have been be ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting this to have more to do with the original Sisterhood, but only one of them even makes a cameo. Carmen doesn't get mentioned at all. The theme is similar: middle school girls learn about friendship and meet cute boys. Ama goes to Wilderness Camp despite being very academic and not outdoorsy at all. Jo gets a summer job at a restaurant on the beach and tries to hang out with the cool kids. Polly decides she wants to be a model and tries to diet. They all learn a Valuable Lesson.
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she ne ...more
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