3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows
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3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

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summer is a time to grow

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.

Jo is spending the summer at her family's beach house, working as...more
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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,...more
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
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...more
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
Howdy YAL
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.
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
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...more
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...more
Nov 22, 2008 Teen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Apr 24, 2009 Claudia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my Sisterhood fans
Recommended to Claudia by: Claudia Louise
Shelves: chick-lit, ya-books
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
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
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...more
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
Sep 08, 2009 Lisa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle schoolers interested in tales of friendship
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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
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...more
There's something about an Ann Brashares' book that makes it such a quick read. These three young women, their friendships, and conflicts seemed more realistic, less tidy than those in the Sisterhood. Ama's pressure to succeed; Jo's issue's with grief, divorce, and an older boy; and Polly's self-image and virtually absent parentage - what teenage girl couldn't find herself in them? Sisterhood fans will appreciate the connections to Tibby, Lena, etc, but this novel would have been just as enjoyab...more
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.
Friends since elementary school, Jo, Polly and Ama drift apart during middle school. The story follows the girls' separate lives during their last summer before ninth grade. Even though they're not together, Polly, Jo and Ama begin to learn what friendship really is.

Jo's parents are separating. She and her mother are going to spend the summer at their beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Jo has plans to work with her new friend Bryn busing tables at one the restaurants there. Bryn isn't a re...more
This is a really good book if you like reading about friendship.
For me, the best part about reading this was that the four girls in the Sisterhood are as much of a legend for the 3 Willows as they were for me and my friends when I was in high school. This book points out that while that kind of legendary friendship may look pretty and easy from the outside, but it is damn near impossible from the inside. It does so while introducing the readers to three complex, compelling characters. Brashares does a great job, as always, at exploring the psyches of all dif...more
I laughed. I cried. I loved it!!!!
Hannah Colvin
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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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