3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

by Ann Brashares
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3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares

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 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. . .

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385736763
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/13/2009
Series: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series , #5
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Ann Brashares lives in New York City with her husband and their three children. She is the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants novels, a series that reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and inspired two major motion pictures. Visit her at www.annbrashares.net.

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3 Willows 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.

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.
mjbond More than 1 year ago
I do not think that this book was as good as the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, however, it was a fun read. It is about 3 friends who grow up in the same town. As they grow up, they change as people, which causes their friendship to also change. I think that it's a great story about true friends, and I enjoyed the reference to the original sisterhood. I thought that the book was a litte slow starting out, but it got better and I found myself not wanting to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should so read it. It is very intereting. Ann Brashards is very talented.
Myam_Lusia More than 1 year ago
Ok, I will admit it. I have never read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I've seen the movie, and I guess I thought that if I read the book then I wouldn't enjoy it as much. So, when my friend lent me 3 Willows, the first question to come out of my mouth was "Do I have to read The Sisterhood to understand this?" And the answer is nope. You don't need to read the original Sisterhood to fall in love with Ann Brashares novel. 3 Willows takes you into a slightly younger world, to three girls who are - no secrets - growing apart. However, they don't exactly want to face the facts. They still, somehow, want to stay close forever. Heartwarming novel, fast read, nice read. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
mothman More than 1 year ago
3 Willows by Ann Brashres is a book that tells us about the lives of three girls; Polly, Jo, and Ama. They used to be best friends but as time went on they grew apart. The summer before high school will change this all. Polly wants to be a model. She is changing her self for the bad, even though she thinks it's for the good. Jo is spending her summer at the beach working as a bus girl. She begins to fit in and then an incident ruins it all. Ama is at her summer scholarship program, trying to find out how to survive the stupid camp. She finds out who she is along the way. The girls also find that they will be friends no matter what happens. I enjoyed how Brashres made the Sisterhood a legend in this book. It is kind of like it will never die. 3 Willows is a book that most teenage girls would probably read. Brashres will not disappoint any readers with this new book. Those who loved the Sisterhood will love this. I thought this book was very good. I hope she writes a follow up but she shouldn't make it exactly like the Sisterhood. The characters in this book are nothing like the ones in the Sisterhood. Read this book! You will love it. You will not want to put it down.
BookWerm21 More than 1 year ago
Ann Brashares has done it again! I absolutely loved this book! The story follows the format of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, switching from each girl's point of view. I thought the scenarios she created were something refreshing and new. I also liked how she incorporated the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants into her story because I'm a huge fan of the series! Great book, five stars hands down! =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Three Willows by Ann Brashares is a very interesting book. It's written in three different perspectives, each for the three main characters, like Ann Brashares's other books were, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The characters were very original and their stories made me not want to put the book down. I like how all the characters changed in some way and you got to see everything they thought while the story was going on. I also like how you got to read a little about the characters in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It was really neat finding out what all the characters thought about the Sisters. This book was a good book and really interesting and original and even a bit funny. It's well paced so the reader won't get bored. I give it probably a nine out of ten and if there is a sequel, I can't wait to read it!
JL_Garner More than 1 year ago
I'll be up front about two things: 1 - despite being a guy, I really enjoyed Ann Brashares "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series. She created a quartet of well-rounded characters, and told their stories with a good blend of wit and emotion. 2 - "3 Willows," the first book in a new trilogy about a new group of girls, nearly failed my Page 50 test: if I'm not totally engrossed in the book by page 50, I put it back on the shelf, usually never to read it again. Unlike "Sisterhood," "3 Willows" takes a while to get going. It's also hobbled by the fact that the three girls come from the same town as the Sisterhood (Bethesda, MD), go to the same school, and spend a fair part of the book wishing they could be like the Sisterhood. Various characters from the Sisterhood make cameo appearances, and Lena's sister Effie plays a pivotal part in one character's storyline. On the one hand, the connections were sort of neat. On the other hand, I felt like Brashares was painting herself into a corner by interconnecting her new series with the old one. Once you get past that hurdle, though, "3 Willows" is an enjoyable read on its own, and the characters start to grow on you. Hopefully now that the ball is rolling, the remaining two parts of the trilogy won't be as awkward.
cole3699 More than 1 year ago
As an adult reader of this series, I fully enjoyed this book. The references to the Sisterhood were nicely placed, without being on the shirttails of the original series. I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to read this series.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
Polly, Ama, and Jo were best friends. But since they started drifting apart they have gone off to new adventures and this summer they realized how much they should have stayed close. The summer that all three of them finally fall apart, that's when they need each other the most. They learned that three trees can stay connected even after years and years and that your true friends will never forget who you are. Polly watched everyone move on while she stayed home during the summer. Nothing sounds better to her than changing her life, so she makes some external changes to herself. Even though she was not ready for what she was facing, she took it on gladly, not realizing that she did not need to change her look to be different from everyone. Polly decided that because everyone else around her was going on she should too. When the story alters from character to character, reading Polly's story makes you think about all the things girls think will make them look better or feel better. Ama is all brains, and for this summer she was accepted into the Student Leader Foundation and was hoping for an academic place to be. But guess where she lands? She is going on a wilderness trip in a state far across the country. Even though it's a special honor to be in the program, Ama would rather be anywhere else. Ama's story is finding out what your limits are, and trying all the things you have never wanted to do. You read her story and hope against hope that she embraces her courage and stands up for what she believes in and even when she's surrounded by people so different than her way of life she stands strong. Lastly is Jo. She was the only one who didn't have such a hard time moving on when she drifted away. And come the summer when she went to her parent's beach house and started working as a bus girl you would not have expected so much drama. She meets a cute boy who takes an interest in her and just as everything is perfect some very big changes break through her life. Her story is about finding who your real friends are through serious actions and being glad you can always make up for your mistakes. So all in all, the book is about finding yourself and finding your friends through good and bad times. As Hans Christian Anderson said, "Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 Willows is a novel that consists of love and friendship. The three main characters are easy to relate to, and they deal with problems that many are familiar with. Ama is in a camping program, even though she hates the outdoors and tries her best to get out of it. Polly struggles to lose weight so that she can become a model. And Jo falls in love with an older guy, who happens to be the "boyfriend" of Effie, a jealous girl who will do anything to break them apart. I definitely recommend 3 Willows to anyone who is a fan of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.
TeenReads More than 1 year ago
3 best friends Ama, Jo, and Polly are exited to be going to high school at the end of the summer, but little do they know that this summer will change them forever.

Ama feels most comfortable in a library doing homework. So naturally she is ecstatic that she will be spending the summer at a camp that counts toward school credit. But instead of books and classrooms she finds herself in the great outdoors. Ama is not an outdoorsy girl. She has no idea how to set up a tent much less scale a cliff!

Jo is staying at her families beach house for the summer. She is trying to become friends with the older, more popular girls so that highschool will start off right. But when Jo takes a chance on an older boy everything might be ruined.

Polly stays at home missing her friends and babysitting. Nothing seems to be happening until she dicides she wants to be a model and packs her bags for modeling camp. Polly ,determind to make this work, gets sucked in way over her head.

This story proves that the sisterhood still lives on and that no matter how far away you go you will eventually come back to your roots.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Polly, Jo, and Ama just graduated eight grade. Now with summer looming before them, they're not sure how far high school will separate them. They used to be best friends, before they each started going in different directions. But this summer, they are still tied to each other. Their bonds haven't been broken yet. Polly starts a modeling class with her babysitting money. She wants to become someone, someone that people notice. But is modeling for her, or is she walking down a dangerous path? Jo's spending the summer with her mother at the beach. Her parents are trying a separation and she's not sure what to think. It's not like her dad's been around much these past few years. She's got herself a job at a restaurant and soon she's hanging out with high school girls. Could they be her ticket to the in crowd next year? Ama's spending the summer in a scholarship program. She was hoping for an academic track, but instead, she's spending her days hiking through the wilderness. She's not an adventurous sort of girl and this summer is killing her. In their times of troubles, each girl reverts back to her old friendships and wonder how weak their bond has become. If one of them reaches out, will the other two catch her?

This new book by Ann Brashares takes place in the same town as the Sisterhood. These three girls don't know the Sisterhood, but they worship the girls just the same. The book has similar connections with the Sisterhood books, but it's completely different at the same time. They both center on friendship, but there's a different tone to the new book. The Sisterhood books took their friendship and made it stronger during the time apart. The 3 Willows found their way back to friendship after spending time apart. The new book is also younger and perfect for middle schoolers. I breezed through this book and am eager for the next one...there is going to be one I hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 willows is a delightful story about three girls and each of them has a connection to the girls in the sisterhood of the traveling pants series. I highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yay this is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wasnt my favorite. I had no interest an its a mixed up story. Its a story of 3 different girls, so when a story switches its in the same chapter. I would not recommend thus book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good bopk, maybe not as good as the sistorhood, but pretty good. I still love this book, but the sisterhood became apart of me, where as, the girls in willows dont seem as real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book about a true friendship. It is a great summer read.
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I think this book inspire young readers to be the best they can be I beleve Ann has done it again
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