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3 Willows by Ann Brashares

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The torch has been gracefully passed from the original Sisterhood to a younger group of 3 girls, Ama, Jo and Polly. Their story evolves during the summer before their freshman year in high school. The bond developed when they met in grade school, and planted 3 willow trees together from seeds. They tried to imitate the famous 4 from The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, who are now a legend in their Bethesda school and community. However, these three seem to have drifted apart by the end of 8th grade.

Ama, an overachiever, from Ghana is plunked into a summer achievement scholarship program, where she is assigned to a wilderness group, despite her best efforts to get into her first choice, a study program at Andover. Despite her straight A average she’s forced to face an ugly lack of confidence in herself she never knew existed.
Jo is running away from past and current family pain, while bussing tables with the wait staff of “older and cooler teens” at a beachside restaurant. She faces her internal and external struggles in a remarkable way.

Polly, who’s Mother has been neglectful, amongst other things, finds herself in some excruciatingly painful situations while trying to find herself through modeling camp.

The 3 Willows successfully make their own imprint as they separate and find their way back to each to learn what real friendship is all about. This story often leaves the reader at a cliffhanger during one of the girl’s sagas, and magically they will find themselves unable to put the book down. It is a great adventure, and one that Ann Brashares understands and writes about so well.

Recommended by Anne Beier Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Irvington Public Library

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November 5, 2008 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment


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