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3 Willows by Ann Brashares

July 10th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.


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.

Somehow I missed the blurb that this was by the same author who wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  Yes, I am probably one of the few remaining people who have not read that series so I cannot compare this book to those.  I have to admit that while 3 Willows isn’t bad it definitely is not one of my favorite books.  I didn’t really get what set Polly’s mother’s down her path and I felt like Polly’s eating issues were sort of glossed over in the end.  Jo’s problems with Zach were pretty predictable.  The one story that I sort of got into was Ama.  She was so whiny that her story was funny.  This book was an interesting read but not one that I would put high on my list.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Kayla

    I knew the author’s name was familiar!

  2. Ashley

    I liked the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book and decided to read the rest of the series, but I tried to read this book today and for some reason I just couldn’t get into it! I might try again later because I might just be in the wrong frame of mind for the story.

  3. dsuzuki

    Ashley-I know what you mean. I had to force myself to finish. Nothing really grabbed me and it remained just ok throughout the entire book.

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