Friday, January 23, 2009

Review: 3 Willows the sisterhood grows

Author:  Ann Brashares
Review Copy Provided by:  Publisher

About the Book:  summer is a time to grow  Polly has an idea 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 bus girl 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 on 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 As.  Instead, her summer scholarship lands her on a wilderness trip full of flirting teenagers, blisters, impossible hiking trails, and a lack of hair products.  It is a new summer.  And a new sisterhood.  Come grow with them.

My Review:  Having not read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and the other books in that series, I wasn't sure if I would be able to get into this or even know what was going on.  I was wrong.  So, if you are holding off reading it for that reason, don't.  This book has different girls and takes on a whole different feel.  These girls are bonded together although at times, they don't feel like it, don't act like it, but wish they were like they used to be.  Ah, the drama between middle school girls!  I remember it, and it wasn't always fun.  The same holds true for these 3 girls, and Ann Brashares writes it so well.  I will admit that at first I had a little trouble following the story as it jumps back and forth between the 3 girls' stories and uses flashbacks at the same time.  Having watched soap operas for years, once I figured the characters out, it was easy to get into.  I flew through this book, not wanting to put it down.  I worried about Polly and her weight loss, felt sorry for Ama, being stuck somewhere that she didn't feel like she belonged, and grieved with Jo over the loss of the family life she had known for so long.  This was a great book, and it has encouraged me to get and read the other books by this author.  I recommend it for teen girls, but also think that there are some of my 5th grade girls that would love this read as well. 

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I didn't love the Sisterhood books like most people did, so I'm wondering about these. I might give them a try.

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