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3 Willows Book Review

3 Willows Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on May 19, 2009
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

The bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is back with a brand new story of a life-long friendship. Check out 3 Willows by Ann Brashares.

Author: Ann Brashares

Fate brought Ama, Polly and Jo together in the third grade. And now with junior high behind them, life is tearing their friendship apart.


Years ago, Ama’s family moved from Africa to America so that she and her sister Esi could get a better education. Now the pressure’s on as Ama tries to follow in Esi’s hardworking footsteps. She applied for a scholarship to a summer academic camp, one that would look really great on her school transcript. But when she receives the scholarship, she’s anything but happy. Ama has been assigned to Wild Adventures—an outdoors trip involving camping, hiking, rock climbing and, worst of all, absolutely NO hair products. Somehow Ama must find the courage and strength to survive the summer.


Polly has never known her father, or anything about him. Her mother, a sculptor, spends most of her waking hours at her studio, leaving Polly alone and lonely. She makes money babysitting for Tibby Rollins younger siblings, and decides to invest her earnings in modeling camp. But she soon finds out that being 5”4 with big boobs and wide hips makes her stand out like a sore thumb in the modeling world.


For years, Jo parents haven’t been getting along. Her dad, a doctor, is always on call and rarely spends time with the family. When her parents announce their trial separation, Jo spends the summer with her mother at their beach house. She gets a job as a busgirl at the local beachfront diner and finds herself at the mercy of a very cute and irresistible waiter. But things go haywire when her boytoy’s ex-girlfriend returns to her summer job at the restaurant. When Jo returns home, she finds a friendship with her father that she’d thought she’d lost forever.

The Bottom Line

3 Willows is a story about three best friends drifting apart and realizing that they’re much happier being together. The book makes reference to the original Sisterhood, remembering them and their pants as icons of the friendship world. This is a light but powerful book, and definitely worth a read.

3 Willows Rating: 5

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