” There are moments in your life when the big pieces slide and shift. Sometimes the big changes don’t happen gradually but all at once. That’s how it was for us.”
This is a quote written by Ann Brashares, famous author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, and helps paint the plot of one of her newest novels, 3 Willows the sisterhood grows. This 318 page novel follow the adventures of three old friends , Polly, Jo and Ama, the summer before they enter high school.
All friendships have their ups and downs and that’s what it was like for Polly, Jo and Ama. These three girls met in the third grade and became much closer over the year ,because of their project to each grow their own willow trees starting from small seeds.Their willow trees are a strong symbol of their growing and prospering friendship over the years, until the beginning of eighth grade when the trio began to grow farther apart due to Jo’s hope of becoming popular.
This summer Jo ditches her old, weird friends for some new, cool ones and heads to her families beach house with her mother. This is the perfect opportunity to bond with the older girls she’ll see in high school ,because of her work as a bus girl at a busy restaurant. Although, some rough tides are heading Jos way when she learns about her parents marriage problems…
Next comes Pollys new found dream to become a model since she discovered some interesting info about her grandmother and she’ll do whatever it takes to get her dreams to come true, even though she knows it’s not quite cut out for her. And anyways she can’t stop thinking about what her new glamorous life will be like so who cares if her friends aren’t there cheering her on?
Finally, there’s Ama whose summer plans were to be researching and studying in air-conditioned libraries with other students who also won extra credit scholarships. Unfortunately things don’t end up the way she planned and now she, the most indoorsy and un athletic girl she knows, is sent on a wilderness trip full of flirting teens, bad hair days and not to mention hikes in uncomfortable shoes prone to giving blisters.
This is truly an unforgettable and brilliantly written story, which also covers many relatable topics. When I found this book in my local library’s teen section I thought that since I’m going to be entering high school next fall I might be able to relate to the experiences of Brashares fourteen year old characters. I am very happy to announce that I really loved it ,because it allowed me to stop worrying about next year and also helped me laugh about the hilarious and realistic events which occur to these girls. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of twelve ,but mainly girls around the age of fourteen ,because I believe this is an amazing story with relatable characters who ,even though having many twists and turns in their summer, learn the importance of friendship, dreaming and growing up.And although these girls have their own separate problems, throughout the book they begin to develop an understanding of the real meaning of friendship and how with good friends by your side you can accomplish anything!