Wednesday, March 25, 2009

3 willows

3 Willows: the sisterhood grows

3 willows: the sisterhood grows by Ann Brashares
Sometimes, they speak of the older girls – the sisterhood – as of mythical local heroines. Those girls, who shared a pair of pants, have been much emulated, but no other friendships can compare to the stories about the sisterhood. Those girls are all in college now, 20 years old, and the stuff of legend in the hometown of Polly, Jo and Ama. Polly, Jo and Ama have been friends since the first day of grade school when they were the last three kids to get picked up. They sneaked out of an empty classroom and off into the woods by Pony Hill to begin their adventures. Since that day, they have been together almost every day. Now, the summer before high school, the girls are not as close anymore. They have grown apart, found separate interests and made new friends. Do they even still need each other anymore? Polly lives alone with her eccentric artist mother. She is staying home this summer while her friends go away. She wishes her family was larger, and when she finds out about a relative who was a popular model, Polly will do whatever it takes to become a model herself. Jo is working as a bus girl this summer at a restaurant near her parent’s beach house. Her family has never been the same since a tragedy a few years earlier, and Jo’s dad isn’t coming to the beach with Jo and her mom this summer. After Jo meets someone new on the bus, she finds a pleasant distraction from the confusion of home. Ama is focused on her grades. Her sister has excelled, gone off to college early, and Ama wants to do the same. When her scholarship to prestigious summer camp assigns her to an outdoorsy hiking trip instead of a research lab, Ama is horrified. Author Ann Brashares has given a wonderful gift to fans of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by extending the world of Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget to include another story from their community. If you liked the Sisterhood books, or the movies, you will probably enjoy this story also. Meet three new girls who are embarking on their own summer journey of growing up and enjoying their own unique sisterhood.
I listened to it about 8 hours on CD. Excellent story.


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