Parents' Guide to

3 Willows

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sisterhood author writes sweet new book about friendship.

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Brashares' strength is creating believable characters imbued with true-to-life faults. The 3 WILLOWS teens are not all beautiful, rich, and confident, and teens will find them honest and relatable. The author's insights into relationships with friends and family will also garner a nod of agreement from many teens. When Polly's mom tries to make her feel better for being "weird," Polly confesses that she doesn't want to be "interesting." "Maybe it was okay when you were grown up and in control of it, but being interesting in high school was no fun at all." Jo feigns indifference to her father's announcement about her parents' divorce, only to get angry at her father's relief. "Maybe she was a jerk to act like she didn't care, but he was a jerk to buy it."

The book starts a little slow, and some of the lessons are predictable. However, teens who enjoy books about friendship will find these new "sisters" worth knowing.

Book Details

  • Author: Ann Brashares
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: January 13, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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