Three Willows- Anne Brashares
Take the summer setting and differing activities from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Take away one girl, make them all younger and less sure of their friendship. Then take away the magical pants but add a different tangible link between them, and you have Three Willows.
As a Reader:
While reading the Sisterhood series, I sometimes wondered if the girls’ friendships ever clashed over their varied interests, other friends, or social standings at school. I may never get to hear those stories, but Three Willows gives us a new set of girls who shared a bond that was blind to their differences in grade school but they drifted apart though middle school then find their way back to each other the summer before high school.
As a Writer:
If I were in charge of writing a motto for Anne Brashares, I’d use, Walk softly and carry no hammer. Her tone, pace and emotional depth are so delicately handled…She’s never going to hit her readers over the head with anything…and I so appreciate her for that. *spoiler alert* I also loved that one character has growth through failure. An unusual twist and well handled.
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