The Summer That Changed Everything

Three girls One summer Their friendship to salvage .Ama, desperate to live up to her family s expectations, finds herself on an outdoor adventure summer camp Can she stick it out or will this be the first time in her life she s ever failed anything Tomboy, loner Polly discovers that her grandmother used to be a model and decides she s going to follow in her fThree girls One summer Their friendship to salvage .Ama, desperate to live up to her family s expectations, finds herself on an outdoor adventure summer camp Can she stick it out or will this be the first time in her life she s ever failed anything Tomboy, loner Polly discovers that her grandmother used to be a model and decides she s going to follow in her footsteps even if it means starving herself to get thin.Jo s parents are still grieving the death of her older brother and she s stuck in the middle of their messy divorce She s got her own problems this summer too has she made a mistake by turning her back on her old friends Having let their friendship fade, can these three girls, with their three very different lives, struggle through the summer without each other, or will they realise they ve made a mistake
The Summer That Changed Everything Three girls One summer Their friendship to salvage Ama desperate to live up to her family s expectations finds herself on an outdoor adventure summer camp Can she stick it out or will this be the f

  • Title: The Summer That Changed Everything
  • Author: Ann Brashares
  • ISBN: 9780552560986
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Summer That Changed Everything”

    1. I always thought the idea of magical jeans that mysteriously grew or shrunk was an unnecessary element in the awesome Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, maybe left over from the original sell of the series idea to an editor, kind of like Gene Rodenberry had to describe Star Trek as "Wagon Train in space" to get the network to sign off on it. In 3 Willows, Brashares proves that she doesn't need a gimmick. And in a very cool move, she actually addresses the question that lots of real-life gi [...]

    2. 3.5 stars. While I wouldn't call this part of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, this book is sort of a spin-off from the original series in that it revolves around three girls the summer before starting 9th grade who known of the Sisterhood girls and are in awe of their traveling pants. They don't get a pair of pants to share between them, however; the story just revolves around their friendship.The girls were fairly likable, even though I grew frustrated at times because they acted, [...]

    3. Once again, Ann Brashares has written a breathtaking story that will blow readers away and have them begging for more of Ama, Jo, and Polly.The main focus of 3 Willows is how three best friends have grown apart after four years of friendship and have fallen into different groups that don't involve the other two. Leaving them to wonder that even though they have been through so much together, do they really need each other again? As you can see, this is a big departure from Brashares The Sisterho [...]

    4. This was a sort-of companion to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, but you didn't have to read them to get what was going on in this.This was very different, though, because the girls' friendship is different. That is what I like about this book, that it proves that not all friendships are like that of Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget, even if the girls are very similar. Jo is a bit like Bridget: she's daring and reckless, and a significant family member of her's is dead; she must rec [...]

    5. Not a fan. IF I would've been writing reviews this would've been an epic rant. I still might do it one of these days if I ever dig this one out of storage.

    6. I liked this story but not as much as the Sisterhood series. The characters were interesting and mostly likeable. Their problems and the outcomes were realistic, and I enjoyed the watching each character grow. It was nice that the MCs of the Sisterhood were mentioned, and one made a brief appearance.

    7. Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadTooThe Sisterhood may be grown up, but their legend lives on. Meet Polly, Jo, and Ama, three girls who are now entering the very same high school the legendary Sisterhood attended. The three have been friends since third grade, but now with high school approaching, they find themselves being drawn in separate ways and spending the summer apart. Ama is all about academics, extra credit, and schoolwork. She's signed up to spend the summ [...]

    8. The book 3 Willows by Ann Brashares about three girls named, Jo, Polly, and Ama. In the book the girls go their own separate ways for the summer. Polly is questioning herself and her looks and decides to try out for modeling. Jo, is at her family beach house for the summer and works as bus girl, and meets cute boy that changes her. Meanwhile Ama is an a outdoor sleep away camp, and is miserable and in tears. The internal conflict for Polly is that she worries that friends are growing up to fast [...]

    9. Review: 3 Willows by Ann BrasharesHere is a summary of what the book is about. summer is a time to grow seedsPolly has an idea that she can't stop thinking about, one that involves changing a few things about herself. She's setting her sights on a more glamorous life, but it's going to take all of her focus. At least that way she won't have to watch her friends moving so far aheadotsJo is spending the summer at her family's beach house, working as a busgirl and bonding with the older, cooler gir [...]

    10. I loved this book. I wasn't sure when I started it and realized the girls were just finishing up middle school but I'm really glad I pushed through my initial doubts. This was my book club book for September and I'm really excited to talk about it with my girls.I found myself getting unexplainable chills while reading this book and the only way I can explain it is that I felt really connected to the story and the characters.

    11. Wel een aardig boek om te lezen. Grappig ook dat er verwijzingen zitten naar 4 vriendinnen 1 spijkerbroek. Ann Brashares schrijft op een erg herkenbare manier voor meiden in de puberteit.

    12. When I saw the novel, 3 Willows: A Sisterhood Grows, on a shelf at the library I noticed that the author of this novel had written several other realistic fiction books that I had enjoyed. Ann Brashares, the amazing author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, introduced her latest novel on January 2009. Because I had enjoyed her other novels so much, I was naturally curious to see how this new one would compare.Ama, Polly, and Jo, the three main characters of this novel, are best fri [...]

    13. 3 Willows is a book about three girls who have been friends since they were young. But ever since middle school they have drifted apart. I think that the author compared their friendship to a willow tree. One of the girls, Jo has begun to realize who her real friends are, and that you don't have to change to feel accepted. Ama thought that there was nothing worse than going to an outdoor camp and having no hair products. Yet she was wrong. Polly, thought she could change herself to fit a more gl [...]

    14. Please check out Electrifying Reviews for more reviews like this, plus giveaways, interviews, and more!If you know anything about my reading history, you'll know that I love Ann Brashares's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Although 3 Willows is not exactly a continuation of Brashares's previous series, I was eager to read the book and be reminded of why I fell in love with the Sisterhood in the first place. Thankfully all of the magic of the original series was retained in this novel an [...]

    15. Friends grow apart but are always there. Get ready for a whole new sisterhood of friends and a great story about another interesting summer and the strength of friendship in Ann Brashare's new series. Jo starts to feel embaressed by her middle school friends and while at her beach house starts to try harder to blend in with the older cooler girls that she will be going to high school with the next year. Little does she know that the unexpected fling she has with a boy on a bus after some bad new [...]

    16. The Summer That Changed Everything is a beautiful summer tale of friendship, love and loss.The four girls from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants were mentioned throughout the novel and one even had a cameo. In the eyes of Ama, Polly and Jo, those girls and their story are legendary. But I haven’t read the books about the Sisterhood. I know, I know, I’m very ashamed of myself. It seems like the stories of the Sisterhood are teenage rites of passage and The Summer That Changed Everything [...]

    17. If there’s one thing that bothered me about the sisterhood of the traveling pants, Its this- their friendship is too perfect. I love those books, but things come so easily to them when they’ve been besties since birth.Three Willows explores the foundations of friendship- and our girls don’t share a bond at all. They have fascinating personalities that are nothing like Tibby, Carmen, Lena and Bee. Most of the book follows the girls’ individual summers and their trials. It isn’t picture [...]

    18. A nice, well-written friendship story that still bears a style recognizable as Brashares', but with not quite the same level of power, bittersweetness, and warm truth that the original Sisterhood series gave us.First, don't pick up this book expecting it to be any sort of continuation of Sisterhood; while there are a few very brief cameos of those characters (Lena is seen for a couple sentences, Bridget is mentioned in passing, and there's a short but sweet appearance by Brian and his relationsh [...]

    19. Polly, Ama and Jo make up the new sisterhood from Anne Brashares. Readers who loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series will enjoy this book. There are quite a few ties to the original series. The characters in this book live in the same town and attend the same school as the original sisterhood. The sisterhood is a legend in their town and the three girls have even tried their own version of the pants (impossible with their different shapes & sizes) and later tried a scarf which on [...]

    20. uggh, where to startOk, is it fair to judge adolescent fiction the same way I would judge adult fiction? I think so, because I honestly found the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants enjoyable. As the original series progressed I found, as with most series, in an effort to maintain continuity (and sales, I'm sure), the books were published in such rapid succession that they were neither as well-edited or as original as the first(anybody who read the Twilight series should also know where I'm [...]

    21. Polly, Ama, & Jo have drifted apart in junior high, thus it only feels natural to spend the summer without each other. But, as they find out, true honest-to-goodness friendship is rare.Couldn't tell you if it was the book or my general mood prior to reading, but this one seemed sadder than other books by Brashares. I like it and the characters, but things just seemed rough. Has it been so long since I read the Pants books that I misremember them being upbeat?This isn't to say the book's a do [...]

    22. I have come to the conclusion that I don't gel with Ann Brashares writing. I can recognise that she's good but I can never find my way into one of her novels (with the exception of Tibby). I could argue that the Traveling Pants series were easier for me to relate to as the characters were older and slightly more mature but then I should have enjoyed The Last Summer (of You and Me). I just didn't care enough about Ama, Jo or Polly and I should have.The immaturity of the characters bothered me. Th [...]

    23. I wish Brashares had gone a different route, rather than try to create another "sisterhood" in this bland book. 3 Willows is set in the same town/universe as the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. However, both it's characters and plot are contrived. Brashares makes tenuous links between her new character's lives and those of the original sisterhood. For example Polly babysits for Tibby's little brother and sister, but there isn't any real connection made between these girls and the old g [...]

    24. Three girls from the same town as the Sisterhood graduate from 8th grade and have different experiences during the summer before high school that cause them to remember the value of true friends. Polly decides to explore modeling and goes to modeling camp. She learns that her mother Dia's unreliablility may not always have been because she was working on her art. Jo spends the summer at Rehoboth Beach with her mother. She works as a bus-person at a restaurant, gets involved with a very good-look [...]

    25. So, this is the new Sisterhood. I love the way Brashares connects all the girlswith the Sisterhood being a legend at their high school, and the funny stories of how other groups of friends tried to emulate them. Couldn't be done. But Ama, Jo, and Polly DO create a bond just as strong, just as supportive in their own way. As elementary students, they plant willow tree seedlings by the bank of a stream in a park. They move on, and apart and forget about the willows who do what willows do best, gro [...]

    26. This book is by Ann Brashares, who is also the author of the bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. 3 Willows is a branch off of the series. The main characters are three girls who live in the same neighborhood of the girls of the original sisterhood, and two have even made their acquaintance with them. Basically, the main characters are three girls who used to be best friends, but have found that their changing personalities have made them go separate ways. When they were best fr [...]

    27. So I'm confused.The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was wildly popular, right? I seem to remember everyone but me having read it, anyway. And the author must have done something good to be so popular.(Well. Maybe. On the other hand, look at Twilight.)Which leaves me wondering why this book felt so half-hearted.I read a digital version. Maybe the print version is better, but I was pretty much reeling in horror from the lack of proofreading/formatting the whole way through. I'd say that maybe it [...]

    28. 3 Willows is a novel by Ann Brashares bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. 3 Willows is about three life long best friends Ama, Jo, and Polly on summer break but are all in different places for summer break. Jo is spending her summer at her family`s beach house and gets a summer job as a bus girl and is bonding with the older and much cooler girls, she also meets a very cool guy over break! Polly has a major dream in her life that is going to take a lot of courage to do o [...]

    29. Jo, Ama, and Polly were best friends all through middle school, but now it's the last summer before high school and they've grown apart. Jo's chasing after the popular crowd. Ama's concentrating on her studies. And Polly's wondering what happened to their friendship. 3 Willows follows each of the girls as Ama goes on a dreaded wilderness retreat, Jo navigates the social hierarchy at her beachside restaurant job, and Polly pursues an ill-advised quest to become a model.It's no Sisterhood of the T [...]

    30. For whatever reason I wasn't that excited to read this title. I had heard that it wasn't as good as the Sisterhood books. But exceeded my expectations! I found myself really caring about Ama, Jo and Polly.All three characters are well-developed and likable despite their shortcomings. At times you want to take all of them, and shake some sense into their heads, but being fictional characters the reader has to be content to let them make mistakes and learn from them. All of the girls are dealing w [...]

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