3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

After listening to Forever in Blue I decided it was time to try Ann Brashares' 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows. I had originally attempted it on audio but I found the characters a little bit too hard to distinguish, perhaps because unlike the other Sisterhood books the characters were just too new and I didn't know them yet.

3 Willows is about three girls from the same community as the original sisterhood. Apparently The Pants are famous among younger girls in the community (something I completely did not pick up on in the Pants books). Ama is the overachiever, Polly is the one with the single parent issues, and Jo's family is still torn apart by the death of her younger brother Finn.

It took me awhile to get into it, to figure out which girl was which. It was also a bit weird because after reading the last Pants book it was a bit odd to switch to a Sisterhood book that had much younger characters (they are 14).

I think that the series (at least I'm assuming it's going to be a series -if it's not I have issues) has a lot of potential. The girls are different enough from each other and from the original four to two. There is lots of room for their stories to arc and for them to grow, just like their willow trees.

One thing I did NOT like was Effie's appearance in this book. At the end of Forever in Blue I was starting to feel some sympathy for Effie but in this book she's just plain unlikeable and I'm not sure that's entirely fair. I feel like Effie needs a book. Effie needs to find her own path and I want to read about it. Are you listening Ann Brasheres? We need an Effie book. (OMG I can't believe I just said that...)