Overall Grade: A-
Delacorte Press; 2009
Our reading for 2009 got off to a great start with Ann Brashares' newest Sisterhood book, 3 Willows, the Sisterhood Grows. While this novel has a whole new cast of characters, they are all as unique and lovable as the original 4 (who you will find mentioned in little, interesting cameos if you're a fan missing your book-friends!) and they are sure to win a fan base of their own.
While this book is certainly very serious and addresses many serious issues that may or may not be familiar to the average teen today, the author handles them with a sensitivity and hope for the future that turns an "issue book" into an inspirational book. The writing, particularly the voice and character development, is spectacular, and makes the fairly mundane plot flow quickly and enjoyably along. As with the other sisterhood book, you feel as if you have a private window into the characters' lives, and you will definitely want another look once you're finished...so here's hoping for a sequel.
Literary Quality: A-
Plot: A- (it's more of a character book)
Voice: A+ (great ability to maintain 3 unique voices through the novel)
Believability of Characters: A+
Believability of Situations: A+