Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Kindle Store
Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy—one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.
Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl’s struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy’s refusal to give up on her.
I really don’t even know where to start with this one. Willow by Julia Hoban is one of those books that leaves you speechless. Leaves you thinking about it for days or maybe longer. The subject matter is of course a dark one. Cutting. Cutters. I know cutting has been around for a long time but it wasn’t really prevalent in my age group. Maybe it was and I just wasn’t looking but it seems more common in today’s teens.
Willow is a very troubled girl. Anyone in her situation would be. Both of her parents were killed in a horrible car crash and she was driving. Now Willow has to live with her brother whom she used to be very close to but since the accident their relationship has been crumbling. The only way Willow has to cope is cutting herself.
Willow’s growth throughout this book is simply amazing. In the beginning she is this shell of a person. The growth happens slowly. You don’t even realize it’s happening until you think back to the Willow in the beginning. Without Guy, Willow would have probably drown in her misery. Guy feels a responsibility for Willow because he knows her secret. Guy was a very well written and believable character. I wouldn’t say that he did what most people would do but I think he did what I would do in his situation.
Overall, Willow is a powerful and emotional story that will leave you with some things to think about. Julia Hoban’s writing is incredible. It’s one that I definitely recommend.