Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Willow, by Julia Hoban

Wow.  I thought this book really captured at least one example of the emotions and turmoil of a "cutter."  Willow has lost both of her parents in a car accident in which she, Willow, was the driver.  One can hardly imagine a more horrible event, and you can almost understand how the cutting "helped."  She began to cut herself because that pain took away the pain of thinking about that horrible event.

She meets a boy, Guy, and he is the perfect boy.  That's a bit hard to believe, but he's a gem.  The relationship develops slowly and believable and is a satisfying part of the story.   Willow now lives with her older brother and his wife, and their relationship is understandably strained.  I like that the book ended, not perfectly, still with questions, but at least the reader feels like progress has been made.


  1. Interesting to see what the young folks might be reading these days.
    Mike Draper

  2. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was very realistic to how a teenager may react in a situation like that. It can also reflect other situations that teenagers may be in and not only a cutting issue.

    I'm visiting from Saturday Situation, thanks for linking!


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