Monday, March 16, 2015

Willow by Julia Hoban

Willow by Julia Hoban
Published: April 2, 2009
Publisher: Dial

Synopsis: Seven months ago on a rainy March night, Willow's parents drank too much wine at dinner and asked her to drive them home. But they never made it--Willow lost control of the car, and both of her parents were killed.

Now seventeen, Willow is living with her older brother, who can barely speak to her. She has left behind her old home, friends, and school. But Willow has found a way to survive, to numb the new reality of her life: She is secretly cutting herself.
And then she meets Guy, a boy as sensitive and complicated as she is. When Guy discovers Willow's secret, he pulls her out of the solitary world she's created for herself, and into a difficult, intense, and potentially life-changing relationship.
I’m going to say this outright: I loved this book! It was kind of slow in the beginning, but it picked up fast. This book was fascinating, so intense and sad. It is a great eye opener!

Willow blamed herself for her parents’ death because she was the one who was driving the car that got her parents killed. I felt bad for Willow because she started to cut herself to make her feel better, whenever she’s sad, instead of talking to her brother or anyone, she cut herself. When Guy found out she was a cutter, he was shocked at first but then he decided to help her. In addition, Guy was there when Willow needed him, and wouldn't give up on her.

Willow gave me a reality check in the sense that this isn't a perfect world, nobody is perfect, and there are many people who resort to hurting themselves to cope with pain and suffering. Willow’s relationship with both Guy, and especially her brother, are perfectly captured and make the book extremely emotional read. I really loved this book and the romance that was woven into Willows life when she really needed someone to talk to and someone who would listen to her without judgment. I loved the characters: Willow, Guy, and Willow’s brother.

Julia Hoban description is beautiful; it helped me understand the pain Willow was going through. Overall, I loved this book. I recommend this book for everyone age 15 or over.

Rating: 4/5 (Recommend it)

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