Book Review: Willow

Author: Julia Hoban

Published:April 2009

Publisher: Dial

Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0803733569

ISBN-13: 978-0803733565

10/10 (Must read!)

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.

Now MY take on it:

I couldn’t put it down. It reaches me on a personal level and I was kind of nervous when I agreed to review it. I thought it would bring up a lot of bad memories, but it didn’t. I can’t imagine what Willow has gone through so I couldn’t put myself in her shoes. But it was heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at the same time. You could just feel what they were going through and you wanted to weep with them. Considering how many people still currently cut themselves, I believe it sends a positive message. The message will be different for others but it’s a positive message alright. The characters have so much life (and pain). They take you along as they try to carry on through life and realize that it’s much harder than it seems. You’ll laugh a little. You’ll definitely cry. And you’ll reflect back on your own life and realize that maybe your life isn’t as bad as it seems.


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