Friday, May 29, 2009

Willow by Julia Hoban

Holy Crud! Amazing!

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 loved this book so much. It was beyond amazing. I couldn't stop reading.
I was recently in a chat where we discussed various topics in the book.

One thing that was brought up was how some people refer to it as a "cutting" book. Personally, I don't think of it as a "cutting" book. To me, it represents much more. Willow, though she cuts herself, shows strength, and makes good decisions.

For example, Willow, instead of hanging out with a not-so-suitable guy. She hangs out with someone who is responsible and cares about her, and tries to stop her from destroying herself.

This book was honest, and amazing. It was a truly beautiful read. Every teen should read this book.