Willow

Willow[Download] ➼ Willow Author Julia Hoban – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 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 killedNow 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 herselfAnd 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 relationshipJulia Hoban has created an unflinching story about cutting, grieving, and starting anew But above all, she has written an unforgettable tale of first love.

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  • Hardcover
  • 329 pages
  • Willow
  • Julia Hoban
  • English
  • 09 January 2018
  • 0803733569

10 thoughts on “Willow

  1. Cassidy says:

    SPOILER ALERT I try not to be a poisonous witch about my reviews, but I m going to be honest here Guys YOU CAN T JUST QUIT CUTTING YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU FALL IN LOVE Serious addict to cutting who cures herself via uncomfortably overbearing sixteen year old boyfriend Are you serious Beyond being unrealistic, the message strikes me as creepy and potentially harmful Guy is a sixteen year old kid, which means he is unlikely to devote himself to an intense relationship with a SPOILER ALERT I try not to be a poisonous witch about my reviews, but I m going to be honest here Guys YOU CAN T JUST QUIT CUTTING YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU FALL IN LOVE Serious addict to cutting who cures herself via uncomfortably overbearing sixteen year old boyfriend Are you serious Beyond being unrealistic, the message strikes me as creepy and potentially harmful Guy is a sixteen year old kid, which means he is unlikely to devote himself to an intense relationship with a very troubled girl that he hardly knows But let s be super nice and say there are a few sixteen year old boys out there who would do this Even so, I ve still got a tremendous problem with Guy, which is this GUY IS CREEPY I mean, hello. Let s recap Willow is sixteen years old, and she is hurting herself She needs help But instead she enters a relationship with a boy who confesses to having carried a condom around since the day they met please tell me I m not the only one who is nauseated by this He grabs Willow s wrist He throws a box of razor blades at her In the middle of her grieving process, Willow surrenders her virginity to him, and then oh, cool Time to throw the razor blades into the lake Because now she s got her boyfriend Guy Does this sound like a healthy relationship to you And wait does this also sound like recovery Answer no, no, and also, NO Healthy relationships involve respect and equality Recovery involves recognizing your addiction, seeking help from a professional if at all possible, and very slowly finding new ways to cope through your own strength and determination Willow suggests that sweeping romance and premature sex will guide self harming teenage girls to safety, and I m sorry, but I strongly protest against that concept.I m still waiting for a realistic, honest, well written teen read about the addiction that touches the lives of teens all over the world Let me know when it comes around, because in my opinion, it is not here yet

  2. Eve says:

    A warning THIS IS A RANT YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.More warnings and such My dear, dear, good readers If you are easily offended and or loved this book, do not read the upcoming review It will contain a lot of stuff that you will probably not like And there will be spoilers So This is my opinion of this book Do not write a comment about how nasty I am or how serious the topic of this book is and how I shouldn t be so crass I am fully aware that cutting is a serious issue I am fully awar A warning THIS IS A RANT YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.More warnings and such My dear, dear, good readers If you are easily offended and or loved this book, do not read the upcoming review It will contain a lot of stuff that you will probably not like And there will be spoilers So This is my opinion of this book Do not write a comment about how nasty I am or how serious the topic of this book is and how I shouldn t be so crass I am fully aware that cutting is a serious issue I am fully aware of the devastating tragedy that Willow experienced, just typing her name makes me pissed and you should know that I m not by any means making light of the situation I know that the subject matter of this book is dark So don t think I m not mature enough to understand the seriousness of the topic Or else I will hit you with my stuffed animal Time to review cackles manically The main reason why I despised this book so much was, you guessed it, the Weeping Willow I cannot sympathize with a character who believes that everyone else s problems are stupid and meaningless compared to hers She criticized, insulted, and ridiculed any character who did not understand the depth of her issues Instead of Willow appearing as a victim of ultimate trauma who needed emotional help, she appeared as a self pitying, attention seeking teenager who held herself on this weird guilt pedestal I am Queen Willow, and your problems don t mean anything compared to mine Also, I have this italicized inner monologue that will probably pop up four times every pages to provide you with asinine comments that will make you want to punch me in the chin This chick needed a major reality check News flash Just because you tell people your parents are dead, it doesn t necessarily mean they re going to burst into tears I once high fived a boy whose grandpa just died because my grandpa is dead too i am an ass See, Willow Human beings can and are allowed to be stupid Somedumb than others clears throat Besides Willow s feel sorry for me, my life is so hard attitude, she also was so ungrateful for Guy s presence in her life I wanted to smack her Did I like Guy No Did I like that Guy did not tell about Willow s cutting No But did I still think Willow treated him like crap Yes She was so damn unthankful for his company it made me disgusted You think he wanted to have all this added stress on his life You could at least say hey, I know I m a bitch and everything, but I m actually kind of a little bit thankful for your presence also, in a couplechapters, I m going to make out with you forcefully and put your hands on my boobs and then I m going to cut myself in front of you while you scream oh my god oh my god and make julie face palm so hard she has a bruise on her forehead Ok, so maybe not that last part But you get what I mean Right RIGHT I m not kidding, this book got me so mad my heart was beating a mile a minute and my face was turning red woah, that sounded like I was getting turned on For instance Chloe and Laurie the two most stereotyped, two dimensional girl characters to ever exist in the land of books are talking about some stupid crap that I couldn t care less about Willow suddenly bursts out that her brother has to sign something as her legal guardian and says another thing about how he has to do that now because her parents are dead as if we haven t been reminded that she s a murderer 200 times already Cue the hair tearingOh Laurie pause for a moment It s terrible about your parents, she says quietly But you know, she continues, at least your brother s willing to do this kind of thing I can t imagine mine would I mean, it s sort of sweet, don t you thinkLaurie s a nice girl She s truly nice She s willing to include Willow in whatever she s doing, she s willing to overlook stupid remarks about kittens, she s willing to commiserate about failed quizzes, and she s even, unlike some people, compassionate about Willow s situation. But it s clear that as kind as she is, caring as she is, she s utterly clueless Screw you, Willow Also, Julia Hoban has this really neat thing of listing the same thing twice in row Example Willow felt like she was going to throw up Oh my God I m going to throw up Willow felt cold I m cold Willow is an annoying protagonist I am an annoying protagonist No, those examples weren t direct quotations taken from this hellish book, but you get what I mean You know a book is bad when you can t sympathize with a 16 years old girl who lost her parents in a car accident and now is a cutter to relieve herself of the pain Anyway The rest of the characters There werebesides her Oh yeah, that guy Guy The sweet one who read that book, right I didn t like him Firstly, he grabbed her arm big no no and made her cuts bleed Secondly, And he also carried a condom around in his wallet basically right after he met her Who cares about a thirdly Did you read what I just wrote HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THIS ROMANTIC A boy carries a condom in his wallet after he basically just met you IS THIS NOT CREEPY TO YOU I ll tell you what is creepy, the three page conversation I had to read between Guy and Willow while she was naked and they were about to have sex Is that not weird Oh, hey, let me take your bra off You know, the weather s been really nice lately We should go for a picnic later And they also did the nasty right after she finished ugly sobbing Like, I get it, romance and crap, but after she finished crying I look like cow manure after I cry Maybe he likes it dirty dirty meaning snot is everywhere He also had some major anger management issues could it be character development He freaked me out at some points Randomly he would just blow up He also threw a box of razors of her ARE YOU JOKING That is not ok He then apologized or some weird crap and suddenly everything was back to normal Really Does anyone else find this to totally not be okay Chloe, Laurie, and Andy were just there Andy s only purpose was to share some unneeded conversation about rowing and provide some idiotic comments for Willow to feed upon They were bland, dull, and lifeless I understand that the terrific trio were secondary characters, but I d appreciate some quirkiness from them or something Chloe and Laurie were two girls who liked shoes That s all Also, Pueblo or Pablo or Pedro who worked at the library was only created so Willow could get out of working And for some unnecessary winking and boy talk Or whatever Who cares I thought there was going to be some weird ass love triangle I was wrong Oh, and why was David so calm about realizing that Willow had sex Is this how society is now He said something about 16 and 17 year olds and I was like, is this what kids do now This is okay and common WHY AREN T YOU ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS So, I guess I ll list some of my favorite quotes from the last like, 20 pages Since I forgot to dog ear the first 300 oops Your blush doesn t end at your neckIs that supposed to be sexy guess what baby your boobs blush tooWillow Guy bites his lip I m your lover now That box of blades can t be your lover any, no matter how much they ve been there in the pastWhat the hell is this, 50 Shades of GrayI do need need you to talk to me I do need you to talk to me I do need you talk to me I do need you to talk to me Is it just me, or does she need you to talk to herI get mad because I can t have sex with my wife whenever I want because this apartment is so small and I don t want my little sister to hear usAnd then the book ends with Guy and Willow dropping a box of razors into the water and killing 300 fish But Willow has a boyfriend now so she s all better Yay No The topic of cutting is too serious to end like that I thought that maybe it would have an epilogue of Willow, I don t know, in counseling I can t pretend like I have any knowledge of cutting I haven t met anyone or have consciously known anyone who cuts, but Willow s depression and guilt seemed too strong to just end like that now that Guy s here I don t know Maybe I m wrong Needless to say, JULIE NOW DOES HAPPY DANCE BECAUSE BAD BOOK IS OVER happy dances all the way to australia..So, do you hate me yet I would apologize for this rant, but my mean other half has taken control of my body As I said above, way way above, like, in the beginning, I don t normally write reviews like this I try to keep my insult level to a low, but the aggravation this book caused me to endure was like no other I couldn t stand it My mom was seriously concerned for my health, since I kept randomly yelling and hitting my head And also, I m not insulting anyone who cuts Cutting is a very serious issue and I m not trying to make light of it I m not that much of a heartless wench I hope you don t despise me now, but a girl s gotta do what a girl s gotta do Anyway, I hope you all have a darling day gives you flowers to make up for my meanness NOT FOR YOU, WILLOW NOT FOR YOU

  3. Kristi says:

    I m not even sure where to start this review I ve honestly written this review almost five times and haven t been happy with what I ve spit out I m not sure I can do this book justice To say that it was spectacular would be an understatement To say that I had a hard time putting it down, widely understated Yet, why Because in all seriousness, reading a story about a cutter didn t really appeal to me I mean sure it sounded interesting, and I ve read books about eating disorders, drugs, s I m not even sure where to start this review I ve honestly written this review almost five times and haven t been happy with what I ve spit out I m not sure I can do this book justice To say that it was spectacular would be an understatement To say that I had a hard time putting it down, widely understated Yet, why Because in all seriousness, reading a story about a cutter didn t really appeal to me I mean sure it sounded interesting, and I ve read books about eating disorders, drugs, so why not try cutting So I did I totally agree with Hoban s choice to write this novel in third person Had it not been written from Willow s POV, I know I wouldn t have found it as impressive as I did I needed that insight, I needed to know why someone would do that to their self And I hate to admit it but I understood, I empathized, I accepted it Hoban doesn t dance around the fact, there are some shockingly graphic scenes, but instead of grotesque they are honest and revealing And it s not only the characterization of Willow that s impressive It s the disheartening portrayal of Willow s brother David, and her warped sense of his withdrawal It s the eccentric relationship between Willow and Guy It s the secondary characters that have some of the smallest parts but remain prominent in your mind For me I, couldn t stop thinking about the girl at the restaurant Willow is about so muchthan cutting It s about love Not only first love, but the power of redemption that only love can posses Still haven t done the book justice, but I ll leave you with this Yes, cutting is a painful subject to read about But Willow was skillfully and uniquely told Essentially the message is uplifting, even the worst of situations can improve Glad I did

  4. Jude says:

    NO Just fuck no This is not a self harm story.It is a love story, featuring a cutter It is the story of a codependent relationship that sickly revolves and surfaces through self harm issues I have been struggling with heavy self harm issues for years, I was a cutter and just about a year ago I finished with my treatment and recovery, and I am appalled and also slightly insulted by knowing that a story like this is out there Worse, that people think it s a sweet story Willow is a 16 yea NO Just fuck no This is not a self harm story.It is a love story, featuring a cutter It is the story of a codependent relationship that sickly revolves and surfaces through self harm issues I have been struggling with heavy self harm issues for years, I was a cutter and just about a year ago I finished with my treatment and recovery, and I am appalled and also slightly insulted by knowing that a story like this is out there Worse, that people think it s a sweet story Willow is a 16 year old that self harms and for what it s worth I will say that the author did portray Willow s motive and the feeling and need for cutting quite well, but apart from that this book was shit Why Because the reason why Willow stops cutting, is because she meets a boy, a 16 year old named Guy Guy barely knows Willow one previous encounter to be exact when he finds out about her cutting, and immediately he wants to help her He wants to tell Willow s brother that she cuts he doesn t , then he s just constantly checking on her and making sure she is not cutting and checking her wrists, and yada yada First, and I don t mean to sound bitter or anything, but, normal people don t do that I know this from years of experience, I ve been through the self harm valley, been there, done that and I got the T shirts People don t go out of their way to help you, much less a 16 year old It s not because they don t care or that they are cruel, of course not, it s because they don t know what to do, and you can t expect them to know either Cutting is something that throws people off balance, everyone deals with pain in a certain point in their lives, but emotional pain is something that s not easily seen, cutting though that s your pain literally on your body Cutting it goes against everything natural, your most basic instincts are to keep you safe, healthy and out of harms way cutting is YOU being your own enemy, which is why you need professional help, not the wisdom of some random stranger No healthy relationship can come out of cutting You can t expect someone to come and save you, and you can t expect to save someone, which is exactly how Willow and Guy s relationship is Willow stops cutting because of Guy, can you imagine when they break up no, the relationships of 16 year olds aren t forever She s going to go back to cutting because her reason for stopping is no longer there Other scenario Willow gets ALL better, Guy gets tired of her because what he wants is not someone healthy, he wants someone to save, he leaves Willow see scenario previously mentioned.If you re a hopeless romantic and want to roll your eyes at me that s fine but that still doesn t make the relationship shown in this book any better Self harm goes way beyond cutting, that s the surface it is a state of mind in which you constantly sabotage yourself because of anger, hurt, hate or whichever issues it is the person is going through and Willow does not go through proper counseling.So, can love not help someone that self harms YES IT CAN but it s not prince charming coming to save you, this I know from experience, I was already working through my recovery when I met someone, and I was inspired motivated to work hard to get better for myself. I didn t stop cutting for that person, I stopped cutting for me because I wanted to be in a good state of mind to be with my parter at the time Which is why when it ended I didn t go off to slice my wrists.This book simply pisses me off so bad Recovery isn t a cute boy telling you not to cut and then going on to a happily ever after Recovery is hard work, it is a long process, slowly working through your problems and your triggers Recovery is quite the uphill battle because you are your own enemy.Recovery is really fucking hard and painful It is about respecting yourself and finding that respect enough to know that you are worth the efforts and the struggles to be healthy.Recovery is about re lapsing, because you will re lapse here and there, but it is about finding enough strength and courage inside you toforgive yourself and keep trying, keep working hard I just find it to be deeply offensive to see a problem so severe as self harm be dismissed as a minor flaw that will disappear as soon as you find a romantic interest If you are going through any issue of the sort please get professional help I know it s hard, and honestly the hardest step you will ever face is saying I want to get better That s the hardest part, and if you are looking for a book that can actually help you please please pleaaaaassseee read Cut by Patricia McCormick, it is only 160 pages long and it can really help Also recomendable to anyone wanting to knowabout the issues, it is the most realistic portray of a person that deals with cutting issue that I ve ever read about I highly recommend it All that said, this book was just unbelievable Would not recommend it to anyone and I only feel really disappointed in the author and the irresponsibility of putting a story like this out there, because the message can seriously impact a vulnerable mind into thinking that the only way out of self harm is when someone finds you and saves you fuck no. previous update DNF at the moment.Unrealistic I ve been in the same situations as Willow, and it s not like that Guy really wants to help her and he s watching out for her and yada yada Truth is and I don t want to sound harsh but that doesn t happen People try to stay away as far as possible from this It s something that really throws you off balance, and they usually never know what to do or how to help you That s why you need to seek professional help, not expect that some dude named Guy goes to your rescue.I will finish this book though, I ll let it sit on my shelf for a month or so though Let the disappointment wash out a bit Personal recommendation for a good book about self harm Cut A great book Realistic and flawless

  5. Tracy (A Good Novel) says:

    I think I have officially found the worst book I have ever read This book was even worse than the dreadful Prescription for Romance TARDIS should be grateful that I love her dearly and would never harm an expensive possession of mine, because if this had been a physical book, I would ve been hurling it at the wall.Now that I ve officially raised lowered expectations, let s get on to the actual review, shall we Willow is struggling to cope after the death of her parents in a horrible car acc I think I have officially found the worst book I have ever read This book was even worse than the dreadful Prescription for Romance TARDIS should be grateful that I love her dearly and would never harm an expensive possession of mine, because if this had been a physical book, I would ve been hurling it at the wall.Now that I ve officially raised lowered expectations, let s get on to the actual review, shall we Willow is struggling to cope after the death of her parents in a horrible car accident To make things worse, she is the one who was driving the car it was the worst rainstorm of the year, Willow only had a permit, and her parents were tipsy and asked her to drive Now she is living with her older brother, contributing to the family finances in order to make ends meet and secretly cutting to deal with the pain.Through her job at the local university library, Willow meets Guy, a boy her age who shares her and her late parents interest in obscure anthropological texts Though Willow can barely stand the thought of emotional connections these days, she and Guy begin to talk, but when Guy learns her secret, he becomes convinced that she needs saving He makes every effort possible to draw Willow out of her depression and stop her self harming, but in the end, it is Willow who will have to take the initiative to fix things.This book is a real wall banger, with two of the most annoying characters I have ever encountered Guy in particular is someone I would never, ever want to meet in real life based on the actions I will ennumerate below, and since this is at least partially meant to be a romance, I amthan a little certain the author would not want me to feel that way.First off, we ve got Willow herself She is at least characterized realistically, but that realism made her really annoying to read about in third person limited perspective Willow does not cut anybody slack She believes that her tragedy outweighs the mediocre problems in everyone else s lives, that it invalidates everyone else s right to feel When a girl breaks some lab equipment and cries over it, Willow condemns her mentally, basically saying to herself, what right does this girl have to cry over something so minor I could really understand that perspective, but geez, it made me lose a lot of sympathy for Willow regardless.Later on in the novel, Willow has a huge blowup with her brother, where she accuses him of not letting her take care of her young niece because he s afraid that she ll kill her like she did their parents Her brother makes no effort to smooth things over at first, but his wife leaves Willow an extraordinarily kind and understanding note the next morning Willow brushes it off with the thought that clearly if Cathy is being that nice, she just doesn t get it Ugh. Willow was incredibly selfish and even if it was realistic, she was not a person I particularly cared about or wanted to spend time with.Then there s Guy I m pretty sure Guy is the worst hero I have ever encountered in YA or any other literature, and I m counting Edward Cullen, for whom I have absolutely no warm feelings, in there How does Guy offend me Let me count the ways First, there s how he finds out that Willow cuts They re sitting in a park and Guy invites her to get a cappuccino Willow believes she can t be making a connection at this point, only seven months after her parents died, declines, and gets up Guy proceeds to grab her wrist and then try to pull her back down and get her to stay with him It s a pretense so that he can brush a scabbed over cut, see the blood, and realize she s a cutter, but no Just no You do not grab a girl you ve only just met, someone who clearly isn t interested in staying in your company, and beg her to stay with you That was so creepy and awful Second, the incident that made me realize Guy is dumber than a sack of rocks Willow has bought some boxes of razors on sale When they fall from her bag in public, Guy claims she bought them for him to help her save face Later on, they get into a fight, and he proceeds to throw the box of razors back at her Even if the razors are safety wrapped, what genius thinks that s okay Third, the wonderful homophobia and sexism Guy exhibits He s just sensitive enough to love Shakespeare and the same obscure book that Willow loves, Tristes Tropiques, but just manly enough to call a coffee shop Willow brings him to a girly place and say that he wants to get out of there When Willow says all the guys at her old school used to love it, he says something like, What kind of guys went to your school, anyway Awesome So the only guys that can like a coffee shop are not masculine enough to be considered men, and probably, by extension, gay, which is apparently a bad thing in your eyes Seriously, Guy, I m loving you Fourth, and most egregious, the absolute worst message I have ever seen in a young adult novel a romance you re not ready for will clearly solve every problem you have view spoiler Willow kisses Guy and freaks out, realizing that she s not ready for a relationship Guy gets mad at her for that, which is a pretty jerky thing to do, considering he knows how difficult and confused a time she s having Willow kisses him a second time maybe a few days later and is magically ready for some kind of relationship, I suppose But then comes the real kicker.Willow goes back to her old house with Guy She finally has her first emotional breakdown over the situation, after she realizes she ll never be anyone s daughter again And then wait She s suddenly ready to have sex with a guy she s known barely a month We get passages like thisBut you re so shy Guy s voice is soft against her throat as he continues to slide her bra off her shoulders And you re so vulnerable Please tell me that you re sureSo basically, what Guy is saying here is, I don t think you re ready for sex at all, but hey, let me keep taking off your bra So they re in the midst of foreplay and Willow asks if he has protection He has a condom in his wallet, and Willow asks how long it s been there thankfully And here s his explanation Ready He put it in there very shortly after he met her, because he wanted to be ready for if she needed protecting in this way So sexual healing is the answer to emotional issues Really No This was the most disgustingly unromantic passage I have ever read He barely knew her and yet decided to be perfectly prepared to have sex with her Ew, ew, ew hide spoiler After this, we do get resolution on the situation between Willow and her brother, something I actually cared about view spoiler The thing that really annoyed me is that, even though Willow s brother realizes she had sex, he doesn t seem in the least bothered by the fact that she s jumping into a relationship she doesn t seem to be emotionally ready for Their relationship gets no real closure, which was, again, realistic, but not what I look for in a novel hide spoiler And then the very end, where Guy is again proven to be the worst hero I ve ever read about view spoiler He says that now that he s Willow s lover seriously, have you ever heard a 16 or 17 year old boy use that term I m 20 and I haven t , she has to pick between him or her razor blades She throws her razor blades into the lake when he basically forces her to, and the end sentence is something about how it s a beautiful beginning Um, no, I would consider this a terrifying beginning She s entered into casual sex she isn t emotionally ready for with a guy who s a perfect mess of stupidity and an utter inability to handle her emotional issues in a mature way Fantastic hide spoiler As you can probably tell by now, I absolutely loathed this book, and feel it sends the worst possible message to teenagers At the very least, it showed me that professional help is necessary in a situation such as this, because as noble as his intentions were, Guy handled the situation in the worst way, and the ultimate resolution reeked of unfortunate implications sex solves your emotional problems Avoid at all costs

  6. The Dreamer Reader says:

    Holy freaking insert swear word here The Good Be prepared for some serious fan girl gushing Also, this review in no way justifies how much I loved this book.For a debut author, Julia has blown all the other authors, regardless if it s their first or not, WAY out of the water Once I started Willow, I could not put it down It s like Green Eggs and Ham I read Willow when I sat on a stool, I read Willow lounging by the pool, I read Willow here and there, I read Willow FREAKING EVERYWHERE.Sec Holy freaking insert swear word here The Good Be prepared for some serious fan girl gushing Also, this review in no way justifies how much I loved this book.For a debut author, Julia has blown all the other authors, regardless if it s their first or not, WAY out of the water Once I started Willow, I could not put it down It s like Green Eggs and Ham I read Willow when I sat on a stool, I read Willow lounging by the pool, I read Willow here and there, I read Willow FREAKING EVERYWHERE.Secondly, the cutting Holy crap, I never expected it to be so haunting As much as I am against cutting, I could see where Willow was coming from It was a hard subject to write about, but Julia Hoban does it with such grace and elegance She doesn t sugar coat the issue, I think that was one of the reasons why Willow is so fresh in my mind She gave us the truth and the way that she portrayed Willow s cutting, made me absolutely entranced in the story Near the end, she tells about the first time she cut And I swear, I gasped and got goosebumps.The way Willow grieved was real Fortunately for me, I have never lost a parent but, Willow had such a sense of reality about her Sometimes, you want to smack her in the head and shout, Why do you do this to yourself but that urge is quickly smothered because Willow is just so darn likable The last sentence wow Yay for possibilities The Bad I really cannot think of anything wrong with this book However, I do have a little complaint I did not like Guy that much I know I ll probably get shot for that, but he was just too perfect It seemed that he no faults, whatsoever Don t get me wrong, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE him I just wished he had some faults like he wore socks with his sandals or something I think that would ve made himappealing and so muchhuman Not to mention, Willow and him would be a slightequal I still love him, I just wish he wasn t so damn perfect Another complaint of mine is the ending It was a good one after I read a couple times It sort of made me go, Was that really it the first time.Overall Willow is a remarkable book that is moving and will leave an imprint on you for a long time Honestly, Willow is one of the best books I ve read all year If you have not bought Willow, may the Gods of Literature guilt you into buying it Grade A

  7. Heather says:

    I took my time in reviewing Willow I wanted to be certain of my thoughts on it s content and the rating I gave to said content Though the ending was satisfying, I can t deny that for the majority of the book, I was angered, not at Willow, but at the author Nonetheless, I talked myself out of giving Willow the three stars I felt the author deserved because it felt wrong to punish great characters But after much thought, I have decided that Willow does indeed deserve a three star rating.Willow I took my time in reviewing Willow I wanted to be certain of my thoughts on it s content and the rating I gave to said content Though the ending was satisfying, I can t deny that for the majority of the book, I was angered, not at Willow, but at the author Nonetheless, I talked myself out of giving Willow the three stars I felt the author deserved because it felt wrong to punish great characters But after much thought, I have decided that Willow does indeed deserve a three star rating.Willow is a senior in a brand new high school She keeps to herself, avoiding any and all contact with her former friends The one person she wishes to remain close to is her brother, but after rendering them both parentless in a fateful car accident, Willow can t bring herself to bridge the communication gap that seems to have befallen them Willow is convinced that her brother blames her for their parent s death and that his superficial treatment of her is due to that contemptuous blame Willow doesn t blame her brother for hating her She hates herself Worse, she envies her brother Unlike her, he can unleash his grief, sobbing loudly to himself each night while he sits in their kitchen Willow can t bring herself to cry Its as though she has forgotten how Willow finds her release in the form of a razor When the sharp steel meets her flesh, Willow can find strength to continue on in her pointless existence, that is until Guy, an intelligent, sensitive fellow senior grants her a potential lease on life.There was some truly remarkable writing at work in Willow Such vivid, honest description that I felt wretched for even considering giving it three stars It somehow seems criminal to do so but The author of this book is doing a terrible disservice to anyone who truly suffers from this illness or one similar spoiler alert While it is wonderful that Willow finally seemingly gives up her cutting, I can t help but think she never would have done so if it weren t for Guy That s not how it should be In fact, anyone struggling with an addiction or disease similar to the one that Willow faces within this book are advised by professionals not engage in romantic relationships until they have become self reliant in battling their disease What would have happened to Willow had she not have had Guy What will happen to Willow if their relationship were to fall apart And how unfair is it to Guy to have the responsibility of Willow s mental health fall on his shoulders Contrary to popular opinion, I did not find their romance appealing, or even healthy for either party And I m sorry, it wasn t at all realistic No teenage guy would form a romantic attachment to anyone with Willow s illness knowingly The fact that she cuts is the first real thing Guy learns about Willow and yet he pursues her when, let s face it, most would flee, as they should to be frank All in all, I can t help but feel that this author has done an extreme disservice to the issue of cutting as she did not address the healing aspect in a responsible light Nor was the central relationship remotely realistic

  8. Morgan F says:

    Everything changed on that rainy March night seven months ago Willow s parents were tipsy and asked her to drive home, a decision that would cost them their lives Ever since then, Willow has felt disconnected from the world Her only reprieve is in mutilating her own body, one cut at a time But everything changes when she meets Guy, the only one with whom she can possibly share her secret I did not like Willow Not the book, the character She was a whiny little biotch I understand that I p Everything changed on that rainy March night seven months ago Willow s parents were tipsy and asked her to drive home, a decision that would cost them their lives Ever since then, Willow has felt disconnected from the world Her only reprieve is in mutilating her own body, one cut at a time But everything changes when she meets Guy, the only one with whom she can possibly share her secret I did not like Willow Not the book, the character She was a whiny little biotch I understand that I probably should pity her, her being responsible for her parents deaths and all, but she makes it so damn hard It s not the cutting that makes her so unlikable Even though I am not a cutter myself, I understand the concept and have friends who indulge in it It s just her view of the world She expected the whole damn universe to revolve around her She whined about people being inconsiderate around her and about how no one got her But Willow was always wrong about others She judged them before they could judge her I didn t understand her logic most of the time And I hate how she would always go well, I killed my parents You re not the only who has ever lost anyone, Willow You are not the only person in the world who is grieving I just wanted her to get over herself Though admittedly, I did like her considerablyby the novel s end Based on the character of Willow alone, this book would have gotten two stars Thankfully, the intense writing and topic made me really like it The writing flowed really well, and its interesting how this book was in third person instead of the expected first person Of course, cutting is an always disturbing, intriguing topic, as much as you wish that it wasn t And Guy might have been too perfect, but he was sweet and sensitive without being gay glances at her copy of Shiver But I felt sorry for the poor guy hehe, pun He was stuck with Willow And I also liked David and all the literary references Onething that didn t quite fly with me was the end A spoiler is coming up, so AVERT YOUR EYES Okay, so teenage sex It happens a lot A lot a lot So why encourage it Guy, we need to sleep together because I m sad Okay then they do it Okay, I m all better Okay, then Just a little bit of WTF Overall, parts of this book and others parts I didn t like at all aka Willow But it is a good book, no doubt about that It has a powerful, intense theme that I m sure teenagers especially cutters looking to relate will eat up

  9. Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach says:

    While this book is about a very serious subject, I honestly just didn t enjoy it The writing was mediocre, and Willow was just obnoxious Obviously, you have to feel for her tragedy, but I was just annoyed when I should have been rooting for her.

  10. Natalie says:

    Which is worse Drowning in your own misery or allowing yourself to be swallowed by numbness If you read nothing else in this review, read this line Willow is one of the best books I ve read EVER In the span of a few hundred pages, Julia Hoban manages to address and explain one of the most pressing issues that plagues teenagers today self injury She does so not by approaching the subject in an aloof, clinical manner, but by making it personal.If you ve ever wondered what could possibly driv Which is worse Drowning in your own misery or allowing yourself to be swallowed by numbness If you read nothing else in this review, read this line Willow is one of the best books I ve read EVER In the span of a few hundred pages, Julia Hoban manages to address and explain one of the most pressing issues that plagues teenagers today self injury She does so not by approaching the subject in an aloof, clinical manner, but by making it personal.If you ve ever wondered what could possibly drive a person to self mutilation, Willow does a wonderful job of showing the reasons behind the problem You will never look at the phrase cutting in the same way again I m not going to lie this book was difficult to read at timesnot because it was poorly written or boringbut because it broke my heart The issues that the main character, Willow, deals with are not simple ones They re deep, complex, and don t have an easy, clear cut solution.Willow was one of the most vivid, realistic characters to ever grace the pages of a young adult book I felt her pain, her rare moments of happiness, and her despair at feeling the grief caused by her parents deaths If anything could ever show just how damaged some of these girls are, this book is it.Apart from being a wonderful book, I really think that Willow has the potential to help girls who suffered from problems similar to the ones addressed in this novel Very few teenage girls with these kind of issues want to read a self help book, go to a counselor, or talk to their parents From the point of view of someone who s dealt with close friends and family members who ve had similar problems, what they want most is for someone to truly understand them and that is something that is extremely difficult for people who haven t gone through the experience themselves The best part about Willow is that it has a redemptive quality about it no matter how long the problem has gone on no matter how you think it s never going to stop there IS a way to control it, and to end the suffering that comes along with it.Read this book That s all I can really say.In a SentenceWillow is a heartbreakingly beautiful story that will leave you thinking about it long after you ve turned the last page

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