Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Willow by Julian Hoban Review

willow Willow by Julian Hoban  
Publisher: Speak
Pub. Date:  April 2nd, 2009
Pages: 329 
Age Level: Young Adult  
Obtained: Review

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.

My Thoughts:

Willow is one of those novels that you have to sit there and think about. I mean this is just one of those stories that could happen to someone close to you, a brother, a sister, your best friend. It has a difficult theme but through Willow’s eyes, you can see this whole new perspective on cutting. I could feel what she felt and thought what she thought. Hoban did an excellent job portraying something that happens everyday to not just teens but to any age group in general. Guy has to be my favorite character! He helps Willow out so much by just talking to her and it just makes me think about how important communication is and how by maybe talking about nothing can help someone just as if you were talking about something important. This book is definitely a must read. I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

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