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Willow Paperback – February 23, 2010
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Willow's acknowledgment of the cause of her grief--that she'll never be anyone's daughter again--is a sharp insight, and Hoban's appropriately complex portrayal of cutting makes this a good choice on a crucial subject. --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Having said that, I do not know why I picked "Willow" up and scanned the first page. But I did. I don't know why the voice of the main character was so compelling. But she was.
I read the whole book in a little under four hours.
Willow is an extraordinary character. Absolutely real, utterly believable, surprising, refreshing, and strong despite what she does to herself, and despite what has happened to her. That's the amazing thing. Willow is still strong. I would say that you should read the book if only to get to know this character, but there are so many other reasons as well!!
There was humor, there were parts where I had to close the book and cry, and there were parts that were so subtly triumphant that I cheered. All types can appreciate this book, which should become a classic of teen literature. Move over, Speak! Cut, your time is over
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 much more than 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.
It started to get better as Willow started to find more focus and bring the life back into her world. Guy forces her to confront the truth, and makes her feel like she is worth more than the space she takes up. He makes her feel like she is more than just the accident that made her lose her parents.
It was tough to start, but if you can get past that, you'll enjoy the book as a whole.
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Book is great I love the plot line and the climax simply fantastic. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to pass time with a great book.Published 2 months ago by A. Gift For You
Willow by Julia Hoban. I hate to give bad reviews on books but this book just rubbed me the wrong way! I was so through with this book within 2 chapters!!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amber Carroll
Although the book is cliché in places, and Willow's character can be over dramatic, the book has real heart and treats all its characters with respect. An easy read.Published 9 months ago
Exciting in the beginning but really is a boring read as the cloose comes to an end
Book came in with ripped sides too
The answer to her self harm is sex 😑 I deal with self harm and this wasn't what I expectedPublished 12 months ago by melissa r.