Friday, July 29, 2011

Willow Review

Title: Willow
Author: Julia Hopan
Publication Date: April 2, 2009 by Dial
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.
Willow was driving the car the night of the accident that killed her parents. She believes she is a fault. After the car crash she moves in with her brother, his wife, and her newborn niece. She starts school where she is known as “The Killer Orphan Girl.” Everyone knows all her secrets except one: she cuts herself.

Then she meets a boy, Guy. He starts out as a friend. Then, suddenly, he knows her secret. They soon become closer, and he feels like he must care for her. She now feels that she needs to go back to her house.

After all that happens, does she fall in love? Does she stop cutting? Or is she doomed to a life of misery, sorrow and guilt?

I liked this book for its mystery, romance, and second chance at life. Willow discovers that forgiveness of yourself and others may not only save you from harm’s way, but throw you head first into it as well.

*reviewed by Tobie, 12 @ OV

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