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Willow by Julia Hoban. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen-year- old Willow's parents drank too much wine and asked her to drive them home. They never made it. Editorial Reviews. Review. In this novel that is in part a love story, Hoban takes readers on an intense journey that allows them to see a cutter's painful reality.
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"Willow" book by Julia Hoban in spanish edition. IdentifierWillowJuliaHoban. Identifier-arkark://tf24t. OcrABBYY FineReader Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen-year- old Willow's parents drank too much wine and asked her to Willow by Julia Hoban download the Ebook: . Seven months ago on a rainy March night, Willow's parents drank too much In the span of a few hundred pages, Julia Hoban manages to address and explain one of the most . Shelves: young-adult, ebook, read-in, contemporary.
Willow is the story of a high school teenager struggling to deal with the sudden death of her parents through the use of self-mutilation or physical pain she can control.
Willow's life is isolated and reckless until she meets a sensitive, popular boy named Guy who shows Willow how to feel emotion, and teaches her how to love again. At the opening of the novel, Willow Randall has just been transferred to a new high school after the sudden death of her parents. One rainy evening, Willow's parents had too much to drink at a party and asked Willow to drive them home even though she only had a learner's permit.
Willow wrapped the car around a tree, instantly killing her parents. Now Willow is forced to live with the grief and guilt of losing her parents.
From the opening of the novel, it is clear that Willow has not handled those emotions well. She sits in class obsessing over the scratch on a schoolmate's arm, wondering if the wound was self-inflicted, like all of Willow's wounds. As the day progresses, Willow mutilates herself in the bathroom and spends all of her free time obsessing over when she will be able to cut again.
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! I just wished he had some faults like I think that would've made him more appealing and so much more human. Not to mention, Willow and him would be a slight more equal.
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 It sort of made me go, "Was that really it? 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 downloading it! View all 8 comments. I think I have officially found the worst book I have ever read.
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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? 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. 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 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 am more than 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.
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. 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. 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? 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? 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. 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 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 She's suddenly ready to have sex with a guy she's known barely a month!
We get passages like this: 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. 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.
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. Their relationship gets no real closure, which was, again, realistic, but not what I look for in a novel. 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.
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. 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. View all 18 comments. Jan 14, Heather rated it it was ok Shelves: I took my time in reviewing Willow. 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. Willow is a senior in a brand new high school. She keeps to herself, avoiding any and all contact with her former friends.
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. 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.
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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. 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?
Contrary to popular opinion, I did not find their romance appealing, or even healthy for either party. Nor was the central relationship remotely realistic. View all 34 comments. 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. 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 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 considerably more by 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. One more thing that didn't quite fly with me was the end. Okay, so teenage sex. It happens a lot. A lot a lot. So why encourage it? 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. Oct 07, Natalie rated it really liked it.
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. 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: She does so not by approaching the subject in an aloof, clinical manner, but by making it personal.
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If you've ever wondered what could possibly driv Which is worse? 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: 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: Read this book. That's all I can really say. In a Sentence Willow is a heartbreakingly beautiful story that will leave you thinking about it long after you've turned the last page.
View 2 comments. Jul 18, 1luvbooks rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After my last review, this is kind of going to be hard to swallow, but It'll never be my favourite, but, props to Julia Hoban for writing on such a touchy subject. Even if it was full of comma splices. It wasn't great, but Characters were decent, writing was fine, plot was fine Maybe it's the suject, I don't know.
It's not of the s After my last review, this is kind of going to be hard to swallow, but It's not of the same quality as books I love, but I'm not going to hate on it for that. View all 6 comments. Scarred was one of those books I had such high expectations for and it still managed to exceed them all.
Even pages later I found myself disappointed that it had finished. I just loved everything about it and know it will be one of those books I read again and again. Usually I prefer first person narrative so I was surprised when I got half way through this novel and only just no Scarred was one of those books I had such high expectations for and it still managed to exceed them all.
Usually I prefer first person narrative so I was surprised when I got half way through this novel and only just noticed it was written in third person.
I loved how Julia Hoban created this character.
Since the story is such a character driven piece it was essential that Willow felt real and this is where the book excels. She came across with all her complexities and flaws - it was just amazing. The other characters were equally brilliant. Blaming herself and believing no one should forgive her, including her brother, she finds an outlet for her emotions.
Self harm. Reading those scenes was just brutal. I think that is the best word to describe how I felt. I applaud Hoban for dealing with a subject that is still such a taboo and hopefully managing to throw light on it. It definitely opened my eyes. There are some scenes that really stand out for me.
There were also some incredibly sweet moments between Willow and Guy and I just loved their relationship. It made me smile, cry, wish will all my heart that things could be different for Willow, just so many different emotions. Truly brilliant. I get it. This book is about a tough subject. Willow feels guilty for 'killing' her parents in a car accident. She feels like she's a burden to her brother and to cope with everything, she cuts herself.
She pushes everything and everyone around her away. I usually find it interesting to read about people with problems and how they deal with it, but Willow is just too much.
Every single thing that happens in her life if linked to the fact that she thinks she's a killer. If people look at her it's I get it. If people look at her it's because she killed her parents. If they don't look at her, it's because they are ignoring her, because she killed her parents. If people are talking, then it's about how she killed her parents. If there are two people on the other side of the school yard talking to each other and both seem oblivious of her presence, then it's still about how she killed her parents.
Gimme a break, the center of the universe and all that? She's got an after-school job in the library because she needs to help her brother and his family out. She gives almost everything she earns to her brother and he always looks unhappy when he accepts her money. So, Willow, of course,assumes it's because she doesn't make enough money. Not because her brother doesn't want to take it, but has no choice because money is tight, which would have been the more logical route, no?
If people put her in the spotlight, she doesn't like it, but when that spotlight is taken from her, she doesn't like it either. On both occasions, it's because she killed her parents, of course How on earth can you do good for this girl?
I'm sorry, I get that this is hard, to lose your parents in such a horrible way, I even get that she needs an outlet, albeit a completely fucked up one. Yes she thinks the world hates her, but at the same time she apparently thinks it also revolves around her. The only reason I kept on reading was because of Guy, who is a great guy. But even he didn't keep me from skipping a few pages.
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Jul 10, Paula rated it did not like it. Dec 23, Alea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Willow is a real, honest, and emotional book. From the moment you pick the book up, you are invested in Willow and her well-being. Not only is this story about grief and guilt, it is about love and never giving up.
It's beautiful. The characters in Willow are real people with complex emotions and personalities. So many books are just full of stereotypes but Willow is full of character's so lifelike it's hard to believe they aren't actual people. I also really love the world that the author has cr Willow is a real, honest, and emotional book.
I also really love the world that the author has created for these characters. I couldn't help wishing that I was one of the people hanging out in the library that Willow worked at or enjoying the park or a walk through the city. I wanted to be there in that world. My only initial concern about reading the book was that it would be sad for me to handle or that the cutting would scare me away. None of those things happened, I think having the deep emotional factor that it has only enhanced the reading experience and made it that much more meaningful.
The author's skill is so great that for the first time in my life I feel like I understand the reason that people can do such horrible things to their own body. It's always shocked and saddened me but I had never fully understood it until I heard it through Willow's voice. I don't want to talk too much about the plot itself because I think this is one that's best discovered as you read, as you let it reveal itself to you.
Reading Willow was definitely one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I've had in a long time.
Every time I had to put the book down I daydreamed of picking it back up and re-joining Willow's world. May 08, Wendy Darling rated it it was ok Shelves: This one just didn't grab me. Ended up skimming most of it. View 1 comment. Apr 17, jesse rated it it was ok. View all 3 comments.
Mar 18, Nely rated it it was amazing. On a stormy night, Willow takes the wheel and her whole life is forever changed.
Both her parents are killed in the accident and Willow has to move in with her older brother, his wife and their young daughter. She feels the weight of the world is on her shoulders - she's emotionally overwrought, heavily grieving and feels guilt towards her part in the accident.
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. 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".
Human beings can and are allowed to be stupid. Some more dumb than others. Did I like Guy? Did I like that Guy did not tell about Willow's cutting? But did I still think Willow treated him like crap? 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.
But you get what I mean. I'm not kidding, this book got me so mad my heart was beating a mile a minute and my face was turning red. 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'" times already.
Cue the hair tearing: "Oh. I can't imagine mine would. I mean, it's sort of sweet, don't you think? 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! 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. I'm going to throw up!
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. The rest of the characters? There were more besides her? Oh yeah, that 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?!Willow is a cutter. Now she has left behind her old home, friends, and school, and blocks the pain by secretly cutting herself.
But Willow has a boyfriend now so she's all better!!! Willow is sixteen years old, and she is hurting herself. Although Willow is drawn to Guy, she fears getting too close to him because she doesn't want him to know her deep secret: that she's covered in scars.
Cue the hair tearing: Kody Keplinger.
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