Willow by Julia Hoban

80%

15 Critic Reviews

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

Synopsis

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. Willow lost control of the car and her parents died in the accident. Now she has left behind her old home, friends, and school, and blocks the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when Willow meets Guy, a boy as sensitive and complicated as she is, she begins an intense, life-changing relationship that turns her world upside down.

Told in an arresting, 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.

 

About Julia Hoban

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Julia Hoban lives with her husband in New York City, and is working on her next novel (and outfit).
 
Published January 11, 2010 by Speak. 336 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Willow
All: 15 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
on Jun 24 2010

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 20 2009

A credible depiction of a grieving girl's struggle toward self-forgiveness

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Examiner

Good
on Jun 24 2009

Julia Hoban is a master at creating believable characters. From the first paragraph, the story reaches out and pulls the reader in for an unbelievably entrancing ride. Willow is a powerful journey that every reader should seize.

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The Bookbag

Good
on Jan 27 2010

It's a painful subject, but Willow is skilfully told. The essential and uplifting message, is that not every problem can be solved, but there is no bad situation that cannot be improved. Recommended.

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Fiction Vixen

Good
on Mar 18 2010

Willow is an emotional and powerful story ...Cutting is a painful and uncomfortable subject but Ms. Hoban masterfully tells a story that will perhaps disturb you at times, but will leave you with a feeling of hope.

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Teen Reads

Good
on Apr 02 2009

WILLOW will move you. Whether you’re repulsed or intrigued, you can’t come away from it with nothing. Hopefully, you’ll gain a sense of understanding and compassion for those who do harm to their bodies...

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Zimbio

Excellent
on Feb 25 2009

In Willow Hoban forces us to look more deeply into what causes people to resort to self-harm...I would highly recommend it to anyone, whether you are a young adult or not, and am looking forward to reading anything else Hoban has to offer.

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Daily Kos

Above average
on May 24 2009

In Willow, author Julia Hoban tells a simple but moving story, with a small, well-drawn cast of characters. High school senior Willow lives with her older brother David, a university prof, and his wife and infant daughter.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Excellent
on Apr 23 2013

Willow is a mature character, and though she makes assumptions too quickly and often is impulsive, she is believable...as a well-written and engaging book about a young girl coping with deep depression. A wonderful novel; highly recommended.

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School Library Journal

Above average
on Mar 04 2009

One thing to note is that the book deals with issues that, while they do plague teens, are more commonly dealt with at older ages...The thematic elements are pretty heavy, so people should be warned that Willow will not be an easy, or enjoying read.

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Teen Ink

Above average
on Oct 22 2010

Several times I felt Hoban not follow through with the scenes. A large event would take place and right on the precipice the chapter would end and the new one would begin several hours/minutes later, skipping over the dramatic moments.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
on Jul 16 2010

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I highly recommend this book. I don’t suggest you read this book if you don’t like “provocative” books. Willow has a few strong themes that may not be suitable for all people.

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Flamingnet

Above average
on Nov 15 2008

Since this book is about a cutter, some images described may not set right with young...at one point Willow and her love interest Guy decide to have sex. Not much detail is mentioned, but still, it may not be appropriate for young readers.

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Reader Girlz

Excellent
on Sep 19 2009

Willow is a gripping book that you won't be able to stop. The plot is full of twist and turns, and the ending leaves you to make your decision. I found the ending perfect.

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Book People's Teen Review

Good
on Jul 08 2011

I really enjoyed this book, and I read it in just about one entire sitting...but I relaxed right into it because the emotions were so real, and it let me understand the raw feelings of someone so lost and alone become someone with a purpose.

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