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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 ...

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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.

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Seven months after killing her parents in a car accident, 16-year-old Willow Randall has moved in with her married older brother's family in New York City, where she grapples with her overwhelming emotions, as well as her brother's silent anguish, by cutting herself with razors. When Guy, a fellow student, learns Willow's secret, they develop a tentative intimacy. The stark clarity of the present tense, third-person narration echoes the numbing effect that Willow achieves through cutting-"Of course any sharp edge could do in a pinch, and Willow has used them all: nail scissors, a steak knife, a man's razor.... But Willow is a purist." Despite explicit descriptions of Willow's wounds, the narrative steers clear of moralization-cutting is characterized as part of Willow's fractured sense of self, rather than part of a larger epidemic. Though Guy mainly serves as a means for Willow to rediscover human connection, and is never as fully realized as she is, his need to understand the girl whose favorite book is Tristes Tropiques but who carries razors in her backpack, is authentically tender. A credible depiction of a grieving girl's struggle toward self-forgiveness. Ages 14-up. (Apr.)

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Willow Randall, 17, hides a dark secret from the only family member she has left, her older brother. The survivor of a terrible car accident that killed their parents, she is now in the care of David and his wife. Trapped by the guilt she feels because she was behind the wheel, she doesn't want her brother to find out that she is a cutter. Willow depends on her blades to release the anguish and isolation she feels both at home and at school. David doesn't seem to want to talk about what happened, and, wherever she goes, she feels as if students are whispering about Willow the parent killer. Living a shadowy existence, she is astonished at the turn her world takes when a boy she meets at the library takes the time to understand her agony. 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.-Caryl Soriano, New York Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Diluted by an expository and inconsistent narrative voice, this standard-issue problem novel will nonetheless appeal to readers interested in the topic of self-harm. Months ago, Willow's parents drank "a second bottle of wine" at a restaurant and handed their daughter, equipped only with a learner's permit, the car keys to drive them home. Rain and lack of experience caused a crash, killing both parents. Her brother now treats her with only "aloof courtesy," and Willow secretly slices herself with razor blades to numb the crushing guilt and loneliness. Archetypal references-Shakespeare, classical mythology-somehow fail to add any extra literary layers. The overly explanatory third-person narration ("She's a little flustered, a little embarrassed, and a little attracted too") clashes with the immediacy of the present-tense voice, and excessive italics distract more than they emphasize. However, 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. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142416662
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 69,508
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Hoban is a woman of many talents: She writes, designs her own clothes and handbags, and attended graduate school for physics and philosophy. She lives with her husband in New York City, and is working on her next novel (and outfit).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2009

    A Powerful Book About A Teenage Cutter (Reviewed by TheBookworm)

    Willow<BR/>By Julia Hoban<BR/>Pub. Date: April 2009<BR/>5 out of 5 stars<BR/>PG-13 Sexual Content, Sensuality, Brief Profanity, and Violence (cutting)<BR/>Recommended<BR/><BR/>Seven months after the accident that claimed Willow¿s parents lives, she is no longer suffering emotional pain. Instead, she is inflicting physical wounds upon her own body with the help of a razor. She knows it would cause her brother and his young family even more pain to learn of her secret cutting, so she keeps her scars hidden. But when a boy at her new school discovers her revolting addiction, her secret becomes at risk. He won¿t let her destroy herself. Maybe this guy, who seems just as sensitive as Willow, can save her from her lonely, guilt filled world of pain. As conflicting emotions battle, the pleasant numbing sensation of the blade is always at hand. How can Willow possibly stop cutting if it¿s the only thing holding her together?<BR/><BR/>Willow was a powerful book that was entirely phenomenal at expressing the perspective of a teenage cutter.<BR/><BR/>The main character, Willow, was a chaotically layered mess of colors. Her naked canvas of pain was hidden under many layers of conflicted feelings. She then misinterpreted feelings and words by twisting them to look like vile consequences of her killing her parents. She viewed everything this way because of her warped sense of guilt. The intensity of her guilt and hope were remarkable and extremely well wrought by the author. Willow was an extraordinarily real person.<BR/><BR/>This book was told in the form of third person (as in ¿he¿ ¿she¿ ¿it¿), yet the main character was somehow the narrator. The book¿s style was set up in tune with Willow emotionally and physically¿ from the outside looking in. Be it an accident or planned by the author, the book¿s set up in relation to the main character¿s views collaborate perfectly. This effectively made the book and characters all the more cogent.<BR/><BR/>One fact bothered me considerably though. How could Guy and Willow both get each other and understand each other¿s most intimate thoughts, but are somehow unable to say I love you? Willow admitted to loving Guy a few times in her thoughts but neither of them ever stated it out loud. When they had sex it made their relationship superficial. The moment when Willow finally breaks down and they both truly get each other would have been all the more pure, real, earnest, and beautiful if they would have simply said, ¿I love you¿ instead of having sex.<BR/><BR/>Willow could be looked at as a book of pain, but more accurately a book of healing. <BR/><BR/>I recommend this book, but because of its disturbing topic I suggest it be read by older teen readers.<BR/><BR/>Date Reviewed: January 20th, 2009<BR/><BR/>For more book reviews and book information check out my blog at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    Willow by Julia Hoban

    Seven months after the accident that took Willow's parents lives, Willow is no longer suffering emotional pain but physical pain by secretly cutting herself. She is living with her older brother and has left behind everything that was part of her old life to survive her new one. But when she meets Guy, she has to ask herself how. How she could possibly give up her razors when they're the only thing holding her together.
    I think I related to Willow so well not because I cut, but because I have a friend who used to, and I know how it can affect you; I understood how Guy felt. I know a lot of people say they don't believe someone could really be that good, be that nice to a complete stranger, but I like to believe that just meeting the right person can help you out of whatever you are in.
    Would I Recommend this Book? Yes.

    21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Very good read

    The book is definitely a must read. Hard to put down

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Too Stereotypical For a Book About Self-Harm

    I will admit, Willow did a fair job at explaining how people deal with grief and the loss of loved ones. But the fact that the narration screams "It's Not Willow's Fault!" over and over again outshone the other great themes that could have made the book better. Not that conditions such as Willow's are to be blamed on them, but the whole book never once does Willow account for any of her self-destructive actions, and neither does the narrator.

    Also Willow's condition was described in a very superficial way. "I cut so I can control the pain I feel," is an odd description for mutilating her body. The fact that Willow continuously referred to herself as a "Cutter" was also a put off. The name sort of glamorizes deliberate self-harm, which is stereotypical and slightly gross.

    All in all, Willlow had great potential, yet in some areas it fell short. Willow's interaction with other people and her growth during the book was very good, but there were some glaring issues I had with it.

    11 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2010

    You Must Read "Willow"!!

    I just finished reading Willow and that was the BEST book that i have ever read in my entire life(so far)!! Willow is a perfect book for people who love intense romance. At some parts of the book I found myself crying! Julia Hoban uses present tence in this book that made me actualy feel zoned out and I could see a movie playing out in my mind. This book is amazing and you have to read it!! Willow is about a teenager girl who killed her parents in a car accident, because she was driving them home from them drinking 2 much at dinner. Willow survived the car crash and has to live with the guilt of "murdering" her parents. She faids that pain/guilt down by cutting herslef. Her fore-arms,legs,even her stomache. Then, she meets Guy, a boy that is sensative and tries to help her over come her love to razors. If you want to know more...you have to read the book! :)

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    Going In My Top Favorites

    I absolutely loved this book. The story was something to think about. This girl is coping with the loss of her parents and she feels like she is the one who murdered them. She is struggling through these new feelings and torment she puts herself under , and through all of this, Guy is able to help her. He is an amazing character, and I think he is my favorite in this book. I don't think that there was one boring part in this book;everything had me wanting to read just one more chapter. For me, the characters were refreshing. And this story was amazing.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

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    I don't want to talk too much about the plot itself because I th

    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. 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 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. To say that it was spectacular would be an understatement. To say that I had a hard time putting it down, widely understated! Yet, why? Because in all seriousness, reading a story about a `cutter' didn't really appeal to me. However, the book was well written with very engaging characters. 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. Having read this book from cover to cover in one sitting showed just how good it was.    

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    AWESOME!!!

    okay so im a cry baby so everytime i read this book i cry but willow is a very strong and powerful book i really really want there to be a sequel but anywayz i read this book in like a day wen i got done i read all of my fav partz in it again i think this book can appeal to all genderz it iz romantic but it izn lovey dubey every second of the book like some bookz are i reacomend this to anyone who likez romantic and powerful bookz im not saying i think about cutting myself but this book really helped me i also recomend this book to anyone who feelz like they dont fit in or belong this book will help get you through it BYE!!!! ~~smoochez~~

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Made me....feel

    What i look for in abook if for it to give real emotion not just words on a page and thats what i felt. Also this book teaches a bunch and is real touching i wish there was more.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

    Annoying in More than One Way

    Besides the third person present tense, which I've never seen done and found most annoying, there was one huge aspect of this book that bothered me: One of the characters found out about Willow's cutting, and DID NOTHING. He was oh-so-upset about it, of course, but he told no one and just advised Willow to stop. Highly unrealistic and troubling, for me as a reader. I waited for the plot to begin for over half the book, but all I got was Willow moping around and thinking about how much everyone hated her, how much of a freak she was, and so on. I can understand how losing your parents would be life-altering, but to write a book about it, something needs to happen. All that plus the cliche teen romance, and I would not recommend this book.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

    Amazing book!! Not so great if you are a former cutter :(

    Okay so I'm a total bookworm and I came across this when I was looking for books to buy. I have just barely finished it and I absolutly loved it. I totally understood willow and her cutting problem. This is probably because I used to do the same thing. Although, my problem wasn't nearly as big as hers was. Hearing about how cutting helped her brought back some pretty bad memories. I have been "sober" for about two years, but I'll never forget how it feels to do it. I'm sad to say willow has intensified that feeling for me. Willow was so lucky to have Guy. It made my heart hurt because I wish that I had someone like she did. Even now I still feel alone and unloved, so much so that stories like this really get to me. With this being said Willow was a great book even if it left me feeling like crap. I totaly recommend it to anyone and everyone!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

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    Absolutely Amazing

    I picked this book up by chance (usually I like science-fiction and classics), and when I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Cliche`, I know, but it's true. I read straight through it.

    Willow had a happy life before her parents died. She had it hard back then- or at least she thought. Back then, the worst thing she could think of happening was for her parents to pull out her baby pictures in front of a boyfriend. Now she just wishes they would- if only they'd come back.

    To escape from feeling the pain of losing both of her parents- with her behind the wheel, no less- she cut herself. She prefers razors. But she meets a boy named Guy... a person who walks into her life unsuspecting, thinking Willow was just an interesting and sad girl. But she came with her huge package, her burdens, her self-mutilation.

    This book-- I'd recommend it for any teenager, whether they have problems or not. If they cut- this is great inspiration. If they don't- they may get ideas from it. About if and when they walk into a cutters life, that they don't flinch. Just be there for them.

    FIVE STARS, DEFINITELY.
    -rated by a fourteen yr. old.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    One of the best books I have read!

    I bought this book yesterday, and started reading as soon as I got home. I read until 3am because I couldn't put it down! I finished it in about 5 hours! It was amazing! I can relate to Willow because my father died and I feel responsible, and I also cut. I loved how their was a love story mixed in with it. The book was so real and relatable. I'm sure I will be reading it again! AMAZING!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

    Best Book EVER!

    This book was absolutely amazing. When reading it, if I replaced Willow's cutting with burning, then it's the story of my life. Every single emotion and thought that she felt I could relate to. Because of this book, where Willow tries to look at her cuts and scars the way Guy would see them, because to her they don't look bad, I asked an adult to help me overcome my addiction to self-harm as a way to deal with my emotional pain, and am now on a process to healing. THANK YOU JULIA HOBAN. This book is INCREDIBLE.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    Breathtaking

    I couldn't set this book down when I took it on a road trip.
    My friend had read it and said it was good, but we were never into the same books. I picked it up out of boredom and curiosity, and was amazed. It lets you in on a girl's struggle with life in a whole new way I would have never looked at it. It was breathtaking, and definitely worth the read, even a reread. It's a new type of novel with a strange romance added in it like I've never seen before. You won't regret buying this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2010

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    BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ

    this was the best book ever. i could not put it down at all. i was hooked on the first page. Hoban did a really good job i dont even know how to describe it. i will be reading this book again very soon because i love it so much.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    Great Book!

    I absolutely loved this book! It captured me from beginning to end. The characters were so real and likable the story was emotional and really tugged on the heart strings. I felt, even though hurting ones self seems completely crazy, I could, to some extent, understand why she would do that. Guy was such an amazing person from the second he found out about her cutting and I loved him from beginning to end. This was an great book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    Willow

    What an amazing book, I'll say.
    About the struggles through a teenagers life who had problems of her own and how she handles them. The characters are enriching and even easy to relate to on some references at times, but what is for sure is that this is a fun and unforgettable read. The struggles Willow goes through is as if she's taking you along with her, letting you in on her insights. Highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Amazing!!

    This Book was sooo good, i can't even believe how good. I was scared i wouldn't like it but boy was i wrong. It was so emotional and so well written and thought out. I wish i could find a guy like Guy, he was so amazing, and what willow was going through and how she felt and her brother david felt. I can't even describe how good it was, but you definately need to read it. The end was great, my only complain is that it wasn't long enough!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2010

    Boring

    I noticed that most people raved about this book but I cannot figure out why. It was unbelieveably boring. The story was dull and dragged on. I didn't feel connected to the characters. The ending was terribly cheesy. I would not recommend this book to anyone and am somewhat disappointed that I wasted the money on this.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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