Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Mom's View on Willow!

Willow by Julia Hoban (book review)

I started reading this book and found I could not put it down. It took me six hours to read the 342 pages, and I came away from the experience smiling but feeling vaguely haunted by some of the images the book conjured for me.

This book is as complex as it is simple. It is a character driven story, and the characters are all really robust - you will not find any two-dimentional characters in this book. Even the supporting characters have a depth to them that I have found uncommon in the current genre of teen fiction.

It is no secret from the back cover of the book that the main character is a cutter. If you don’t know what a cutter is you can get more information at this handy-dandy Wikipedia entry on self-injury ( If you do know what a cutter is, either from personal experience or from someone in your family, be warned - some of the scenes in the book are graphic, but in a very authentic, respectful way. Nothing over the top or silly, which makes it even more disturbing in some instances but keeps the book grounded. It makes the fiction feel less like fiction and more like it could be based on a true story, which makes the story more compelling.

There is a love story here, as well as a story about family bonds and growth. It is a snapshot into a time period in a girl’s life - a time right after her parents have died and she feels responsible for the accident that took their lives.

It is a powerful, gripping, emotional story of loss and pain and growth and healing.
While this book is aimed squarely at the teen market, I think that the quality of writing and power of the storyline make it a great read for adults as well.

If you plan to give this book to your teen, talk about it with them when they’re finished. Willow is a book that can open the door between you and your teen to talk about the difference between perception and reality. How a teen can feel the world is perceiving them one way and how that can be vastly different from the reality that acutally surrounds them.

It’s a talk no teen wants to have but every teen could benefit from. Willow is the perfect way to have that talk, to keep the lines of communication open. To maybe use Willow’s story to help your teen through a time of healing he or she may be going through right now - to help them understand pain isn’t forever.


Polo.Pony said...

Great review! Its nice to hear a review from a different point of view!

Nora said...

Great review, thanks!

Erika Lynn said...

beautiful review thanks!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm glad you all liked it, and I do agree with Polo.Pony...I thought it would be nice to show various views on the book.

Amelia said...

I don't think I've read a YA review from a mom's point of view before. So cool.

katie said...

Great review! I never thought about how this book would appeal to parents of teenagers but I'm glad to see the book from a different perspective!

Anonymous said...

ups sorry delete plz [url=].[/url]

Anonymous said...




does type of wood affects the tone of guitar
free video porno to cell phone
splinter cell chaos theory walkthrough
cell phone front ends
free mobile flash 7 porn videos
dare ring videos
ringtones downloads
ringtone that adults cant hear free to get sent to your phone
tattoo ring
spore cell phase game download
handjob swallows cock ring
free mobile porn movies
mobile county court house jobs
resco reg windows mobile
cathys ring
search mobile game
custom two tone paint jobs
cute signatures for cell phone
lg ringtones
gaysex mobile
mobile county public school
lord of the ring pics
bvrp ringtone media studio german
funny hillbilly ringtone
obama stem cell policy
hot moms mobile brazzer
megaupload lincoln brewster let the praises ring 2006
hla histocompatibility complex cell membrane model figure
optus mobile broadband coverage map
mobile phone numbers
white blood cell
two tone paint jobs on trucks
free mobile apps
sterling silver solitaire ring enhancers
mobile log cabin homes
mobile news
diagram and label the (plasma) cell membrane
free horse fuck mobile video
sell your cell phone
route cell phone to pc
free ringtones sent to your phone by text
free mobile beastaility
how to add ringtone on ngage
free russian ringtones
sample mobile sex clip
koala bear coin ring
free text hacker for cell phones for spying
boost mobile dealership
appleseed cast the end of the ring wars rapidshare
mobile lackreparatur dippoldiswalde umgebung
t mobile internet
mobile number sarch in maybank avenue wembley middlesex uk
serial slovoed windows mobile
inserts cell phone pussy
ringtone drm lg te365
musical note ring
sample mobile sex clip
free ringtones for us cellular
numero cell adriano bettinelli
how long should i wait to change my belly button ring
unlabeled animal cell diagram
t-mobile cell phone plans
torrent dvd esdla the fellowship of the ring mpg
mobile iphone free porn
ring finger tattoo pictures
flac on mobile
garmin mobile blackberry activation code crack
how do i text a cuba number from a canadian cell phone
lesbian 3gp mobile download
free call tones for sprint
tip wire & ring wire
poly bag
my belly button ring ripped out and now the hole isnt healing
bbw porn for g1 mobile phone
mobile intel graphics media accelerator 4500mhd
pakistan mobile sex clips torrents
husband alert ringtone
free latest ringtone in arabic
free full harry potter and the chamber secrets 2002 movie mobile rapidshare online picture high quality version download
mobile porn for blackberry
free download of bluetooth hacking software for s40 java mobile
myxer ringtones free
mobile facesitting videos
absolutly free indian adult movies for mobile download

Anonymous said...

In biology, sex is [URL=]adult couples sex videos[/url]
a process of combining and mixing [URL=]pinay celebrity sex scandal[/url]
genetic traits, often resulting [URL=]hot sex pictures[/url]
in the specialization of organisms into [URL=]college coed sex videos[/url]
a male or female variety (known as a sex). Sexual reproduction involves combining specialized cells (gametes) to form offspring [URL=]how to have lesbian sex[/url]
that [URL=]free adult online sex games[/url]
inherit traits from both parents. Gametes can be identical in form and function (known as isogametes), but in many cases an asymmetry has evolved [URL=]cartoon toon sex[/url]
such that two sex-specific types of gametes (heterogametes) exist: male [URL=]short indian sex stories[/url]
gametes are small, [URL=]shania twain sex tapes[/url]
motile, and optimized to transport their genetic information over a distance, while female gametes are large, non-motile and contain [URL=]teen sex pictures[/url]
the nutrients necessary for the early development of the young organism.
An organism's sex is [URL=]teen teen nude sex[/url]
defined by the gametes it produces: males produce male [URL=]free amateur sex[/url]
gametes (spermatozoa, or sperm) while females produce female gametes (ova, or egg cells); individual organisms which produce both male and female [URL=]games adult sex free abandonware mac macintosh apple[/url]
gametes are termed hermaphroditic. Frequently, physical differences are associated with the different sexes of an organism; these sexual dimorphisms can reflect the different reproductive pressures the sexes experience.
[URL=]lesbian sex party[/url]

Anonymous said...

Everybody[url=]adult s and m porno[/url] heard rumours [url=]amateur porno vidoes[/url] about women[url=]porno mexicano amateur[/url] faking orgasms. Is that true? The majority of women have [url=]cunt porno tubes[/url] faked at least one orgasm, yet some fake almost all of them. Why do they do that? There[url=]porno star shemale vanity vids and pics[/url] are many reasons and the case is that there's [url=]harrdcore interracial porno[/url] no one to blame.
The most [url=]shemale video porno[/url] common are two [url=]mature hairy porno online[/url] reasons: they[url=]amateurs animal porno movies[/url] don't want to make their partners feel bad [url=]free anime porno movies[/url] or they are tired and just want to end sex. Most females say that their partners ar[url=]asian mature porno[/url] e not satisfied until the[url=]liliana mosqueira fotos porno[/url] girls feels orgasm, there's only one way to make them feel happy and stop the[url=]amateur porno pics[/url] exhausting procedure - fake.
Another [url=]free hot lesbian porno movies[/url] reason is that a[url=]anal lesbian interracial porno video[/url] typical female [url=]gay porno tubes[/url] doesn't seek for orgasm; she desires a sexual [url=]free streaming porno tubes[/url] relationship only because she wants intimacy. Still, such an attitude may make her partner feel bad. [url=]gay porno videos[/url] The only way out is to [url=]free porno[/url] fake it out.
[url=]80 porno clips[/url] Some women never really experience orgasm while making sex, but they want their partner to feel good about himself and her. Men usually expect women to have pleasure, that's why females have no other choice. They have to fake to have a good relationship.
Loss of interest, having sex only because the partner wants to, also makes women to fake. Most females talk to their friends about such things and while they know other women act it, they do so too, because it's an easier way to have a good relationship.