Release Date: April 2, 2009
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.
I’m going to say this outright: I loved this book! It was kind of slow in the beginning, but it picked up fast. This book was fascinating, so intense and sad. It is a great eye opener!
Willow blamed herself for her parents’ death because she was the one who was driving the car that got her parents killed. I felt bad for Willow because she started to cut herself to make her feel better, whenever she’s sad, instead of talking to her brother or anyone, she cut herself. When Guy found out she was a cutter, he was shocked at first but then he decided to help her. In addition, Guy was there when Willow needed him, and wouldn't give up on her.
Willow gave me a reality check in the sense that this isn't a perfect world, nobody is perfect, and there are many people who resort to hurting themselves to cope with pain and suffering. Willow’s relationship with both Guy, and especially her brother, are perfectly captured and make the book extremely emotional read. I really loved this book and the romance that was woven into Willows life when she really needed someone to talk to and someone who would listen to her without judgment. I loved the characters: Willow, Guy, and Willow’s brother.
Julia Hoban description is beautiful; it helped me understand the pain Willow was going through. Overall, I loved this book. I recommend this book for everyone age 15 or over.