Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).
Summary: Seven months ago on a rainy March night, Willow’s parents drank too much at dinner and asked her to drive them home. But they never made it—Willow lost control of the car, and both of her parents were killed. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and the only way she know how to survive and control the pain is by secretly cutting herself. But when Willow meets Guy, a boy as sensitive and complicated as she is, she finds it hard to keep the secret that’s written all over her body. He sparks an intense relationship between them that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.
Julian Hoban has created an intense character in Willow. For someone so young to carry such insufferable guilt and then to have an addicting disease like self-harm, that’s real. It’s believable. The chance that there’s a girl out there with family issues to this extent who engages in self-harm is very, very real, and books like these give girls—and boys—like that hope. Willow is relatable in that she suffers like everyone else, and her family is nowhere near perfect. And just like real life, there is always that one person who you can rely on and trust in those situations. Guy was there for Willow every step of the way, even though he just wanted to run to her brother for help. This book isn’t one of those that have a perfect happy ending, in case that’s what you’re hoping for after the serious tone of the beginning and middle. Just like the rest of the book, the ending is real and believable. Overall, this book is a very good book to read. It really helps people to understand the emotions behind self-harm, especially for those that think it is not truly a disease. The only quirk I have about this book is that it is written for young teens, so if you are used to a more elaborate writing style, you feel like you’re reading a children’s book.