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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"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. Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"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 Reviews

Review:

"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." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

“When the truth about her past is disclosed…the effect works like gangbusters.”

–New York Times Book Review

A girl's letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut that's Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls meets The Sixth Sense.

Zoe knows she doesnt belong in a hospital—so why is she in one?

 

Twin Birch isnt just any hospital. Its a strange mansion populated by unnerving staff and glassy-eyed patients. Its a place for girls with serious problems; skinny, spindly girls with eating disorders who have a penchant for harming themselves.

 

Zoe isnt like them. And she cant figure out why she was sent here. Writing letters to her best friend Elise keep her sane, grounded in the memories of her past—but mired in them, too. Elise never writes back.

 

Zoe is lost without her, unsure of how to navigate tenuous new friendships and bizarre rules without Elise by her side. But as her letters intertwine with journal entries chronicling her mysterious life at Twin Birch, another narrative unfolds. The hidden story of a complicated friendship; of the choices we make, the truths we tell others, and the lies we tell ourselves. The story of a friendship that has the potential to both save—and damage beyond repair. And Zoe finds she must confront the truth about her past once and for all, before she can finally let go.

 

Nora Prices debut young adult book is a heart-wrenching meditation on the bonds of friendship with a gripping psychological twist.

 

 

Synopsis:

Zoe knows she doesn't belong in a hospital. So why is she in one?

Twin Birch isn't just any hospital. It's a strange mansion populated by unnerving staff and glassy-eyed patients. It's a place for girls with serious problems; spindly girls who have a penchant for harming themselves. Zoe isn't like them.

Through letters to her best friend, Elise, Zoe tries to come to terms with why she was sent to Twin Birch against her will. But Elise never writes back. Alone and trying to navigate tenuous friendships and bizarre rules, Zoe finds that the reason for Elise's silence lies in memories of their beautiful, inescapable, and sometimes suffocating friendship. A friendship that has both saved her and may still destroy her--unless she is able to confront the truth about her past once and for all.

"A psychological zinger . . . will keep readers invested to the last page."--Kirkus, starred review 

About 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).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142416662
Author:
Hoban, Julia
Publisher:
Speak
Author:
Price, Nora
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Death and Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25x5.47x.87 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
12-14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
“When the truth about her past is disclosed…the effect works like gangbusters.”

–New York Times Book Review

A girl's letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut that's Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls meets The Sixth Sense.

Zoe knows she doesnt belong in a hospital—so why is she in one?

 

Twin Birch isnt just any hospital. Its a strange mansion populated by unnerving staff and glassy-eyed patients. Its a place for girls with serious problems; skinny, spindly girls with eating disorders who have a penchant for harming themselves.

 

Zoe isnt like them. And she cant figure out why she was sent here. Writing letters to her best friend Elise keep her sane, grounded in the memories of her past—but mired in them, too. Elise never writes back.

 

Zoe is lost without her, unsure of how to navigate tenuous new friendships and bizarre rules without Elise by her side. But as her letters intertwine with journal entries chronicling her mysterious life at Twin Birch, another narrative unfolds. The hidden story of a complicated friendship; of the choices we make, the truths we tell others, and the lies we tell ourselves. The story of a friendship that has the potential to both save—and damage beyond repair. And Zoe finds she must confront the truth about her past once and for all, before she can finally let go.

 

Nora Prices debut young adult book is a heart-wrenching meditation on the bonds of friendship with a gripping psychological twist.

 

 

"Synopsis" by ,
Zoe knows she doesn't belong in a hospital. So why is she in one?

Twin Birch isn't just any hospital. It's a strange mansion populated by unnerving staff and glassy-eyed patients. It's a place for girls with serious problems; spindly girls who have a penchant for harming themselves. Zoe isn't like them.

Through letters to her best friend, Elise, Zoe tries to come to terms with why she was sent to Twin Birch against her will. But Elise never writes back. Alone and trying to navigate tenuous friendships and bizarre rules, Zoe finds that the reason for Elise's silence lies in memories of their beautiful, inescapable, and sometimes suffocating friendship. A friendship that has both saved her and may still destroy her--unless she is able to confront the truth about her past once and for all.

"A psychological zinger . . . will keep readers invested to the last page."--Kirkus, starred review 

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