Told in an extraordinary 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.
©2009 Kim J. Ulrich; (P)2009 Listening Library
"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)
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
Well as a story I really liked the world of Willow and I found myself drawn into it , except for the fact that the narrator was soo annoying I couldn't listen to her for more than an hour until I decided to read the book instead .. but it is a story worth reading anyhow
you definitely have to be in a positive mind set. no weakness about you before digging into this one. fairytale? oh no too real for that. but the most realistic listen in a long time!
First, let me say that this author sees nothing wrong with teen sex as long as the participants "love" each other and are careful. I for one, find that a very disturbing attitude for one who is writing books that may popular in that age group. She also swears -- not a lot, but a little of that type of language is too much for many of us.
I will admit that I enjoyed the book but I probably would have avoided it had I known about the sex and language even though the sex was far from explicit and was portrayed somewhat conservatively, and the foul language was not used a lot.
Guy entered Willow's life at a time when she needed someone desperately. He was sensitive, caring, and self-sacrificing and Willow recognized and appreciated his good qualities.
But as far as portraying the miracles of redemption through love, this book is not in the same league as "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers. That book may well be the best book I have ever read (listened to actually), period -- and some of Francine's other books are almost as good.
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