Monday, February 22, 2010

Willow and Scarred

By, Julia Hoban
Out in Paperback: February 23, 2010

WILLOW is in its sixth U.S. printing, second in Spain!
U.K. debut coming in March!

On a rainy March night, Willow Randall’s parents drank too much and asked her to drive them home. They never made it – Willow lost control of the car, and both of her parents were killed. Now, seventeen-year-old Willow has left behind her home, friends, and school to move in with her older brother, his wife, and their new baby.

Trapped in a life she never expected, Willow desperately wishes things would return to the way they were – but they can’t. Tormented by guilt and petrified by grief, she goes through the motions just trying to cope. Willow numbs her new, grim reality by secretly cutting herself – the only way she thinks she can gain control amidst dysfunction and chaos. When her classmate, Guy, discovers her secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down. His refusal to let her go forces Willow to relearn how to let people in.

Julia Hoban’s evocative novel, WILLOW (February 2010; Dial Books, $8.99), explores the utterly painful and isolating effects of loss with the paradoxically essential need for human connection and understanding. Julia creates a character as complex as her situation. Extremely smart and thoughtful, Willow not only faces the task of refiguring her life without the people who mattered most, but falls in love with the first person to know everything about her. It is through this connection with Guy, their shared love for books, and the love of her family, that Willow begins to heal.

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).

Willow can be ordered from popular booksellers such as Barnes & Noble and

For my friends in the UK...
Willow, which has be retitled Scarred, will be released on March 18, 2010.  I love the new cover.  It is just as dramatic as the the original, but the yellow dress and the girl's distraut expression really set the mood for the book. 

Preorder Scarred here.

*If you have not read this yet, I highly recommend you do.  This book is very deep and reaches right into the heart of some very serious issues that teens face.  It is also beautifully written, it will stick with you long after you turn the last page.


Melissa said...

I really want to read Willow! :)

Becky said...

I love the UK cover. I still think I'd find this book too sad but I sort of want to read it to find out.

Nina said...

It sounds very interesting to read. And I agree with Becky I adore the UK cover!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Thanks for the review! I'll hopefully be reading this soon! Oh and I actually prefer the US cover. ;)

misskallie2000 said...

I like the US cover better. I would love to win Willow.. It does sound sad but I would like to read and see the conclusion.

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