Willow by Julia Hoban is about 17 year-old Willow, struggling to deal with her feelings of guilt and grief over her parents death. Willow attempts to deal with her pain by secretly cutting herself. When one day Willow's secret is accidentally revealed to Guy, he feels morally obliged to help Willow and the two form a strong relationship without secrets.
Throughout Willow we are brought along on Willow's painful journey with an all-access pass. Julia Hoban doesn't shy away from showing the reader the reality of cutting instead of obscure references or hinting. The result is a very confronting and emotional book that is definitely not for younger readers or the easily shocked.
Willow is a strong, powerful book that shows us both personal destruction and the redemptive power of love and friendship. I highly recommend it!