Hier erstmal mein Kommentar von Goodreads über Willow.
Ich weiß noch nicht, ob ich noch eine „richtige“ Rezension schreiben werde.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My first reaction to the book was, wow, great! The story is really sad and I liked the writing style…
I do have experience with cutters and cutting, so it kinda touched a sore spot.
I think Guy was really trying to help Willow and I loved their bonding over books. That one scene where he kisses her scars was incredible touching.
The conflict between Willow and her brother was fitting, as was his reaction and his reasoning. Still, I longed for him to comfort his sister, to be honest. I mean, I completely get him and his feelings. I have to say that he is in a really horrible situation. But their last scene? I can’t really describe it, but something was missing.
Nevertheless, the writing is remarkable and in my opinion outstanding. The description of Willows feelings… Wow. And ouch.
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After I thought about the plot and Willow and Guy I can’t bring myself to award the 5 stars that I wanted to.
I didn’t like the end, because honestly, that’s just too unrealistic!
Plus, there are some other things bothering me…
Cutting is a serious problem and I think that the author forgot that a bit.
I mean, she cuts herself, which is horrible, and that’s the start of their relationship?
He helps her to hide it? Even though it was obvious that she needed help? Urg.
Ok, I liked the way he talked to her and that aspect of their relationship was wonderful. He was understanding and really tried to help her, just, I don’t know…
I don’t think that it was the right thing to do. But then again, what is the right thing?
I liked him for not walking away and for trying to help, but him buying condoms shortly after finding out that she is a cutter grosses me out…
Their relationship is dangerous for both. For her, because what happens if they should break up?
I mean, they are still young. In the end, she didn’t stop cutting because she found other ways to cope, but because he pressured her into it. It’s dangerous for him, because he will always have the weight of carrying her secret and her mental health on his shoulders. He knows that she will start cutting again, should he want to leave her.
Above all, he wont be there for her all the time. That’s just not possible. There are going to be times where she starts again and has a relapse, I mean, it is an addiction. What is he going to do then? Make her choose again? Watch? Leave? Talk?
That’s not a healthy relationship!
Also, I believe that Julia Hoban did not write about the real process of healing and stopping to cut.
Sooo, because I was torn rating the book, I decided on 3 stars, even though I still think that it is an amazing book. I just can’t ignore the parts angering me so much… And it definitely does not deserve only 1 or 2 stars.