Susan Beth Pfeffer addresses some serious topics in BLOOD WOUNDS, including cutting, murder and abuse, and she does so with an honest. A psychodrama about tangled families never quite gets off the ground. Blood can both wound and heal Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes.
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While Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer isn’t necessarily a book about a psychological disorder- sounds is certainly never specified, or identified- it is about a girl who is obviously struggling to accept and come to terms with a lot of different things, and one of the ways she chooses to cope is through cutting.
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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The novel begins with Willa being a fairly reasonable and articulate teenager, who lives in a family of well spoken, bland people. In particular, it would be an excellent chance for us to see Willa being treated more fairly in comparison with her stepsisters–which would really change her life for the better and give her a boost in her confidence and self-esteem.
This, more than any other book I’ve read, makes cutting seem like something that might be appealing. Susan Beth Pfeffer wrote Willa as a cutter, but her self mutilation left more like an unemotional, poorly researched afterthought that was wounnds to give Willa some depth and perhaps attract an additional audience.
Any of you feel completely differently?! I’d love to hear from any of you who have read this book. Answers to some of the most profound questions of her life lie in Texas, Willa knows, and deep down she realizes that only by going out there and confronting the excruciating details from her and her mother’s dubious past will she have a chance to finally earn back a little bit of peace for herself.
She is polite, obeys her parents, gives up everything with no problem. It’s a good lesson to remember when we read about these kinds of crimes in the newspaper. Willa never knew her father, and so it comes as a surprise when she learns that he has just killed the half-sisters and step-mother she never knew she had.
I felt for her. Willa learns the extent to which her stepsisters’ mother controls her life, and is finally open about the financial inequality between her and her stepsisters and how it upsets and affects her.
I don’t get at all the idea that Willa comes to that she’s supposed to just act the way she’s expected and whatever–not one person treats her that way! There was certainly enough dysfunction to support the latter. I think in the end, Willa had so much dysfunction in her life that it made be feel like there was no support for the book itself. But when her father, left behind when she was four, unexpectedly kills his wife and three young children, everything changes. When she receives a phone call from her mom’s best friend while she is home alone, her whole world is turned upside down.
To see what your friends pfefcer of this book, please sign up. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. So “Blood” it would be. Then they don’t even go with her because her mom bety to never go back. The only time I felt any emotion while reading was during the scenes that talked about or showed Willa cutting- and it’s not the emotion I was supposed to feel. See all Editorial Reviews. Willa ;feffer the whole book dealing with so many secrets that I was always worried that she was about to explode.
But I plan to. And other characters beeth the same thing, seemingly answering questions that were never really asked. Although most readers will not experience the devastating turn of events in this book, many readers will relate to the quest for belonging and figuring out what a “real family” is.
If the story were longer, there would also be more of a chance to tie up the loose ends that were left out there in keeping the novel short.
D Willa’s biological father goes on a rampage killing his wife and daughters, and the police think he may be coming from her. This book felt clinical, like a bland recitation of the facts or the bones of the story. Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Killer pveffer on the loose!
She had a little contest, and my name got pulled from the hat. I really thought this was a psychological thriller with some great insights into blended families. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
Was I the first to leave this comment? Made me think it could be real. Sometimes the publisher names the book, and sometimes I suggest a name we all agree to. This is a very serious subject, and it ends up getting lost in the story about Willa’s father, whom she’s never known anything about other than his name and he lives in Texas, and then suddenly the cops are at her door telling her he killed his wife and Willa’s half-sisters.
How did the police know he was coming after her? I would have thought she would have needed to cut during all the susaan but maybe I just don’t understand because I have never cut.
Willa has always felt like she needed to do her best and stay under the radar. Get to Know Us. For sounds, cutting is a way to survive. I enjoyed the writing here, and even the craziness to a point. Not my fave of Pfeffer’s, but not bad.
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There’s a lot of family drama woumds play, and most readers will be able to relate to a relationship at some level, even if you didn’t grow up in a household like the one presented. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
Willa is shown as growing up in a loving blended home, with stepsisters she gets along wonderfully with, a stepfather who loves her like his own and a supportive mother who does ppfeffer she can for her. She travels to Texas to attend the funeral of her sisters and reveals even more family secrets. But that is not the case. I liked this book but it was disturbing on many levels.
The money all defaulting to Willa?