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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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. It’s all very matter-of-fact, and I get no real emotion from her regarding it.

Blood Wounds really delves into the blended family element and the need and strive we need to feel as to come out as this picture perfect happy element even though we don’t feel that was and we cannot possibly all be equal in the eyes of all of our parents. Please try again later. I get family loyalty, but there was this sneaky sense of, “If you really love me, you’ll do things my way” that was always present in conversations and influencing actions.

Showing of 54 reviews. Now she wonders whether her family will ever be whole and happy again, or if they ever were. On one hand, I figure I should probably read about these issues having teenagers. This is a book about a teenager who cuts herself. If you know this Author, then you know what books I’m speaking of.

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Murder-suicides are a sad fact of life in 20th and 21st century America. I don’t know why I’ve come to this conclusion but it seems to me that Pfeffer can only write about sadness and profound loss. She ends up traveling to a small town in Texas with a family friend, and making some surprising connections.

I always completely respect the vision of the author in creating their stories, and I rarely would suggest something so bold, but I really believe that in this case expanding the story would mean a great deal to the development of all of the characters, including Willa.


You will not get what this book is really about from the synopsis – I thought I’d be reading a book about a girl and her mom on the run from her crazy father for the entire book, with Willa learning family secrets from her mom pfefrer facing hard truths along the way.

Why in the world did Willa’s father kill his family? Her stepfather and mother are devoted to her, and she and her two stepsisters get along just fine.

What should have been a tension filled story felt flat. Willa has been through so much in this story Learn more about Amazon Prime. If you want a story that can really telegraph the fear suwan pain and hopelessness that overwhelms you, read Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert or Willow by Julia Hoban or Scars by Cheryl Reinfield. She is polite, obeys her parents, gives up everything with no problem.

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I feel like her story and own ‘coming-of-age’ could be just as significant as Willa’s, I didn’t really see her come full circle. It is a terrible book. It gets a little messy, though, with Willa’s mother keeping information about her father from her This week has been a gobble fest for me, I’m at the beach and have yet to read a “beach book”, but who cares right?!???!! I found the opening confusing. This book felt clinical, like a bland recitation of the facts or the bones of the story.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. No matter what you have. But that is not the case. Willa has always felt like dusan needed to do pffeffer best and byy under the radar. Her blended family is torn apart by all the tragedy and Willa must find a way to make all their problems work out.


Another example of this would be Willa’s stepfather Jack.

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Her mom is a wreck and stepfather flies her two step sisters to their mother’s fracturing the family Willa believed was so solid. Pfeffer is to be commended for tackling these issues, and for giving us the perspective of a teenager who is directly involved.

Although she is horrified blokd the actions of her father, she also longs to know more about the town where he grew up. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Killer dad on the loose! It is hard enough to see Willa being pushed around, but even harder for me to endure Willa being so down on herself.

The blood beside us? The main character’s voice is very immature – she sounds more like 12 than This is supposed to be a susann in crisis–someone who is cutting. I prefer to take an ostrich-like approach to such matters. I don’t even kind of pretend to personally know what it’s like, because I’ve never done it.

How is Willa supposed to cope with all this? Willa does stand strong in demanding to attend her half-siblings’ funeral, despite her mother’s objections, and she learns a lot about her parents’ pasts and what blpod have led to the unspeakable tragedy that befell her family. However, during a crisis of to cut or not to cut Willa does experience a, a This book is SO short for something that tackles cutting, socioeconomic issues, blended families, domestic violence, and murder.