This book was a definite page turner, filled with interesting details. It was very descriptive and kept me engaged up until the very end. I would highly recommend this book for teenagers as well as adults.
As a side note, I found it fascinating that so many topics that we see and hear about in the news today were interwoven into the plot of a novel set in the 1950s, making this a relevant read for the 21st century. Mental illness, same sex couples, alcoholism, gun violence, religious intolerance - just to name a few.
I loved the vivid descriptions of the era! I wasn't alive in the 1950s, but with Ms. Skomal's "portrait with words" I felt like I had time traveled.
In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed this well written, thought provoking and sensitive book and I would highly recommend it to my friends.
This book pulls you in and engages you in the story. Within a few pages, you'll no longer be reading a book. You'll be sharing the lives and dreams of Patsy and Hap, then Beah and Raz.
Centered around a majestic willow tree in a lovely remote part of Nebraska, the story revolves abount a tiny community and 4 of its young inhabitants.
You're subliminally aware that the tale is set in the 50s, in the aftermath of the Korean War, but you are more consciously involved in the lives, thoughts and pre-teen angst of the four young protagonists - which timelessly reflect the pain and pleasure of growing up and coming of age.
Third Willow traces their transition from childhood to adolescence through a series of circumstances, events and philosophies, doing this in an empathic and sympathetic fashion that will have you rooting for your favorite person, issue or challenge. And there are plenty, ranging from sexuality to spiritualism, religion to homosexuality, struggles of being honest and fair and loyal and morals in other words, the typical growing up pain all of us have felt as youngsters, and our little ones will feel as they grow up too.