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Weeping Willow

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  181 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Tiny Lambert struggles to find security and happiness when her high school years are marred after her stepfather rapes her.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1992)
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Lacie Pribble
This has been one of my all time favorite books, since I first read it in 7th grade! One of the VERY few stories I could read multiple times.
The only thing that bothers me about this book is the summery given on the back. I went so far that I put a sticker on the back of my copy, so when I lend it to friends they can read it without bias.
I personally think this book is NOT about a girl being raped by her stepfather. Of course that happens, too, but mostly the story is about growing up, falling in love, being insecure as a teenager - and it is written in such a truthfull, believable way that it somehow made me reconcile with the awkw
Feb 18, 2011 Sally rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
I listened to this on CD by a wonderful narrator and I think that added to my enjoyment. This is a sweet and painful story of a young West Virginia girl's experience through her high school years--living with her mother, stepfather and 3 half siblings in a "holler" in mining country. Now that doesn't sound interesting, but she is such a true character--and was growing up at the same time as I was--that I really felt for her. Her father was not around (he left when he found out his girlfriend was ...more
I read this when I was in high school, and even though I could do without the rape part, I know it suppose to show the struggle the character in this book went through. And I can relate to it because I personally know a few people who shared the same struggle.

What I like about this book is that it reminds me of where I grew up. The author had described the surrounding so beautifully (not in a poet kind of way, though) that I just want to go back home.

The character in the book also discovered he
Jamie Leigh
I was in the 6th grade when I first got my paws on this book. Mind you that was back in 1996. Still to this day I remember every detail of this book because I would read it over and over. By far one of my favorite books even. Very well written and even though it is a completely different style of living from my childhood/teenage years I connected with the main character and was aware of so many things that could happen that did happen to her. This is one book I will be putting in my daughters ha ...more
I loved, loved, loved this book! I read Weeping Willow a while back, when I was in elementary school, but I remember being enthralled with it. I felt very close to Tiny. It seemed like we were best friends. She is definitely one of the greatest and most inspiring literary characters I've ever come to know.
When I read this around middle school age it blew my mind. This book is really...just great. It deals with some silly high school topics, but it takes them seriously. Also it has a part about the typical creepy stepfather, and Ruth White handles it beautifully for such an awful topic. Read this. Immediately.
Seriously, someone could have told her! Other than that the book was awesome. And emotional. I read it when i was 12. That bastard would have got more than needed if i was in the damn book.
I love this author and her stories about families living in coal mining areas of Virginia! She creates a strong sense of place and great characters.
Keisha Sherrell
I would read this again. I found this treasure when I was in the 7th grade and I've never forgotten it.
I read and re-read this book when i was younger. It is a fantastic read for young girls (and boys)
Young girl overcomes the trauma of a rape by her father. Well written page turner.
Another book that stuck with me throughout the years. I really good read!
Tori Doss
My book was signed by Ruth White!!! It was amazing!!
Ashley Lawson
It was sad but the story is very relevant!
It is an amazing book.
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