Synopsis & Book Info:
Willow is nineteen, naïve, and Mormon. She genuinely sucks at having relationships with the opposite sex, thanks to her daddy issues—as in she has a dad and wishes she didn’t. Her only perfect relationship is with her best friend, Jo. But when Willow and Jo fall for the same guy, Willow finds herself friendless and falling in love with a drug addict. Feeling confused, guilty, and alone, she turns to cutting herself as a way to cope.
Snowflake Obsidian is a memoir about one girl’s transformation from being naïve due to living in a protected religious culture, to understanding the many faces of love in this paradoxical journey. As Willow steps into the world outside her religious ideals she finds herself in situations she’d never imagined: getting a body piercing at a parlor full of sex-toys; purchasing the morning after pill for a friend who had been raped; attending a support group for co-dependents; putting all her faith in a snowflake obsidian stone when she can’t cope with her depression; and living with her boyfriend while trying to remain abstinent on this journey that ultimately illuminates Willow’s dark side which fully allows her to know the light. Her intelligent and humorous voice bluntly shares her story with the perfect blend of nostalgic observance and cynical optimism in this witty memoir about life, love and learning.
Paperback: 268 pages
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The Hippie received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah and worked briefly as a licensed mental health therapist before leaving her job to pursue writing. She prefers ice cream in the winter, beanies in the summer, and only plays sports when properly guilt-tripped. She currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit her website.
Funny, heart-wrenching, real, these are all words that stick in my mind after reading this memoir.
The hippie has a unique way of writing, using a humorous approach to tackle tough subjects like self-mutilation and relationships.
Yes, the author is a cutter. Not a story I have read much about, and yet I have a healthy curiosity in regards to it and what makes a cutter, cut. I now feel like I have an understanding of why and what, and I am glad to have that knowledge now.
Sensitive subject, yes, but not what the whole book was about. It was mostly a memoir of a girl growing into a woman, and her relationships along the way, including with family.
I definitely think a lot of readers will enjoy this book!
~I received a copy for Pump Up Your Book Tours. I was not compensated for my opinion.~