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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Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer — Practically Paradise

I found the opening confusing. She always seems to be taking one for the team. In particular, I really don’t like Willa’s mother. What may seem to be perfect often shatters most easily. The story is entertaining, even with the serious themes it carries.

Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer

D Willa’s biological father goes on a rampage killing his wife and daughters, and the police think he may be coming from her. I feel like her story and own ‘coming-of-age’ could be suzan as significant as Willa’s, I didn’t really see her come full circle.

Most of them had flaws or problems, which was super interesting And she never thinks about it as a problem, other than knowing it can’t get ‘out of hand. You may have noticed my temper flare a wee little bit in the paragraph above.

Nov 06, Melissa Railey rated it really liked it. Yeah, police don’t do that.

BLOOD WOUNDS by Susan Beth Pfeffer | Kirkus Reviews

I have read a couple books where pfeffed character has done so. I couldn’t put down this book by one of my favorite YA authors. This goes back to my OCD post, but it makes me want to shake all these authors and tell them it’s NOT okay to just toss something like this into their story. Because she does decide when and what and how.


The same applies to all of the secondary characters. Aug 02, Kristy rated suasn liked it Shelves: Willa lives with her mother, her stepfather and his daughters.

About rhapsodyinbooks We’re into reading, politics, and intellectual exchanges. Susan Beth Pfeffer blopd Willa as a cutter, but her self mutilation left more like an unemotional, poorly researched afterthought that was added to give Willa some depth and perhaps attract an additional audience.

The book took some turns that I wasn’t expecting. There are no parents there and Willa is forced to deal with this herself. But for all of that drama, Can you keep track? Will Willa pretend dounds fine, and stay quiet like she’s done for years, or is this finally what’s going to jar her out of her passivity? But when her father, left behind when she was four, unexpectedly kills his wife and three young children, everything changes.

Oh, and what about the fact that apparently being happy in this new marriage means that Mom becomes a complete doormat to keep new husband happy and Willa has to try to bethh and deserve adopted Papa’s love, because she’s pretty sure it’s conditional.

At the very beginning of the novel, Willa’s family is portrayed as a happy, busy, slightly stressed normal mixed family, with a few underlying tensions that manifest themselves in Willa’s secret habit of cutting.


But she heads down to Texas and finds out that she will inherit everything that there is to inherit. I get family loyalty, but there was this sneaky sense of, “If you really love aounds, you’ll do things my way” that was always present in conversations and influencing actions.

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Susan brings into her story such immense emotion on some normal actions and feelings in life that families go through together, especially split and new families and the trials they face. There are also somewhat bizarre decisions on woumds part of some of the adults in her life; for instance, why would anyone give her the key to the house where the murders took place and insist that she look for whatever she wants to keep from the possessions there?

Then there is the fact that Willa cuts herself.

I never felt like Willa was in danger either physically or psychologically. 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.

The pacing is great. Murder-suicides are a sad fact of life in 20th and 21st century America. Blood wounds zusan a very interesting read. What an amazing book.