Francesca Lia Block is, hands-down, the best contemporary young adult (and adult -- heck, I still read the stories and devour them) author out there, in my opinion.
Girl Goddess #9 is a book I can never keep a copy of, because as soon as I have reread it, I give it to someone else, and they never give it back. She writes beautifully, with incredibly crafted plots, but amidst all the magic, all of her characters are real and believeable, facing situations most teens face themselves. She's unafraid to address controversial topics, and she's just plain wonderful.
My favorite story in this book is "Dragons in Manhattan," in which a girl with two mothers travels across the country to find her father, and discovers something truly surprising she didn't expect at all.
*mad squeals* I love her books! I haven't read Girl Goddess #9 yet, but I've read Echo and Violet & Claire. Echo is great, because the girl (echo, of course) struggles with a past of "desperate striptease and lonely kissing" and eating disorders, and seeing her friends struggle to survive in LA and its just awesome. And in Violet & Claire, i just adore it because it's written in two parts, the first half is Violets journal, and the second half is Claire's diary. Violet and Claire are both incredibly totally different, Violet is a bit loose, and Claire is stubborn in her beleif that if she never lets a man touch her, then maybe one day she can escape with the faeries. Both are just awesome.
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Umm... HELLO? What about Weetzie Bat? Have you not yet read the genious Francessa's tale of young weetzie and her dark mysterious secret agent man and his duck? By far her best work along with the other weetzie chronicles!
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I always liked I was a teenage fairy the most because I identified. Francesca Lia Block was my most favoritest author for a long time and I still love her books.
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I love Francesca Lia Block. Growing up, she was one of my favourite subversive young adult fiction writers out there when I was a high school student, not to mention Weetzie Bat's polyamory and the questions that Wasteland raise about love and undermining essentialist notions of what is right and wrong. FLB deftly wove her narratives together, creating a sensualist's paradise.
"dragons in manhattan" was my favourite from that book too. actually, it's even more my favourite since i started obsessing over angels in america.
i think my favourite-favourite book of hers that i've read so far is probably "missing angel juan", though...
Posts: 108 | From: caaaaanada. ('cause we've got rocks and trees and trees and rocks...) | Registered: Jan 2007
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I am surprised that so many people have read her and VERY GLAD that everyone loves her! Although I usually read books that my teachers recommend, I was gravitated to Francesca Lia Block's writing when I was 13 because a lot of the troubles in the book were things that I was facing. Albeit, at the time I didn't understand a lot of what what going on in the story and found a lot of scandalous, I continued to read her throughout my teenage years, and I enjoyed it very much. I agree with foxfire-like Weetzie Bat. Haven't read Dragons in Manhattan, but now I sure will!
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