Grade 9 Up-Block once again tackles the theme of love and its many variations. This time, she zeroes in on the ultimate taboo: incestuous love. Though Marina. From the author of Weetzie Bat comes a picture-perfect vision of mids Los Angeles, shimmering with Block’s signature California-style magical realism an. Teenaged Marina must come to terms with her brother’s death. In a starred review, PW called this novel “a picture-perfect vision of mids Los Angele.

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Here, Lia Block echoes the sentiment between Marina and Lex. The cramps were roiling, tight pain.

Its a short story with a lot of impact but switches between characters and half way through the story I realized that there were 3 characters actions I needed to account for, not just one. First edition cover art.


If you like stretching bound For such a small book, this took me a while to finish. But the way I saw you was pieces refracting the light, shifting into an infinite universe of flowers and rainbows and insects and planets, magical dividing bllck, pictures no one else knew’.

Shine of the Silver Dragon: I wastelanr feel your heart beating through your pilling green-and-white striped gym shirt. Star ratings in green are reader reviews. To view it, click here. But after reading it, it changed into something not quite like anything I’ve ever read.


They are not many, but each time they make an appearance, they are as bright as shooting stars. Books by Francesca Lia Block.

Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block Book Reviews

This is the first book I’ve read that talks about incest. She uses words good. One issue that became apparent was the fact that the characters were not defined at all. Mar 18, Melina rated it liked it. That’s what grates me when TV shows reveal that certain people aren’t related, so a sexual relationship wastelabd okay.

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Still, sophisticated teens are likely to be enthralled by Block’s bold and poetic experiment; her skill with words never flags. An easy read, I read this book at my kitchen table with about 2 cups of coffee. Once again, Block’s writing resonates within me long after I’ve turned the last page, like a beautifully sad symphony I can’t get out of my head. The house was full of dancing creatures, not male not female but both, two lovers in one body.

What becomes of an individual when someone else becomes “necessary”?

The perils of forbidden love mingle with the more resonant pangs of a soulful bond stronger than love or lust His sister is dating one of These moments when you get a glimpse of the depth of his feelings for her are infinitely precious. She does a lot of interesting things frabcesca her franceeca structure and the way she tells her story, but 1 I don’t think her flights of structural fancy always help her tell her story better which in my mind should be a requirement2 they often add an offputting distance between the reader and the characters, and 3 I don’t think she always has as much control over them as she thinks she does see also: Se It took me quite a while to finish this book because, honestly, I never wanted to pick it up.


Single-handedly my favourite book. The language is so delicate and descriptive, i find blocj utterly absorbing. Discover what to read next.

Apr 20, Ted McKnight rated it it was ok. My heart breaks every time the same as it did the first. Sep 22, Danie rated it it was amazing Shelves: When the one relationship that cradled her turns out to shatter her sense of self, Marina needs her friend West to help put the pieces back together. Marina seemed to be the shyer one of the two and always wanted to follow Lex everywhere. If you’ve read this book and love it, or if you just love this author, please don’t bash me for my opinion on this book.