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Teen Spirit

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Teen Spirit

Francesca Lia Block sweeps us away with another beautifully written story. TEEN SPIRIT has the same painterly imagery and whimsical characteristics as Block’s previously published work, LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING. TEEN SPIRIT takes place in current day America and some paranormal turmoil arises when a Ouija board falls in the hands of two teenagers.

Block’s descriptive writing sweeps you away into Julie’s world where you will smell magnificent lavender, see vivid auras, taste coconut almond kitchari and feel the passion between two lovers.

Julie, the main character, is very connected to her grandmother. Her heart is broken when she witnesses her grandmother’s death right before her eyes. Lavender smoke emits from her dead body and Julie believes that this may be an omen. Shortly after her grandmother’s death, Julie and her mother move to Beverly Hills to start a new life. Julie becomes the new girl in school and finds it hard to make friends until she meets Clark --- an eccentric boy who dresses in thrift store clothes, eats kitchari everyday for lunch, loves rock music and doesn’t have many friends. Julie soon learns that Clark has also lost someone close to him, and that it is more than a coincidence.

A few weeks later, Julie discovers a Ouija board at a yard sale and decides to communicate with the other side, but Clark isn’t too thrilled about the idea --- he believes that Ouija boards bring evil and bad luck into one’s house. Julie finally convinces Clark to conduct a Ouija board séance on Halloween night; they place their hands on the pointer and ask who is in their presence. The letters, G-R-A-N appear and Clark panics, then runs to the door saying that he needs to go and that this was a bad idea. Julie got so close in trying to communicate with her grandma; why would Clark would run off and leave her stranded? Because maybe it wasn’t Julie’s grandma, but another spirit who is trying to force its way to earth through a porthole from the other side.

TEEN SPIRIT is a paranormal mystery that you’ll be dying to solve. This novel is fit for any young adult that is interested in mysteries, romance and thrillers. Block’s descriptive writing sweeps you away into Julie’s world where you will smell magnificent lavender, see vivid auras, taste coconut almond kitchari and feel the passion between two lovers.  

Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski on February 4, 2014

Teen Spirit
by Francesca Lia Block

  • Publication Date: February 4, 2014
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0062008099
  • ISBN-13: 9780062008091