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In search of material for a screenplay they are developing, seventeen-year-old Violet and her new friend Claire try to make life a movie as they chase their dreams through dangerously beautiful Los Angeles.
Paperback, 169 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by Harper Teen (first published September 22nd 1999)
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Jaemi
This is the book that started it all for me. A friend recommended I read it, and Francesca Lia Block made an immediate move to the top slot in my favorite authors list, where she's stayed ever since.

Violet sees life as a movie. There's always a scene, a mood, something unfolding. Though her own life, sadly, is lacking in some of the necessities for a great script. Conflict. Her parents, who seem to be from a completely different bloodline than she, give her none. And what little she does have is...more
Jay
This book is like a dream.

There's a very mystical quality when reading it. The scenes meld into one another, which can be quite disjointing when reading it initially. Pages need to be re-read and at points, nothing is quite clear. The book is very short, however, (easily read in under an hour), and so it isn't quite difficult.

The love between Violet and Claire transcends sexuality, and Violet never makes any attempt to clarify their relationship. Claire relies more on Violet, that much is true,...more
Nomad
I'm a fan of Block's and even though I'm out of her intended age market, I and many others like me, still love her work. I really WANTED to like this book more than I did. It was good, that's not at issue and it was a very well written meditation on female friendship and how sometimes society really pits girls/women against each other. So as a book on the intricacies of female friendship during the teen years and what appeared to be their very early 20's, I recommend this highly.

However: Many ti...more
Stacy
I have been a fan of Ms. Block’s for years since many moons ago when The Rose and the Beast was recommended to me and I fell in love. I read as much as I could get my hands on and in time have read the vast majority of her books, but it’s been years since I’ve really even looked at any of her classic stuff and thought it would be fun to re-visit an old favorite. I found that I am still very much enchanted by the author’s beautiful use of language and lush descriptions that paint crazy vivid pict...more
Izlinda
May 13, 2008 Izlinda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Izlinda by: Bridgett Mahoney
The brevity bothered me a bit, and a bit of the predictability, but it was engaging in the difference of the way it was written. Based on two girls, the first section is written by Violet, in first person, but with camera cues. The second section is written by Claire, in the form of a journal, again in first person, while the story concludes with a third-person look at Violet & Claire. It explores friendship, ambitions, attaining dreams and falling from them and relationships, though I suppo...more
Julie Decker
Violet has a dream of making movies. Claire has a dream of making poetry. When Violet "adopts" shy Claire at school and they get to know one another, they find that they're opposites in many ways, but vibrating on the same wavelength. Violet's dark, angry ambition and fiery talent are perfect compliments to Claire's light, whimsical contemplation and watery perceptiveness. But Claire slips away into her poetic daydreams and finds love when Violet lands a big film deal and pursues the stars she's...more
Estelle
"It was excruciating. It was excruciatingly beautiful.". its a fast paced story. As troubled and dark Violet and Claire were, they exude innocence and pure love. This story seems to be all over the place yet also all together. I may not be able to grasp the story as a whole, but it touches me somehow, somewhere. After finished reading, the first thing that came to my mind was 'wouldnt it be nice to have someone there for you, protecting you like that?'
Patrick
Yeah... I went through this really weird phase where I kept accidentally reading young adult fiction, it was very odd. This book was about two friends and... I don't remember. I think they have some problems or something. If I was a teenage girl I probably would've been pretty into it.
Melinda
This book in three words is "irritating, soullessly depressing." Pick it up if you want to be disappointed by the characters' decline in sense and likability, read about the shallow drug-and-sex-driven life of Los Angeles, and find no plot or development whatsoever.
Alia
Nov 05, 2007 Alia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
The problem with FLB is that she gets teenagers so well that it's hard to read her books as an adult. This is a case of exactly that. I remember reading this book as a senior in highschool and totally relating. Now, the characters annoy the crap out of me.
Cristina
The last time I read this I was probably 15. My best friend and I read it together, and we decided that she was a Violet-Claire and I a Claire-Violet, because I was a Violet that wanted badly to be a Claire and she the opposite. This book, our talks of it, my feelings for it...have stayed with me for a long time. I'm 24 now and I think often of the time when I was Violet-Claire and we made the ordinary pain and ugliness of our homelives into something beautiful, magical and useful. We romanticiz...more
Mandy
What started out as a really cliche, goth/cutter book ended up being surprisingly good. It’s always interesting to me when writer’s write from two or more people’s perspectives in the same novel because you really get to see the depth of their voice, and Block really has one. The two girls are complete opposites and their diction really reflects that.

Violet’s narration was blunt and straightforward, mirroring her personality, and although it starts out bland and cliche, it develops into somethi...more
Crystal
I read this book in high school and I absolutely it and I loaned it to a friend and I never got it back thinking that she liked it to

Two different girls highly unlikely to be friends and are BFFs. Violet the dark mysterious girl would like to become a movie director writing a movie but wants to involve Claire and they both currently work on the script together but things happen obstacles occur in their friendship that prevent this from happening for both of them

The book is kind of corny as well...more
Katie Sibley
I had previously read many books by Francesca Lia Block, which made me very excited to start Violet & Claire. It ended up being one of my favorites. Even though it's an easy, fast read, it's jam packed with with dark, seductive sin with girlish innocence. I really liked this book because the two girls, Violet and Claire, are so universally different and yet share the same passionate souls that connect. The darker, intense Violet is passionate and film drives her. Lighter, more whimsical Clai...more
Rebecca Owen
Violet wants nothing more than to direct movies. Dressing in black she's angry and intense, imagining camera sweeps and images she dreams of bringing to the big screen. Claire is a fairy come to life--complete with wings made of gauze and glitter. She radiates love and wishes to be a poet. And though these girls seem like complete opposites, they are the best of friends. Until the realities of life threaten to split them apart.
Told in alternating narrative between Violet and Claire, their diffe...more
Tara Calaby
Although the summaries of Block's books always sound a bit odd to me, I decided to give her a go, seeing as her name always seems to come up when GLBT YA novels are mentioned. She has a strange style, and this is more a novella than a full novel, because although it's 170 pages in my edition, there is so much white space on the pages. A lot of the story in this is implied, which I often quite like, but here it's more of an annoyance. There's one large event that's only ever hinted at, and I'm st...more
Aiyana
Despite the dreamlike quality of the writing, this book is far more realistic than most of Block's modern-mythology novels, and I found it less interesting for that. It's not a bad story, but it's not as creative as many of her other books. There's a nice diversity of characters, particular in terms of gender, sexuality, and disabily, but it should be noted that the author doesn't seem aware of the difference between cross-dressers and transsexuals.
Hena
I just got through my second read of this, but it had been several years so it was like reading it anew. It was very easy to get through and is a good quick read for someone who enjoys "young adult" lit. There's not too much to say about it plot-wise, and I don't think this is a book one reads for the plot. Or dialogue. Or imagery or symbolism, or ... I don't know. I like the way Francesca Lia Block writes, the way things are a sorta fairytale (yes, that's a Tori Amos song) but also real and som...more
Daisy
This book catched my attention actually. Mrs.mann recommendeed it to me and i'm thankful she did! I would have to say this book is usually meant for teenagers around the age of high school. This book may have some very specific words not meant for ki8ds under the age of 13! If you know what I mean. Besides the bad words you can really relate to this book because it has a point of view of a teenage girl and her best friendgoing through .... you know girl stuff. I had my laughs and curious mommen...more
Amber Midgett
Violet is a driven girl obsessed with movies and hell-bent on being a screenwriter.
Claire is a poet who yearns to be a faerie.
Friendship, success, and love force them to navigate through complexities of life, but they learn that they always have each other.

Usually, I LOVE Francesca Lia Block. This novel was a real disappointment to me. There were a few beautifully written parts, but for the most part, the pacing was ridiculous (incredibly slow the first 100 pages, then everything crammed in al...more
Allison
This is probably my favorite book by Francesca Lia Block that I've read so far. While her writing is always gorgeous, sometimes (certainly not always) it can ring a little emotionally flat. That seemed to be less the case with this one (although every book I've read by her--with the exception of Weetzie Bat--has had an emotionally stirring moment or two). The characters felt more developed, although I thought she went a bit overboard with Claire's daddy issues, to the point of implying that if h...more
Alicia Scully
Violent is the dark one, obsessed with film and the night. Claire is the bright one, in love with faeries and poetry. They are both outcasts until they meet each other and find contentment. They try to live their lives how they want and they push for their dreams, but the complexities of the real world get in the way that their friendship is threatened.

This book is quite fun as it's written as fantastical realism that Block does so well. I love this style dearly but this novel isn't my favorite...more
Carolin
Ein schnelles Jugendbuch - und das in doppelter Hinsicht, die Handlung ist rasant und man ist sehr fix durch. Violet und Claire, schwarz und Pastell, Draufgängerin und Fee - das sind die beiden Hauptcharaktere in Los Angeles, einer Welt voller Glamour, aber auch voller Wohnwagensiedlungen, Drogen, Machtspielchen und Geld. Und mittenrein taumeln die beiden Mädchen...

Violet war mir für ihr Alter ein bisschen zu tough, zu sexy, zu abgebrüht. Irgendwie passiert viel zu viel und die ganze Geschichte...more
Bloodanna
I love Francesca Lia Blocks books, not because of the plots or the characters which are all basically the same: A meeting, a falling out, a healing all experienced by someone lonely and often enchanted by danger, no, the reason I love them is because of her writing. You can tell that she just love the taste of words, there are so many times where I'll go back and reread just for a phrase or a discription. You can see this especailly when she is talking of L.A. which is desribed with such love th...more
Swankivy
Violet and Claire is the story of best friends. Violet wants to make movies and Claire is a shy, faerie-like girl. They become friends when Violet adopts Claire at school, and go through lots of adventures that I can't really catalog here because they're too many and too confusing. They have their share of conflict and end up drifting apart, but since they were meant to be together, that's how they end up. In this book, we can follow the story of Violet getting swept up into the Hollywood world...more
Brandi Blue
Aug 08, 2008 Brandi Blue rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of FLB
Shelves: i-own
I loved this book, but I was also about 16 when I read it. It reminded me of my best friend and I - We were seen as opposites to a lot of people. I was very smiley and gentle and saw beauty in flowers and fairies and blue and sparkles. She was darker, guarded - an artist as well, but beauty to her was dragons and danger, black and red, spikey, sharp.

The book spoke to me because that's what it was all about - seemingly 'opposite' best friends, and their journey together.

Written in FLB's usual poe...more
Asma
If there's one thing Violet wants, it's to write her own movie and catch L.A Hollywood scene by surprise, and she's going to do it with her new friend-slash-actress, Claire. The two girls are nothing alike, but together, they compliment each other; Claire, light and poetic, and Violet, dark and powerful. But their ambition to make it big could be the thing that breaks them apart.

This is the second book I read by Block, and I realized something- she gets away with things I normally can't stand in...more
Niki
May 07, 2013 Niki rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Block fans; young adults
I really did like this book, but I ultimately decided on three stars because I believe that I've, perhaps, been spoiled by Block's Echo and The Hanged Man. Nevertheless, for any Block fan I'd recommend this book and I'd also recommend it to young teenagers; the content isn't quite as dark as the aforementioned novels, but it's still a good, quick [in my case] read and I enjoyed the structure of the book: Violet, Claire, and then Violent and Claire as the third and final "act", if you will, to co...more
Monica
Faeries and movies and poetry and acid. Best friends and first loves and running from danger. Murder, hate, betrayal. All of these are topics touched on in this book.

This is the first of Block's writing that I have read that was not short stories. Although it is a quick read, it touches on many topics. Again, Block's prose is lyrical and magical. She writes in her fantasy language that touches the English receptors in one's mind. Block relates to teens and younger with her discussion of tough t...more
Stacy
Block has a fantastic voice but this novel didn't quite come together for me.
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Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
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“This was not a fearie tale. This was not the movies. This was life. It hurt more. It was excruciating. It was excruciatingly beautiful.” 110 likes
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