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Teen Spirit

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  534 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Francesca Lia Block, critically acclaimed author of Weetzie Bat, brings this eerie and redemptive ghost story to life with her signature, poetic prose. It's perfect for fans of supernatural stories with a touch of romance like the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

After Julie's grandmother passes away, she is forced to move across town to the not
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Deborah Markus
Block's most famous books, "Weetzie Bat" and "Witch Baby," are pass or fail tests. You're either enchanted by them and therefore willing to forgive some overblown language and bursts of woo, or you're knocked over by waves of purple prose and nauseated by all the freakin' adorableness.

I tend toward cranky and despise woo, so I was as surprised as anyone to find myself in love with these two books.

For their sake, I keep giving Block a try now and then. I read "Pink Smog" and "Necklace of Kisses"
I am not sure there are enough nice things I can say about this book. I will start with, "Teen Spirit" is the most movie-worthy young adult book I have read in some time. Every character, starting with the earthy yet vulnerable protagonist Julie, is someone you want to know more about.
The magical aspects of "Teen Spirit" not only entertaining, but also well researched. Anyone with basic knowledge of auras, Paganism, rituals, or anything slightly "occult" will recognize the clues Block sprinkles
I love FLB so, so much.
There is really just NO ONE else like her. Not even close. She is almost like her own genre, y'know?

So anyways. I've had this gem since it came out last year, and just didn't get around to it (though I definitely gushed over the super gorgeous magical-creepy-kitschy cover many a time, tehee).
But yeah, the depth and scope of the story totally caught me off guard.
Don't get me wrong... she is hands-down a master of lyrical, absolutely decadent (and sometimes a lil disturbin
The review box on Goodreads is topped with "What did you think?" Honestly, for this book, I'd just shrug my shoulders and mumble something noncommittal. Like "meh." This was my first Francesca Lia Block; are all of her books like this one? Is this a good litmus? Because if so I have a hard time understanding all the "let's bow down and worship at the throne of FLB, the greatest YA author of the last couple decades!" I don't know; I did read this while not feeling great with some kind of vague st ...more
This novel rubbed me all up the wrong way, which is a shame because: Ouija boards, weird paranormal crap, vintage stores, possessed fridges, Hollywood bungalows, teens adjusting to a dramatic downgrading of economic status? All big hell yeah checkmarks in my book. But I found this book to be more of an icky paranormal romance masquerading as a ghost story. I'd heard good things about Block and she writes well; well enough that I ended up speed-reading through this zippy, short novel with a weird ...more
I loved this book more than I expected to. My only complaint is that it was too short I want more of these characters. Movie or tv show please! The buffy and potter references made me adore the characters gotta love nerdy characters. The story it's self was beautiful ignoring the paranormal romance aspects it was stunning novel about grief, death, & loss. Sidenote the teen spirit/ghost, Grant. was very determined to get laid such a typical teen male even dead they are thinking about sex. May ...more
I thought for sure when I started this book that I would give it 4 stars because I liked the writing. I like how Block creates atmosphere. It makes you feel as though you are in the moment with the characters and I appreciate that.

However, there were times when I could have done without Julie, the narrator. I felt at times she was a terrible friend to Clark and he deserved better. There were also times when I wanted to smack Clark - however, he was not a bad friend Julie.

There was a lot going
Bibliophile Catfairy
When I first picked up a Francesca Lia Block at 16 years old it was at a time that I felt lost and felt those typical teenage feelings like no one understood me. (This book brought me back to my teenage self so much that I was even inspired to catch a few Buffy the Vampire episodes for old times on Netflix...will explain as to why later on:) ) Francesca Lia Block had the remarkable ability to make me see the beauty in my life and to see the beauty in myself even through all my quirks and eccentr ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten!

Something about Francesca Lia Block’s books just leaves me speechless. True, I’ve only read two, but I couldn’t come up with even a sentence to describe Love in the Time of Global Warming, let alone an entire review. I finished Teen Spirit over a week ago but haven’t been able to come up with anything for it, but I’m making myself do it because I want to talk about this book (and yeah, I need it to fill a hole in my review schedule). As just one book among
Only six months since adding it to the to-read list. Sweet. The last time I tried to read a FLB book, it did not end well. Fingers crossed.

I am disappointed.

But not because this book was awful. Really and truly, it wasn't. Julie is a really great character, as was Clark. Even The Mother was a great representation of depression and grief.

The plot was really interesting, up until the very very end. It was a bit heavy handed, with the ouija board just magically being in the drawer, and fallin
Not her best work. I have been reading Francesca Lia Block since I was in high school and have kept up with every release she has made since then, this was quite a disappointment. Both of the characters are weak, underdeveloped, and uninteresting. The references to modern music seemed like a desperate attempt to connect with the audience.

The book seems so forced, like the author was trying to jump on that fantasy/romance thing that has all the Twilight fans screaming for more. It's cheap. And h
Ami Squirrel Girl

This is the first FLB book I've read and I enjoyed it flaws and all. It was lighthearted and fun in spite of the main focus on death and ghosts. This was a quick read and although I really liked Julie's character I didn't feel much for the other people in her life. They seemed more like background props to move her story along than people in their own right. Julie's mother was a very one-dimensional character without much depth at all. I'm not sure we.are even given her name. I'm surprised s
Sian Lile-Pastore
Now and again some of the sentences seemed a bit weirdly written, but generally I was swept away.

Block always manages to grab me with her descriptions of LA, vintage clothing and vegan food and this book also had lots about ghosts and magic too so I was sold.

I would say her style is not for everyone but I love reading her books and once I've read one, I just want more.
I give FLB books 5 stars always because she is my favorite author since I was a teen. I consume her books in a few hours, sweet snacks full of beautiful poetry and imagery. Not looking for deep meaning in young adult lit, I just like losing myself in her words for a bit.
What happened to the FLB I love? This feels like her publisher told her to turn out something that fits the genres that are popular right now and she tried but it didn't fit her. The genie in the bottle was her. Possessed refrigerator? I don't even understand that.
Rose Marie
I was all caught up in this book. Let's talk about why the rating:

+ The twist in the middle was well thought out and I only figured it out a little ways before the main characters did.

+ All of the characters had such clear voices. I knew how all of the characters felt and thought the whole way through and I like that.

+ FLB dealt with some real issues: death, shitty relationships, lust over rationality. The driving force behind everyone's actions was clear and I love that. Being older and readin
Teen Spirit by Block - After losing her warm and wonderful grandmother Miriam, her home and garden with fruit trees and flowers; and her mother to a new boyfriend, Julie is thrilled to find Clark at her new school. He’s a misfit with a goofy grin and crazy assortment of hats and a deep-seated fear. To alleviate the heaviness within her, Julie and Clark try to contact Julie’s grandmother using a Ouija board, but it’s not her spirit that’s released. The two Buffy fans have some real spirits to dea ...more
I'd read Weetzie Bat when I was younger, and while I don't remember much of what it's about, I do remember liking it. So when I saw Francesca Lia Block's name in the 'New YA' section of my library, I thought I'd give it a try for old-time's sake.

It was unremarkable. Actually, it was more than that - it was pretty darn boring, with the sort of protagonist you just want to grab by the shoulders and shake, shouting, 'COME ON! Get a grip!'

Maybe it was too young for me, I don't know. I read Weetzie
Regina Peters
Congratulations, Goat Girls and Beautiful Boys. The magic is back!

For those who don't know, that was a reference to the two anthology titles containing, respectively, volumes 2-3 and 4-5 of Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat series, all five of which are now sold under the title Dangerous Angels. They are her best work, wildly creative and utterly unique, and while none of her later works could possibly compare, Teen Spirit comes closer than any of them since Necklace of Kisses in 2005. And I'm n
Julie's life wasn't perfect, but it was pretty good. But then, Julie's Grandmother dies and everything changes so quick. Julie's mother loses her job and the house. They move to start over and Julie begins going to a new school.

Then Julie meets Clark, who becomes her best friend. And the one night the two use a Ouija board and strange things start to happen.

This book was really good. A little intense, a bit of mystery and a lot of paranormal happenings. Also, I thought that Julie and Clark were
"Our thoughts are wild creatures who've been wounded countless times. We have to tame them." Francesca Lia Block returns this year with a new novel, Teen Spirit. Some vintage FLB touches are in evidence: beautiful L.A. houses, girls who dress in vintage and have a connection to the spirit world, loving characters snatched away too soon. . .

Julie's life changes forever when her beloved grandmother suddenly dies. Julie and her mother lose their home, and more importantly, the touchstone of their
Nicole Field
This novel was an utterly delightful gothic ghost story. Teenaged Julia has just lost her grandmother and her mum is sinking steadily into an alienating depression. Her only friend is Clark and, one dark night, the two of them pull out a Ouiji board and essentially perform a seance to communicate with Julia's dead grandmother. Of course, that's not exactly what happens, for Clark also has a dead loved one: his twin brother Grant.

What follows is a fantastic haunting without necessarily good or e
Coos Burton
Me declaro culpable de haber leído éste libro un 90% exclusivamente por su portada. Los diseños de tableros ouija me fascinan, y el uso de las mismas en los libros es otra cosa que me atrae bastante. De cualquier forma, no esperaba mucho de esta novela ya que si bien su sinopsis me había parecido mas o menos pasable, tenía la idea de que iba a ser bastante girly, un romance adolescente medio soso y aburrido. No es exactamente eso, aunque sí tiene ese aire cheesy todo el tiempo que no me cerró. T ...more
Emily Crowe
Eh. I had pretty decent expectations of this book because of what I'd heard about author's other books, but this one never really convinced me of its premise. I did like the multiple Buffy the Vampire Slayer references, but that was really the only thing. Think "Practical Magic" Lite and you have a decent idea of this book.
Rarely do I struggle to find words to express myself but when I do, it is a sure sign that I don't actually know my own thoughts. That sentence right there, while true in all cases and especially with respect to my thoughts about this book, is deeper than anything that is written in the book

This book is truly a young adult book. A book written for kids who are unsure of themselves and can and do read between lines and give meaning where no meaning is. I felt like this book tried too hard to be
Francesca Lia Block has always been a favorite of mine simply because of the magic and thrill she brings to each book. I was not disappointed on her latest book, Teen Spirit, either. Julie is introduced to a whole new world when her grandmother, Miriam, passes away. Secrets begin to unravel and Julie decides to try and make contact with her grandmother from beyond the grave. During this interaction they get a desperate plea, and it’s not from Miriam. Parts of this book will send chills up your s ...more
Short paranormal romantic ghost story. I liked many of the elements, including the twin brother ghost possessing the living brother, and the resulting confusion and frustration. I understood Julie's attraction to the dead brother, but felt she took way too long to realize he was a jerk and clearly self-centered, and that Clark was the better kid. The yin yang between the brothers felt a little like the Edward/Jacob thing in Twilight. The reveal of who Julie's father was came at a good time. I re ...more
Erin Sterling
I'll admit--while I've liked Francesca Lia Block's other books for their quirky characters and writing style, I was disappointed in this one because the story just turned too familiar. The story of a girl whose grandmother passes away discovers she has some strange abilities, ends up making a new friend and falling for his ghost twin brother...and also maybe him? It felt like another one of those stories of paranormal romance with the golden, light-hearted super friendly why-would-you-not-date-h ...more
This is only 4 stars in comparison to other FLB books (which are all leagues better than most YA, thus 5 stars overall), but it's my favorite that she's published in the last few years. Teen Spirit is less dreamy and more plot driven then some of her other recent works, and is a good mix of supernatural, mystery, and romance, though not as spooky as the title and cover may suggest. At heart, like most of her books, it's a story about growing up and dealing with loss, relationships, and love. FLB ...more
Rachael Quinn
I feel like I need to start with a disclaimer here: My reading of this book was very distracted and disjointed. I had a hard time getting into it unless I read a couple of pages and I experienced the kind of week that just didn't allow reading for more than a few minutes here and a few minutes there. I liked it and I wish that I could have done it the justice of a nice long night on the couch in a quiet house.

Julie has a happy, if introverted, life. She lives with her grandmother and her mother
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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.
She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a spr
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