When Bliss’s hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, it’s like being set down on an alien planet. The only guide naïve Bliss has to her new environment is what she’s seen on The Andy Griffi...more
So basically, this book is about a girl named Bliss In the Morning Dew. Why is she named that, you ask? Well, her parents are hippies and she's been living on a commune in a tent up until the beginning of this book. She's living with her conservative grandmother, and she feels really out of place when she goes to school for the first time. She is super loving and friendly, having lived with hippies her whole life, which made her pretty f...more
The author sets up an incredibly creepy tone from the beginning. The chapters are divided alternately by excerpts from a creepy diary, quotations from 'The Andy Griffith Show' and folk songs as well as the trial of Charles Manson and his Family for multiple murders.
But the tone wasn't enough to hold this book together. Plot threads f...more
Fourteen-year-old Bliss Inthemorningdew (her parents were hippies and the book takes place in 1969) was left with her very traditional grandmother (her grandfather passe...more
(Trust me, there’s a poi...more
After living on a commune for years, Bliss expects high school to be like The Andy Griffith Show and is looking forward to starting frienships with people her age. Her grandmother enrolls her at Crestview Academy, an elite school that used to be a convent, which makes her both nervous and excited.
Much to Bliss’ r...more
Bliss is a supernatural thriller set in 1969 Atlanta around the backdrop of institutional racism and the Manson murders. This is the first YA horror I've read in a long time - partly because they don't publish a lot of it these days.
I just had such a hard time figuring this book out, and I'm also finding it difficult to articulate my feelings about it. It all felt pretty uneven and I'm really not sure who the audience is. The character development, particularly of Bliss...more
Grandma’s rich blood; Grandma’s Southern blood; Grandma’s definitely not a hippy. How...more
liss is both excited by...more
it was very creepy. and normally i am not big on creepiness, but somehow, this worked itself up into the crazy conclusion without freaking me out too much.
the main character, bliss in the morning dew, (yes, that's her official name), is a child of hippie parents who lived on a commune. when her parents run away to canada to avoid nixon's presidency, she...more
Also, I hated the characters, honestly. (view spoiler)[ To me, I believed that Jole...more
Between the creepy cover and the synopsis, I thought that this would be more of a horror story/scary story instead of a historical fiction piece mixed in with a bit of witch-craft/voodoo. The synopsis mentioned nothing about Bliss being a hippie or about what time period the book took place in, so it was very misleading and it took a while for me to adjust to this. Furthermore, I think the book would have been a LOT scari...more
Oh Bliss. I wanted to like this book so bad. When I first saw the cover of this book I figured it'd be something I'd absolutely love; it had a creepy plot and "bloodstains" on the dust jacket. Sadly, this book was less than stellar.
Let's start with the good. This book was freakin' creepy and I loved it in that respect. The creepy tone was in place from the beginning and really was present throughout the entire book- credit for consistency! And, let me te...more
BLISS is pretty much the opposite of what the title suggests. It is anything but blissful. But wait — I'm getting ahead of myself, and venturing into the treacherous outskirts of Spoiler Land. Change course! The book is named for the protagonist, a girl with the unfortunate name Bliss Inthedewgrass (and, instead of being praised for having what I call a special snowflake name, she receives ridicule for a rath...more
Conversation with random bus rider
Him: Good Morning.
Him: How are you today?
Me: (turning a page) Fine.
Him: What are you reading?
Me: (Grins evilly and flashes the book cover)
Him: (Runs away, is scarred for life, and may need therapy)
Yeah, if you buy the book, make sure to remove the dust jacket.
I think I liked Bliss. She looked out for others, wasn't a typical whiny teenager, wasn't solely focused on others and, knew how to be thankful for what she ha...more
Sometimes school pariahs should be avoided.
The Long of It
Because her parents have taken refuge in Canada due to political reasons, Bliss moves in with her wealthy grandma and goes to a private prestigious school. Life is definitely different from the commune she spent most of her life living on, so Bliss is shocked when she hears about segregation still going on and the influence of the KKK. Bliss gets accepted pretty readily with a new group at school but risks it all when she be...more
1. That parts of the storyline frustrate me, and
2. That I can't explain why I'm frustrated without giving away spoilers.
So, to that end, I'm going to cover myself and say SPOILERS AHEAD. I'll try to be as generic as possible, but still...
Bliss - the character, not the novel - is charming in a wide-eyed innocent kind of way. She's basically a hippie Anne of Green Gables, though slightly less imaginative. She has an idea of what's right and wrong in the w...more
As soon as I began to read, it was obvious this would be a book I l...more
Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books...more
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I have no clue, and I really don't want to spend my time worrying about it. But my brain pushes at the question anyway.
Why are people aloof?
Because they don't want to let others in.
Why don't they want to let others in?
Well, sometimes because they're shy, and sometimes because they're convinced of their own superiority.
But those aren't the only reasons. Sometimes it's because thay have something to hide.”
-Sheriff Andy Taylor”