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Girl Goddess #9: Nine Stories

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Meet Tweetie Sweet Pea and Peachy Pie, Jacaranda and Rave and Desiree...

Meet Lady Ivory and Alabaster Dutchess, who interview their favorite rock star, Nick Agate, only to discover the magic and power in themselves. Meet Tuck Budd, who is happy living in Manhattan with her two moms, Izzy and Anastasia, until she begins to wonder who her father is. Meet La, who faces the lo

Published February 1st 1998 by Turtleback Books (first published February 6th 1996)
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Lord Beardsley
Growing up as a teenager in the 90s, I was a voracious reader of Sassy magazine. Through Sassy, I learned of two female authors who forever helped shape my imagination: Poppy Z. Brite and Francesca Lia Block. Their work utterly transported me to imaginary landscapes so rich and varied that I can truly say that these books helped to shape me into the person I am today. I grew up without a computer in the house, forget the Internet (I didn't have that until college), a weird kid in Olathe, Kansas....more
As usual, I loved this book for the language. FLB uses such beautiful, lyrical prose. I wish I could write like her. She can find magic and beauty in such ordinary, everyday things.

This was a sweet collection of short stories about coming of age and the pains of growing up. I like that some of the stories focus on more and more open issues that in the past were ignored or shunned--I particularly liked "Dragons in Manhattan" about Tuck's two moms, "Blue" about a girl dealing with her mom's death...more
scout cook

Meet La, whose mom commit suicide when La was really little. Meet Tuck, who doesn't know who her dad is but knows both of her moms. Meet Pony and Pixie, girls who are closer than sisters who aren't even best friends. Meet Winnie, who is in love with Cubby. Meet Cubby, who doesn't know how to deal with his issues in an honest way. I met all of these people (and more) in Girl Goddess #9, a book about all the Goddesses among the random world. Girls of all ages with all sorts of problems. From nine

Lola Wallace
After being a formative part of the online FLB cult in early high school, I became hardcore disillusioned with her when I realized the many ways in which her work is problematic and fluffy. I maintain, though, that GG9 contains her best writing. There are some really powerful stories here. I can always rely on "Blue," "Pony and Pixie" and "Winnie and Cubby" to send my tear ducts into overdrive. And I named my first zine after the book the girls love in the title story. These stories are about lo...more

I loved Wasteland when I read it several years ago, and I always meant to pick up another of Block's books when I had the chance. When one of the short stories in this collection came up recently in a Dear Prudie column at, I decided to return to see if the rest of her fiction had the same raw, poetic beauty that took my breath away in Wasteland.

And I'm sorry to say the answer is "Not so much."

There are good short stories here: "Blue" and "Dragons of Manhattan" (the short story mentio...more
Gorgeous. Edgy, preternaturally aware adolescents stalk these pages like tigers. These short stories are as full as many novels. Where was Block when I was 14? Oh, right. Wikipedia says she was busy being 16. Better to have found her late than never to have found her at all. She's a champion of love, a cheerleader for the ballsy chicks who wear big clunky shoes with wispy skirts, an advocate for the odd and the broken.
This was a favorite of mine in early high school, and I recently revisited it during a lunch break at the library - I was surprised to find a copy still sitting on the shelf. It's dated, so very dated both in terms of the teen alternative culture that was dominant when Francesca Lia Block was popular and in more mundane ways (the AIDS references in particular). However, my favorite stories from the collection (Pixie & Pony; Dragons in Manhattan) still resonated with me. When Block isn't tryi...more
Julie Decker
Nine stories about special girls. Many of these have magical flavors to them, and some are just about girls who long for magic or magical relationships or fame and fortune or love and tenderness. The occasional male perspective is still focused on a girl's importance. This does a great job capturing some female mindsets, from girls with imaginary friends to girls searching for their history; from girls who write zines about rock stars to girls who have it all and don't want it. They've all got M...more
You've got me wrapped around your finger, Block. I demand to know what you're going to do about it.

Like autographs.
This was my first encounter with Francesca Lia Block, and it was the right book at the right time! What a beautiful collection of stories. This slim volume is full of glowing alien princesses of all ages and forms, with a strong connection to grrl 'zine culture. It is also rich with the sights and smells of California (particularly Los Angeles), from the winding, sage-smelling path of Laurel Canyon to the salty ocean air, to the godforsaken Valley, to the magic of Golden Gate park, with Manhatta...more
Mar 08, 2010 Lexidreams rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: FB fans
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Now to get to the good stuff. I feel a bit sad I didn't really connect to this book. I had a thought while I was reading it maybe I should stop while I'm ahead and books like I Once Was a Teenage Fairy can stay forever unstained by memory, but then I thought I love the few times FB hits home too much even if they are a bit far between.

The thing is you don't read Francessca Block for her stories or settings or even her ch...more
I couldn't connect well to the book. All of the characters were so very different from me. I read this because of the author's other book which I totally adore.

Just because i couldnt relate doesnt mean i didnt enjoy the book. Nine stories and i like only three.

Im not really the best kind of reviewer but i think peeps are just giving too much praise for this book. Lyrical? What? No offense. I would understand if this was her other book entitled psyche in a dress which was VERY lyrical (or somethi...more
Nine stories about girls who are lost in the world but find themselves as goddesses. Not in the literal meaning of Goddess, but they find that each of them are wonderful in their own way and they each have a place in the world.

This book is full of short stories about being a girl. Every type of girl. From a small girl that doesn't want to grow up, to girls that run a zine. Another great work for young girls by Francesca Lia Block. When I was introduced to her books, back when I first started rea...more
I can't remember which Francesca Lia Block book I got first, but I know that I liked Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books better.
The Weetzie Bat Books were better than Girl Goddes. They were longer and more involving, but going back, and understanding a lot better what was going on than an 11 year old did, I certainly appreciated it more.
Block's books are something I've gone back to year after year, and therefore spent a lot of time reconsidering and critiquing.
Girl Goddess is an exploratio...more
Girl Goddess #9 is a collection of short stories by Ms. Block. All of them are about girls who are very special in some way. "Tweetie Sweet Pea" is a story about a young baby and her life with her sister, Peachy Pie. "Blue" is about La, and her imaginary (or is she?) friend Blue, and her mother's role in her life of feeling unpopular. "Dragons in Manhattan" is about Tuck Budd and her confusion over who her dad is in her parents' relationship, since they both appear to be female. "Girl Goddess #9...more
Block either gets it very right or very wrong and that is why this is the second collection of her's that has received a middle-of-the-way rating from me . There are pieces that are amazing and then there are snoozefests.

Block reminds me of what it felt like to be a teen; how first loves and difficult topics made me feel. She does this through her expressive language. I have never read another author who writes like Block. Others have described her writing as magical and I can't say that I disa...more
1 thorough meh. Some stories I had to force myself through, some were a little interesting but only just, and some didn't even have a plot; they were nonsensical.
I didn't like the writing style, the long-winded descriptions of things, and most of the characters themselves. Just not my type of book.

Someone I knew gave me this along with other books from her basement that she didn't want anymore. I guess I'll be getting rid of this one too.
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Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Some of the stories in this book were really cute. In the first three I really enjoyed how Block makes it so believable that it's from the perspective of a little kid. My favourite stories in this book were "Dragons in Manhattan" and "Pixie and Pony". I love Francesca Lia Block's writing style, however I sometimes feel less-than-comfortable reading her works that have so much content related to unhealthy lifestyles. I love the fantasy and social aspects and I love her imagery, but the only thing...more
Mark Fullmer
In a random mood, I found Francesca Lia Block on a random friend's bookshelf, and while the story plots are nothing special -- a girl whose poet mother committed suicide gets an imaginary friend, writes a story about her mother and thus loses said imaginary friend; a young girl plays with her barbie doll and realizes she's growing up-- there is a certain style to the way she writes that I admire. And the seed of sexuality which is omnipresent in Lia Block's work goes beyond just mere titillation...more
Block delivers a collection of stories about girl goddesses in their various forms.

The stories in this collection are just beautifully written. Block has a quirky prose style that is a joy to read. All the characters were so vivid and interesting. The only complaint I have is that I wish for just one of the stories she had written a more traditional romance (though I suppose the Devil Dogs story was mostly traditional). It seemed a bit like she was trying to prove that non-traditional romance ha...more
I woke up with an overwhelming desire to reread the Weetzie Bat books earlier this week, except I think my copies are packed up in a box in my parents' attic. I decided this was a perfect time to order myself a copy of Dangerous Angels (since I own the individual books), and while waiting for that to arrive, I pulled my copy of Girl Goddess #9 off my shelf.

I still loved the stories just as much as I did when I first read this in high school. Block's writing still touches me deeply, and I think i...more
I really like the writing style, very lyrical, but after awhile it just felt like each story bled into the next. I had a hard time separating the different characters from each other.
This has some beautiful imagery and some nice moments, but feels a little scattered and uneven.
This book pretty much changed my life when I read it at the end of middle school/beginning of high school. At the time, it made me feel much less alone in the world. Much less strange. I'm re-reading it now (in 2010 at the age of 27) and it's just as good as I remember. My favorite of the nine stories is definitely Dragons in Manhattan. Now that I live in LA I can understand her descriptions of Southern California even better than I could as a 15-year old in a suburb of Detroit who had never bee...more
In the beginning, I was afraid it would be terribly dated and I wouldn't like it because it was my oldest sister's favorite author, after all, and she was so angsty and misunderstood (weren't we all) but never in the same way as I was. It was terribly dated but it was like reading a time capsule of the best, worst, confused, hushed parts of the 90s and teenhood in general. The second half of the book really spoke to me where I am right now and I guess now I'll have to stop calling my sister's pa...more
Emma Andromacy
Was a good book but I had to take a star off every time she used a racial slur
Laurie Burns
cute for teens,
felt like I missed out,
wanted to give it a try.
If you enjoy "magical reality" short stories about that period between girlhood and puberty, I think you will really enjoy this book. The stories capture that milieu well, and take you into that paradoxical realm which introspection and exploration meet.

For some people, this is charming. But this is not my area of especial interest, so I let it slide after reading half the book.

If this *is* your thing, I encourage you to pick it up anyway. It is well written and you may genuinely enjoy it.
This book contains one of my favorite short stories of all time 'Dragons in Manhattan.' The story follows a girl on a search to find her father, only to discover that her father is who she least expected. Both Manhattan and Los Angeles are described beautifully in Block's lyrical language. I always enjoy her writing, but this is one of those short stories that I always remember, and I always tell people to read. I've read it many times since its publication in 1996, and never get tired of it.
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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...more
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