Girl Goddess #9: Nine Stories
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...more
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
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...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 Slate.com, 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
Over all rating: 2.5 *s, C
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
Of all of the times I've read this little book over the past 14 years, what struck me the very most this time was how my deep love of Francesca Lia Block's prose has affected my own style. Which may be more of a compliment than I deserve. Whatever the case, she is a goddess and I adore this book as much as I did when I first picked it up 14 years ago.
"I stand here waiting. To disappear or sing."
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