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I Was a Teenage Fairy

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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  5,353 ratings  ·  200 reviews

Maybe Mab was real. Maybe not. Maybe Mab was the fury. Maybe she was the courage. Maybe later on she was the sex . . .

A tiny fairy winging her way through the jasmine-scented L.A. night. A little girl caught in a grown-up glitz-and-glitter world of superstars and supermodels. A too beautiful boy with a secret he can never share . . .

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Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published (first published September 25th 1998)
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Kristen
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Guilliean
I don't know what it was about this book but it brought me a lot of comfort when I first read it in high school. Maybe it was the simplicity of the title. Maybe because I always hoped I had a fairy to watch over me. Maybe because I loved photography - though my point of reference for it wasn't as sad as Barbie's - as much as I did. Maybe because I wanted a Todd for myself, haha. I read it, fell in love, eventually bought a copy for myself, turned around and sold it, thinking I could live without ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
This book is about a young girl named Barbie blessed (or cursed) with beauty and forced into modeling by her controlling mom (an ex-model herself, living vicariously through her child). When she's 11 she meets Mab, a sarcastic fairy, who almost reluctantly becomes Barbie's friend. During this same time she's molested by a lecherous photographer. Her mother tells her not to cry, that life is full of problems and she had just better learn to deal with them.

Fast forward 5 years and Barbie's a rail
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Carissa
This book was fustrating until the end, then it became slightly less fustrating. I enjoyed the concept of Mab and was disappointed that she was merely a coping mechanism. When I think of Mab, I think of Queen of the Fairies, not a little minor fairy that hangs out in a doll house. I was also upset with the way Barbie and Griffin's emotions were written. It just seemed to skim the surface of their anger, confusion, and numbness. That kind of situation would leave a lot more emotional residue than ...more
Kristi-The Book Faery
THE FAERYS VIEW

I read this story on a whim as I'm a lover of all things Fey. To say it wasn't what I expected is an understatement! Ms. Block takes a serious look at a sensitive issue-child molestation and throws a few other wrenches in as well.

Barbie, a child model molested by a photographer at age 11 discovers she has the ability to see Mab, a small fairy that only appears to her. Barbie develops a relationship with Griffin at age 16, both sharing the same experience with the same photographer
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Thecat3786
First book I read by Francesca Lia Block and I fell in love. I was 13 at the time and had never read anything like Block's book. Long before Speak or The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out, Francesca Lia Block was writing about topics that few young adult authors dared to tread. While now it is more commonplace for young adult books to deal with heavy topics such rape, sexual abuse, drug use, and dysfunctional families, when Block was first doing it, she was alone. She was also banned in many ...more
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Nowhere near as good as Echo. WHY DO I OWN THIS ONE AND NOT THAT? I want to re-read Echo, dammit!

Sometimes I think Lia Block's words can never be translated into movies and pictures; other times, I can't help but wonder at the factor by which her book's awesomeness would be increased were it made into a movie with music and whispers and fast breaths.
Bree Mclaren
Mab was funny I will admit, but the writting was trashy to me. The book was essentially pointless with random sex scenes, it was lik porn hidden behind a fairytale title. I read this book and was going to get rid of it. However, I felt that passing on this trashy story with immature writing technique would be inflicting torturous stupidity on others. So, thinking of the well being of mankind (and lets not forget the children) I threw this exactly where it belonged...in a dumpster.
reem
Mar 26, 2007 reem rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who give a shit, abuse survivors
this is one of the most beautiful things i have ever read. it makes me cry every time. its like it leaves you feeling desperate and sad but in a way where everything will be okay.
frankie
Mar 03, 2007 frankie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you.
transports you to a new world of faeries, bubble gum and happy-ever-afters in teeny bopper LA. one of those books that leaves you different than before.
Jennifer
This was really different. The closest I can think it coming to is Judy Blume with a talking Fairy and more sinister overtones.

Rachel
this reminds me of the song Lullaby by Shawn Mullins. it has stuck in my mind for years now. it's the kind of book you don't forget
Christina
I Was a Teenage Fairy means a lot to me. I'll never forget when I first discovered it at the library. I must have been somewhere between grades five and eight, but I'm not really sure. I grabbed it from the "young adult" section in the children's room. I remember feeling like I read a scandalous, hidden treasure. The content was a bit too racy for me to even understand at the time, and I think that's what makes this book mean even more to me today.

I eventually purchased the book. I'm not sure h
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Kaycee
Summary: Barbie has not lived up to her fellow doll's name or her mother's expectations as a model. She is thrown into the career by the crocodile at a very young age. She is left with a photographer where you are left to assume what happens behind the closed door... It skips to Barbie being 16 and effed up. She is now the most famous model out there but basically drifts through the days in her mind. Barbie likely would not have survived childhood and beyond if it was not for Mab, a tiny and fie ...more
Alicia Scully
Barbie's mother is obsessed with the need for her daughter to have the modeling career that she always wanted. Her mother pushes her so hard that Barbie loses touch with others and awful things happen to her. Barbie's only friend is a fairy named Mab who visits when things get rough. But what is Mab really? Barbie is unsure if Mab is real or if Mab is an imaginary friend but she doesn't care as long as they're together.

This book was interesting because it was unclear how Mab was to be interpret
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Natalie Jenkins
Aug 16, 2014 Natalie Jenkins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with the artist's soul.
Shelves: young-adult
I have read this book five times. Five wonderful, fantastical, intoxicating times. It is the story of a girl in her early teens named Barbie, who longs to be as different as possible from the plastic doll that she is named after. It is the story about Griffin - a boy so androgenously beautiful that boys and girls alike fall in love with him. And, of course, it is the story of Mab - a punky pinkie-sized fairy that helps Barbie learn to stand up for herself in a world full of abuse and sadness. Ba ...more
Allison
I'm on a Francesca Lia Block kick and rapidly coming to the conclusion that anything she writes is worth reading for the writing alone.

This is a good story and everything--surprise!--turns out fine. I'm still not convinced that being a beautiful butterfly pinned to the corkboard of life is the cruelest fate that can visit a teenage girl, and I'm still not convinced this subject hasn't been done to death, maybe because I was a teenage changeling and have difficulty relating. And I'm really not su
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Ana
I read this several years ago and just barely remember it. I do remember thinking that Francesca Lia Blockhas the ability to perfectly attune to the sentiments of your average teenager.

The main character feels put-upon by the world and the struggles she's had to face so Mab (real or imagined) is there to spar with her and encourage her when there is no one else she feels she can trust.

And come on, what teenage girl didn't wish at some point that there was a special fairy or guardian angel to ke
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Julie Decker
Barbie's mom named her Barbie because she wanted a doll, not a daughter. Having failed to become a model as a girl, Barbie's mom pushes her beautiful daughter into photo shoots from an early age, oblivious to the fact that Barbie is not feeling loved and admired due to the attention she gets. Fading into a shell of a girl, she only shares her truths with Mab, a tiny fairy who lives in her room and isn't impressed by or shocked over anything. Barbie meets Griffin and learns she's not the only one ...more
Jess
Dec 05, 2011 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen girls
This little novel reminded me of why I love Francesca Lia Block. It's pretty, short, and full of Los Angeles imagery that I can only get through Block and Janet Fitch. I love how Block's novels always read like children's fantasy stories but are really about things that affect teenagers all over the world- beauty standards, sexuality crises, and being molested as a child, to name a few.

I loved how this book was the perfect mix of sweet and sour and how everyone got a happy ending.
Kathryn
I read this in the summer once when I was in either middle school or high school. I really liked this book. It was really different than anything I had ever read, and it really kind of sparked my imagination. The fairy world has never been something I was ever really interested in, but this book for some reason, intrigued me. I loved it when I read it. I probably might revisit it one day just because.
Canela Dianne
3.5 stars

Enchanting book cover with an enchanting story that will surely swoop your mind.

I'm actually having difficulty on how im going to explain what i've just read all about.

It's complex in a way on how Mab, the tiny fairy played a big role on Barbie and Griffin who's life aren't perfect as to what other people see. The 2 teenagers have different issues going on in their personal lives and were still haunted by their dark past.

Maybe Mab was the sex, the courage, the voice; or maybe she just
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Valerie
I thought the book was okay - it had many ideas about self-image, the trust that Barbie's mother broke, and developing trust with Mab and finally with her boyfriend Todd. I was impressed that she was able to grow and become stronger, finally helping others avoid the violation that she had to endure as a child. It took me a bit to get into the book, but once I got past the craziness that was her 'family' and her depressing childhood as a model, I was able to delve into the heart of the book where ...more
Carrie Sownie
This is one of those stories that had a large influence on my growth as a person. A perfect book for a teenager or pre-teen, though it does have some very heavy themes.
Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer)
This story was beautiful! It made me cry, it was sad and full of hope at the same time. I highly recommended it!
Janina
I have read 3 of Lia Block's books now and I like her lyrical writing style. Barring "Teen Spirit", this book and "Wasteland" were rather heavy despite the novella length of the books. I've come to the conclusion from the books I've read so far of hers that she has some parental issues. There is a theme of nonexistent fathers and neglectful, self-absorbed mothers. I'm getting the sense that Lia Block may be working something out in her writing.

I did enjoy this book, despite the heavy subject ma
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Chrissy
I'm struggling with rating this book. On one hand the words were beautiful and the story was interesting but on the other it made me feel as if we were made to believe that Mab was just a coping mechanism even though the ending makes me think that she's real. It wasn't a bad book but it wasn't great either. It does go into sexual predators in the fashion business which is refreshing to see as it is a sensitive topic but I don't know if it was handled very well because it almost seems as if it ma ...more
Heather Inglis
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Kate
This book has been in my TBR pile for a long time, and I had high hopes going into it. Unfortunately, this book was not really me.

What I liked: I thought the book had a wonderful underlying message. It ended on a high note which is something I was not sure was going to happen. The characters undergo some major issues, and actually find a way to work through it.. kudos for that.

What I did not like: I found the book hard to get into with it starting with a mass of descriptions that I am still not
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Rachel
I’m not in love with this book. This doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Often, the books I end up loving the most are the ones that I have lukewarm feelings for at first. Six months down the road, we’ll see if I love this book.

But let’s talk about what I do love about I Was A Teenage Fairy. The prose is wonderful. I love the personifications of LA and the San Fernando Valley as her little sister, and New York as their cousin. I love the world that Block creates: it’s not a magical world, but there i
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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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“If Los Angeles is a woman reclining billboard model with collagen-puffed lips and silicone-inflated breasts, a woman in a magenta convertible with heart-shaped sunglasses and cotton candy hair; if Los Angeles is this woman, then the San Fernando Valley is her teenybopper sister. The teenybopper sister snaps bug stretchy pink bubbles over her tongue and checks her lipgloss in the rearview mirror, . . . Teeny plays the radio too loud and bites her nails, wondering if the glitter polish will poison her.” 37 likes
“If Los Angeles is a woman reclining billboard model and the San Fernando Valley is her teenybopper sister, then New York is their cousin. Her hair is dyed autumn red or aubergine or Egyptian henna, depending on her mood. Her skin is pale as frost and she wears beautiful Jil Sander suits and Prada pumps on which she walks faster than a speeding taxi (when it is caught in rush hour, that is). Her lips are some unlikely shade of copper or violet, courtesy of her local MAC drag queen makeup consultant. She is always carrying bags of clothes, bouquets of roses, take-out Chinese containers, or bagels. Museum tags fill her pockets and purses, along with perfume samples and invitations to art gallery openings. When she is walking to work, to ward off bums or psychos, her face resembles the Statue of Liberty, but at home in her candlelit, dove-colored apartment, the stony look fades away and she smiles like the sterling roses she has brought for herself to make up for the fact that she is single and her feet are sore.” 12 likes
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