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Preview — I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
I Was a Teenage Fairy
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 . . .
From the author of Weetzie Bat comes a m...more
Fast forward 5 years and Barbie's a rail ...more
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 ...more
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.
I eventually purchased the book. I'm not sure h ...more
This book was interesting because it was unclear how Mab was to be interpret ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I loved how this book was the perfect mix of sweet and sour and how everyone got a happy ending.
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...more
I did enjoy this book, despite the heavy subject ma ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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