Green Angel (Green Angel #1)
Aquamarine author Alice Hoffman creates a work of literary art with this halcyon fairy tale about loss and renewal.
In lyrical words that "unfold like white flowers, petal by petal, each in its own time and season," Hoffman introduces us to Green, a gentle teen whose name reveals her connection to the earth and a peaceful beauty that contrasts
Title: Green Angel
Genre: magical realism, tale of survival
Publication Info: Scholastic. New York. 2003.
Recommended Age: 13 and older
Plot Summary: Green, a moody, introspective 15-year-old, stays at home while her parents and younger sister travel to the city to sell their vegetable produce. Being intentionally left behind to tend the garden causes her to not say goodbye to her family. From across the river, Green watches in horror as the city explodes into flames. Even at he ...more
This is probably the smallest book I've read but it sure as felt like a billion pages long. I am not joking, by the end of it I fell flat out asleep. Really.
This book's outline is kind of like If I Stay but rest of the story is very different and equally boring. I am telling you, I love these depressive, sad kind of books but Green Angel wasn't even close to it.
I have got to stop reading these waste-of-time books!
The Story: Green Angel is a post-apocalyptic young adult novel, it tells the story of a girl's isolation, suffering and gradual recovery after her family dies in a catastrophic fire.
For me, this author is outstanding in this gender. She weaves the most sad, heartbreaking stories, in perfect tapestries, made of memories and ghos ...more
Teenage me was like, “Hell yes this is SO DEEP and I can totally relate because of the darkness in my own soul,” and that was good at the time.
But I’m ...more
The setting of this haunting book is a town and countryside destroyed by a terrible conflagration.
Using metaphorical symbolism, Hoffman tells the tale of Green who stayed behind on the day her mother, father and sister went to town to sell their vegetables. Resentful, Green does not say goodbye. Thu ...more
May 17, 2014 - I bought this book when I began to remember the books I adored as a child. I am studying to become an elementary teacher so I can give the help and friendship I never got. I want to be the person I always needed in my life. I want to share with the children I teach the books that got me through my childhood and continue to get me through my young adult life.
This book is one of those that I remember from my childh ...more
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15-year-old Green gets her name from her skill with plants, on helping things to thrive and grow. Her family lives a rural life near a city where they sell their produce, but one day Green is left to tend the garden while her mother, father and sister go to market. On that day, terrorists attack and destroy the city, cau ...more
Green Angel is a sweet and charming read about grief and how one young girl deals with it after losing her family in a fire.
Is it supposed to be aimed at younger readers? I've read several of Alice Hoffman's other books and they feel very different, in tone if not entirely in plot - although the post-apoc ...more
This book got real mixed reviews. In my opinion, the people who gave it a low rating just didn't "get it". There are books that are read purely for entertainment and those that have a deeper meaning. This is one of those books. Every single paragraph in this book is dripping with meaning. You don't have to read between the lines, you read into the lines. This book is "Magical ...more
It recalls two of my favourite childhood reads, Shirley Rousseau Murphy's [long out of print] The Sand Ponies and Patricia McKillip's seminal fantasy, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.
After losing her entire family in an unspecified (seemingl ...more
Hoffman has no idea what 'beautiful writing' is. It's definitely not her idea of poetic prose.
The narrator keeps saying that she doesn't care that Aurora (her sister) is beautiful and like the 'moonlight' (she compared her sister to the moonlight every couple of lines, by the way. Talk about the need to get a grip) and that bees would drink her sweat and never sting her and blah blah blah.
I hated how Green/Angle's tone was so phony and filled with pre ...more
This time I'm reading the books in the order Hoffman wrote them. Green Angel is lovely and haunting. It's a tale that deals with loss. Although it's larger message relates to the losses ...more
I could not thank her enough for sharing this book with me. Alice Hoffman is a wonderful author that has crossed many genres and age levels. Her stories are always well written and thought provoking, which is all I want when I read a piece of work.
This little novel is no ...more
Green is 15 years old and gets left to tend the farm one day while her parents and sister head into the city to sell their produce at the market. Upset at missing out on the trip, she does not say goodbye to them; no worries, things will be worked out when they get home. But ...more
This story of a young girl's loss of her entire family and her own identity, and the subsequent struggle to regain herself in the aftermath of the loss, will no doubt make an impression on anyone. The deep themes of loss and survivor guilt are explored thoroughly, against a backdrop of magical realism.
Somehow, "Green Angel" puts me in mind of "Island of the Blue Dolphins", for the titular character "Green" often seems just as isolated and alone, despite her interactio ...more
I don't often judge a book by it's cover but I adore the cover on the hardback version; it seems to sum up the novel perfectly. The front is Green a ...more
This book is written more like a weird fairy tale that your great grandmother told your grandmother and so on and so on. There is no date setting so you don't know if it's past, present or future (I assumed it is past). There is no sense of time, have day's past, months, years?? Most of the things that happen are very make-beli ...more
In a way, self harm is touched upon here. Green (or Ash, as she renames herself) tattoos herself all over, everywhere she can find. She enjoys the pain it brings and doesn't care if anyone thinks badly of her. With the help of Ghost, a lonely dog, Diamond, a boy in ...more
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