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
Green did not fit in with the other people because of her shyness and timidness. In the city, though, she could be who ever she wanted, and no one would care.
On the day she was supposed to go to the city, her parents told her to stay at home, for their harvest had been abunda...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!
There were parts of this book that I a...more
I picked up Hoffman's book, Green Angel, written for the YA market, the other day. I really enjoyed it, and not only did I enjoy it, but the book did seem to speak to me. I think I'm starting to "get" Hoffman. Perhaps...more
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
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.
One day when it is time to take garden ha...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
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
Green is a young girl who loses her family to a horrible fire in the city, Turning her whole life upside-down. Embittered by this event, she changes her name is Ash and begins to tattoo herself and dress in thorns in an attempt to...more
The book I was reading was called “Green Angel”. The main character was Green. Green had a sister named Aurora. Aurora had white hair and was as bright as the moon. Aurora would always be pinching and pulling Greens hair because she would never cry .Green had a garden and in order to get money they have to go in town to sell what they have grown.
Green never liked to stay behind when her family would go and sell what they needed to sell. One d...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
Series potential aside, Green Angel is an uncomplicated parable told in deliberately florid prose. It's very good if you take it for what it is: instructive parable, not dramatic novel.
I think most detractors (and I see there are a few on Goodreads) are stumbling over the trappings of linear narrative, which are present but largely just props fo...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 actually stumbled across it by accideent. After I read Matched, I went to the author's website and found "other books you may enjoy," one of which was Green Witch. When I went to check out Green Witch from the library, I found out that it is a sequal, and felt it only right to beging with Green Angel.
I knew nothing going into it.
In the first few pages Green (the protagonist and narrator throughout the story) discribes her family--mother, father, and younger sister--who s...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
Green at first was swallowed up by fear and saddness. As she tattooed her body with pins andblack ink she bcame numb to...more
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In no time, what I wished for, I became.”