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Green Angel (Green Angel #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  8,991 Ratings  ·  989 Reviews
Alice Hoffman is at her magical best in a new novel about loss and healing.

When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-yr-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, sh
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Tami I loved this book. It was like a fairy tale of magical realism, not everything was explained logically, but it was written beautifully. Her tattoos…moreI loved this book. It was like a fairy tale of magical realism, not everything was explained logically, but it was written beautifully. Her tattoos changed color and there was no explanation it just happened, and she accepted it.(less)

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Well, I only made it to page nine of this overwrought, strained book. Soon after learning that the protaganist's younger sister was so precious that "bees would drink the sweat of her skin," and that she was in fact made of "laughter and moonlight" and that "white moths would rather circle around her than fly into the sky up above" I abandoned her to whatever wretched, flute-music-infused fate awaited her.
Will Byrnes
Jul 30, 2011 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice Hoffman by way of Cormac McCarthy. Fifteen-year-old, raven-haired, and green-thumbed Green would love to go to the market with her parents and her practically moon-glowing sister, but someone needs to stay behind and take care of things. The three most important things after location, location, location are timing, timing, and timing. The family picked the wrong day to bring produce to the city. A fire. Think London, 1666, with a dash of 9/11. Green not only loses her family but is affecte ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
Amazing book. I can see why it's on a favorite's list. It's one of those things where I just want to hand it to people. Hoping maybe even if they never read it, somehow the message would be understood. The magic would just come through. That's what I had to say after finishing this book Friday, not all that long after having picked it up. I'm not sure I could do it much justice by adding to the original impression. This is one of those stories you just know you could read again and again. It's L ...more
Mar 20, 2008 Tawny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Alice Hoffman
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
Um, was I supposed to love this highly acclaimed crap?
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!
Linda Lipko
When reading another Alice Hoffman book, I'm reminded that she is one of my favorite authors. She consistently weaves magic into characters that have a mystical, yet down to earth, quality about them.

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
This story was beautifully written. Each and every phrase evocative of a deeper meaning, that i honestly find myself lacking the proper words to describe how much i liked it. Liked it, is just too insignicant... i guess it becamed part of me, as only the greatest stories; the ones that truly touch our hearts, are capable of doing it. If we let them...

For me, this author is outstanding in this gender. She weaves the most sad, heartbreaking stories, in perfect tapestries, made of memories and ghos
Mar 30, 2014 Tania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I recently read The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and absolutely loved it. Based on this I decided to try this YA title by her, and although it wasn't in the same league as The Dovekeepers, it was still beautifully written. I think I'll try The Museum of Extraordinary Things soon.

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.
Nov 25, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, meh
Nothing spectacular--it's almost like a trial size sample of Alice Hoffman's writing. There's the usual fairytale like quality and hints of magical realism; standard Hoffman stuff. What's strange is the approach it takes. There's been some type of disaster (perhaps the result of some form of terrorism in this unnamed seeting), but we never get the back story as to what happened or why. Instead, the novella focuses on how the loss of her family and way of life affect the main character, Green. It ...more
Jul 25, 2016 Daphne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook, wobble
I found this a beautiful and deceptively simple book.
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Well this is nothing short of a truly AMAZING book! I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read "Green Witch" the sequel.

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
Nov 07, 2016 Cheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only took me about an hour and a half to read this while waiting for an appt. A very short but lyrical book.
N.T. Embe
Aug 07, 2011 N.T. Embe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: For those of you lost and deep in the darkness of the world, this is for you.
Recommended to N.T. by: Library
A story like this will never grow old. It is timeless as the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky. As ageless as the trees and the grasses in all their richness in summer, and all their love in fall. It is the story of rebirth and, most of all, of Hope... and how that hope will grow from the darkest depths of anyone's prisons. Horrors, pain unimaginable, loneliness, sorrow unending--all these ashes that cover our souls, and darken our days.... This is the story we live through. Through the so ...more
Nov 05, 2008 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Ana Mardoll
Mar 30, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Green Angel / 0-439-65878-0

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
I read this book when I was a young child and fell in love with it.

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
Blake Fraina
Feb 21, 2010 Blake Fraina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nearly forty years after Hiroshima/Nagasaki, two years after the WTC attacks and two years before the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Alice Hoffman published this spare, elegant and evergreen fable about apocalyptic catastrophe, loss, grief and, ultimately, healing.

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
This gorgeous little book (116 pages) was recommended to me by one of my tumblr friends, 3partsfool after we quizzed each other one night over what characters or books really touched us years later after reading the last page.

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
Other than Hoffman's children's picture book, this is perhaps the most simplistic book of hers I've read yet. But while it's simple in plot, its rich in content. It's the story of shy, introverted Green who is the only person of her family to survive a horrible disaster and has to cope survivor's guilt and the changed town, including teenage looters.

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
Oct 23, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I was bought this book for Christmas 2009, by my boyfriend's mother, who I love talking about books with. I asked her to choose me something I'd like and she chose well for me - I did like it.

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
Jul 27, 2009 AlexM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story because it gives a deep perspective on Green's thoughts and feelings on everything that happens to her throught the story. Her parents and sister are killed in a fire at their house and Green goes through a transformation throught the story from the lighthearted Green to the sorrow-filled Ash. She goes through it because she loses herself by destroying her feeling but also destroying herself, inking ravens, bats, and roses into her skin. It is a very,very, good story. I ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite being a very long time fan of Hoffman’s, this is the first of her young adult work I’ve read. It’s a slim book, more of a fable or fairy tale than a conventional novel. Despite its brevity, it evokes strong feelings.

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
Patricia J. O'Brien
I read GREEN ANGEL years ago and wanted to revisit it, to see if I still thought it was a little gem. I do. It's a fairy tale, an allegory, told swiftly but with its soul intact.
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
Mar 15, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Alice Hoffman presented a reading from her new book recently. During the question and answer period, she was asked about Green Witch and Green Angel. When she said that Green Angel was one of her favorite YA novels, I decided to reread both books. In 2010 I was stunned by Green Witch and loved it best of the two.

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
I love Alice Hoffman's work but this foray into Young Adult didn't work for me. The main character, a 15 year old girl called Green, is too passive to be interesting. The world building is also odd. After her family dies in a bombing in a city while they are selling their vegetables, Green sinks into a depression which she must deal with on her own because the adults in her town have no interest in actually adulting.

In addition to this passive plot line is prose which thinks it's poetry. It caus
Vivian Zavala
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Sep 04, 2015 OwlBeReading rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this would be more of a 3.5 because it was okay in the beginning, awful in the middle, but really picked up at the end. It was kind of gothic at some points which was weird and I don't know it was really weird. I do not recommend reading it.
Nov 07, 2013 Raina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
you know that feeling right before you're about to cry, where your throat feels swollen and your chest feels tight and your heart just aches? yeah, that feeling.
Mar 29, 2017 Rachael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, meh
Not much variety in the descriptions. I don't feel like the main character's portrayal of depression is realistic. it seems the author tried so hard describing the character that she became the epitome of the emo kid "edge lord" stereotype.
Jun 23, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that are having depressing problems, and thinks that life will never go on.
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Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York ...more
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“My grief was cold. It was nothing to share. It was nothing to speak about, nothing to feel.” 114 likes
“I didn’t want to be prideful anymore. I wanted to be as hard as and brittle as the stones I carted into the woods. Stones that could not feel or cry or see. I wished not to feel anything at all.

In no time, what I wished for, I became.”
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