Violet & Claire
Francesca Lia Block Gets Real
In the final pages of Francesca Lia Block's deftly written new novel, Violet and Claire, one of the main characters wonders to herself: "Maybe there had really been a kind of murder that night." This salient assertion comes from Violet, the whip-smart teen who, along with her friend Claire, wonders loudly about life. Besides forcing her chara...more
Violet sees life as a movie. There's always a scene, a mood, something unfolding. Though her own life, sadly, is lacking in some of the necessities for a great script. Conflict. Her parents, who seem to be from a completely different bloodline than she, give her none. And what little she does have is...more
However: Many ti...more
There's a very mystical quality when reading it. The scenes meld into one another, which can be quite disjointing when reading it initially. Pages need to be re-read and at points, nothing is quite clear. The book is very short, however, (easily read in under an hour), and so it isn't quite difficult.
The love between Violet and Claire transcends sexuality, and Violet never makes any attempt to clarify their relationship. Claire relies more on Violet, that much is true,...more
Claire is a poet who yearns to be a faerie.
Friendship, success, and love force them to navigate through complexities of life, but they learn that they always have each other.
Usually, I LOVE Francesca Lia Block. This novel was a real disappointment to me. There were a few beautifully written parts, but for the most part, the pacing was ridiculous (incredibly slow the first 100 pages, then everything crammed in al...more
This book is quite fun as it's written as fantastical realism that Block does so well. I love this style dearly but this novel isn't my favorite...more
Violet war mir für ihr Alter ein bisschen zu tough, zu sexy, zu abgebrüht. Irgendwie passiert viel zu viel und die ganze Geschichte...more
This is the second book I read by Block, and I realized something- she gets away with things I normally can't stand in...more
Violet’s narration was blunt and straightforward, mirroring her personality, and although it starts out bland and cliche, it develops into somethi...more
Told in alternating narrative between Violet and Claire, their diffe...more
This is the first of Block's writing that I have read that was not short stories. Although it is a quick read, it touches on many topics. Again, Block's prose is lyrical and magical. She writes in her fantasy language that touches the English receptors in one's mind. Block relates to teens and younger with her discussion of tough t...more
The dynamic of the two girls is so apparent and different, but you can practically feel their connection grow deeper with every turn of the page. Highly recommended, fantastic short read.
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