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Echo by Francesca Lia Block
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Oct 07, 10

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** spoiler alert ** Echo is a different kind of book, its very vague but clear at the same time(if that makes any sense). From what I've read so far, this book seems like a combination of short stories that are about people, from all different age groups who have magic powers, healing powers or are considered angels. After reading one short story I find that this book will really have you thinking and wondering about what the story is really trying to state, rather than what its literally mentioning.
The first short story I read was very easy to understand in the begining but when it reached the apex it became clear what the main character was stating but I knew that there was an underling meaning. The first story is called "My Mother, The Angel". Basically, this story was about a young girl whos mother has very exotic healing powers and her father considers her mother an angel. Her parents are madly in love with eachother and because of that they tend to neglect her. She feels they do that because she isn't as pretty as her mother and she'll never be and because her mother in her eyes actually is an angel and thats one more thing she'll never be. But at the apex of the book her mother finds out her father is dying,the main character attempted to kill herself and she meets a boy because of it. At the end of the short story we figure out that her mother could not heal the diease that her father was dying from and that this boy that she met was an angel. But was he really? Was this a figment of her imagination? Is she schizophrenic? Did the author leave you with these questions on purpose? We will never know, but thats the best part about books/stories like this. It leaves you with many thoughts and from those thought you can form your own ending to the story.
My ending to this unusual story is that her mother wasn't actually an angel. I feel that she only thought that because her father constantly told her that since she was young and she actually started to believe it. I also think that she was may have died as a teenager because in one part of the book she states that her father painted pictures of her (as an infrant) with her mother but as she grew older she never once saw herself in these paintings. Constantly, she mentions that her parents never once address her, at one part she said that her mother walks past her as if shes transparent. I don't agree that her parents were negleting her and just believe she was never really there, she was dead.
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Perla What the even... It's so clear now!

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