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Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
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Apr 30, 12

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Read in April, 2012

This is a physically thin book, but it an incredible amount of heft. Hoffman uses her trademark magical elements and poetic prose to mediate on one teen's journey into and out of grief.

Green is an introverted but loving teen whose family dies in an apocalyptic tragedy that wipes out "the city" and leaves behind orphan looters, fighting for survival and sanity. She was once called "Green" because of her green thumb, but changes to "Ash" as she buries herself in grief and nonattachment - she covers her body in tattoos, wears boots with spikes in them, weaves thorns into her clothes. As different beings drift into her life, she begins to heal. Absolutely haunting.

"Now I understood that she was working hard at dancing, at laughing, at being moonlight...My sister was learning the world as she danced. She was understanding the earth, the air, the fire of her own blood, the falling rain that made her laugh and dance even more wildly."

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