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Blood Roses by Francesca Lia Block
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Jan 02, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2009
Read in January, 2009

I wonder sometimes if I've outgrown Francesca Lia Block. This collection of short stories has nothing on "Girl Goddess #9". Long gone are the riot grrls, DIY culture, and punk love. Instead these fragmented, dream-like stories are centered by a collection of (mostly) girls who hide a few quirks behind a facade of normality. Maybe it's because it's a different audience than it was ten years ago, but these girls are just too insipid for me to care about (let alone be inspired by).

A few of the stories - "My Boyfriend Is An Alien" and "My Mother the Vampire" are devastating, scary, and beautiful all at the same time. The rest are fodder. FLB has made her prose so simple to the point that it's boring. While her words are pretty enough, the lack of substance in most of the stories left me confused as to why I bothered reading them in the first place.
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Ashley I feel the SAME way!

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