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Girl Goddess #9: Nine Stories

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,416 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Welcome to Girl Goddess #9, a collection of nine stories about girls by the author of Weetzie Bat.  Here in these pages are girl goddesses of every age and shape and size, wearing combat boots and spiky hair or dressed all in white.  One girl has two moms, another has no mother at all but a strange blue-skinned elf that lives in her closet.  One is a rock-star groupie, ano ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 19th 1996 by HarperTeen (first published February 6th 1996)
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Lord Beardsley
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2011
Growing up as a teenager in the 90s, I was a voracious reader of Sassy magazine. Through Sassy, I learned of two female authors who forever helped shape my imagination: Poppy Z. Brite and Francesca Lia Block. Their work utterly transported me to imaginary landscapes so rich and varied that I can truly say that these books helped to shape me into the person I am today. I grew up without a computer in the house, forget the Internet (I didn't have that until college), a weird kid in Olathe, Kansas. ...more
As usual, I loved this book for the language. FLB uses such beautiful, lyrical prose. I wish I could write like her. She can find magic and beauty in such ordinary, everyday things.

This was a sweet collection of short stories about coming of age and the pains of growing up. I like that some of the stories focus on more and more open issues that in the past were ignored or shunned--I particularly liked "Dragons in Manhattan" about Tuck's two moms, "Blue" about a girl dealing with her mom's death
Lola Wallace
After being a formative part of the online FLB cult in early high school, I became hardcore disillusioned with her when I realized the many ways in which her work is problematic and fluffy. I maintain, though, that GG9 contains her best writing. There are some really powerful stories here. I can always rely on "Blue," "Pony and Pixie" and "Winnie and Cubby" to send my tear ducts into overdrive. And I named my first zine after the book the girls love in the title story. These stories are about lo ...more
I like some of the stories, the writing is still good and Ms. Block has an unique angel at looking at teenagers and their ways of living, but a few of the stories feel too short and unfinished.
scout cook

Meet La, whose mom commit suicide when La was really little. Meet Tuck, who doesn't know who her dad is but knows both of her moms. Meet Pony and Pixie, girls who are closer than sisters who aren't even best friends. Meet Winnie, who is in love with Cubby. Meet Cubby, who doesn't know how to deal with his issues in an honest way. I met all of these people (and more) in Girl Goddess #9, a book about all the Goddesses among the random world. Girls of all ages with all sorts of problems. From nine

Really good collection of stories.
M Strawberry Reviews
A decent collection of stories about different girls, some of these deal with alternative lifestyles (such as Tuck Budd) and others deal with things like suicide. Overall if one is not overly sensitive to certain subject matters, this is an good read for a teenage girl.
I don't often write reviews on here, but I just re-read Girl Goddess #9 and feel like I have to comment on what an impact it had on me when I was a teen. I was 14 when I found this at a bookstore and I devoured every word. It nudged me toward finding zines, the music of PJ Harvey and Patti Smith, and Francesca Lia Block's other books during a time when all of those things made my life better. It was also directly responsible for my AOL screennames all being some variation of "girl goddess" for m ...more
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous. Edgy, preternaturally aware adolescents stalk these pages like tigers. These short stories are as full as many novels. Where was Block when I was 14? Oh, right. Wikipedia says she was busy being 16. Better to have found her late than never to have found her at all. She's a champion of love, a cheerleader for the ballsy chicks who wear big clunky shoes with wispy skirts, an advocate for the odd and the broken.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
this book caught me really off guard. whatever I was expecting, it wasn't that. with the exception of maybe one or two stories, each was lovely and distinct in its own way
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: FB fans
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Over all rating: 2.5 *s, C

Now to get to the good stuff. I feel a bit sad I didn't really connect to this book. I had a thought while I was reading it maybe I should stop while I'm ahead and books like I Once Was a Teenage Fairy can stay forever unstained by memory, but then I thought I love the few times FB hits home too much even if they are a bit far between.

The thing is you don't read Francessca Block for her stories or settings or even her ch
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Block either gets it very right or very wrong and that is why this is the second collection of her's that has received a middle-of-the-way rating from me . There are pieces that are amazing and then there are snoozefests.

Block reminds me of what it felt like to be a teen; how first loves and difficult topics made me feel. She does this through her expressive language. I have never read another author who writes like Block. Others have described her writing as magical and I can't say that I disa
Justina Marie
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book.. I've had the book for a long time but have only read certain chapters out of it, here and there. I finally just read it all the way through, in pretty much a few sittings. It is a quick read with each chapter being a different story altogether. They are nice little vignettes with quirky characters who all seem to be longing for something.

The Longest excerpt of the whole book is Dragons in Manhattan which centers around the young character Tuck Budd who has 2 moms (Izzy and A
Nine stories about girls who are lost in the world but find themselves as goddesses. Not in the literal meaning of Goddess, but they find that each of them are wonderful in their own way and they each have a place in the world.

This book is full of short stories about being a girl. Every type of girl. From a small girl that doesn't want to grow up, to girls that run a zine. Another great work for young girls by Francesca Lia Block. When I was introduced to her books, back when I first started rea
Jun 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritebooks
Girl Goddess #9 is a collection of short stories by Ms. Block. All of them are about girls who are very special in some way. "Tweetie Sweet Pea" is a story about a young baby and her life with her sister, Peachy Pie. "Blue" is about La, and her imaginary (or is she?) friend Blue, and her mother's role in her life of feeling unpopular. "Dragons in Manhattan" is about Tuck Budd and her confusion over who her dad is in her parents' relationship, since they both appear to be female. "Girl Goddess #9 ...more
I couldn't connect well to the book. All of the characters were so very different from me. I read this because of the author's other book which I totally adore.

Just because i couldnt relate doesnt mean i didnt enjoy the book. Nine stories and i like only three.

Im not really the best kind of reviewer but i think peeps are just giving too much praise for this book. Lyrical? What? No offense. I would understand if this was her other book entitled psyche in a dress which was VERY lyrical (or somethi
Nov 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I can't remember which Francesca Lia Block book I got first, but I know that I liked Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books better.
The Weetzie Bat Books were better than Girl Goddes. They were longer and more involving, but going back, and understanding a lot better what was going on than an 11 year old did, I certainly appreciated it more.
Block's books are something I've gone back to year after year, and therefore spent a lot of time reconsidering and critiquing.
Girl Goddess is an exploratio
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014

I loved Wasteland when I read it several years ago, and I always meant to pick up another of Block's books when I had the chance. When one of the short stories in this collection came up recently in a Dear Prudie column at, I decided to return to see if the rest of her fiction had the same raw, poetic beauty that took my breath away in Wasteland.

And I'm sorry to say the answer is "Not so much."

There are good short stories here: "Blue" and "Dragons of Manhattan" (the short story mentio
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I never really had a thing with short stories. Fortunately, because a dear friend gave me a copy of this, despite of my tardiness, I managed to finish this in four days. Unfortunately, I didn't come back unscathed.

It's the way Block writes that will sweep anybody off their feet. It's disturbing yet magical, and has a way of punching you in the gut without ever having given the access to because really it isn't necessary.

Perfect for road trips, when I can't usually bring myself to read nowadays b
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This was a favorite of mine in early high school, and I recently revisited it during a lunch break at the library - I was surprised to find a copy still sitting on the shelf. It's dated, so very dated both in terms of the teen alternative culture that was dominant when Francesca Lia Block was popular and in more mundane ways (the AIDS references in particular). However, my favorite stories from the collection (Pixie & Pony; Dragons in Manhattan) still resonated with me. When Block isn't tryi ...more
Julie Decker
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nine stories about special girls. Many of these have magical flavors to them, and some are just about girls who long for magic or magical relationships or fame and fortune or love and tenderness. The occasional male perspective is still focused on a girl's importance. This does a great job capturing some female mindsets, from girls with imaginary friends to girls searching for their history; from girls who write zines about rock stars to girls who have it all and don't want it. They've all got M ...more
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Some of the stories in this book were really cute. In the first three I really enjoyed how Block makes it so believable that it's from the perspective of a little kid. My favourite stories in this book were "Dragons in Manhattan" and "Pixie and Pony". I love Francesca Lia Block's writing style, however I sometimes feel less-than-comfortable reading her works that have so much content related to unhealthy lifestyles. I love the fantasy and social aspects and I love her imagery, but the only thing ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first encounter with Francesca Lia Block, and it was the right book at the right time! What a beautiful collection of stories. This slim volume is full of glowing alien princesses of all ages and forms, with a strong connection to grrl 'zine culture. It is also rich with the sights and smells of California (particularly Los Angeles), from the winding, sage-smelling path of Laurel Canyon to the salty ocean air, to the godforsaken Valley, to the magic of Golden Gate park, with Manhatta ...more
Mark Fullmer
In a random mood, I found Francesca Lia Block on a random friend's bookshelf, and while the story plots are nothing special -- a girl whose poet mother committed suicide gets an imaginary friend, writes a story about her mother and thus loses said imaginary friend; a young girl plays with her barbie doll and realizes she's growing up-- there is a certain style to the way she writes that I admire. And the seed of sexuality which is omnipresent in Lia Block's work goes beyond just mere titillation ...more
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Block delivers a collection of stories about girl goddesses in their various forms.

The stories in this collection are just beautifully written. Block has a quirky prose style that is a joy to read. All the characters were so vivid and interesting. The only complaint I have is that I wish for just one of the stories she had written a more traditional romance (though I suppose the Devil Dogs story was mostly traditional). It seemed a bit like she was trying to prove that non-traditional romance ha
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, read-in-2011
I woke up with an overwhelming desire to reread the Weetzie Bat books earlier this week, except I think my copies are packed up in a box in my parents' attic. I decided this was a perfect time to order myself a copy of Dangerous Angels (since I own the individual books), and while waiting for that to arrive, I pulled my copy of Girl Goddess #9 off my shelf.

I still loved the stories just as much as I did when I first read this in high school. Block's writing still touches me deeply, and I think i
This book pretty much changed my life when I read it at the end of middle school/beginning of high school. At the time, it made me feel much less alone in the world. Much less strange. I'm re-reading it now (in 2010 at the age of 27) and it's just as good as I remember. My favorite of the nine stories is definitely Dragons in Manhattan. Now that I live in LA I can understand her descriptions of Southern California even better than I could as a 15-year old in a suburb of Detroit who had never bee ...more
If you enjoy "magical reality" short stories about that period between girlhood and puberty, I think you will really enjoy this book. The stories capture that milieu well, and take you into that paradoxical realm which introspection and exploration meet.

For some people, this is charming. But this is not my area of especial interest, so I let it slide after reading half the book.

If this *is* your thing, I encourage you to pick it up anyway. It is well written and you may genuinely enjoy it.
Kaisa Mettille
when i started this book the first thing that i thought was how strage the names where, besides the names this was a fairly good book. the best story was Dragons in Manhattan. it was about a girl who has two mom's and was picked on at school for it.
so she runs away to find her father, only to realize that her father had a sex change and is one of her mothers. since her mother who use to be a man had sex with her mother that was always a woman they where both her biological parents.
the story ends
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Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
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
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