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Green Heart

(Green Angel #1-2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,756 ratings  ·  242 reviews
A two-fold tale of grief and hope, loss and love, told as only Alice Hoffman can.

When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destr
Paperback, 259 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book. It's fragile, it's tender, it's soaked in colours and emotion. The writing unfolds like a feather floating through the air, a slight touch of skin against skin, someone stroking your hair as you fall asleep. I don't know how to describe it - that's how I felt it.

It reads like a fairytale and a poem.
There are people who will read it and dislike it for this, I know, and that saddens me. It's not a book in our modern-day understanding of books, it is not a story the way we'
Michele Harrod
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As I am an avid Hoffman fan, I thought I would check out some of her YA novels as well. Needless to say, I was in no way disappointed. Green Heart is a combination of Green Angel (written in 2003) and Green Witch (2010) following the life of Green after a disaster (somewhat unspecific beyond a 'fire in the city'). This novel takes you through the grief process of Green herself, many of her neighbours, and injured animals left behind in the aftermath of this tragedy. As usual her rhetoric simply ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Like many of Alice Hoffman’s novels, this was an enjoyable read...but this one is both magical and lyrical. Anyone who appreciated Ms Hoffman’s books will like this one.
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I love many of Hoffman's books and I wanted to love this... And I enjoy magical realism and post-apocalyptic stories so I thought the combination would be awesome. But they don't mix, or should I say that they don't mix well in this story. This was pretty dreadful, badly written compared to her other works that I have read. But mainly, it is a really really stupid story. Nothing makes sense, which drove me nuts. The city burns and glowing embers fall from the sky. The main character gets them in ...more
Jessica Fortunato
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book, a stunning conclusion to Green Angel, combines Green Angel with Green Witch resulting in Green Heart.

The book is beyond touching, and riddled with the magic that is love, and life itself.

For Green, traveling the town and writing down people's stories is her mission, especially the stories of the so called Witches in her village. She fights to preserve a life that otherwise has been demolished. To tell the stories of the people who are ridiculed the most, yet carry the most wisdom.

Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alice Hoffman is the absolute queen of writing. I've read a few books from her and they have all touched my soul. The way her characters love and always recover from the ashes is simply beautiful.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I can see why someone would love this book, nice language and very dreamy and poetic. But personally I found the story line hard to follow and every chapter reminded me of the one before, it was very boring, I really wasn't impressed.
Tracy birrell
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love everything Alice Hoffman writes.I live in her my head.❤
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Two fable-like tales of a character called Green, whose touch came make anything grow. Her village and the neighboring city experiences great loss due to a fire. The first part is her plunge into grief, taking on a new personna called Ash. She survives by helping others, animals, to heal and survive. The second part her journey back to wholeness and a new version of herself as Green is accomplished through documenting others life stories.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I guess a part of me is still snobby about YA books, especially YA books with hands and hearts on the cover, even though I’ve liked far more YA books than I’ve disliked. Green Heart was really, really good, and I should stop being such a snob.

I’m a bit two-minded about the book, though. It’s two novellas put together, the first dealing with a teenaged girl who lost her family and many of her neighbours in a 9/11 kind of allegory, and she must
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was truly one of the most beautiful YA novels I've had the pleasure to read in a very, very long time. Hoffman's writing style is lyrical, poetic, and even somewhat haunting. It's the kind of story that slowly meanders it's way through your heart, wending and winding to touch you unexpectedly. Her writing style reminded me a little of Susan Fletcher's Corrag, which I found to be really beautiful too. Granted, this particular type of writing will not be everyone's cup of tea; some may find i ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow... What a nice read... would definitely recommend this book
Jennifer Rayment
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Good Stuff

The writing is absolutely beautiful and lyrical as with most of Hoffman's works
Descriptions of grief are so honest and realistic
Fabulous character development especially for Green
A nice message of hope and being able to make it through the grief of losing so much
Hauntingly beautiful
Unique take on the whole dystopian / post apocolyptic (people please simply explain the difference to me) genre - honestly I was imagining a 9/11 sort of devestation had happened
Thinly veiled disgust fo
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
So the book’s called “Green Heart,” but it’s actually a compilation of two novels, “Green Angel” and its sequel, “Green Witch.” Both of the two novels are short, like less than 150 pages, so reading them together was basically the same as reading one full-length book. In Green Angel, Green is dealing with the grief of losing her family and slowly finding her way back to herself. In Green Witch, she’s searching out the women known as the Enchanted and ends up on a mission she wasn’t expecting. Th ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Green Angel is a beautiful, tender and heartfelt story of a girl who lost everything and everyone she loved, and then she lost herself. This is the story of the dreams of the past that haunted her, the lives of those touched by her and all that she gave up and found once again.

Green Witch is an enchanting story of magic, love and witches. When so much of the past was lost all that was left were the memories of what had been. Learning to live again, to love again, was the only hope for a future,
Siobhán Mc Laughlin
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
A YA book from Alice Hoffman that is more a poetic parable or fairytale than a fully developed story.

The language in this novel is its star point. It is lyrical and beautiful, perfectly fitting and flowing for its fairytale-like unfolding story, but the story itself lacks serious depth. The characters are mere sketches and the plot is gaunt, skeletal even. (The blurb on the back offers a far more interesting account.)A pity, it had the potential to be so much more.

The setting was a problem too
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Females of all ages
When fifteen-year-old Green’s family go out to the city and are nowhere to be found after a fire set the city alight, she learns to become an independent young woman, who eventually discovers herself in ways she never knew after a journey of meeting some peculiar people, realising how much her family mean to her and realising what the true meaning of love is. And for Green now, her calling is to write down the stories of the people of the village, fight to keep the memories that would have disap ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I was very enthusiastic about this book since I like the author very much. I was however slightly disappointed. Although the story is interesting, it seems to me that it lacks substance and I felt like it was unfinished. I was of course fascinated by the magical details and the author's style and writing is perfect as expected. But I would have loved a more elaborate story, more details, just...more. The story would have benefited from a more elaborate plot and action.
It is however a young-adult
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
These two books are both beautifully written with rich, descriptive words. The first has a great story line for someone who never really strays from where her home is. I love how descriptive Green is towards her family, mainly her younger sister, Aurora. Throughout the first book, it is very easy to comprehend how deep her despair is, and how greatly connected she is to her beloved garden.

Throughout the second book, the author starts to create a more poetic way of telling the story. This time wh
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
While I'm a fan of Alice Hoffman, this is not my favorite of her books. It was of course still enjoyable; she paints wonderful imagery of magical lives in a pseudo-apocalyptic world. I just wasn't entirely on board with the manner of telling, a sort of stream of consciousness 1st person perspective. The story is very childlike and yet dark. I guess this was a short story that was extended so the second half is different than the first in it's style with more action. Overall a nice little read, j ...more
Rebecca Barrett
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Green Heart Alice Hoffman is at her magical best. This fantasy delves into the harsh truths of ignorance and hatred, of the healing power of love of others as well as of one's self. To me it is a barely veiled story of the destructive power of blind religious hatred of all things different. It brings to mind the mindless acts of suicide bombers and religious leaders who imprison, maim and murder those who do not submit and blindly follow. Yet she shows these forces can be overcome by the simp ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2012
While I liked the overall story here, I wish it had been fleshed out much more than it is. There is little to no dialogue and most of the story is what Green/Ash does, thinks, feels. I felt disconnected from this story, not sure why. Maybe because Green feels that way, but then again, in the second half, she is connecting with the world and I still didn't feel anything.
The writing is beautiful, but almost too sparse. There are magical elements to the story which were well woven into the plot.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a story about magic, about the physical and emotional manifestations of grief and healing, about war and peace, love and loss. This was a spare, poetic story with rich emotion and language, and I enjoyed it for the beauty of it. Some of its imagery will definitely stay with me, though the story itself may or may not, I'm not sure about that.

I'd recommend to to Francesca Lia Block fans, obviously Alice Hoffman fans, and fans of the verse novel (this isn't a verse novel, but it feels like
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A darkly poetic story of a girl ravaged by depression in a post-apocalyptic world where she has lost her entire family in a single day. She learns to grow her own garden and fall in love with a mysterious boy who has no voice. When he leaves to find his family she fears he is lost forever and goes in search of the boy who helped her realize that love can exist in a dead world. Hauntingly beautiful prose and full of quotable lines, this is a wonderful story written by a wonderful writer.
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Good on you, goodreads, for your clever ad campaign for this book.
Well I was fooled anyways.
I finished this in about an hour.
I was expecting two full size books in one binding. The large, spaced out text, and page breaks could have easily been made into about 100 pages. If that.

The book was semi enjoyable, but I have nothing great to say about it.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize it was YA when I bought it, but it was lovely - an allegory, a fairy tale- beautiful writing as we would expect from this author !

Ms. Albert
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a YA book that would be enjoyed and appreciated by any adult who savors a story beautifully told. It is 2 novellas combined: "Green Angel" and "Green Witch," both which have been published separately previously. Both tell the story of Green, as she experiences and recovers from the terrorist attack on the city across the river, which killed her entire family. At first, I thought the attack was referring to 9/11 in NYC, but the facts don't match. Perhaps it was inspiration for Hoffman. Th ...more
Ken Hulse
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are all kind of writers who write about all sorts of situations. Some are really good, some just are too predictable with too much filler. One never knows what one is going to get despite sometimes glowing reviews.

Alice Hoffman is not just good she is amazing. When she writes she takes you on journey about life that is filled with magical writing and beautiful turns of phrase. This book is essentially a September 11 type of catastrophe with a dystopian consequence. The repairing the fabric
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is about witches. Maybe to the horde thats what they are. Or to superstitious people. I like the way Hoffman is able to build an entire culture by describing what people believe in. Her characters come to life with these details. Green realized who she is what she loves to do and begins spending time doing it: writing people's stories out of paper made just for them. She visits the witches, the lonely women with scars and she finds out the truth. As she pieces the parts all to
Jul 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. More adolescent angst, self-injury, etc., tied up in a package of "fantasy". Read a few A. H. books and you quickly understand this author's favorite repeat main character: a girl with black hair, slightly witchy, with emotional/psychological problems expressed through creation of elaborate fantasy worlds, tattooing wings on their backs (that they believe to be real), other major amounts of tattooing and cutting. I realize that self-injury is a real problem for some people, but.... I just d ...more
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Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We Knew, The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. Her most recent novel is The World That We Knew. She lives near Boston.

Other books in the series

Green Angel (2 books)
  • Green Angel (Green Angel, #1)
  • Green Witch (Green Angel, #2)
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“The frightened walk away when love is difficult. I know that now. You have to be willing to give everything away. You have to be willing to end up with nothing. Only then will your heart be whole.” 20 likes
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