My Book of Life by Angel
One thing I found especially moving is the list of names of the missing women of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside that Leavitt gives her readers at the end of the book after ...more
Told with heart, courage, and amazing insight into emotion and human struggle, Martine Leavitt writes a story that is impossible to forget.
And for readers who rely heav ...more
National Book Award Finalist Martine Leavitt tackles tough topics in MY BOOK OF LIFE BY ANGEL, much like YA-novel-in-verse-heavy-hitter Ellen Hopkins. The narrator Angel is sixteen, working as a prostitute in Vancouver. She ran ...more
This is just an incredible, beautiful, painful, absorbing read. I am quite frankly blown away by Martine's talent. She immerses me in the world of Angel. I live in Vancouver, ...more
I think it took incredible strength for Angel to say no to "candy" so many times. Her rational mind was still awake under all of the drugs and nasty things that Call made her do and I think that is the ONLY reason she ...more
Poetry-formatted novels are not my first choice of literature, but upon the recommendation of a professor, I picked up this book with hopes to deter, or at least soothe, the lasting stressors of trauma. The form is very halting and abrasive. Perhaps it is because Angel herself cannot interpret her life, or maybe it’s only to protect the reader. However, even though Leavitt is trying to protect the reader, she leaves in some seriously nasty details. This book is concentrated in depressing and ove...more
It is easy to see how vulnerable children can get sucked into prostitution one little step at a time. Seeing that world th ...more
when you're so upside down
and you don't have anything else to hang on to
you want to believe maybe this isn't all you get--
when so many people try to beat the angel out of you,
you hang on for dear life.
And then the baby dentist was done
and I lived.
I always live.
I said, I'm sorry Melli.
I said, there has to be the possibility of sad endings
or there couldn't be such a thing as happy endings.
Endings are happy because they could have been sad.
Maybe ours will be sad.
Child pr ...more
all floaty and filmy,
all fragile ghost bones that break,
all dandelion-seed hair and weightless--
She was stone, fixed, forever...
Her words dripped into my ear--
each drop weighed a star.
She said, Angel,
when God reads your book of life,
boy, are some people ever gonna get it."
Holy. Smokes. This book. THIS BOOK. It absolutely blew my mind. It deals with one of the darkest topics I can think of, YET...
As Martine herself puts it:
"It is not the gray areas that are interes ...more
Bawl. My. Face. Off. In a good way. Martine Leavitt is becoming one of my new all time favorite authors. This books follows Angel, a girl dealing with the death of her mother who unwittingly gets pulled into prostitution by her so called boyfriend. Angel suffers through the horrors of prostitution until one day her boyfriend brings home an 11 year old girl to help Angel bring in profits. What follows is one of the most beautifully depicted stories of love and sacrifice I've e ...more
I'm not entirely sure if the verse format worked with such a heavy story. I feel like it captured Angel's voice right and really added to the despair and pain of her character, but at the same time, the story itself was so tough I'm not sure the verse was necessary to convey the voice, either.
I think there's something topically and stylistically that'll appeal to some fans of Ellen Hopkins, but this is much more literary. This feels like one of those books that could have some award-y talk ...more