When Bliss’s hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tiny Atlanta neighborhood, it’s like being set down on an alien planet. The only guide naïve Bliss has to her new environment is what she’s seen on The Andy...more
The author sets up an incredibly creepy tone from the beginning. The chapters are divided alternately by excerpts from a creepy diary, quotations from 'The Andy Griffith Show' and folk songs as well as the trial of Charles Manson and his Family for multiple murders.
But the tone wasn't enough to hold this book together. Plot threads ...more
So basically, this book is about a girl named Bliss In the Morning Dew. Why is she named that, you ask? Well, her parents are hippies and she's been living on a commune in a tent up until the beginning of this book. She's living with her conservative grandmother, and she feels really out of place when she goes to school for the first time. She is super loving and friendly, having lived with hippies her whole life, which made her pretty ...more
Fourteen-year-old Bliss Inthemorningdew (her parents were hippies and the book takes place in 1969) was left with her very traditional grandmother (her grandfather ...more
(Trust me, there’s a ...more
1. That parts of the storyline frustrate me, and
2. That I can't explain why I'm frustrated without giving away spoilers.
So, to that end, I'm going to cover myself and say SPOILERS AHEAD. I'll try to be as generic as possible, but still...
Bliss - the character, not the novel - is charming in a wide-eyed innocent kind of way. She's basically a hippie Anne of Green Gables, though slightly less imaginative. She has an idea of what's right and wrong in the ...more
After living on a commune for years, Bliss expects high school to be like The Andy Griffith Show and is looking forward to starting frienships with people her age. Her grandmother enrolls her at Crestview Academy, an elite school that used to be a convent, which makes her both nervous and excited.
Much to Bliss’ ...more
Here, though, the plot is anything but ordinary. We're in Atlanta, in 1969. Bliss intheMeadow (yep, a real hippie last name) is living with her very stereotyped grandmother after her parents flee to Canada to avoid the draft. This is a very different world than the commune... the social work center... or any other place Bliss has lived.
She's sent ...more
The character of Sandy in general was really weird and the plot became very uncomfortable at times. I assumed I would be more scared while reading as it has the ...more
Bliss is a supernatural thriller set in 1969 Atlanta around the backdrop of institutional racism and the Manson murders. This is the first YA horror I've read in a long time - partly because they don't publish a lot of it these days.
I just had such a hard time figuring this book out, and I'm also finding it difficult to articulate my feelings about it. It all felt pretty uneven and I'm really not sure who the audience is. The character development, particularly of Bliss ...more
***Actually NO- looking back it was MAYBE 2 stars if I’m feeling generous. Don’t waste your time. Very cool premise, very lackluster book. And if you are a cat person- REALLY JUST DON’T! I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a situation where you can’t quite see how bad it is while you’re in it, but once you’re removed, you can look back on things much more clearly. That’s kind of how I feel about this book. I’m actually quite disappointed in myself for getting ...more
Wow! And I mean Wow!
If there is one thing that I love about Lauren Myracle it is her backbone. She is more than willing to tackle difficult topics and cut right to the heart of the matter. Of course this means that some readers will find something in there which they will find offensive which seems to land her in the site of those who would like to regulate what we are allowed to read. I say don’t be afraid of a book which is ...more
Bliss Inthemorningdew - hippie parents, don't ask - has been dumped on her prissy Grandma's hands as soon as her parents decided to make it to Canada, so as to evade Nixon's idea of American patriotism. Fresh out of the hippie communes, Bliss is new to ...more
Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books ...more
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I have no clue, and I really don't want to spend my time worrying about it. But my brain pushes at the question anyway.
Why are people aloof?
Because they don't want to let others in.
Why don't they want to let others in?
Well, sometimes because they're shy, and sometimes because they're convinced of their own superiority.
But those aren't the only reasons. Sometimes it's because thay have something to hide.”
-Sheriff Andy Taylor”