I Was a Teenage Fairy
Maybe Mab was real. Maybe not. Maybe Mab was the fury. Maybe she was the courage. Maybe later on she was the sex . . .
A tiny fairy winging her way through the jasmine-scented L.A. night. A little girl caught in a grown-up glitz-and-glitter world of superstars and supermodels. A too beautiful boy with a secret he can never share . . .
From the author of Weetzie Bat comes a m...more
I eventually purchased the book. I'm not sure h ...more
I read this story on a whim as I'm a lover of all things Fey. To say it wasn't what I expected is an understatement! Ms. Block takes a serious look at a sensitive issue-child molestation and throws a few other wrenches in as well.
Barbie, a child model molested by a photographer at age 11 discovers she has the ability to see Mab, a small fairy that only appears to her. Barbie develops a relationship with Griffin at age 16, both sharing the same experience with the same photographer ...more
Fast forward 5 years and Barbie's a rail ...more
Sometimes I think Lia Block's words can never be translated into movies and pictures; other times, I can't help but wonder at the factor by which her book's awesomeness would be increased were it made into a movie with music and whispers and fast breaths.
This book was interesting because it was unclear how Mab was to be interpret ...more
This is a good story and everything--surprise!--turns out fine. I'm still not convinced that being a beautiful butterfly pinned to the corkboard of life is the cruelest fate that can visit a teenage girl, and I'm still not convinced this subject hasn't been done to death, maybe because I was a teenage changeling and have difficulty relating. And I'm really not su ...more
The main character feels put-upon by the world and the struggles she's had to face so Mab (real or imagined) is there to spar with her and encourage her when there is no one else she feels she can trust.
And come on, what teenage girl didn't wish at some point that there was a special fairy or guardian angel to ke ...more
I loved how this book was the perfect mix of sweet and sour and how everyone got a happy ending.
Barbie & Mab
We are first introduced to Barbie Markowitz troubled childhood (particularity at the age of eleven) or as Likki Li would sing in her lyrics "the rich kids blues." Barbie life is anything but perfect and grand despite what some might think. She has to put with a demeaning mother, who likes to go by Mrs. Marks instead of Markowitz because she thinks it ruined her career as a model, even though it was washed up a long time ago. Now she expects nothing but perfection as she fo ...more
"If Los Angeles is a woman reclining billboard model with collagen-puffed lips and silicone-inflated breasts, a woman in a magenta convertible with heart-shaped sunglasses and cotton candy hair; if Los Angeles is this woman, then the San Fernando Valley is her teenybopper sister."
10 MABTASTIC STARS**********!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was such a pleasure to be able to re-read this story! Last time I read this book I was an impressionable 16 year old and once I read the first sentence I was mesm ...more
The most symbolic thing in the whole book is Mab. The story really centers around how she changes and impacts all these lives, mainly Barbie's. Mab not only "the fury...the courage...[and] later on...the sex" but she is like the voice inside their heads, inside everyone's heads. She is that annoying buzzing in the back of your brain th ...more
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 ...more