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Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block Review

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In her stunning debut, Francesca Lia Block has created a wild, sophisticated fairy tale. She invites us into a magical world where love really does manage to conquer all.

Weetzie Bat was one of the strangest, yet simultaneously enjoyable novels I’ve read in a while. It is a modern fairy tale set in L.A., and its unlikely heroine is an odd misfit named Weetzie Bat. The book uses lyrical, poetic descriptions to paint L.A. as a sugary sweet, glitzy, superficial fairy land. Weetzie and her fellow misfit best friend, Dirk, are searching for their true loves (or, in Weetzie’s case, her “Secret Agent Lover Man”) and so when Weetzie encounters a genie that offers her three wishes, she asks for their loves. As is typical with wishes, they are granted far more literally than she hoped. However, nothing fazes Weetzie, who lives in a happy dream world where there is no room for sadness. The book quickly introduces and solves many darker issues, but they are quickly forgotten as the book pushes towards a happy ending. Block’s writing style in this book is a little strange, but gorgeous and striking at the same time. I really loved this novel and I think I may have to add it to my favorites list! 

a few favorite TFIOS quotes

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North of Beautiful by Justina Chen review

It’s hard not to notice Terra Cooper. She’s tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably “flawed” face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob’s path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path? Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.

I really enjoyed North of Beautiful. It is about a girl named Terra with a port wine stain who does not believe that she is beautiful. She deals with an abusive father, a passive mother, and two elusive brothers, along with a boyfriend who she just doesn’t truly love. However, then she meets Jacob, a kind and funny Goth boy who is also used to being an anomaly because he is an adopted Chinese boy with a cleft lip in an all white family. After an accident causes Terra and Jacob’s paths to cross, the two become close friends, and their mothers become close friends as well. Terra’s brother Merc lives in China, and he ends up inviting Terra and her mother to come visit him. Jacob and his mother were planning a trip to China anyway to visit the orphanage where Jacob was adopted, so the four plan to go on the trip together. While on their trip, all the characters undergo extensive development, but Terra experiences the most changes as she learns about inner beauty, strength, and family. I really loved all of the characters in this book and Terra’s transformation from someone who is afraid of herself to someone who is truly confident in her own skin. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, although it is so much more than that. It was extremely heartwarming and its message about beauty will definitely stick with me.

I’m Augustus Waters. I’ve been in remission for about a year and a half.

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The Hunger Games + antique book’s pages

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thegreatestusernameinthegalaxy:

radiobee:

coffee-and-rainsticks:

Book borrowing is the biggest form of true love it’s like, “Here’s a piece of my soul that I think you would enjoy.” 

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*slow clap for the harry potter fandom*

scamanders:

you know when you’re reading a book and someone asks you what it’s about, it’s so frustrating trying to even begin to explain what it’s about, like how do you get them to understand an entire world that you’ve submerged yourself in, the feeling it gives you when you read it, or the love you get to feel towards fictional characters???

you just have to answer with like a really lame description that would never do it justice and it sucks

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