Grade 9 Up-Block once again tackles the theme of love and its many variations. This time, she zeroes in on the ultimate taboo: incestuous love. Though Marina. From the author of Weetzie Bat comes a picture-perfect vision of mids Los Angeles, shimmering with Block’s signature California-style magical realism an. Teenaged Marina must come to terms with her brother’s death. In a starred review, PW called this novel “a picture-perfect vision of mids Los Angele.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview qasteland Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block. An exquisite novel about the consequences of who we choose to love.
Lex and his sister, Marina, are inseparable. The air they share has always been light and boundless, but suddenly it’s weighted down. And now Lex is gone. When the one relationship that cradled her turns out to shatter her sense of self, Marina needs her friend West to help put the pieces back together. But An exquisite novel about the consequences of who we choose to love. But Marina won’t feel truly complete until she faces wastrland past that is haunting her. Highly acclaimed and award-winning author Francesca Lia Block tells the tale blick a brother and sister whose loving relationship is too intense for them to bear.
With the sensitivity and refinement that Block is known for, she manages to weave together her characters and their lives into this beautiful and thought-provoking tale. Paperbackpages. Published October 12th by HarperTeen first published November 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Wastelandplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Feb 23, Kim rated it liked it Shelves: The girls swarm in their black moth dresses. Their scalps are shaved like concentration camp ladies. Rats click my head. This is how Wasteland begins. This is why I love love Francesca so much. She uses wsteland good. Sometimes, that makes me feel icky and not so sure of my mental well being, seeing that her stories usually involve some sort of abuse, wheth “We keep burning vrancesca the brown smog pit.
But to be part of the world that she creates is a francesxa treasure. I thank the gods for her. Open any page, I dare you You took off your sweatshirt and put it around me. You tied it on my hips.
You helped me up. My body sticky and hot. The cramps were roiling, tight pain. You held me against you for a second.
I could feel your heart beating through your pilling green-and-white striped gym shirt. I wanted to sink down again into you. If I were you I would be tall and strong and I’d never bleed like this, this shame stain pain of blood every month until I get old. I was old, all of a francesda. I wanted to be a little girl.
The garden was combing her hair and putting on her earrings. The house was full of dancing creatures, not male not female but both, two lovers in one body. The books downstairs were reciting their poetry to each other, rubbing together, whispering through the leather covers. Wine was flowing through the water pipes. You had caught my leaping heart in your hand like a fish. This story is about incest.
See blofk I mean about icky? Okay, so why only 3 stars? Not for the language, no, never that.
You know how that Molly Ringwald character was supposed to end up with Ducky, but she didn’t like that one bit and had the ending rewritten to end up with Andrew McCarthy? So, here we have this really intense subject matter that pulls you in, makes you want to francescx yourself with your louffah really really hard and then she phones it in! Did she lose her edge when she became a mom? Because I’m feeling that she rewrote this and it was so unlike her.
Too bad for us. I still love her, I will always love her. She will be rainy days in the Harvard subway station reading Witch Baby and snowy days in the mountains reading The Rose and the Beast. She will remind me that this is what I wanted to do and do well.
View all 12 comments. Oct 22, Christina rated it it was amazing. This is one of the most beautiful and hauntingly sad love stories I’ve ever read. I have read it over fifteen times and still, I get the urge to pick it up and read all over again every day. It tells the story of Lex and Marina, a brother and sister with a deep bond that is both beautiful and frightening.
Early on the reader can see that the bond proves to be harder and harder for Lex to deal with. Marina’s world is turned upside down when her brother commits suicide. The bulk of the story revol This is one of the most beautiful and hauntingly sad love stories I’ve ever read.
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The bulk of the story revolves around Marina’s journey to find out why her brother committed suicide, coming to terms with what existed between them, and making peace with the haunting of her heart. Francesca Lia Block uses the most whimsical and lush vivid language to bloxk this from being just a raunchy spin on an incestuous relationship. It truly is one of the most heartbreaking love stories I’ve ever read.
May 03, Jenn Carr rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book was so gorgeous that it broke my lua. But the way I saw you was pieces refracting the light, shifting into an infinite universe of flowers and rainbows bolck insects and planets, magical dividing cells, pictures no one else knew Your whole life you can be told something is wrong and so you believe it. Jul 02, notyourmonkey rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. You know, I always wqsteland I should like Francesca Lia Block, that I do like her, and then I read her stuff and am reminded that, no, she’s not particularly my cup of tea. She does a lot of interesting things with her narrative structure and the way lja tells her story, but 1 I don’t think her flights of structural fancy always help her tell her story better which in my mind should be a requirement2 they often add an offputting distance between the reader and the characters, and 3 I don’t t You know, I always think I should like Francesca Lia Block, that I do like her, and then I read her stuff and am reminded blocj, no, she’s not particularly my cup lbock tea.
She does a lot of interesting things with her narrative structure and the way she tells her story, but 1 I don’t think her flights of structural fancy always help her tell her story better which in my mind should be a requirement2 they often add an offputting distance between the reader and the characters, and 3 I don’t think she always has as much control over them as she thinks she does see also: When your structure gets in the way blocl communication, it need tweaking.
Or maybe I’m just not 14 anymore. Maybe I’ve read too much, become too set in my ways, too judgmental to let her brilliance shine down on me. But if my struggle to figure out what’s going on, who’s who in her wateland, doesn’t ultimately lead to some sort of revelation or insight into those characters which, for me, that struggle frqncesca just a struggle and not an illuminationthen it’s kind of pointless. Okay, I think I’m also kind of mad at this book because she punked out. I’m sorry; that’s a V.
Andrews novel, and whatever my feelings about FLB are, I know that she’s better than that. She didn’t even have West? If it was an attempt to make Lex’s death even more tragic, in my mind it failed. It’s too soap opera-y too, well, V. Andrews in a book that takes a very soap opera idea and treats it very seriously.
It makes what comes before rather hollow. It gives it a whole feel of, “oh, if only they had known!! Maybe it’s an attempt at commentary on the fact that the relationship between them would be deemed wrong because of the way they grew up – i. That what makes incest incestual is the transgression of a relationship, not of bloodlines. Which is an interesting idea, but if that’s what it was, I think the book fails. Instead it’s a last-minute d’oh!