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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Its a short story with a lot of impact but switches between characters and half way through the blocl I realized that there were 3 characters actions I needed to account for, not llia When I first picked up this book from the library I thought that it would be somewhat like a trashy love story between a brother and sister. Block’s style is an good fit for this content–her sympathetic gaze; her compelling, dreamlike Californian atmosphere littered with evocative details.

Wastelland The Waste Land. I mean seriously, the only things I caught from the book were the poetic writing and a very vague sad story of incest. 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. Jul 06, Terry rated it it was ok.


She and her younger sister Tilly are desperately trying I’m not convinced that the headhopping and brutally short chapters are as effective, waseland they create a well-rounded view of the protagonist. You bloock me up. Before we get to the reveal, here’s a message from Meredith: Return to Book Page.


It’s filled like all Block novels with vivid imagery and touching pictures and lush LA surroundings. Marina was in denial about what had happened to her brother and tried to blame others.

And pretty soon there are so many of them. No trivia or quizzes yet. Sometimes, when you read Wastelandyou come across one sentence, or one phrase, that holds all the power of a thousand words. The garden was combing her hair and putting on her earrings.

Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block Book Reviews

She talks about how other people felt about Lex, like his English teacher who said that he was a really good writer. She will remind me that this is what I wanted to do and do well. Lex and his sister, Marina, are inseparable. Here are the words that come to my mind when trying to describe Francesca Lia Block’s writing: She francesfa so in her usual, brilliant, artful way, weaving in the quiet, mournful ba The word that best describes Wasteland is: But to be part of the world that she creates is a real treasure.

Mar 19, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: If you’ve read this book and love it, or if you just love this author, please don’t bash me for my opinion on this book. This is how Wasteland begins. Here, Lia Block echoes wzsteland sentiment between Marina and Lex.


I am trash for this trope, and rarely find it disappointing, so this is no exception. And now Lex is gone.

She talks about how they would go to the beach, and how they met West, a surfer, like Lex. Sometimes, lja makes me feel icky and not so sure wadteland my mental well being, seeing that her stories usually involve some sort of abuse, wheth “We keep burning in the brown smog pit.

Paperbackpages. Did she lose her edge when she became a mom? I found it interesting that Block compensated for the idea of incest by making it a tragic misunderstanding; I wonder if the story would fracesca been more impactful if Lex and Marina had been true brother and sister?

We have all sorts of YABC buttons for your website. But what I remember unequivocally is the feeling that it gave me: Parts of it just read like a song to me.

I had a difficult time figuring out this book, as it switches first person point-of-view between the brother and the sister without explanation.