TEEN SPIRIT by Francesca Lia Block

TEEN SPIRIT

Age Range: 14 - 18

KIRKUS REVIEW

One haunted girl chooses between twin brothers—who inhabit the same body.

Julie’s best friend is her beloved grandmother, Miriam. But when she dies, everything falls apart. Julie’s mom falls into a depression and loses her job and their home. Friendless and lonely, Julie must start her senior year in a new school while living in a terrible Beverly Hills apartment. Everything looks up when she meets Clark, a happy eccentric. Clark, with his wacky hats and his healthy suppers, sustains Julie even as her mother shows the clearest signs of mental breakdown: dressing attractively and dating. Still, what about the devilishly attractive boy who looks just like Clark and kisses like a dream? Could he truly be Clark’s dead twin, Grant? She all too accurately compares her dilemma to preteens at a Twilight premiere; some of her thoughts “were on team Grant and some were on team Clark.” Julie’s quest to solve her boy troubles is tied inextricably to her grief over her grandmother; she must use her latent psychic powers to resolve both. Her quest takes her over a New-Age map of Los Angeles, where a multicultural mishmash of every ethnicity with a spirituality to appropriate teaches her that “maybe a shaman is just someone who understands that life is filled with loss and pain.”

Try Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Spirit and Dust (2013) instead for a more substantial psychic teen. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 4th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-200809-1
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2014




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