TEEN SPIRIT by Francesca Lia Block


Age Range: 14 - 18
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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
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2014


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