Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bliss by Lauren Myracle

Before I read this book, the only thing I knew about Lauren Myracle was most of her books were titled after chat room acronyms (ttfn, ttyl) I wasn't so keen on reading an entire book written in instant message format so I was a little hesitant to read Bliss, but boy am I glad I did. Bliss is the child of two draft dodging hippies who is sent to live in the south with her proper old grandmother. Bliss is super laid back and chill and into peace and love, so it's a harsh awakening when she gets to a school where there is one black student and rampant racism. There are also these weird interludes where an unknown character is doing crazy blood rituals and communicating with her kitty. Is it: Sara-Lynn the aloof, bitchy popular girl, Thelma, the hanger-on who just wants to be popular or Sandy, the fat girl who is teased by everyone except Bliss. The best part of this book is definitely the random history that Myracle throws in about the Charles Manson trials. Everyone at Bliss' school is obsessed with them and it is super interesting to read about all these women who were brainwashed and willing to kill for Manson. Good times.

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