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By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

IM book author tries horror; more icky than scary.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+


horrbible. should not have been written. its un godly and mentions a lot of bad things like charles manson. its HORRIBLE!!!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Scary, but good.

My son Braden isn't much of a reader, but after his sister read this he decided to try it. He liked it very much, but said a few parts were quite disturbing. I wanted to see what he meant by that, so I read the book within a week. It was very disturbing and gross at parts, but otherwise Lauren Myracle is gifted with both genres, horror and light comedy. A good read, but only for kids 13 and up. (Maybe 12 if you know your kid.)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (11 ):

BLISS is, in a word, icky. It starts out with a promising, engaging narrator in Bliss, but amps up the gross factor way too high with its gratuitous piggybacking of the Manson cult murders and unnecessary animal torture. The author incorporates so many themes -- hippies, racism, class, history, school cliques, the Manson trial, and the occult -- that the result is ominous and yet full of plot holes. (Would a teenager really stay in a friend's room for a sleepover if it was covered with dusty cat feces, just because she doesn't want to disturb her grandmother at the country club?)

Myracle gives equal weight to the evil of the Tate-LaBianca slayings, the Ku Klux Klan, and her malevolent spirit who controls girls from the dead, demanding a blood sacrifice. It cheapens the tragedy of the real killings, and the real hatred targeted at African Americans. Between each chapter are two full pages, completely black and blank except for random and entirely bizarre quotes from such things as '70s advertisements, The Andy Griffith Show, and Charles Manson. It adds to the feeling that the author intends some deeper meaning, but exactly what that could be is very unclear. Most disturbingly, the girl who kills another girl wins in the end, attracting friends with her newfound "power," while Bliss is left on her own.

Book Details

  • Author: Lauren Myracle
  • Genre: Horror
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: September 10, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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