What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that with Teen Spirit, prolific author Francesca Lia Block (Love in the Time of Global Warming) leaves grit and fantasy behind in favor of a sweetly romantic ghost story. Sex, violence, and drinking are mild and infrequent, with a couple of exceptions: strong imagery in a dream with monsters, sex, and gore, and vivid erotic detail in a make-out scene. Frequent strong language includes "f--k" and "s--t." The plot revolves around ghosts and explores some mild occult themes, such as how to get rid of unwanted spirits.
What's the story?
Julie's life turns upside down when her loving, supportive grandmother suddenly dies and her mom loses her job. After they're forced to leave their home for a tiny apartment, Julie finds a Ouija board in her new closet and quickly decides to use it to find out what Grandma wanted to tell her right before she died. At her new school, Julie quickly befriends Clark and meets his mysterious twin brother Grant, both also haunted by loss. Julie hopes the three of them can find the answers they're looking for -- so that living and dead alike can be at peace.
Is it any good?
Kids will root for likable, sympathetic Julie, though fans of Twilight-style supernatural romances might find less to sink their teeth into. Francesca Lia Block's romantic ghost story TEEN SPIRIT focuses on 17-year-old Julie's grieving process for her grandmother. Broadly telegraphed suspense about who's really the ghost is quickly resolved, and the book's overall atmosphere is more mundane than chilling. However, positive messages about preserving self-esteem and solving your problems with love shine through.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why ghost stories are so popular in movies and books. What about them continues to fascinate us?
Do you believe in ghosts? Why, or why not? Are ghost stories scary even if you don't believe in ghosts?
Do you see any similarities between Teen Spirit and other popular series such as Twilight? What's different about Teen Spirit?
|Author:||Francesca Lia Block|
|Topics:||Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models, High school, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires|
|Publication date:||February 4, 2014|
|Number of pages:||240|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||14 - 17|
|Available on:||Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle|