Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Enchanting Review: Psyche In A Dress

Contemporary YA Fantasy
Harper Collins
ISBN #978-0-06-076372-5
116 pages
Hardcover Available Now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Psyche is a young wannabe starlet who stars in her father’s films. She questions her own beauty by comparing herself to her mother who deserted her. One night, Psyche finds love and acceptance for a brief period with a beautiful stranger who comes to her at night. Then he leaves. She goes on a journey to find it again. Her journey resembles a tragic Greek tale filled with women of myth, each thinking they have found love only for it to slip away. Each time Psyche must go out again, trying to find who she really is.

Once again Block’s lyrical writing carries the reader to new places while dealing with such sensitive subjects as abuse and growing old. Block’s does a great job of using Greek gods as symbolism for the journey of a girl on finding her true self and the one she loved once. It’s a journey all women take and Block shows this beautifully.

Block uses contemporary settings for these Greek heroes and heroines. Aphrodite has a dress shop with beautiful clothes. Hades is dangerous. And Narcissus loves himself. Even if readers don’t remember the Greek tales, they will be carried away with this poetic coming of age tale. A must read for all Block fans.

Francesca Lia Block is the winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award and the author of many bestselling books, including WEETZIE BAT, DANGEROUS ANGELS, and NECKLACE OF KISSES. Find out more at her website: http://www.francescaliablock.com/ Her MySpace site: http://www.myspace.com/francescalia

January 2009

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