“A passionate, dreamy, brief paranormal, with a breath-of-fresh-air monstrous heroine and enjoyably surreal set dressing.” -(Kirkus Reviews)
Francesca Lia Block, critically acclaimed author of Weetzie Bat, brings this eerie and redemptive ghost story to life with her signature, poetic prose. It’s perfect for fans of supernatural stories with a touch of romance like the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
After Julie’s grandmother passes away, she is forced to move across town to the not-so-fancy end of Beverly Hills and start over at a new school. The only silver lining to the perpetual dark cloud that seems to be following her? Clark—a die-hard fan of Buffy and all things Joss Whedon, who is just as awkward and damaged as she is. Her kindred spirit.
When the two try to contact Julie’s grandmother with a Ouija board, they make contact with a different spirit altogether. The real kind. And this ghost will do whatever it takes to come back to the world of the living.
Francesca Lia Block’s latest young adult novel is a haunting work about family, loss, love, and redemption.
“Block returns with a haunting ghost story set in her beloved Los Angeles. In the course of a few months, Julie has lost everything,” According to School Library Journal. “Her grandmother died. Her mother lost her job, and subsequently their house.”
And Julie’s been forced to move into a cramped two-bedroom apartment in a new school district while her mother goes through a midlife crisis that involves dating an aging metalhead. When she meets Clark, an enigmatic and peculiar senior, the two form an instant connection until Julie convinces him to help her contact her dead grandmother via an old Ouija board. Unfortunately, their misguided attempt has lasting and haunting repercussions when a malevolent ghost possesses Clark’s body. Suddenly, the teens are running all over Los Angeles trying to find herbs and roses to cleanse Clark of this spirit before he’s lost forever. Told in Block’s signature, flowing prose, Teen Spirit is a layered story that’s more about grief than it is about ghosts. Julie’s narration is fast paced and accessible; readers won’t be bogged down by intricate plots or complex ghost mythology. This is just a story about two kids learning to deal with loss. Julie realizes she cannot cling to the dead; she must hold her grandmother in her heart as she tries to live her own life. A beautiful story from a legendary young adult author.
“A true original…[Block] has created something psychologically complex, erotically charged, and unusually poignant.” (Booklist (starred review))
“A startlingly original work that drives a stake deep into the heart of typical vampire stories.” (School Library Journal)