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The Elementals

Block, Francesca Lia (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Elementals


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"The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles. But the book takes on deeper, stranger meanings when we realize that Ariel is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice"--
Authors: Block, Francesca Lia
Title: The elementals
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 263 p. ;,25 cm
Summary: "The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles. But the book takes on deeper, stranger meanings when we realize that Ariel is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice"--
ISBN: 1250018420
9781250018427
1250005493
9781250005496
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"Author Francesca Lia Block might be better known as an author for teens, but the edginess and vibrant mixture of reality and (dark) magical realism found in her novels make for compelling reading for adults as well. Written specifically for that older audience, The Elementals stars Ariel Silverman, an 18-year-old college student who falls in with a hypnotic, seductive older crowd during her first year at Berkeley, where her best friend, Jeni, disappeared a year earlier. Obsessed with finding Jeni, and traumatised by her mother's recent cancer diagnosis, Ariel increasingly comes to rely on her new friends - but at what cost? "As purposely oppressive as a greenhouse on a hot summer day" (Booklist), The Elementals is, like many of Block's novels, part coming-of-age, part enigmatic fairy tale." September 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=678205

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  • oama rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm a French woman, I've been in Virginia for 5 month and this is the first book that I can read in English, because my English was very poor, and I have to improve a lot. Anyway, this book was a great book for me, because it's not easy to write with simplicity, and FL Block knows how to write with simplicity about life, and about the magic part in every life, and how it's simple to listen to the magical part in life, or how people can make the choice to listen or to hang on tight to the reality. Einstein said that to access to simplicity, you have to pass through the complexity first, and it's true, FL Block definitely knows how to walk trough complexity of feelings to reach simplicity of writing. I want to read more from this author.

Report This May 20, 2013
  • taylrmari rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ive been reading FLB since I was 10 years old (I'm now in my 20's)... I DID like this book, especially her characters transformation into adulthood which goes along with most of her readers. But, the parallels to most YA romances were too much for me and I found myself missing the independent female protagonist that didn't need to rely on a man... I understand why the author did this though, it was because she was writing out of need.. attempting to adapt to the ever changing teen-readers and their wants. Overall, this book still carries her charm and magic.

Report This Apr 26, 2013
  • kristen89 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Found this very hard to finish, though I wanted to find out what happened to Jeni the main character was annoying. It was confusing to read, felt like the character was on a drug trip the way everything was explained. She wanted to find Jeni then she was in love, then she didn't care, back and forth. After losing her friend you'd think she'd be more careful being alone, but she didn't seem to care at all for her well being and hanging out with these weird strangers, who make her strip down and ask personal questions,- the heck! Didn't find it very magical and more appropriate for an older youth audience with some of the discriptions.

Report This Apr 23, 2013
  • cnglading rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it! Very captivating and interesting. A few strange parts but expected in a magic setting.

Report This Apr 09, 2013
  • universalPuppy rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This book was frustrating to read. While it was a little too predictable, the first person narrative wears thin mid-way through the book, I continued reading because I wanted to know how the writer was going to execute the reveal. She basically did it in a few non-satisfying paragraphs. I have seen other reviews mention the lyrical / magical writing. I usually love magical realism stories, but I thought Block's writing was overly descriptive NOT magical or lyrical.

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