After much deliberation I’ve decided to transform the Teen Zone blog into a book review blog. A new review will be posted every Tuesday and I want to encourage any teen who uses the Chelmsford Public Library to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any reviews you’ve written. The reviews will be primarily of books, but if there is a CD, magazine, videogame or movie that you feel holds particular interest for teens–I’d be more than happy to post that as well. To kick things off, I’m including a review of a new release entitled, Bliss by Lauren Myracle.
Bliss has spent the entirety of her life living in unconventional places with her hippie parents, but when her father goes to Canada to evade the draft, Bliss moves in with her socially conservative Southern grandma and begins attending school for the first time. While at school, Bliss hears the disembodied voice of a girl wanting blood and on a less supernatural, but even more terrifying note, Bliss makes several friends who aren’t what they seem and have deadly intentions regarding her. Bliss is a strong, unique character who becomes enmeshed in bizarre and dangerous situations, set against the backdrop of the Manson family murders and subsequent trial, as well as the racial tension raging in the South at that time. This is a fast-paced thriller with several terrifying characters that will stay with you long after you put the book down.