Book Reviews of Green Angel

Green Angel
Green Angel
Author: Alice Hoffman
ISBN-13: 9780439658782
ISBN-10: 0439658780
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 116
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
A story of a girl who has no one and learns to live on her own. While sad at the beginning it goes through a down part of her life and has to find herself. The first time I read it it held no meaning to me the second time I read the book it made sense and I made a connection to it. A very well written book that I would recommend for all teens.
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Helpful Score: 3
Every time I read Alice Hoffman, I am amazed at the way she writes. Every color is a feeling, every feeling is palpable. This book made me want to weep and sigh and smile all within its short 116 pages. And the artwork on the cover and bookjacket....amazing.
I couldn't recommend this to enough people. Her stories are like fairy tales...you almost can't believe what she's writing, and yet you can...and you're better for having read it....
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Helpful Score: 2
I believe this is a book geared towards young adults, but I really think anyone could enjoy it. Written after the tragedy of September 11th the story takes place in a no-name town that could be Anywhere, USA. Obviously based on 9/11 happenings, it's the story of what happens to a girl when she has to fend for herself and make a new family.

It's a very magical and surreal story, the wording and language makes you feel as if you are in a dream. It's very poetic, yet as you are reading it you understand that she is writing about real life.

I would definitely recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 2
Left on her own when her family dies in a terrible disaster, fifteen year old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she'd once been as she inks darkness into her skin. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green can relearn the lessons of love and begin to heal enough to tell her story.
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Helpful Score: 1
A short story. Hoffman tends to be a little weird but this one is even stranger than usual.
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Helpful Score: 1
Wonderfully descriptive story of a girl who travels through the dark tunnel of grief and loss and emerges to the light and hope of a future. Great story.
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This story is thin but mighty. It's about survival and healing from an emergency disaster and terrible loss. The main character is no more than just a teenager girl but she's left to fend on her own, and eventually to find her own way in creating a new world. It's a very touching. I would strongly recommend it.
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I really didn't know what to think of this book. It was so small. I wasn't sure that it could have enough in there to sate me. I was so surprised. I was hooked from the beginning. It's about a girl named Green who has a happy life. The something devastating happens to her, her family and the town. Every deals with the pain they have endured in their own way. It's a beautiful story. One that I'll carry close to my heart.
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Reviewed by AdrienneBe for TeensReadToo.com

Green, who was always in the shadows and worked in the garden, is hit with a terrible reality. Her father, mother, and sister were all killed in the city when it was destroyed.

Now living on her own and trying to cope with her changed world, Green begins to fall. She wears all black and begins to ink herself in order to remember her family and what she has lost. Through a boy named Diamond, her neighbor, and an intelligent dog called Ghost, Green is finally able to get through and remember who she really is.

With all that has happened, Green learns that punishing yourself isn't a form of remembering, but moving on is.

Hoffman writes with a clear and silent insight, as if she is looking back at a terrible past with the memories still burning underneath her lids. I remember reading this book a few years back and even now I know the impression it left on me. Wanting to read this book again wasn't because I just enjoyed the story, but because it taught me something that neither my parents nor anyone I knew had ever told me about - what happens to you after someone you love dies.

I'm so glad that my love of reading gave me this insight before anything like this ever happened to me in a less dramatic situation, and therefore I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about the human heart.
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What a strange little book! The prose was beautiful, as were the pictures. I was immediately drawn into the story, but I was left utterly confused at the end. What happened to everyone? There were clues that a terrible tragedy had occurred, a fire? I'm not quite sure what happened! This was my first Alice Hoffman read, but it definitely won't be my last.
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Green, a 15-year-old, with a wonderful family, makes everything grow. She can whisper to the plants, hear them and surpasses her mother in plant knowledge. She is quiet, unassuming and prefers to stay in the background. In contrast, her sister, Aurora, sparkles and stands out. The two love each other very much and spend much time together.

One day when it is time to take garden harvest to the city Green must stay at home and work in the gardens. Angry, she refuses to speak to her parents even when they and her sister say goodbye. She pouts most of the day and does little work. Suddenly she sees smoke which becomes a raging fire which rages through the city. Are her parents and Aurora safe she wonders. When they do not return she realizes that all of them have died in the blaze.

Guilt ridden, she begins to draw black tattoos on her skin, hides and sleeps under the table, and refuses to care for the garden. She is not alone in her grief. There are others who react in other ways. This is the story of Green's grief which almost consumes her as it did her school mate, Heather. This is a sensitive and
heart-warming tale about a young woman who must learn to cope without the family she loves so much. Well done!
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Reviewed by AdrienneBe for TeensReadToo.com

Green, who was always in the shadows and worked in the garden, is hit with a terrible reality. Her father, mother, and sister were all killed in the city when it was destroyed.

Now living on her own and trying to cope with her changed world, Green begins to fall. She wears all black and begins to ink herself in order to remember her family and what she has lost. Through a boy named Diamond, her neighbor, and an intelligent dog called Ghost, Green is finally able to get through and remember who she really is.

With all that has happened, Green learns that punishing yourself isn't a form of remembering, but moving on is.

Hoffman writes with a clear and silent insight, as if she is looking back at a terrible past with the memories still burning underneath her lids. I remember reading this book a few years back and even now I know the impression it left on me. Wanting to read this book again wasn't because I just enjoyed the story, but because it taught me something that neither my parents nor anyone I knew had ever told me about - what happens to you after someone you love dies.

I'm so glad that my love of reading gave me this insight before anything like this ever happened to me in a less dramatic situation, and therefore I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about the human heart.
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This is a fine book to read when you have a short amount of time to engage in reading. It's about a young girl who faces tragedy to the greatest degree. Hoffman's supernatural features are present in each page, and you learn from the text that life is complete when you allow it to be. Enjoy!
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wonderful! quick read, but as magical and touching as anything written by alice hoffman.
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um ok this book is just desciption ummmk and its random. I read this book in 45 minutes, not the longest novel if you want to read like i do. also Its just boring, to talk to young abults like me its boring and dome. Mayde if I was in my teens and going throught stuff maybe just mabye ill like it. not realy ={
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My 13y.o. daughter said this book was a good read
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Excellent writing, filled with emotions you can actually feel.
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A very short but engrossing story about a girl who loses her family and then herself.
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Slight crease on front cover.