Book Reviews of Violet & Claire

Violet & Claire
Violet Claire
Author: Francesca Lia Block
ISBN-13: 9780064472531
ISBN-10: 0064472531
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 176
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is intended for "young adults" but I've found that despite the fact that I didn't really read "young adult" books when I was younger, I actually really like Lia Blocks books. I don't find them boring or slow. I do tend to read them in one night but I still enjoy them.
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Helpful Score: 1
Violet and claire are two girls on complete different ends of the personality spectrum, but they come together to create a dynomite pair.But when Violets screenplay writing career blossums with a boom, Clair gets left behind.. Very real and very wonderful.
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Block sets herself new challanges and meets them with consummate grace in this new novel. Her writing is as lush and luminous as hip and wise and ever.....
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unusual, but beautifully written.
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Another winner by Block. Two girls, one a dark movie afficionado with voracious ambition, the other a golden faery with a broken poetic heart, lose and reclaim each other in LA, where the poisonous air smells like flowers.
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This was a story written from three points of view -- one bit of story from the "mouth" of the two characters and one third person from Block's perspective. I don't think it was as engaging as the Weetzie Bat books, but it was a reasonable read. Keep in mind that it is young adult (YA) lit and does contain drug and sex mentions in the book, though not graphic details.
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As a fan of Block's poetic and lyrical writing style, I enjoyed this book which explores the dynamics of ambition, misunderstanding and the impermeable bond of friendship.
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Well written, very descriptive in nature.
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I loved this book. It's very real and true, it could happen to anyone. I reccommend this book to anyone, you won't be able to put it down.
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Correct title is Violet & Claire.

From Publishers Weekly
Block (the Weetzie Bat novels) sets herself new challenges and meets them with consummate grace in this resonant novel. Violet and Claire, best friends, are polar opposites: Violet is angry and intense, with a fierce ambition to write and direct films; Claire is passive, attempting poetic transcendence of the casual cruelties of everyday life. Each girl gets what she thinks she wants. Violet, still in high school, lands a six-figure film deal, and Claire begins a romance with her poetry teacher. The elements of the storyfairies, overnight fame, arts, sex and drugs, glamorous parties and, of course, the heady Los Angeles settingare classic Block; the combination, however, is fresh and arresting, and her fans will applaud it. The narrative line is more pronounced than in previous works and, in another departure, provides a clear division between the fantastic and the real. The fairies, for example, belong to Claire's fantasy history of a lost race of "faeries" ("The patriarchy turned them into little insects," she explains to Violet). Cynical Violet and dreamy Claire alternate as narrators, projecting distinct voices that gradually come to resemble each other. Shedding a transformative light onto the often complex, sometimes dark nature of close friendships, Block's writing is as lush and luminous, as hip and wise as ever. Ages 10-up.