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Young Adult Fiction 1531
Spooky, retro, and suspenseful
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by Adriana M.

The setting of this book is Atlanta, Georgia 1969. Bliss Inthemorningdew (her parents are hippies) is living with her grandmother while her parents are in Canada to protest the Nixon administration. She has never been enrolled in school, and has been living the hippie lifestyle with her parents in communes and even on a university campus. As Bliss enters a prep school for the first time, she discovers many new things. The school used to be run by nuns, and a girl threw herself from the third story of one of the school's buildings. She finds out quickly that she can hear the girl's bloody voice, as Bliss is very atune to the spiritual world. She also makes new friends, and learns that Sara Lynn is the most popular girl at school. There is also only one black student enrolled at the school, in order to avoid forced segregation, but most students, teachers, and parents are still pretty set against this inclusion and against African Americans as a whole. All of the typical high school clique stuff still applies as it does today, and Bliss befriends one of the school's token freaks, Sandy. Soon Sandy is showing her obsession for the girl who killed herself so many years before, and she tries to use Bliss as an offering to channel the dead girl's spirit.

Full of suspense and the supernatural, sure to appeal to teens who love this kind of stuff, even though there are many historical references (like segregation, Nixon era, war, the Charles Manson murders, and popular TV shows like Andy Griffith).
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