There has been a great deal of discussion about this book on yalsa and some other lists. I have been waiting for its arrival eagerly. Now I see what all the fuss is about. I sat down and devoured this book this afternoon. I am already a fan of Lauren Myracle and her books. I thought TTYL was inspired and RHYMES WITH WITCHES was one of my favorite books a few years ago. BLISS just raises her to a whole new level in my estimation. She has constructed a gothic-like horror novel that touches on so many themes and issues. Set in the latter days of the 60s (1969-1970) against the backdrop of the Charlie Manson murders and the Vietnam War, Myracle weaves a powerful story of magic, blood sacrifice, friendship, romance, family, and more. Bliss (whose last name is Inthemorningdew) is the child of two hippies who have left her with her maternal grandmother so they can flee to Canada and escape the draft. Bliss enjoys finally having the finer things of life: real soap, a bed, clothes that are not secondhand. She enters into Crestview Academy desperate to find some friends. And it is there that the real trouble begins to brew as surely as that kettle out in the woods near MacBeth's castle. Excerpts from the diary of a disturbed teen who will join with the spirit of a girl long dead, quotes from the Manson trial and the Andy Griffith show as well as commercials from the time period break up the narrative into short, stunning chapters. I know this book will be HUGELY popular when it ships in September from Amulet Books.
Somehow I want to post a photo of Scout given the presence of a cat in the novel. Perhaps it is to reassure myself that my relationship is nothing like Sandy's relationship with Regular? If you have read the novel, you will understand.