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The Waters and The Wild by Francesca Lia Block – Review by Emma, Teen Blogger

The Waters and the Wild Book CoverThe Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block is about a girl named Bee who has always felt like an outcast. Many people experience this at some point or another, but Bee really is an outsider. She has no friends and has always had a deep longing for the earth, even fantasizing about eating it in handfuls. Bee’s story, told in poetry and prose, is both magical and starkly real.

As an outcast, Bee rarely talks to anyone at school. But then she starts seeing an extra version of herself, a doppelganger as she comes to think of it. To unravel this mystery she ends up speaking to people she would never have conversed with usually. She speaks with her fellow outcasts: Haze, a boy who thinks he is an alien, and Sarah, a girl who has dreams about being a slave in the 1800s.

As the three form an unlikely friendship, Bee is visited more and more by her doppelganger—this other Bee, who tells her to give her back her life. Haze is getting suspicious of what this doppelganger could mean to Bee, and to the three of them as friends, when Bee falls mysteriously ill. Will she come out of it as herself, or is the Bee they knew and loved gone for good?

I would recommend this book to anyone who understands that believing in the little things is important. This novel is definitely worth checking out. I loved it, and it is one of the few books that I know I will love forever. It is about trying to find yourself, and the author has balanced it with just the right amount of magic and reality.

Francesca Lia Block creates a very believable environment in her novel The Waters and the Wild. While writing a fantasy, she is able to capture very real feelings and help you connect with characters who at first seem extraordinary. She understands that no one truly knows who they are, and that there is a deeper side to everyone. Haze really could be an alien. Sarah could be the slave girl she dreams about. And Bee? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Luckily for you, Halifax Public Libraries has a copy, so you can read The Waters and the Wild, and unleash your inner self.

“What about you?” you ask. Well, I like to think I’m an elf.


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