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Green Angel

by Alice Hoffman

March 1, 2003 | Hardcover

Green Angel is rated 4.125 out of 5 by 8.
Left on her own when her family is lost 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, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. Every encounter with people, even the ones she used to know, pushes her further into the woods, into her house, and into herself. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she''d once been as she inks ravens and bats into her skin. It is only through a series of encounters with a ghostly white dog and a mute boy that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her story. With her trademark lyrical and magical prose, Alice Hoffman creates a world reminiscent of our own, in which a young girl must build and then shed the armor she makes to protect herself.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 128 pages, 8.33 × 4.89 × 0.63 in

Published: March 1, 2003

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439443849

ISBN - 13: 9780439443845

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I love this book. I'm a guy and I'm very hard to make cry. I cried while I was reading this! You need to read this!!!
Date published: 2012-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read This was a very short and easy read. Someone can easily finish it in a day (or even a few hours). This is the story of someone who is in touch with the land, loses that closeness and then finds it again. It is the story of a young girl who has to overcome so much tragedy. In the midst of all this tragedy she finds things that are invaluable to her and finding herself again. This story is suitable for people of all ages. It is short enough and relative enough to young people, but just as enjoyable to someone older. It is a touching story that teaches everyone that you can always find good even in the worst events.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting and Beautiful When I was about 12, I was looking through the selection of the school's book fair. I picked up this little green book, and seeing how it happened to be the same price as the amount of money I had, I decided to buy it. I read the book that night, and I cried the entire time. This may be a very short book, but it means so much to me. I read it when my parents were in the middle of their divorce. In a way the story reflected the way I felt. I was losing my family, while she literally lost them. The feeling of abandonment, of utter loss, of loneliness. I was reading my own feelings. The book is dark, yet meaningful. And now, at 18, I can say that the book still has that same effect on me. A must read, and I encourage any young adult facing hardship to purchase this book, because it is very inspirational.
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Read it is you Wish This book is an extremely short read that I only read because a friend and I decided to swap books in class one day. Since it is so short, it has a simple plot and the characters aren't very diverse but it has a very clear moral and message that it sends to the readers. I think this is worth the short read but not really worth buying. It is the kind of book I would only read once.
Date published: 2010-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hoffman for teens is as good as she is for adults A young adult novel by an author I truly admire, I really liked this very (very) short tale. A rather vague disaster strikes a city (one is left with the notion that it was a large bombing of some sort), and a girl's family is left for dead. This girl, Green, stayed home, didn't say a proper goodbye that day, and suffers a truly evocative survivor's guilt. We see Green's view through smudged eyes, and as she withdraws into a cocoon of non-emotion, she tattoos herself with black vines, black roses, black bats, shears her hair short, and turns inward. As she encounters other survivors, and moves toward healing, Hoffman's intense prose style really shines through with the emotionality of all the characters. Stirring work - I know I would have loved it as a younger reader, and even as an adult, I quite enjoyed it, despite it being so very brief.
Date published: 2007-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hoffman for teens is as good as for adults A young adult novel by an author I truly admire, I really liked this very (very) short tale. A rather vague disaster strikes a city (one is left with the notion that it was a large bombing of some sort), and a girl's family is left for dead. This girl, Green, stayed home, didn't say a proper goodbye that day, and suffers a truly evocative survivor's guilt. We see Green's view through smudged eyes, and as she withdraws into a cocoon of non-emotion, she tattooes herself with black vines, black roses, black bats, shears her hair short, and turns inward. As she encounters other survivors, and moves toward healing, Hoffman's intense prose style really shines through with the emotionality of all the characters. Stirring work - I know I would have loved it as a younger reader, and even as an adult, I quite enjoyed it, despite it being so very brief.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great story.. Wow, is all I have to say. I got this book from my friend and I read it in 1 day, I almost started crying at the end, it is such a good book. Then I told my friend she had to read it, so I gave her, her book back. Haha, she loved it too. + its very cheap!
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching I was immediately drawn to this book as soon as I saw it. Even though it is a bit pricey for such a short story, I think it was completely worth it. The story is a simple, beautiful story about changing and overcoming loss. A really good read to perk up your spiritual soul.
Date published: 2003-06-28

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Green Angel

by Alice Hoffman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 128 pages, 8.33 × 4.89 × 0.63 in

Published: March 1, 2003

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439443849

ISBN - 13: 9780439443845

From the Publisher

Left on her own when her family is lost 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, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. Every encounter with people, even the ones she used to know, pushes her further into the woods, into her house, and into herself. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she''d once been as she inks ravens and bats into her skin. It is only through a series of encounters with a ghostly white dog and a mute boy that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her story. With her trademark lyrical and magical prose, Alice Hoffman creates a world reminiscent of our own, in which a young girl must build and then shed the armor she makes to protect herself.

From the Jacket

Left on her own when her family is lost 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 ravens and bats into her skin. It is only through a series of myserious encounters with a ghostly white dog and a mute boy that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her own story.

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of Indigo, Aquamarine, The Foretelling, Incantation, and, for adults, Practical Magic and The Third Angel, among many other acclaimed works. Her latest novel is Green Witch. She lives in Massachusetts.
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