Bliss by Lauren MyracleBliss by Lauren Myracle

Bliss

byLauren Myracle

Paperback | January 1, 2011

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Lauren Myracle brings her keen understanding of teen dynamics to a hypnotic horror story of twisted friendship.


 


When Bliss’s hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, it’s like being set down on an alien planet. The only guide naïve Bliss has to her new environment is what she’s seen on The Andy Griffith Show. But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Openhearted, naïve Bliss is happy to be friends with anyone. That’s not the way it has ever worked at Crestview, and soon Bliss is at the center of a struggle for power between three girls—two living and one long dead.

Lauren Myracle is the author of the New York Times bestselling Internet Girls series (ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r), Rhymes with Witches, and the Luv Ya Bunches series, among many other books. She is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults, and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her family....
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Title:BlissFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:January 1, 2011Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810940728

ISBN - 13:9780810940727

Appropriate for ages: 14

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strange The perfect horror story for teens. Loved it back in the day but I'm not too sure about how I would feel reading it now.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disturbing I found this book to be really twisted, and in general an unpleasant read.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confused ! I am confused about the novel. I don't know if it was good or not it's weird. It keeps you in but there's nothing really happening. There are some things throughout the book that don't really have their place there and the novel could've been way shorter, many things could be removed. It's an okay book, with a weird story line. I'm still confused about how I enjoyed the book..
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from teens will love it Bliss Inthemorningdew (no, I’m not joking!) is new at Crestview Academy. It’s tough enough to be the new girl, but Bliss’s life is further complicated by her unusual last name and the fact that her parents are hippies. Bliss has spent her entire fourteen years living in unusual places: a tent, the basement of a college and, most recently, a commune. Now she lives with her very formal maternal grandmother in Atlanta, dumped there by her parents who have run off to Canada to protest the Vietnam War. Or Nixon. Something, anyway. They’re sort of no-entities, in a very strange way. " This is a situation neither Grandmother not I would have chosen, but Grandmother is nothing if not morally upright, which made it impossible for her to turn me away. She’s also uptight, and it seems that often the two go together." Although life with her Grandmother is odd (at least in the beginning), Bliss is looking forward to having something she hasn’t ever had before: a friend. Soon is she is navigating the impossibly complicated world of teenage drama and it’s a world about which she knows very little. Lauren Myracle’s novel Bliss isn’t really a coming-of-age story, though. It’s sort of part mystery, part ghost story, part thriller. On some levels it works very nicely; I had no trouble turning the pages as I raced along to the book’s conclusion. In other ways, the book is perhaps a bit bloated. There’s commentary on racism, mentions of the Klan and many of the characters in this book are concerned with Charles Manson and the now infamous murders which took place during the summer of 1969. Myracle opens chapters with quotes from Manson and quotes from the Andy Griffith Show, perhaps as a way of balancing extreme good and extreme evil. For my money, Bliss might have benefited from a little judicious editing and more of a focus on what was really intriguing: new girl tries to fit in and gets caught up in creepy hi-jinx. Bliss is a likable character. I’m not sure I understand why her parents dumped her. She’s smart and kind and open-minded. It was easy to be with her and to fear for her safety. I’m certain teens will find lots to like about this book
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bliss this was a wonderful book as well i did not think it was going to be as good as i thought it was but it was a very book good
Date published: 2011-05-23