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Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Crestview Academy 1. United States of America. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bliss , please sign up. Is there a sequel to this novel? It says its the first in a saga, but I can't find the other books Is it a mistake? Miss Ryoko Hi Nathalia! I was a bit confused by that myself.
The other book is called Rhymes with Witches and it actually came out before Bliss did, but Goodread …more Hi Nathalia! The other book is called Rhymes with Witches and it actually came out before Bliss did, but Goodreads lists it as the second book.
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Nov 15, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction , young-adult , horror , schools. This book had a lot going on, so much that while it was a well written story, too much is crammed in, and much is forgotten, leading to an unsatisfactory conclusion. The author sets up an incredibly creepy tone from the beginning. The chapters are divided alternately by excerpts from a creepy diary, quotations from 'The Andy Griffith Show' and folk songs as well as the trial of Charles Manson and his Family for multiple murders.
But the tone wasn't enough to hold this book together. Plot threads f This book had a lot going on, so much that while it was a well written story, too much is crammed in, and much is forgotten, leading to an unsatisfactory conclusion. Plot threads from early on in the book, like a mysterious warning from a fellow commune dweller who has visions of the future, are completely forgotten by the end.
Some characters are given distinct personality traits - one girl in Bliss' catty group of friends is apparently more sensitive and compassionate than the others, but this trait is never used in the story. And while Bliss is constantly unaware of some of the finer aspects of teenage life she is clueless as to what a makeover or a parade float is , her former-hippie status is quickly forgotten after the initial glee and shock over her commune life and hippie last name - even as the specter of evil, crazy hippies is raised several times in conjunction to the Manson trial.
These lapses in coherence, plus an unsatisfactory ending, combine to leave me feeling overall kind of blah about the novel. View 1 comment. Dec 25, Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , spooky-scary.
Whoa, I just breezed right through this in two days. So basically, this book is about a girl named Bliss In the Morning Dew. Why is she named that, you ask? Well, her parents are hippies and she's been living on a commune in a tent up until the beginning of this book. She's living with her conservative grandmother, and she feels really out of place when she goes to school for the first time. She is super loving and friendly, having lived with hippies her whole life, which made her pretty f Whoa, I just breezed right through this in two days.
She is super loving and friendly, having lived with hippies her whole life, which made her pretty far-out and groovy as a character. I liked her! The book takes place in , in a time when racism was more prominent than it is today. I wasn't expecting that when I started this! This book really had a lot to say about society and people in general. When Bliss enters a certain area of the school, she hears a voice: " Bones , says a voice in my head, tombs " She obviously gets pretty freaked out when this happens, and SO DID I.
That was part of why I docked a star. The quotes were mainly concerning a murder case that actually happened in , which I didn't learn until the end when Lauren Myracle sort of explained that, which was really cool. The murders don't really have anything to do with Bliss and what's happening with her, but as was Myracle's intention, it created a really creepy ambiance. So, in summary, I really enjoyed this book. The ending was disappointing though, since it was really abrupt and didn't exactly answer my questions But Bliss was really fresh and great and I loved her outlook on life.
She reminded me a bit of myself in the way that she doesn't simply bow down to the "popular girls" and she has the ability to think for herself. This book was more than just a ghost story, and it was also more than a simple high school drama. To quote the back of the book, "This novel is simultaneously creepy and smart. View 2 comments. Feb 22, Vone Savan rated it liked it. The cover was what compelled me to buy the book; it reminded me of the eighties VHS copy of the horror movie Carrie; the book was written by Stephen King.
Fourteen-year-old Bliss Inthemorningdew her parents were hippies and the book takes place in was left with her very traditional grandmother her grandfather passe After three trips to Borders, I finally picked up Bliss by Lauren Myracle.
But Bliss soon realizes the inequalities within the Academy through two very distinct girls: The gorgeous and uber-popular Sarah Lynn Lancaster and the overweight, lonely, and very un-liked Sandy Lear. Eventually, Bliss ends up befriending both, thus forming the backbone of the plot. The rating was knocked from a 4 to a 3 because of the last few chapters of the novel. But the main disappointment is the lackluster ending which should have been as interesting and extreme as the rest of the book.
The ending ended up flat, uneventful, and just plain uncool. He was useless and tacked-on; like he was the proverbial love interest with no payoff. In addition, all the quotations that separated each chapter became annoying. In fact, the book hooked me in from the beginning and I became even more interested as the chapters unfolded. The plot really starts to pick up when Bliss and Sandy visits an elderly woman named Agnes who discloses the history behind Hamilton Hall an unoccupied wing of Crestview Academy as well as the mystery of a deceased girl named Liliana.
The character development is another great aspect of the novel. The dialogue between the characters — especially between Bliss and Sandy — is consistent and natural. Sep 02, Crystal rated it it was amazing. Shelves: blog-already-read. The Internet Girls series trilogy? Then I tried one of her full length novels, Rhymes With Witches, and while the premise intrigued me, the novel felt like a countdown to self-implode by the last page.
Which, I mean, it did. The resolution left me pretty devoid of emotion. So why did I? It sounded like a new direction for her, too, so why not? Blah, blah, blah, bottom line, did I like it? Yup, this worked for me.
Review: Bliss by Lauren Myracle
I hate horror- movies, books, TV shows, you name it. If it is horror, I avoid it like the plague. Never mind the fact that the title is written in blood on the cover. I managed to miss all the not-so-subtle clues. I wanted something light and fluffy, something fun and beachy to read. Myracle has crafted a true horror story, in the tradition of Stephen King. Bliss is the child of hippie parents.
Bliss by Lauren Myracle
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.