Love in the Time of Global Warming
Written by Francesca Lia Block
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Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia BlockSeventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything-her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy. In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.
's genetically engineered giants as she treats us to a dystopian tale tricked out in her signature lush prose. --The Washington Post The dreamlike quality of the writing, typical of the author's works, functions well with the fantastical elements of the story, which is solid and dense in its descriptions. This is an excellent title for students who have read Homer's Odyssey as well as readers who enjoy a mix of fantasy and reality. --School Library Journal The result is original and, no surprise, gracefully written. Magic is no stranger to Block's world, nor is her signature poetic sensibility. And love, in its many varieties and forms, is celebrated, as always. --Booklist Literary-minded readers will enjoy teasing out the allusions to Homer--and possibly even The Wizard of Oz--but knowledge of the classics is not a requirement to be swept up in the tatterdemalion beauty of the story's lavish, looping language. --Publishers Weekly, starred review Block's trademark magical realism works best in a brief, dreamy journey such as this one, even if the destination is uncertain . . . Mishmash or no, there's something encouraging about seeing four queer kids on an epic journey across the post-apocalyptic American Southwest. --Kirkus Reviews Block writes about the real Los Angeles better than anyone since Raymond Chandler. --The New York Times Book Review Hers is a voice so unique that nobody will ever be able to imitate it. --Cindy Dobrez, Chairwoman of the committee that awarded Block the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 [A] compelling apocalyptic survival story with four LGBTQ teens. --Common Sense Media Francesca Lia Block is the imaginative bestselling author of Weetzie Bat; she brings a radiant, illuminating world of death, destruction and adventure in her novel Love in the Time of Global Warming. . . . Block will make you see, smell, hear, taste and feel Pen's story, and she will surely wisp you away into an inspiring, fantastical, Dali-esque dream world that you with never forget. --Teenreads Francesca Lia Block has made a trademark of twining myth and reality so snugly it's difficult to figure out where one ends and the other begins. . . . This is a fine adventure story. . . . You'll be thinking about it for days afterward. --Bookpage Told in Block's distinctive whimsical style, Love in the Time of Global Warming stands out as a uniquely poignant allegory of self-acceptance. . . . The camaraderie between these four queer teens searching for a home together amid the rubble is palpable. --TOR.com This a beautiful book. . . . [Perfect] for teens that have grown out of fairytale books but would still like to escape the real world, and also for queer teens, because they may be able to see themselves reflected in the heroes of this story, which is how it should be. --GayYA.org'
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