The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block
The Waters and the wild is a small story 113 pages in full it reminded me of another book I read some time ago. The Replacement it had the same feel, that slow underlining morbid vibe. Changelings are somber beings every book I’ve read they constantly question who and what they are and its no different in The Water and the Wild. Bee constantly questions who she was. Bee spelt like honey bee spent a lot of time in her head.
Change was in the wind when she receives a visit from a twin looking just like her. Strange things begin to happen and new changes in Bee’s life kick into motion Bee fights it of course but event are beyond her control. She mets Sarah and makes friends with the strange weird girl, even starts to like a boy. Haze the school nerd another school outcast begins to stir feelings in her. And for the first time she had friends and didn’t feel quite so alone. Still she feels on the outside looking in. Bee is stuck in neutral unable to advance like most stories about Changelings I’ve read.
To me this was the beginning of the book not the entire book, it was great to see the p.o.v of some of the characters. I think there was more Because change is necessary for growth. The Waters and the Wild was a short and sweet read one can finish this book in one sitting that was one a good point, but the unoriginal plot, and stereo typical characters made this not for me I rated it a 2.5 / 5. As a matter fact when I read the synopsis I wasn’t aware this was a story about changelings in my limited experience it was usually a dark twisted boring read. Still I managed to finish but it didn’t leave me with any impressions so that’s why I gave the Water and the Wild a 2.5 / 5.
Disclaimer: I also try to be honest and impartial in my reviews my goal is not to tear down a writers work but to offer my most humble constructive opinions. Be it negative or positive it meant to be taken as such, after all these are just my opinions so please take it with a grain of salt.
- Title: The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block
- Published: June 2, 2009
- Publisher: Haper Teen
- Genre: Fantasy
- Rating: 2.5 / 5
- Source: Library
- Age Group: 14+
- Format: Hardcover
- Pages: 128
- Buy: Amazon
When Bee woke up, there was a girl standing in her room. “You are me,” the girl said. Then she was gone.
I am a thirteen-year-old double Gemini. I get bad grades, write poetry with my left hand, dance in my room, surf the net. I Google images of the tattoos my mom won’t let me get. . . .
But my world belongs to someone else. Someone who lives below the concrete of Los Angeles, someone with wild eyes and twigs in her hair.
And I think she wants her life back.