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Product Details

  • Series: Ageless Books
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064408620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064408622
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once upon a time, in the bubble-gum-snapping, glitter polish-wearing, lip-gloss-applying San Fernando Valley, a gentle girl named Barbie met a feisty fairy named Mab: "Maybe Mab was real. Maybe there really are girls the size of pinkies with hair the color of the darkest red oleander blossoms and skin like the greenish-white underbellies of calla lilies.... But it doesn't matter if Mab is real or imagined, Barbie thought, as long as I can see her." Mab, with her crabby commentary and no-holds-barred opinions, gives Barbie the strength she needs to face the horrors casting a shadow over her life in sunny, shimmering California. How else could Barbie survive her over-perfumed, over-tanned, overbearing stage mother, dragging her daughter to modeling agencies in the gold-plated hope of reliving her younger days as a beauty queen? Or the "cadaver-pale skin" and "fleshy mouth" of Hamilton Waverly, the "crocodile pedophile" photographer who makes Barbie feel "like the doll she had been named for, without even a hole where her mouth was supposed to be"? Mab glimmers and gabs by Barbie's side throughout her teen years as she becomes a successful fashion model, falls in love, and endures all the troubles that come along for the ride--in addition to facing the black secret of her past.

Francesca Lia Block, author of the magical Weetzie Bat books that are collected in Dangerous Angels, and the empowering, punchy Girl Goddess #9, has once again crafted a mystical tale whose ethereal, original language will wrap readers in its gossamer grip. Block carries us to the weeping heart of despair, but would never be so cruel as to leave us there: Barbie gets a new, skyward-gazing name, Selena Moon, and readers get a glimmersome vision of living happily ever after. (Ages 13 and older) --Brangien Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In a postmodern fairy tale, a teen model's friendship with a fairy helps her overcome abuse. "The prose sustains steady crescendos of insight," said PW's starred review. Ages 12-up. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Francesca Lia Block, recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award. has been publishing novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and poetry since 1989. Her work has been translated into many languages. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing workshops that are also available online.

Customer Reviews

I really didn't feel that the characters developed at all.
Bryan Jones
The story itself was tragic, but with characters such as Mab, Barbie, Griffin, and Todd, it was a very exciting and colorful book to read.
Alison
This is the first book of Block's I'd ever read and really enjoyed it.
Kathleen Nicole O'Neal

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Richardson on April 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've read most of the other reviews about how this book is horrible and so forth and so on because of the subject matter. While this book probably shouldn't be on a list for 12 and up, if a kid is honestly still so naive by the time they are entering highschool that they can't handle this book, maybe its good they are being exposed to the world. The book discusses sex, drinking, being molested, nothing more than is talked about on Oprah or Dr. Phil. Parents may not be ready for their 8th grader to be exposed to this, but its definitely the real world. I read this book going into the 7th grade and it didn't hurt me to read it, it just opened my eyes to a life I had never experienced. The book is well written and will suck you in if you are open minded enough to read it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
at the age of 15, this is one of my very favourite books. i loved it so much i had to go out and buy it. this book is full of emotion and if you read it, it will forever enthrall you. this book taught me things that no person ever could. i love this book so very much, and i suggest any teenage girl (whos really a faerie on the inside, like myself) read this magical book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
First of all, if you have read Francesca Lia Block's other books, don't expect that sort of writing here. Granted, it has the same descriptions of places you would kill to go to, but that's about where the similarities end.
This book is more of a gritty Y/A novel than a fantasy, ie Weetzie Bat. It's the story of Barbie, a young girl haunted by her burn-out was-model mother, who wants Barbie to be to be a model so badly, she will go to any lengths to ensure it. So along comes Mab, a pinkie-size fairy with fuschia hair, who is Barbie's best friend, guidance counselor and, on occasion, psychiatrist! She is the best part of a fantastic book.
Yes, I liked this book. I loved this book. I will read this book until the end of time!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grrrlntereptid13 on January 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
first of all, i'd like to state that i am a huge fan of lia block and also a very harsh critic, so i hope other FLB fans don't get offended. i do not wish to discuss the actual summary of the book, that would be tedious and you can click on the whole 'look inside' thing for that, so rather i'll just share my opinion. i found barbie to be one of the must un-sypmathatic, shallow, vile, and boring character in any FLB book. i could not relate to her -at all- and was extremely upset upon finishing this book. FLB claims to write books about real girls for real girls, and i believe she did a much better and more complete job with characters such as weetzie bat, voilet (never was a big fan of claire), and especially lady ivory and albaster duchess (of 'girl goddess #9' fame). there are more obviously, but i felt a connection with them, i cared for them, and especailly for non-'cookie cutter' girls like the aforementioned lady ivory and albaster. while FLB claims every girl is uniquely beautiful, why does she continue to write mostly of conventionally beautiful and seductress girls? albaster, who was described as 'voluptous' and ivory who apparantly does not remember her natural haircolor (a tad ditzy, i suppose) seemed a little more real, because not everyone in l.a. is blond and rail thin... and i don't think all the girls FLB writes about should be either. another thing was that i found barbie's virtual muteness extremely nerve-racking. this was not the kind of girl i thought FLB should choose, one who was totally dependent and frankly pathetic, even in her incarnate, 'selena moon' (i'm sorry, but francesca, what were you on that night?!). i also get irritated by little kitsch punk culture nods, as can be found in IWATF.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I was told about this book and that it would help me, a past victim of Child Molestation...I thought what? Especially when I picked the book up and saw the cover. How can this help me in any way? But I decided to go ahead and purchase and read....I found that even though this was a fictious book, my life and my feelings related to the past pains suffered. The fantasy of the book helped me to understand my reality.
What a remarkable book this is.
I also want to mention Nightmares Echo as being another book I was told to get, also helps with healing. To say i am amazed at this book is an understatement. thank you to the author
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
I Wasa a Teenage Fairy by Fransesca Dia Block was a very magical, invigorating, bizarre, and startling story. I loved this story. It had a realistic feel with a fairy tale twist
This story is about a girl, Barbie, who is forced by her mother to model. Her mom didn't make it as a model and thought she could fix her mistakes through her daughter. When she was about 8 she met a fairy named Mab. Mab was about 4 in. tall with a 8 foot tall sex drive, she had the attitude of a girl with permanent p.m.s.
Something happened at one of her modling shoots that would change her forever. Barbie wanted to tell her mom but couldn't, Even if she wanted to her mom wouldn't listen. If it wasn't for Mab all of Barbies feelings would be locked up inside.
16 year old Barbie, more beautiful than ever still being forced to model. Barbie meets a some friends and enimies that will change her life always.
This was a great book and I recomend it to you who have just read my review.
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