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Echo Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 1, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm still susceptible to Block's charms, and "Echo" does have some powerful moments, particularly in two disturbing chapters that show the dangerous, sexual lure of dark beings who seek to entrap our heroes. But the novel feels, at times, plodding, marking time almost. The travails of Smoke and Eden become, at their worst, pure kitsch: Block comes darn close to the ridiculousness of Little Nell in one emotive scene. And, well past what feels like a logical culmination point, the book is still floating through Echo's endless search for-- er, self-worth? The Valentine chapters feel a little too coy about Echo's feelings for her.Read more ›
This book is written as a journey of self-discovery, centered around Echo, a young girl growing up in the shadow of her goddess-like mother. Her life is spent trying to shed that shadow and become a person in her own right. The book interweaves chapters of Echo's life with chapters telling the stories of the main figures in her life. This is an interesting device that works here.
Something that more intense Block fans will notice is that the chapter of this book revovling around Echo's health obsession is drawn, sometimes verbatim, from Block's short story Blood Oranges.
Although good, this is not Block's best. If you're starting out, read Girl Goddess #9 or I Was A Teenage Fairy.
WHen I picked this up I was a little iffy about it. WHile I do enjoy Francasca Lia Block's wiritng style I either love her books, or could do with out them. THis book was not a dissapointment for me. The story is wonderful, symbolic, and poetic. I'd love to read more by Block. I reccomend this to anyone who dosen't mind strange but entertaining tales and who's a fan of Blocks writing.
On another note.... Peace and prayers to all the victims of the recent plane accident. My heart is with everyone affected.
In addition to the confusion, Echo makes some terrible decisions and the reader never knows why or sees her deal with the ramifications of those decisions. For example, we quickly learn that Echo regularly gets to know men by performing strip teases in front of them which allows her to see into their souls. Then she isn’t sure why they never come back to see her again. In addition to her magical stripper powers, Echo and her fellow characters engage in reckless sex and drug use for no apparent reason.
Frankly, there is no way I would put this book in my middle school classroom library. I’m not a prude, but I want my students to have literature that makes them think and put themselves in the character’s shoes. This book is more like a drunken haze that does more to stifle clear thinking than it does to provoke it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It's one of my favorites from FLB. Brings me back to my teens.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Simply beautifully written coming of age story. I've read it 3 times all in different stages of my life. The latest time really hit home.Published 12 months ago by Pamela Delarosa
Echo is a beautiful book full of metaphor and lush descriptions---a perfect YA novel that does not condescend to the reader---a triumph and tribute to the transformative power of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Constance Plumley
Echo is one of Ms. Block's longer stories. Its shifting storyline bounces back and forth across time and jumps between perspectives, always returning to first person when Echo is... Read morePublished on August 9, 2014 by Swank Ivy
I'm usually a fan of Block's but I found Echo a little confusing and had a hard time tracking with the story.
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It was faster then what I expected :) it had given me a later day, but it felt like I order it and got it.Published on April 29, 2013 by Sexy Sandy
I tried reading several books by Francesca Lia Block, and I couldn't stand most of them. But this one hit the sweet spot. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Aurora Grace
This is the absolute best book ever. I've read it five times, and it never gets old. The characters, the scenes, their struggles. It's magical.Published on May 15, 2011 by B. Evans