Violet & Claire by Francesca Lia Block
“Two girls, blending themselves together like a magic potion, and then seperating, one more powerful and one more gentle after the alchemy, neither afraid anymore.”
She’s dreamed only of making her own movies, about bringing her lifeless words to life. But there’s so much she’s missing. Conflict. A love interest. And a leading lady. And it’s not like she could turn to her life to fill in these gaps, because she too is missing so much. Until she meets Claire, a doe-eyed girl full of innocence and imagination. With best friend Claire by her side, Violet finds her dreams are suddenly coming true. But without her, her life seems to be spiraling out of control.
She’s dreamed only of filling the void in the her life. The void that formed when her father left, and her mother mentally checked out. To face the everday cruelties Claire believes she’s a part of a race of fairies forced underground by the harsh realities of the world. That’s all she needs her beliefs and her poetry. That is, until she meets Violet. With best friend Violet be her side, Claire finds she has a new found sence of self and confidence. But without her, she seems to be screwing everything up – with Violet, with poetry teacher Peter, and with herself.
Violet & Claire:
When they collide their worlds will never be the same. They are forever changed. Forever two separate girls who share one soul. Together they experience all the highs and low life and Los Angeles has to offer them – love, sex, beauty, innocence, and drugs.
Violet & Claire written by acclaimed Weetzie Bat author Francesca Lia Block has written a book so lush that readers can see, feel, and even taste the adventure unfolding within the pages.
Block’s writing isn’t only strong, it’s impressive. She never relies on simply telling the story, but strives to show readers. Through vivid description Violet and Claire’s story forms beautifully in the mind’s eye. Told from both perspectives readers will understand what’s really going on in the lives of Block’s two very different heroines.
As characters, Violet and Claire have both strengths and weaknesses. For example Violet is ambious, but to a fault. Claire on the other hand is passive, but often times naive. Their flaws made them real, believable, and above all relatable. Often times I found that even though they are two separate characters they often melded together to make one solid, stable, character.
What I loved most about this book is the emotions felt while reading it. Readers will experience love and hate, trust and betrayal, overwhelming happiness to dramatic bouts of melancholia. This book has it all. Violet & Claire is fun, fast read at only 170 pages long. But it will not disappoint. It will capture and engage readers of all ages. *
*I originally read Violet & Claire as a teenager. I think I was fifteen or sixteen years old when I read it. I remember vividly how much I loved this book. As an adult now, some ten years later, I loved it just as much. Violet & Claire really does transcend time.