Wasteland

Wasteland

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When you were a baby I sat very still to hold you. I could see the veins through your skin like a map to inside you. I stopped breathing so you wouldn't ... You were just a boy on a bed in a room, like a kaleidoscope is a tube full of bits of broken glass. But the way I saw you was pieces refracting the light, shifting into an infinite universe of flowers and rainbows and insects and planets, magical dividing cells, pictures no one else knew ... Your whole life you can be told something is wrong and so you believe it.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • 142.24 x 177.8 x 22.86mm | 136.08g
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 006028644X
  • 9780060286446
  • 1,566,649

Rating details

3,332 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 35% (1,182)
4 29% (974)
3 25% (836)
2 8% (260)
1 2% (80)

Our customer reviews

After reading The Weetzie Bat Series and some of Block's stand alone books, I jumped to buy this book when I came upon it. At only 160 pages it is a short and quick read, as are some of her other books, but the ending in this one felt rushed and fell short of my expectations. The ending was predictable and way too easy for me. However, the journey there is what makes this book special. Block has a way of writing that is different from any other author I've read. She is descriptive and mesmerizing without being flowery and is often blunt about the way things are. She doesn't hide the tough subjects and faces the love between a brother and sister and the effects of suicide head-on in this story. Her characters are always flawed, always realistic, and always ones I fall in love with. Block makes writing a book seem effortless, but at the same time the way she weaves her words together takes a natural talent. Even if this ending was disappointing for me, I will still pick up anything else the author writes!show more
by Jessica
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