The Waters & the Wild
by Francesca Lia Block
Cover Artist: Sophie Toulouse
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
HarperTeen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061452444
Date: 01 June 2009 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Three very lonely, very strange thirteen-year-olds live in Venice Beach. At night, Bee encounters ghostly visions of her doppelganger, a girl who could pass as her twin. Bee suspects herself of being a changeling--a faerie who was exchanged with a human baby. The doppelganger wants her life back but Bee doesn't want to leave her new friends and return to the faerie world beneath the city. She has befriended Sarah, who believes she is a reincarnated slave, and Haze, who believes that his real father is an extraterrestrial. Together, the three misfits learn to cast spells to make themselves invisible and to fly like birds. They boldly crash the party of a snobbish classmate. Later, Bee must fight the doppelganger to keep from returning to the faerie world. From official release/information:
Product Description: 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.