Book Review: Echo
Author: Francesca Lia Block Book: Echo Publisher: Joanna Cotler
Echo by Francesca Lia Block. This time I have not a wiki link to the book, but to Francesca Lia Block. Wiki-Francesca Lia Block
I want to talk about the reviews I tried to dig up for baisis, to just explain the story. All the reviews I read are too biased. either it's too good or too bad, too mystical whatever. Examples- 1-bad:Bad Review 1-exotic:Exotic Review
Well there are other reviews, and some you might agree with, or dissagree, I only tell you what I like and dislike. onto the review
I read this book, just being bored in the summer of my 10th grade year and ended up liking it very much. I've read it so many times, I know it by heart. Block uses mythology in her books, links to it on a very personal level, and I can appreciate that and even understand that being brought up with mythology and superstitions. Everyone I know enjoys this book, A library gave it to me for my birthday, because I took it out so much.
What I liked: I liked the characters, the connections between people and the illusions to movies and books. It also romanticizes drugs, which shouldn't be good, but it makes such nice visualations, you get high on the words and don't think about the drugs.
What I didn't like: Everyone who reads this seems to think that Echo and everyone connected to her are destined to be unhappy and yet I think that there is no happy ending, but there is contentedness, and that is real. Also I didn't like seeing people in the book suffer, but I realize that's a part of life.
Overall I liked this book, and I wished that more people could understand it.
Inside flap of the book: "Echo is caught at the crossroads of a physical world full of hope and despair and the realm of the supernatural, where young men have wings and skeletons speak. On the way, she is graced by angels and fairies and haunted by ghosts, psychopomps, and vampires. But as Echo falls under the spell of demons who threaten to destroy her, she must ultimately look within to find the strength to survive."
I indeed did not read that, I only picked it up,because well It looked good and I was bored. It ended up to be one of my favorite books.
There is no movie for this book, for which I am grateful, because this book is something I'd rather not see depicted. I wouldn't think anything would do it justice, but who knows if someone out there is thinking about it.