Green Angel

May 17, 2013

By Alice Hoffman
Reviewed by Kaya Luciani
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

“My grief was cold. It was nothing to share. It was nothing to speak about, nothing to feel.”
― Alice Hoffman, Green Angel

Green is a young girl growing up knowing she’s different. A dark, hidden girl lost in her uneventful, routine world. She doesn’t have much except her family and her blossoming garden; the two things keeping her from going completely dark. It’s only time before tragedy takes it all away, leaving Green alone and helpless. She eventually realizes she is going to have to find out how to survive and during her survival, the girl slips away into a slow state of self destruction. Whatever her life was previously made up of is now covered in ashes and Green is struggling to come from underneath that blanket. With time, and a series of practically miraculous
events, this once hopeless, confused girl is finally realizing her life isn’t over and she becomes ready to open herself to the new, better life that’s ahead of her.

Green Angel was different from most other books I read. It was written with a soft, almost poetic tone and had almost zero dialogue. It was a short read, a nice break for people who are used to longer novels, but if you’re a reader looking for excitement, this wouldn’t be a good choice. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t give it a full rating, because if it wasn’t so short, if would have been too dreary. Although, it was written with plenty of emotion, depth, and meaning, keeping me interested throughout. All in all, I’m glad I read it and do recommend it, but don’t be too worried if you don’t get to it any time soon.

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