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7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Emotionally Impacting

Green Angel was so incredible to me, it was so real. My heart was aching for nearly the entire book. Ms. Hoffman has created a truly unique character, and a very realistic one at that. Green's story is incredibly sad and yet just incredible for the fact that she pull...
Green Angel was so incredible to me, it was so real. My heart was aching for nearly the entire book. Ms. Hoffman has created a truly unique character, and a very realistic one at that. Green's story is incredibly sad and yet just incredible for the fact that she pulls through, she overcomes the most terrible situation for a teenager, and she comes out stronger than before. I loved the fact that Green found comfort in taking care of others and how just simply hearing someone hum or sing began to mend Green. This book is so emotionally heart wrenching that it's a huge blow to you when something good happens, and you just smile and sigh out a "yes". This is a wonderful book, i would recomend it to everyone I know!

posted by Nuthinbutreadin on November 9, 2008

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

There is a difference between moody and faking clinical depression.

Alice Hoffman¿s Green Angel is a dark and failed attempt to create a story about overcoming loss in one¿s life. The story begins when Green, a shy, inverted 15-year-old girl from the country, looses her family in a city fire and must find a way to survive in the newly ...
Alice Hoffman¿s Green Angel is a dark and failed attempt to create a story about overcoming loss in one¿s life. The story begins when Green, a shy, inverted 15-year-old girl from the country, looses her family in a city fire and must find a way to survive in the newly ashen world of emptiness. Living on her own, Green becomes Ash¿a brave, unfeeling person who believes that survival depends on having no human interaction and no feeling in life. Through service to others, Ash begins to transform into a new, feeling person and learns how to deal with the death around her. I would really not recommend this book because of its lack of explanation, ridiculously apparent symbolism, unsuccessful dark writing style, and unbelievable characters. Firstly, Hoffman never clarifies very significant details in the book such as how the fire got started, why does Green possess magic, or what is even the setting? This non-explanatory approach prevented me from getting too involved in the story¿I just could not make sense of anything. Second of all, I was insulted on the spoon-fed symbolism throughout the book. Does Hoffman truly believe that readers have lost their abilities to decipher symbolism? Hoffman needs to put some of that effort back into the plot of ill explanation. As for the writing style there is a difference between moody and faking clinical depression. Hoffman is trying too hard to make her writing ¿gothic.¿ Finally, the characters in Green Angel are so imaginary in personalities that a reader never could connect with any of them. The characters are simply unreal, flat, and cannot deviate from their robotic, concrete personalities. This is not human nature and is therefore not relatable. If I had to assign and condemn this book on a certain person, I would choose a severely depressed middle school student who has no literary appreciation and does not wish to gain anything from this read.

posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2007

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    After a disaster destroys the city she loves and kills her family, fifteen-year-old Green is left with nothing; the life she once had turned to ashes just like the ashes covering her once lush garden.

    Shocked by the loss and destruction, Green turns inward. Her clothes become armor. She closes her eyes against the loss and the rebuilding taking place all around her. She closes her heart to love or friendship.

    But, little by little, love and friendship make their way into her life. As she struggles to survive Green finds unlikely friends, love, and redemption in Green Angel (2003) by Alice Hoffman.

    Hoffman is one of those interesting authors who has written books for every conceivable audience (and did so before anyone was writing about kid lawyers if you know what I mean). Several of her books have also been turned into movies, including Practical Magic--one of my most favorite films.

    Despite all that, this is the first book I have actually read by Alice Hoffman and it's so unusual that I have no idea if it's indicative of her work or not.*

    First things first, Green Angel is a tiny book. Weighing it at less than 130 pages, there are some novellas that are longer than this book. For that reason, the normal narrative rules don't really apply.

    Hoffman's writing is sparse (obviously) and melodic. With dialog presented in italics and the plot broken into parts instead of chapters, Green Angel reads more like an extended prose poem than a traditional narrative. Given that caveat, it is a good story.

    Hoffman blends elements of poetry and traditional fairy tale tropes like kindly animals and wise old women to create a story about survival and reconstruction in the face of unthinkable tragedy. Sometimes gritty, sometimes florid Green Angel is a brief story that will stay with readers long after the story ends.

    Green's story continues in Green Witch.

    Possible Pairings: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Window by Jeanette Ingold, Madapple by Cristina Meldrum, Evermore by Alyson Noel, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

    *I saw her at a reading/signing for Green Witch (the sequel to this book) and I didn't know much about her or her books. But I fell in love with the beautiful cover and decided I had to read it. So of course I had to read its predecessor too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Pretty good read

    I didn't mind the lack of dialogue in this story. So much was said through actions and feelings instead of conversation. Short but touching read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    Ok

    So, I only read this book because it was highly recommended in my classroom, it was ok, but there was no substance in it. I mean, it goes on and on about being sad, this is not a book for someone highly depressed, and if u want some sympathy, read a different book. There is absolutley no story line, no plot, nothing. Just check it out at a local library or something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    ehhh...not one of Hoffman's best.

    Originally I borrowed this book because of the hyped it garnered from critics and readers. I felt for Green, and liked how Hoffman was able to describe her emotions vividly. Yet,I didn't like how the other characters, such as mute boy and her neighbor were underdeveloped. I wanted to know more about those characters, and thought it would have added more depth to the story. I was able to see how the novel paralleled with 9/11. I recommend the book for people who are suffering through loss, and for those who want a quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2004

    it was ok...

    I thought that Green Angel was ok.. it could have been a lot better if there was more to it. The only thing they really talk about is Green and how she tattoos herself and hates everyone around her. I also didn't like how the group of kids never hung out with her. This is a good book to read if you like short, easy-to-read books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2004

    Good but not the best, Too short

    It might be a very wonderful story, plot, and of course ending. But it was too short, though it did fill my mind about the story.

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