The Frenzy
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The Frenzy

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by Francesca Lia Block
     
 

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Love is a werewolf, influenced by the moon and terror, and always about to change.

Liv has a secret.

Something happened to her when she was thirteen. Something that changed everything. Liv knows she doesn’t belong anymore—not in her own skin, not in her family . . . not anywhere. The only time she truly feels like

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Overview

Love is a werewolf, influenced by the moon and terror, and always about to change.

Liv has a secret.

Something happened to her when she was thirteen. Something that changed everything. Liv knows she doesn’t belong anymore—not in her own skin, not in her family . . . not anywhere. The only time she truly feels like herself is when she’s with her boyfriend, Corey, and in the woods that surround her town.

But in the woods, a mysterious woman watches Liv. In the woods, a pack of wild boys lurks. In the woods, Liv learns about the curse that will haunt her forever. The curse that caused the frenzy four years ago. And that may cause it again, all too soon.

While Corey and Liv’s love binds them together, Liv’s dark secret threatens to tear them apart as she struggles to understand who—or what—she really is. And by the light of the full moon, the most dangerous secrets bare their claws. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having offered her twist on the vampire mythos in Pretty Dead, Block sets her sights on lycanthropy. When Liv turned 13, she knew she had changed, but not "what I had become." The hair that grows all over her body and her inner rage still mark her as different four years later, but it takes a mysterious woman living in the forest to tell her what she is, and why she has been cursed with "the frenzy." Readers can enjoy this book both as a chilling fantasy and as a compelling identity quest--because of race, sexuality, and Liv's "change," neither she, her best friend Pace, nor her secret boyfriend, Corey, can live openly. The hot, sticky summer and smalltown setting lend to the book's ambience--as do other creepy touches, such as a local craftsman who makes artisanal prosthetic limbs. Not all these turns will captivate readers: a suggested tragic romance involving Pace and a ghost feels underdeveloped. But Block enthusiasts--and fantasy fans in general--will find a mix of imagination and emotional honesty worth sinking their teeth into. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“With her characteristic flair and seductive prose, Block makes this tangled story of betrayal and love a standout. Sensuous and heartbreaking, sure to both satisfy and challenge fans of the supernatural romance.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"With her characteristic flair and seductive prose, Block makes this tangled story of betrayal and love a standout. Sensuous and heartbreaking, sure to both satisfy and challenge fans of the supernatural romance."
The Horn Book
“Will be gobbled like candy by teen readers.”
Claudia Gray
“I love the lush, melancholy world of this novel, and its heroine, with her century of secrets.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“With her characteristic flair and seductive prose, Block makes this tangled story of betrayal and love a standout. Sensuous and heartbreaking, sure to both satisfy and challenge fans of the supernatural romance.”
Booklist (starred review)
“A true original…[Block] has created something psychologically complex, erotically charged, and unusually poignant.”
Booklist
"A true original…[Block] has created something psychologically complex, erotically charged, and unusually poignant."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“With her characteristic flair and seductive prose, Block makes this tangled story of betrayal and love a standout. Sensuous and heartbreaking, sure to both satisfy and challenge fans of the supernatural romance.”
VOYA - Amy Fiske
Small-town residents carefully guard their secrets, and Liv is no exception. On her thirteenth birthday, Liv's mother returns from hunting trip with a dead wolf in her pickup instead of the expected deer. Boiling over with inexplicable rage, Liv flees to the woods to avoid killing her mother, only to emerge hours later with fragmented memories and torn-off clothing. She goes to therapy, takes her medication, and tries to forget. Liv finds solace in her relationship with Corey, which she must hide from her racist parents. She pretends to date her gay best friend, Pace, to appease both sets of parents. A family curse, a reclusive family living in the woods, and a series of unsolved murders add to the mix. With all this churning in the background, Liv slowly pieces together the mystery of her identity. What is quickly clear to readers remains a shadowy mystery to Liv for much of the novel, derailing some of the dramatic tension. Block is known for her dialogue and lyrical prose, but this offering falls a bit flat. There are many subplots packed in, most of them underexplored: Pace's secret love affair, the family curse, the history of the strange family in the woods. The endings of all these threads are never properly tied up, leaving the reader with more questions than answers. Werewolf fans and Block fans will like this, but the novel is missing some of the greatness readers have come to expect from Block. Reviewer: Amy Fiske
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Liv went through more than mere pubescent changes on her 13th birthday, and as time goes on, she only feels like her true self when she is in the woods. While struggling to determine what really happened to her that fateful night, Liv, now 17, also grapples with being estranged from her parents, dating a boy they would not approve of, and keeping her best friend's secrets. Once she learns the truth—that she is a werewolf—Liv must determine where she really fits. Does she belong with her pack or can she make things work with the guy she loves? While many of the werewolf traits are reminiscent of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series (Little, Brown), the similarities end there. Block's focus is not so much on the fact that Liv is a werewolf, but rather on how she deals with this information and how it impacts those she cares about. There are issues of friendship, difficulties with parents, questions about a love relationship, and even an underlying mystery about a string of serial murders that take place in Liv's beloved woods. Block does a nice job of weaving all these elements into a solid story that makes a quick but engaging read for fans of supernatural fiction. Reluctant readers will enjoy this story as well because of its pacing and manageable chapters.—Gina Bowling, South Gibson County High School, Medina, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Liv has a secret nobody else knows: On her 13th birthday, she got her first period and turned into a wolf. Her parents responded to what they saw as their daughter's anger-management problems with Lexapro and Xanax, and she hasn't changed since. When a family of fierce, nigh-feral brothers moves to town, Liv's carefully protected secret life is endangered. As in most of Block's modern work, constant direct parallels are drawn between adolescence and monstrousness; Liv's lycanthropy parallels with menstrual blood, pubescent hair growth, adolescent anger and feelings of alienation. However, this werewolf story stands up as a strong narrative in its own right, even without the overwhelming metaphor. Liv would be more likable if she weren't so offensively self-centered (she's unwilling to introduce her black boyfriend to her mother, using her gay best friend as a cover boyfriend without considering both boys' distress). A passionate, dreamy, brief paranormal, with a breath-of-fresh-air monstrous heroine and enjoyably surreal set dressing—the best friend and boyfriend deserve better, though. (Paranormal romance. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061926662
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Claudia Gray
“I love the lush, melancholy world of this novel, and its heroine, with her century of secrets.”

Meet the Author

Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Weetzie Bat; the book collections Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books and Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets; the illustrated novella House of Dolls; the vampire romance novel Pretty Dead; and the gothic werewolf novel The Frenzy. Her work is published around the world.

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The Frenzy 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Strange things have been happening to Liv. Ever since her thirteenth birthday, she has felt cursed - trapped by something she can't explain. Her body is not her own - a transformation has begun and there is no way of stopping it. Her peers make fun of her, and her parents are far from understanding. Liv finds solace in her best friend, Pace, the beautiful, talented jock who is hiding a secret of his own, and boyfriend, Corey, who must hide in the shadows because Liv's family would never condone their relationship. She feels safe in the woods that surround her house, but danger lurks in the trees. A string of murders have been committed and the killer has not been found. So many questions, and very few answers - Liv wants to know the truth, but can she accept the reality that faces her? I am constantly amazed by the brilliance that is Francesca Lia Block. Her stories are lyrical masterpieces that flow effortlessly across the pages. She has a way of speaking to young adult audiences that many other YA novelists have not yet grasped. Her prose is lyrical, lilting, but also frank and unyielding. She has a way of blending the fantastic with harsh reality, and somehow, it works. If you have never read a Block tale before, pick this one up - it's an excellent place to start!
Owlmanafanatic16 More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this book. This the only book i've read by Francesca. All i can say is that i hope therre is a sequel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typically, i love block's style, but i feel in this her euphoric atomosphere is missing. It feels like any other young adult novel out there lately. Since it doesn't have that usual air, it feels a little off, like it could have been written by anyone. It's not that bad though, if you haven't read any of her other books.
haley18 More than 1 year ago
This book was a real disappointment, it had SO much potential too. The Frenzy is very confusing at first and you don't even really know whats going on. After about 100 pages things start to get more interesting, but honestly this book has a load of information that is useless and then BAM at the end it just explains everything and ends. I could think of a couple ways the author could have improved this, this book would have been good if it had been stretched out some. maybe be a series? it seemed very sloppy at the end how everything just happens in a couple pages then ends, the the author just wanted to get done with there work instead of making a nice ending. I must admit i did enjoy the characters, you really feel like you know them when reading, but besides that i couldn't sink in with this book, too sloppy. everything could had been improved by simple things.
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ctyler More than 1 year ago
I love Francesca's work to death...but I am so confused as to why she is falling in line with the mainstream! We love her work because its different from anything else out there. Not because its the exact same crap every other author out there is writing just tot get a quick fifteen minutes of literary fame.
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Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
This is not the kind of werewolves book that I normally read but I was really surprised. I started reading it and was going to just give up and put it back on the shelf. For some reason I decided to keep reading, I guess I wanted to know what happened. I am so glad I did, I really liked the entire book and the ending was great. I thought Liv and Corey made a nice couple and I liked Pace too. What Corey and Joe Ranger did for Liv with the silver hand and then with the wolves at the end made for a great ending. I just wish there was a sequel to be about Liv and Corey and their life together. Captivating, romantic and heartbreaking. Overall a great read that I recommend!
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
THE FRENZY, by Francesca Lia Block, is an interesting new perspective on werewolves. Liv spent her time after "the incident" at thirteen avoiding the posibility that it might happen again, or why. It was a fun ride to figure out what she was and what caused this change within her. It is like a breath of fresh air when I come across a paranormal book that truly seperates itself from the rest. I love werewolf books, but after reading so many they all seem to blend together. Block really stepped out of the "norm" for this genre and created something haunting, suspenseful, and pretty amazing. When most other books in this category experience how the person changes and then adapts, this one showcased the fight against the change. Liv had to live with being so different, internally and externally, all she wanted was to be herself. She had to hide the relationship with the love of her life, and hold the secret of her best friends identity along with her own. The relationships among the characters were very complex and created an emotional turmoil in me. I absolutely hated Liv's mother, felt pity for her father, and loved Corey and Pace. I hated that Pace and Liv had to pretend to be with each other because it was socially accepted in their community. Neither could be with who they truely wanted to. Block's writing really tugged at my heart-strings. One thing I would have liked to see more of was the family of wolves in the forest. I had a hard time deciding what part of Liv to side with. I understand her motivation to want to be normal, but I am always attracted to the 'paranormal' in these books. I wish I could have gotten to see more of Liv with the other wolves and what could have become of that. The best way I think to describe this story is that it is gritty and rough around the edges. This community that Liv lives in is not an accepting place for anyone outside the norm and how a young girl struggles through it is the focus of this story. For anyone who is a fan of the paranormal and YA, I do recommend this book.
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Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
The cover is beautiful, it has movement, and interest, all the things the story lacks in abundance. A quick summary. Liv is a 17 year old werewolf. Who's in denial. She's weird and awkward, but Liv finds a place to belong with Pace her best friend and Corey her boyfriend. Liv lives a lie hiding who and what she is from everyone even herself. Her mom is the perfect former beauty queen huntress, to Liv's abnormal freakish physical qualities and vegetarian tendencies. Liv doesn't want to face what she is, or trust her boyfriend to still love her if he knew she was different. But a mysterious family of werewolves has been keeping an eye on her for years. With their appearance she will have to confront her fears. With the substance in this book I find it hard to even write this review. I don't know where to begin. Ugh, I finished this story thinking, Can I get my Money Back? It seems like Block wanted to take these commonly used ideas and story lines and do something different. But it came off under planned and patchy and just failed. I suppose I have to mention that this book is really short, maybe too short. The story could have used more development, there's barely any backstory to a lot of the threads. The conclusions felt limp. They did make sense, but I don't feel Block elaborated enough on anything, especially Pace's romance, or end. The story line about the werewolf family and Victor was like an after thought, hardly worth mentioning, but could have become a great love triangle. I also found the romance in this book weak. We enter the story when everything great about a romance has already happened, not that it mattered the way they came together was pretty anti climatic anyway. Liv had already made up her mind, she had known and been with Corey for years, so there was no wooing, no falling in love or challenge from another beau. It was really a little bit of angst, apprehension, then a lot of sex. The whole book seemed more like an outline or summary for a book in the process of being written. I found the Frenzy anything but what the title suggests. It was flat and depressing.
lilmissjenny More than 1 year ago
why is shy writing this stuff.. her stories are always so awesome and now she's going the way of those crappy twilight books... so disappointed.