Bliss by Lauren Myracle

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When Bliss's hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, it's like being set down on an alien planet. The only guide naive Bliss has to her new environment is what she's seen on The Andy Griffith Show. But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Openhearted Bliss desperately wants new friends, making her the perfect prey of a troubled girl whose obsession with a long-ago death puts Bliss, and anyone she's kind to, in mortal danger.

About Lauren Myracle

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Lauren Myracle is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Internet Girls trilogy—ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r—and Rhymes with Witches, among many other books for teenagers and young people. She grew up in Atlanta and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband and their three young children. Fans have snapped up 1 million copies of Lauren Myracle’s books!
Published March 15, 2013 by Amulet Books. 464 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Against a backdrop that vividly illustrates the 1969-70 time period, including the Tate-LaBianca murders and subsequent Manson murder trial, Bliss is drawn into a disturbing friendship with an outcast and into a legacy of occult happenings at her school.

Sep 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Bliss

Teen Reads

But Lauren Myracle grounds this standard horror-story fare by placing it firmly in the context of its times, with references to “The Andy Griffith Show,” the Charles Manson murders and racial intolerance, highlighting the startling contradictions between Bliss's innocence and the violence an...

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Common Sense Media

This is not the type of writing you'd expect from Lauren Myracle if you've read her other books.

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Common Sense Media

Most disturbingly, the girl who kills another girl wins in the end, attracting friends with her newfound "power," while Bliss is left on her own.

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Historical Novel Society

Reminiscent of Stephen King’s Carrie, Bliss is a page turner that includes a mix of high school drama, teenage first love, and the occult, set against the backdrop of the South in turbulent 1969.

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New York Public Library

When her parents decide they can no longer live in Nixon's US, Bliss is shipped off to Atlanta to live with her grandmother while her parents flee to Canada in Bliss (2008) by Lauren Myracle.

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