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Blood Roses (Francesca Lia Block, 2008) [2008-06-07]

The title story didn't do much for me, but the collection does improve.

The inside jacket flap quotes "What shall we do, all of us?  All of us passionate girls who fear crushing the boys we love with our mouths like caverns of teeth, our mushrooming brains, our watermelon hearts?"  This is from the story "Giant" (the second story in the collection), and that line really resonated with me -- made the eponymous transformation in that tale really connect with actual life.

The inside jacket flap proclaims, "What's real is what's imagined in nine tales of transformation by Francesca Lia Block," and I think the different tales have varying degrees of success in pulling off that idea.  I think "Body Art" is the best of the nine, both as a story on its own and as an example of that statement.
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