Written by: Lauren Myracle
Release date: September, 2008
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 naïve 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, naïve Bliss is happy to be friends with anyone. That’s not the way it has ever worked at Crestview, and soon Bliss is at the center of a struggle for power between three girls—two living and one long dead.
I thought it was quite odd that before I even knew that this book was based on the murder trails of Charles Manson I saw a documentary about him on TV. Very odd, right? Anyway, if you want to be scared you need to read Bliss.
Bliss is a naïve, awesome girl. She’s free spirited and friendly to everyone. A very likable character. Sandy was creepy. From the start I knew that she was up to no good. Definitely a very bad character.
The plot is amazing. It’s so, so creepy. The story is fast paced and has short chapters. We all know I love that. The quotes from the Andy Griffin Show and the Charles Mansion Trial fitted well with the story and I never have seen that before, very original. Again, creepy. Up to the last pages I was scared of one character in this book and her idiotic ideas. I almost screamed at Bliss to just get away from her and then realised I would be screaming in the night to a book. My parents would not be pleased with me.
I have to be honest when I started Bliss I gave it five hearts. I really was hooked and thought it wouldn’t get any better, but then the ending came and I was shocked about how abrupt it all felt. There were many questions unanswered and I was just unbelievable annoyed with it. WTH, I just want a great ending, not a confusing one.