My Book of Life by Angel

  • Title: My Book of Life by Angel
  • Author: Martine Leavitt
  • ISBN: 9781554981175
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
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    About Martine Leavitt


    1. Martine Leavitt has published ten novels for young adults, most recently Calvin, which won the Governor General s Award of Canada My Book of Life by Angel was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Other titles by Leavitt include Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, Tom Finder, winner of the Mr Christie Award, and Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General s Award Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands Currently she teaches creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, a short residency MFA program She lives in High River, Alberta.


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    1. It s extremely difficult for most writers to tell such a deep story using only free verse poetry, but Leavitt pulls it off with flying colours Angel, a young dopesick prostitute, is trying her best to keep her apathetic pimp s newest recruit off the streets a little girl from a city group home no less , and the innocent, naive voice in the seemingly simple little verses gets the story across very effectively Underage prostitution isn t a topic that many people want to think about, but books like [...]

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    2. My Book of Life by Angel was one of those books that I challenged myself to read You know the type, you see it sitting there being all of these things that are interesting but not at all what you look for in a book The type that every once in a while you make yourself pick up, just to prove that you haven t let yourself be neatly filed and categorized as a reader My Book of Life by Angel is a very recently placed Historical Fiction, set in the 1980s in Vancouver, BC It focuses on heavy issues su [...]

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    3. A grim, ugly subject but a beautifully told story, poignant and full of compassion.

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    4. Angel is a sixteen year old girl who needs help And she finds it She meets Call, and soon believes she is finally loved again, and believes that she found someone that truly understands her and won t leave her Angel moves in with Call, and from the day she moves in she is part of Call s business Angel is taking drugs that Call gives her and is being used by Call to make money He asks for her help in the business, asks her to be nice to some of his friends But when the friends don t stop walking [...]

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    5. Utterly awesome Just finished reading Martine Leavitt s My Book of Life By Angel, an absolutely breath taking novel in verse, which brilliantly, hauntingly, provocatively explores the life of 16 7ear old Angel, who works the kiddie stroll in downtown Vancouver s Eastside during the Pickton murders powerful stuff indeed One thing I found especially moving is the list of names of the missing women of Vancouver s Downtown Eastside that Leavitt gives her readers at the end of the book after a powerf [...]

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    6. Sixteen year old Angel, a vulnerable teen, is coerced into drugs and prostitution by a young man she meets in a mall during a time when sex workers disappeared from Vancouver s Downtown Eastside What Angel must endure to get through every day life is heroic enough, but when Melli comes into her life, the stakes get a lot higher.Told with heart, courage, and amazing insight into emotion and human struggle, Martine Leavitt writes a story that is impossible to forget And for readers who rely heavil [...]

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    7. I was surprised that I liked this book Typically, I don t enjoy books that are written in verse However, Martine Leavitt writes powerfully, her words injected with strong emotions that stick with the reader throughout the novel Angel is a girl who has fallen on hard times at a very young age After her mom passed away, Angel feels lonely and vulnerable With her father and her arguing and , Angel turns to drugs to feel better a man named Call her supplier Before long, Call convinces her to leave [...]

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    8. I really enjoy novels in verse The good ones are propulsive The poetry invites you to linger over the way things are said, yet pushes you along to flow of the words I find it very easy to slip into the rhythm of the story in a way that rarely happens with prose fiction.National Book Award Finalist Martine Leavitt tackles tough topics in MY BOOK OF LIFE BY ANGEL, much like YA novel in verse heavy hitter Ellen Hopkins The narrator Angel is sixteen, working as a prostitute in Vancouver She ran away [...]

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    9. When Angel is misled by Call in the dark and dangerous world of prostitution and drugs, she can t seem to see a way out Call s love and favors turned into a job, and in this book the setting mostly is the streets Angel works on She does her job, without knowing a way to do anything about it When Call brings home a Melli though, a silent 11 year old who is much to young and innocent for the business call provides, Angel knows she has to do something She protects the young girl, earning double on [...]

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    10. Full disclosure I met Martine at the CLA awards in May My new book, Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen, was picking up an award, and so was Martine s We exchanged copies I politely told her I would read it, but secretly thought, What a harrowing topic perhaps ironic since you could say that about my book, too This is just an incredible, beautiful, painful, absorbing read I am quite frankly blown away by Martine s talent She immerses me in the world of Angel I live in Vancouver, and watched the [...]

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    11. This twisted romance is a good read Angel gets hooked on candy And is forced to do things she does not want to do Call is an evil being of nature, that is her boyfriend, and he has threatened to do bad things to her family Vancouver Downtown Eastside is where all this goes on One day he brings home Melli a little girl to do the awful business Angel has to think of away to get Melli and herself out of this hell hole What will happen next read to find out If you like books with avast paced, seriou [...]

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    12. When something is based on a true story, especially when it is something so horrible, it gives you an awful feeling in your gut This is a book about the women who were involved with prostitution in Vancouver in 1983 Dozens of women went missing and were being killed every day and the police force did NOTHING about it The story is told by Angel, a 16 year old girl who got herself involved in this horrible business My Life by Angel is haunting, but leaves you with an important message, which is ho [...]

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    13. I don t think I have ever read a novel in verse before I was amazed at the complexity of thought and emotion that could be packed into so few words and phrases Angel has a very powerful voice I felt so sorry for the child who dealt with grief by stealing and who ran away to the Mall to get away from her sorrow And even sorry when she fell for what Call was offering It is easy to see how vulnerable children can get sucked into prostitution one little step at a time Seeing that world through the [...]

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    14. In a dentist chairwhen you re so upside downand you don t have anything else to hang on toyou want to believe maybe this isn t all you get when so many people try to beat the angel out of you,you hang on for dear life.And then the baby dentist was doneand I lived.I always live I said, I m sorry Melli.I said, there has to be the possibility of sad endingsor there couldn t be such a thing as happy endings.Endings are happy because they could have been sad.Maybe ours will be sad Child prostitution. [...]

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    15. Yesterday I blogged about controversial themes in verse novels A recent release verse novel goes further into controversial themes than almost any I ve ever read MY BOOK OF LIFE BY ANGEL by Martine Leavitt combines a universally relatable tale about a girl who has fallen as far out of respectability as is possible she s become an addicted prostitute with a very specific rather pointed indictment of the city of Vancouver s lukewarm investigation of the serial killings of prostitutes by Robert Pic [...]

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    16. Prose poetry cry to the angels or anyone really, even herself to be saved from life as a 16 year old drug addicted prostitute in Vancouver s Downtown Eastside Angel starts her story after the disappearance of her street friend Serena, she who believed in angels and Wednesday night church, where they served the free hot dogs If fact, many street girls have gone missing There s talk of a hunter, a Mr P with his van who takes and hurts the girls They never come back, and when Serena s gone and her [...]

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    17. After the death of her mother, Angel is lost and finds solace in shoplifting shoes She meets Call, who pays attention to her and provides drugs that seem to ease the pain of her loss Although Call takes her in when her father kicks her out, the sixteen year old quickly realizes that he is a pimp, and she is his to sell, to do with as he wishes Or, as he would say, it s all a matter of supply and demand In this novel in verse set in Vancouver, Angel hears rumors about the many girls and women who [...]

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    18. I thought she would be all floaty and filmy, all fragile ghost bones that break,all dandelion seed hair and weightless but no,She was stone, fixed, foreverHer words dripped into my ear each drop weighed a star.She said, Angel,when God reads your book of life,boy, are some people ever gonna get it Holy Smokes This book THIS BOOK It absolutely blew my mind It deals with one of the darkest topics I can think of, YETAs Martine herself puts it It is not the gray areas that are interesting, but darkne [...]

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    19. VERSE NOVEL CATEGORYBawl My Face Off In a good way Martine Leavitt is becoming one of my new all time favorite authors This books follows Angel, a girl dealing with the death of her mother who unwittingly gets pulled into prostitution by her so called boyfriend Angel suffers through the horrors of prostitution until one day her boyfriend brings home an 11 year old girl to help Angel bring in profits What follows is one of the most beautifully depicted stories of love and sacrifice I ve ever read [...]

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    20. My Book of Life by Angle is a story of a young girl that has to work on the streets selling her body for a living After many girls have mysteriously disappeared Angle decides she no longer wants to live the way she is However that requires her to get away from a very controlling pimp, completely detox off of cocaine and find a way to support herself Through out the book a reader can watch Angle grow into a brave young girl who is determined to change for the better I think this book should be re [...]

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    21. 2.5.I m not entirely sure if the verse format worked with such a heavy story I feel like it captured Angel s voice right and really added to the despair and pain of her character, but at the same time, the story itself was so tough I m not sure the verse was necessary to convey the voice, either I think there s something topically and stylistically that ll appeal to some fans of Ellen Hopkins, but this is much literary This feels like one of those books that could have some award y talk around [...]

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    22. 16 year old Angel is struggling after her mothers death when she meets a man, Call, at the mall He slowly grooms her, convincing her that if she loves him, she will have sex with other men for money The novel begins when Angel s best friend, Serena, and others are missing, and word on the street is that there is a man named Mr P killing them Angel is addicted to drugs and in a fog until Call brings home a small 11 year old girl, Mellie Angel sees, with great clarity, that she needs to save Melli [...]

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    23. The title of the 7th book that I read this year was My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt Personally this book was hard for me to read and grasp on to The main characters were Angel and Call This book takes place in Vancouver, Canada When 16 year old Angel meets a person named Call, he buys her food and supposedly says that he loves her Call gives Angel some drugs that make her feel like she has superpowers and can fly When she becomes addicted to this drug she moves in with Call After her [...]

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    24. This book is exquisitely told and it completely blindsided me on the emotional level It s about a young girl prostitute working the streets of Vancouver Canada It gives voice to those girls who disappear and poses the questions about what happens to them and why their disappearances are rarely solved The story focuses on Angel and her relationship with a girl, even younger than herself, who she tries to protect from the exploitative characters manipulating the sex trade It is told in free verse [...]

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    25. This book is in my favourites shelf for a reason It is hard to find verse novels in a library and I am so happy I found this I am not allowed to buy books in my household, but I broke the rules for this book Taking place in an area I know well, I felt everything become realistic There are women out there who are put into Angel s situation and they could be only a few steps away I found the voice used throughout the book to be very realistic I found myself quoting lines from the book and keeping [...]

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    26. My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt was realistic fiction This book was hard for me to follow the story and understand, but I did get the key concepts 16 year old Angel met a young man named Call at the mall one day Little did she know she would be forced into drugs and prostitution Working on the street of Vancouver is tiring enough, until Call brings home a silent young girl names Melli Angel will do anything to protect her even if it means doing double the work How will she continue t [...]

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    27. I randomly picked this book off of the shelf at the library I didn t even read the jacket to find out what it was about, I simply did not want to choose from my normal authors Starting out, I was thrown by the author s choice of writing in verse and the seemingly jumbled thoughts of Angel I was quick to dismiss it and ready to push it to the side But for some reason this book was calling to me It turns out, Martine Leavitt s writing style made the book beautiful This was a heartbreaking tale and [...]

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    28. A chillingly dark novel in verse about a young girl forced into prostitution by a boyfriend who claims her as property and threatens to kill her family if she leaves Leavitt finds light in the darkest of places, with prose that is painfully gorgeous to read We feel Angel s hope and hopelessness, her desire for freedom and her precarious constraints, the glimmer of innocence in her heart and the hardness of the streets in her soul Easily one of the best Young Adult releases of 2012 and one that s [...]

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    29. I had the honor and pleasure of being an MFA student alongside Martine Leavitt at Vermont College We were all in awe of her grace, her empathy, her work ethic She s amazing This book is a heartbreaker It doesn t end with all well and safe, and that s appropriate I appreciated her note at the end about the serial murders of sex workers in Vancouver committed by one man but aided and abetted by the callous disregard for sex workers held by the police force and public Wish I could teach discuss thi [...]

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    30. It s rare to find a book that makes you feel helpless I already what this book would talk about, so I read it prepared, emotionally Still, I was filled with rage as I read I wanted to destroy something anything to vent this anger at the evil ones who manipulated and destroyed the innocents, at the heartless world, and at myself, for being just a helpless reader.I think this is a book that many people should read People really should.

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