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p. cm. Summary: In the 1960s, seventeen-year-old Melinda leaves an abusive home for San Francisco, meets the charismatic Henry, and follows him to his desert commune where sex and drugs are free, but soon his family becomes violent against rich and powerful people and she is compelled to join in. ISBN 978-1-60684-155-6 (hardcover) - ISBN 978-1-60684-197-6 (e-book). 2. Communal living-Fiction. Welcome to Gray City. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

Family by Micol Ostow -This book was written for people who like creepy and scary books. Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 published works for young readers

Family by Micol Ostow -This book was written for people who like creepy and scary books. I thought this book was really good, it kept me on my feet and it was super creepy. Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 published works for young readers.

Family is one of the most disturbing and terrifying, yet oddly captivating, books that I have ever read. As someone who only knows the barest facts about the Manson family murders, Micol Ostow's take on 17 year old Mel's descent into cult life is haunting and creepy

Family is one of the most disturbing and terrifying, yet oddly captivating, books that I have ever read. As someone who only knows the barest facts about the Manson family murders, Micol Ostow's take on 17 year old Mel's descent into cult life is haunting and creepy. We get to see her slowly, but surely lose herself to this notion of family; which is ludicrous and all kinds of messed up, but for someone who has come from so little and so much pain, it makes sense to Mel.

lately, leila is often in the kitchen. and i often like to stay away from leila. lately, i stay away radios tuned to the same frequency. lately, there are whispers, conversational lilts that ring like hushed, muffled music. there are revved engines, lately, and headlights that wash over. The charred remains of our campfire hours after we’ve snuffed the flames and headed off to sleep.

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reader, writer, bon vivant. My fave birthday is prob in season 4 when Giles becomes a demon, but this book birthday is a nifty second!

reader, writer, bon vivant. My fave birthday is prob in season 4 when Giles becomes a demon, but this book birthday is a nifty second! Micol Ostow. 4 October ·. Did you miss your chance to hear me talk secrets & scandals last night? Fear not, I'll be at the Archie Forever panel today!

Her first original hardcover novel, Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, was named a "New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age". She has also been the ghostwriter for novelizations of television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed and Fearless.

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I have always been broken. And maybe it would have been better if i had. It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and-best of all-a family. One that will embrace her and give her love.

i have always been broken.i could have. died.and maybe it would have been better if i had.  It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and—best of all—a family. One that will embrace her and give her love. Because family is what Mel has never really had. And this new family, Henry’s family, shares everything. They share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs.  And if Mel truly wants to belong, she will share in everything they do. No matter what the family does, or how far they go.Told in episodic verse, family is a fictionalized exploration of cult dynamics, loosely based on the Manson Family murders of 1969. It is an unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they’ll go to to make themselves “whole” again.

Comments: (7)

Saimath
In "Family", Ostow takes us inside the head of an abused teenage runaway who is recruited into the Manson Family in the fading days of the Haight-Ashbury era. The names are changed, as are some points of the narrative -- the victims are selected for different reasons, and the climactic event comes later than did the Tate-LaBianca slayings (Ostow's "Henry" discusses the Altamont concert tragedy, which came several months after the Manson Family crimes) -- but this is essentially an imagining of a Manson Girl.

Ostow chooses to write in poetic verse, and the text has a dreamy stream-of-not-quite-conscious-consciousness quality. Her "Mel" is a bit of a cipher, but she's meant to be a Manson Everygirl and she succeeds in that. She does a good job of showing how someone could be seduced by the "Family" and by Charlie/"Henry". The book is weaker in convincingly showing how Mel was persuaded to take part in a grisly crime; her conversion to Henry-ism is almost instantaneous, and her narrative of her time on the Family's Ranch does little to show her descent. But perhaps no one could really fully show such a thought process in action.

The narrative style can also get frustrating; this is not a short book, and Mel's head-poems become a bit redundant. But I still give Ostow high marks for an interesting and original experiment.
Mamuro
This book was an adventure to say the least; going through the mind of a mentally broken person. She has always wanted a family.
Gathris
OK, this whole "story" is taking the very,very infamous murder case and just changing the names. It reminds me of Crank and Cut and that kind of not very many words poetry/diary kind of style. Not a lot of words and very unbelievable because it is not an original story. It is way more intriguing to read the real true crime story, for sure!
Fenrikree
I had high hopes for this book. But then I read the reviews on goodreads, and my hope faltered. Then, I started reading the first few pages, and my hope basically plummeted until I almost put the book down. However, I was determined; it has to get better, right? There were some positive reviews, so maybe I’ll end up liking it, too.

I was wrong.

"Family" is about a girl named Mel who leaves her old life behind. She never knew her father; only her “uncle Jack" - her step-father who would rape her night after night - and her mother who would turn a deaf ear. Finally, one day, Mel decides to run away, and ends up running straight into the arms of Henry. Henry takes her to his ranch, where he lives with his family – a family unlike any other Mel has ever known.

This story is supposed to be loosely based on the Manson family. I have recently been very intrigued in the Manson family murders, so of course, like many other readers, was interested in reading this YA novel. However, I was totally disappointed. I read it in only a couple hours. I thought it was very boring, and that the words just repeated over and over and OVER. Also, I hated how the only capitalized words were Henry and His/Him, whenever talking about Henry. Also, the punctuation was terrible; it was so choppy and there were periods placed in the most ridiculous places. I’m sorry, but I’m such a stickler for grammar and punctuation, and so the weird punctuation and non-capitalized letters just bugged me. Also, I think writing this novel in verse was unnecessary – completely unnecessary. I think it would’ve been a lot stronger of a novel if it were written in prose. Don’t get me wrong – I love poetry. I also enjoy books written in verse, such as Ellen Hopkins’s books. However, I just didn’t like it for this book. I wanted more dialogue, more interaction, more story and plot.

Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into this novel. I didn’t like it at all.
Dagdardana
3.5 stars

Family is one of the most disturbing and terrifying, yet oddly captivating, books that I have ever read. As someone who only knows the barest facts about the Manson family murders, Micol Ostow's take on 17 year old Mel's descent into cult life is haunting and creepy. We get to see her slowly, but surely lose herself to this notion of family; which is ludicrous and all kinds of messed up, but for someone who has come from so little and so much pain, it makes sense to Mel.

I couldn't see the appeal or allure that Henry (the Charles Manson-esque figure) has. It's difficult to understand why so many people would follow him willingly and look at him like a Jesus Christ figure. Mel, Sherry, Leila, Junior, and all the people we don't hear from view Henry as a savior and a preacher.

Ostow solidifies this fact with her episodic verse, having Henry's name, His references, be the only things that stand out with capitalization. It's to ensure that he reader knows, without a doubt, that Henry is running the show. He has essentially brainwashed these people, forced their lives to revolve around him, and has put them into a drug-induced stupor at times, to benefit His own wants and needs.

Mel's life has become the Henry show and she's willing to do whatever He wants, whenever He wants. It's incredibly sad. Mel's life before Henry was miserable, but her life after Henry isn't really a step up at all. At times, I wanted to hug her, but then other times I wanted to slap some sense into her; yell at her so she could see what's going on, that she has been indoctrinated into a desolate cult that's only purpose is to serve this Henry. What she's experiencing isn't love and even though a part of Mel knows that, she doesn't care. Her desire to be wanted and accepted - even if it's false - overrides the voice in the back of her mind that's telling her not to trust her situation.

Family is incredibly disturbing with its back and forth from the slow, despondent fall into cult life, to its hints of the danger that's to come. Ostow has taken a story that many have at least the vaguest idea of and expanded upon it, dropped the reader into an endlessly forlorn situation and done so splendidly. Episodic verse works in this situation, making each day more painful and fractured. Knowing that things are going to end in a bloodbath makes Mel's life that much more affecting and I was glued to the page.
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Literature & Fiction
Author: Micol Ostow
ISBN: 1606841556
Category: Teen & Young Adult
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: EgmontUSA; First Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
Pages: 384 pages