I Was A Teenage Fairy
Franchesca Lia Block presents some intense situations for Barbie and Griffin. Barbie's ability to overcome these situations with the help of Mab alludes to a scene in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio vents about one's helplessness because Mab, a fairy, has an effect on how young people live their lives, their feelings, emotions, and on the decisions they make. I connect this with the Mab in this novel because the reader is left to decide whether Mab is real or not. It can be argued that Mab represents Barbie's and Griffin's deepest desires - to be free of that world, to be whole, and to be happy.
Franchesca Lia Block has another excellent novel titled Echo. This book also deals with a female protagonist struggling to find her identity in Los Angeles.