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The Weetzie Bat series, by acclaimed author Francesca Lia Block, was listed among NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels. This collection brings together the five luminous novels of the series: Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop. Spinning a saga of interwoven lives and beating hearts, these postmodern fairy tales take us to a Los Angeles brimming with magical realism: a place where life is a mystery, pain can lead to poetry, strangers become intertwined souls, and everyone is searching for the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.

The Weetzie Bat books broke new ground with their stylized, lyrical prose and unflinching look at the inner life of teens. The New York Times declared Dangerous Angels was "transcendent." And the Village Voice proclaimed "Ms. Block writes for the young adult in all of us."

Topics: Fairies, Love, California, and Witches

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About halfway through reading this, I finally figured out what was bothering me about the Weetzie Bat books in general. It reminded me a lot of my feelings towards Rent. When I was sixteen, I freaking loved that musical. I thought it was so awesome, and raw, and real, and this is how real life totally is you guys. Nowadays, I still think Rent is a good show, but at least I realize how much of it is about trust fund hipsters whining about how no one recognizes their arty-ness. And having read Dangerous Angels, I think I have a very similar reaction. I’m sure if I had read this in my teens, I would have loved it, but as I’m reading it now, I feel like it’s a treatise on real art.

It’s hard reading this as an omnibus because the first three books—Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby and Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys —are incredibly weak. I do think Francesca Lia Block’s a fantastic writer, and there’s some beautiful descriptions throughout the whole series. But the first three volumes don’t do anything for me. There’s really not much to the plot and characters and a lot of the narration reads as “And then this happened. And then this happened.” It can be pulled off, but it doesn’t really work here. I also don’t like the strong emphasis on the magical aspect. There are moments of darkness sprinkled throughout the whole series, but it feels like Block has to shoehorn this fairyland of Hollywood glamour where nobody hurts. It’s part of the reason why I liked Missing Angel Juan the most, as it’s the only story to actually have its characters confront the darker aspect of the real world. With Weetzie Bat and most of the other characters, I feel like none of them ever progressed beyond the emotional age of nine years. Witch Baby feels like the only character who grows throughout the series, and the only who’s willing to leave said fairyland of Hollywood glamour. The thing I’ve liked about Block’s other books is that she’s able to blur the line between fantasy and reality a little more, and not this very overt “MAGIC MAGIC MAGIC.” And also, her dialogue feels so unnatural to me. Maybe it’s because I don’t live in SoCal in the late eighties, but I don’t get the feeling people actually talk like Weetzie and her friends. And sometimes, the slang feels like it’s saying, “Pfft, you can’t keep up with our slinkster-cool talk, you lanka.”

I really wanted to love these books, but I just couldn’t get into the story right away, which really lessened my enjoyment of the volumes I did like. And then I feel disappointed in myself because I don’t know if I’m missing something and I feel like an idiot. I don’t know.
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I'm all about Witch Baby and Angel Juan :)

I read all the Weetzie Bat books during one summer in college ... I think it's about the only fond memory I have from that summer!more
This is like Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, etc) but not as dirty. :) Whimsical, playful use of language and charmingly one-dimensional (usually) platonic ideals of a character type make this unique and joyful.more
Taking these five books as a whole, this is a very enjoyable series. I found the first book to be the one I struggled with the most, but after that I really enjoyed all of them. I think the character of Witch Baby is the most fleshed out and I can see why Block relates most to her.more
I wish I had read this as a teenager. I might have found myself and my sense of "home" much earlier. These stories are beautiful and magical.more
This falls squarely into the magical realism type of story. I would probably have enjoyed it a bit more if I was younger, but this story of a complicated family, who have complicated relationships and around whom things that are possibly magical happen. They have their own language and thinking and it's about acceptance and knowing yourself.The five stories are Weezie Bat - a short story that introduces the main characters in the story and their relationships with each other. Witch Baby which explores one of the children; Cherokee Bat and the Goat guys is about what happens when the parents go to make a film and the kids get involved in a band with some magical items. Missing Angel Juan is about Witch baby following her love Angel Juan to New York and finding that maybe letting go is true love. And Baby Be Bop is about Dirks' past.Overall, it is interesting and I could see where it would influence me if I was younger but I think I was a little spoilt by the hype.more
Francesca Lia Block's writing is beautiful and poetic. The stories sparkle and shimmer with a fairy-tale quality, but electrified with thoroughly, deliciously modern language and sensibilities. Few of the stories progress with traditional plots; instead they often seem like pieces or fragments, like half-remembered dreams glimpsed upon awakening, yet this somehow only enhances their beauty. Dangerous Angels is a collection of five interconnected young adult novels. They follow Weetzie Bat, the effervescent, bubbly bleach-blonde girl who sees the best in everyone and everything, transforming Los Angeles into a shiny Shangri-L.A. through her pink Harlequin sunglasses. Each story is brief and luminous, and the omnibus format works very well to showcase them. Block's writing is not quite like anything else I've come across. She makes me happy like bubbly champagne and wildflowers. The first story is Weetzie Bat. Weetzie's best friend is Dirk, the best-looking guy in high school with a cool black Mohawk and a red '55 Pontiac convertible named Jerry. When Dirk tells her he's gay Weetzie replies "It doesn't matter one bit, honey-honey." (p.7) Weetzie finds a genie in a magic lamp, and wishes for "...a Duck for Dirk, and My Secret Agent Lover Man for me, and a beautiful house for us to live in happily ever after." (p.19) The genie grants her wishes and she and Dirk inherit his grandmother's lovely house, Dirk meets a surfer named Duck and Weetzie meets a movie director named My Secret Agent Lover Man. The "happily ever after" part gets complicated when Weetzie wants a baby. This is a beautiful, whimsical, magical story.Witch Baby follows My Secret Agent Lover Man's daughter, who is a young child in this story. Weetzie and My Secret Agent Lover Man tell Witch Baby that she was left on their doorstep, because they don't know how she will take the truth (that My Secret Agent Lover Man fathered her while having a brief affair with a voodoo witch named Vixanne) but Witch Baby is depressed and angry because she doesn't know how she - the outcast misfit with tangled hair and obsession for cutting out gruesome articles from the newspaper - can possibly fit into the shiny, happy family of Weetzie Bat. This is a story about finding yourself and discovering where you fit in the world.Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys takes place a few years after Witch Baby. Witch Baby and her sister, Weetzie, Duck and Dirk's daughter, Cherokee Bat, are teenagers. With the adults away working on their latest movie project, the girls and their boyfriends, Raphael and Angel Juan, form a band called the Goat Guys. In trying to give her band mates and friends some self-confidence, Cherokee ends up giving them over to powerful Native American magics channelled through the mystical gifts. The kids must realize what's really important before it's too late.Missing Angel Juan shifts the focus back to Witch Baby. When her boyfriend leaves her to pursue his own dreams, a devastated teenage Witch Baby follows him to New York city. In New York she stays at the apartment where Weetzie's father, the screenplay writer Charlie Bat, died. Charlie's ghost appears to comfort Witch Baby, guide her around the city and makes her feel special and loved, but they both have things to learn from each other. This is a beautiful story about learning what it means to love someone, and when to let them go.The final novel featured in this collection, Baby Be-Bop, turns things around, giving the reader a prequel centered on Dirk's character. Dirk faces his own struggles growing up gay, unsure whether he can tell his grandmother or his best friend. When Dirk is attacked and left wounded and bleeding, he is visited by ghosts of dead relatives via a magic lamp, who share with him their own stories of prejudice and intolerance, beauty and romance, magic and tragedy. As the characters reveal their secret histories, Baby Be-Bop becomes a story about the importance of telling stories. "Telling your story is touching. It sets you free." (p. 476) "But all the ghosts and demons are you. And all the angels and genies are you. All the kings, queens, Buddhas, beautiful boys. Inside you. No one can take them away." (p. 343)Highly recommended.more
I started reading these books in high school and was totally enraptured. Picking them up more than a decade later I found all the joy in reading these fantastical tales still there. Francesca Lia Block amazes me with her ability to mix gritty urban reality and the incredible. She's still one of my favorite authors all these years later.more
Became a sort of "bible" for my life for awhile. Wonderful.more
The breadth of experience and wisdom and beauty here is astounding. I liked some of the novels better than others, but they all were written with panache and filled with spontaneity.more
Block's book was one of the oddest I'd ever read. It was engrossing and I tore through it, but I'm not really sure I liked it. The writing style was sometimes extremely hard to get through and not all the characters were likable. I don't regret reading it, but I'm in no hurry to read any of her other books.more
This is the collection of the Weezie Bat Books all into one book. I picked this up because it sounded like an interesting urban fantasy; that wasn't really what it was.This book follows Weezie Bat's family. Each book is done from a different character's point of view. More than anything the books are about facing the difficulties of growing up and how a person's personality can affect that. For the most part the book takes place in LA. There are odd bits of magic thrown in at rare points; a genie shows up to grant wishes, Baby Witch tours New York city with her dead grandfather. These fantastical happenings are rarities in the stories though; they are written in a way that leaves you wondering if the character really did run into something magical or are they just hallucinating?What makes this book different and special is the way it is written. Block throws in so many crazy ways of describing things that it will leave your mind reeling. She tries to explain the taste of a picture, the sound of a smell, the texture of a sight. The novels are decadent purely because of the descriptions...there is so much glitter, so many feathers, petals falling, raindrops touching. With her descriptions Block turns LA into a fantasy world where one doesn't really exist. She uses this over-describing to give her characters personality. Weezie Bat is full of sunshine and everything she touches seems to turn to gold. Baby Witch is dark and chaotic and when she tells the story it is in shades of grey.Overall I thought these were unique and interesting stories. They weren't what I expected. The characters didn't have a goal or a plot to follow, outside of obtaining their own happiness. Unfortunately like a really rich dessert, the decadent descriptions and frivolous characters started to be too much. By the end of the book, I just wanted to be done with it. The lack of a plot, the characters inability to make anything other than rash emotional decisions, and the amount of time it takes for Block to describe anything started to bug me. I know that these characters are supposed to be teaching life lessons, but they just seemed very immature. And though I enjoyed the novelty of Block's writing in the beginning, by the last story I was sick of it. I would imagine Block's books are something best taken in small doses.Will I read another book by Block? Probably not, unless I am in the mood for something over the top, decadent, and wandering.more
One of my all-time favorites! Dangerous Angels tells the story of Weetzie Bat and her crazy, magical family in the City of Angels. Beautifully written. I can read this over and over and it never gets old. The pages are just saturated with poetry and magical imagery.more
This novel is actually five young adult novellas bound into one volume. The first Weetzie Bat is about the title character and her family and friends. The second is Witch Baby about one of her daughters. After reading these I wasn’t sure I wanted to go on, so I talked to an English teacher who had just finished reading these books. She recommended I read the last one Baby Be-Bop about Weetzie’s best friends, housemates and the fathers of her other daughter Cherokee. Dirk and Duck are both lonely very young gay boys without stories to tell, or so they believe, until they tell their stories and get together. Baby Be-Bop was very special, but this quote comes from Weetzie Bat and gives a feeling for how oddly this book is written. Sometimes it feels like poetry, sometimes like fantasy, sometimes hyper-realism, sometimes magic realism."He kissed her.A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pier heat. A kiss about chocolate when you haven’t eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs."more
I love-love-loved this. It made me feel all hoppity and happy. I am sorry I didn't read these stories when they first came out, and I'm almost sorry that I'll never be able tore ad them again for the first time.Block takes stories and distils them down to their essence, slight images and words that build something magical. There is no filler here, just story.These fairy tales don't end with happily ever after, they end with life - life that will be happy and sad, easy and difficult, but life that has to be lived. Again and again we see love, between families, friends, lovers, and the risks we have to take to experience love, and the joys and pain it can bring.Just splendid.more
I first read Weetzie Bat during my YA Lit class. This is all of the books in one tome.There's an air of era to this book, but in a mixed-up all-eras way. There are so many references to different eras and cultures, it smooths over the fact that these books were written a while ago.The stories illustrate ways you can look for love, look at love, and deal with the love you have for others. That's not easy. Without hitting you over the head, I think you end up feeling like you know more about how to view yourself, and those who are around you. They're written in a way that appeals to teens, but their funky era-ness (I can't think of a better way to describe it) transcends even age.more
Dangerous Angels is a compilation of the five, excellent, Weetzie Bat stories. The stories are quite simply magical and lovely. Read them, you’ll thank yourself.more
Block tackles difficult issues, such as sexuality, eating disorders, anger, relationships, etc. through the entire Weetzie series (all of the books are contained in this one volume). Her use of language not only delves us deeply into these issues, but into the lives of the characters.I highly recommend anything by her.more
This is a book which you will either love to pieces or find intensely aggravating. I adored it. It's a compendium of books that deal with Weetzie Bat, her boyfriend Secret Agent Man, and their extended kooky family. I love the quirkiness of the characters and the lush language Block uses to describe their surroundings. I read this as an adult, but I would have been utterly thrilled if I had received this as a teen ager.more
One of those magnificent-life-saving-books. I read Weetzie Bat in ninth grade, and I really think it changed my life.more
I love everything Block's done. This was an amazing read from the first page to the very last.more
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About halfway through reading this, I finally figured out what was bothering me about the Weetzie Bat books in general. It reminded me a lot of my feelings towards Rent. When I was sixteen, I freaking loved that musical. I thought it was so awesome, and raw, and real, and this is how real life totally is you guys. Nowadays, I still think Rent is a good show, but at least I realize how much of it is about trust fund hipsters whining about how no one recognizes their arty-ness. And having read Dangerous Angels, I think I have a very similar reaction. I’m sure if I had read this in my teens, I would have loved it, but as I’m reading it now, I feel like it’s a treatise on real art.

It’s hard reading this as an omnibus because the first three books—Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby and Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys —are incredibly weak. I do think Francesca Lia Block’s a fantastic writer, and there’s some beautiful descriptions throughout the whole series. But the first three volumes don’t do anything for me. There’s really not much to the plot and characters and a lot of the narration reads as “And then this happened. And then this happened.” It can be pulled off, but it doesn’t really work here. I also don’t like the strong emphasis on the magical aspect. There are moments of darkness sprinkled throughout the whole series, but it feels like Block has to shoehorn this fairyland of Hollywood glamour where nobody hurts. It’s part of the reason why I liked Missing Angel Juan the most, as it’s the only story to actually have its characters confront the darker aspect of the real world. With Weetzie Bat and most of the other characters, I feel like none of them ever progressed beyond the emotional age of nine years. Witch Baby feels like the only character who grows throughout the series, and the only who’s willing to leave said fairyland of Hollywood glamour. The thing I’ve liked about Block’s other books is that she’s able to blur the line between fantasy and reality a little more, and not this very overt “MAGIC MAGIC MAGIC.” And also, her dialogue feels so unnatural to me. Maybe it’s because I don’t live in SoCal in the late eighties, but I don’t get the feeling people actually talk like Weetzie and her friends. And sometimes, the slang feels like it’s saying, “Pfft, you can’t keep up with our slinkster-cool talk, you lanka.”

I really wanted to love these books, but I just couldn’t get into the story right away, which really lessened my enjoyment of the volumes I did like. And then I feel disappointed in myself because I don’t know if I’m missing something and I feel like an idiot. I don’t know.
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I'm all about Witch Baby and Angel Juan :)

I read all the Weetzie Bat books during one summer in college ... I think it's about the only fond memory I have from that summer!more
This is like Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, etc) but not as dirty. :) Whimsical, playful use of language and charmingly one-dimensional (usually) platonic ideals of a character type make this unique and joyful.more
Taking these five books as a whole, this is a very enjoyable series. I found the first book to be the one I struggled with the most, but after that I really enjoyed all of them. I think the character of Witch Baby is the most fleshed out and I can see why Block relates most to her.more
I wish I had read this as a teenager. I might have found myself and my sense of "home" much earlier. These stories are beautiful and magical.more
This falls squarely into the magical realism type of story. I would probably have enjoyed it a bit more if I was younger, but this story of a complicated family, who have complicated relationships and around whom things that are possibly magical happen. They have their own language and thinking and it's about acceptance and knowing yourself.The five stories are Weezie Bat - a short story that introduces the main characters in the story and their relationships with each other. Witch Baby which explores one of the children; Cherokee Bat and the Goat guys is about what happens when the parents go to make a film and the kids get involved in a band with some magical items. Missing Angel Juan is about Witch baby following her love Angel Juan to New York and finding that maybe letting go is true love. And Baby Be Bop is about Dirks' past.Overall, it is interesting and I could see where it would influence me if I was younger but I think I was a little spoilt by the hype.more
Francesca Lia Block's writing is beautiful and poetic. The stories sparkle and shimmer with a fairy-tale quality, but electrified with thoroughly, deliciously modern language and sensibilities. Few of the stories progress with traditional plots; instead they often seem like pieces or fragments, like half-remembered dreams glimpsed upon awakening, yet this somehow only enhances their beauty. Dangerous Angels is a collection of five interconnected young adult novels. They follow Weetzie Bat, the effervescent, bubbly bleach-blonde girl who sees the best in everyone and everything, transforming Los Angeles into a shiny Shangri-L.A. through her pink Harlequin sunglasses. Each story is brief and luminous, and the omnibus format works very well to showcase them. Block's writing is not quite like anything else I've come across. She makes me happy like bubbly champagne and wildflowers. The first story is Weetzie Bat. Weetzie's best friend is Dirk, the best-looking guy in high school with a cool black Mohawk and a red '55 Pontiac convertible named Jerry. When Dirk tells her he's gay Weetzie replies "It doesn't matter one bit, honey-honey." (p.7) Weetzie finds a genie in a magic lamp, and wishes for "...a Duck for Dirk, and My Secret Agent Lover Man for me, and a beautiful house for us to live in happily ever after." (p.19) The genie grants her wishes and she and Dirk inherit his grandmother's lovely house, Dirk meets a surfer named Duck and Weetzie meets a movie director named My Secret Agent Lover Man. The "happily ever after" part gets complicated when Weetzie wants a baby. This is a beautiful, whimsical, magical story.Witch Baby follows My Secret Agent Lover Man's daughter, who is a young child in this story. Weetzie and My Secret Agent Lover Man tell Witch Baby that she was left on their doorstep, because they don't know how she will take the truth (that My Secret Agent Lover Man fathered her while having a brief affair with a voodoo witch named Vixanne) but Witch Baby is depressed and angry because she doesn't know how she - the outcast misfit with tangled hair and obsession for cutting out gruesome articles from the newspaper - can possibly fit into the shiny, happy family of Weetzie Bat. This is a story about finding yourself and discovering where you fit in the world.Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys takes place a few years after Witch Baby. Witch Baby and her sister, Weetzie, Duck and Dirk's daughter, Cherokee Bat, are teenagers. With the adults away working on their latest movie project, the girls and their boyfriends, Raphael and Angel Juan, form a band called the Goat Guys. In trying to give her band mates and friends some self-confidence, Cherokee ends up giving them over to powerful Native American magics channelled through the mystical gifts. The kids must realize what's really important before it's too late.Missing Angel Juan shifts the focus back to Witch Baby. When her boyfriend leaves her to pursue his own dreams, a devastated teenage Witch Baby follows him to New York city. In New York she stays at the apartment where Weetzie's father, the screenplay writer Charlie Bat, died. Charlie's ghost appears to comfort Witch Baby, guide her around the city and makes her feel special and loved, but they both have things to learn from each other. This is a beautiful story about learning what it means to love someone, and when to let them go.The final novel featured in this collection, Baby Be-Bop, turns things around, giving the reader a prequel centered on Dirk's character. Dirk faces his own struggles growing up gay, unsure whether he can tell his grandmother or his best friend. When Dirk is attacked and left wounded and bleeding, he is visited by ghosts of dead relatives via a magic lamp, who share with him their own stories of prejudice and intolerance, beauty and romance, magic and tragedy. As the characters reveal their secret histories, Baby Be-Bop becomes a story about the importance of telling stories. "Telling your story is touching. It sets you free." (p. 476) "But all the ghosts and demons are you. And all the angels and genies are you. All the kings, queens, Buddhas, beautiful boys. Inside you. No one can take them away." (p. 343)Highly recommended.more
I started reading these books in high school and was totally enraptured. Picking them up more than a decade later I found all the joy in reading these fantastical tales still there. Francesca Lia Block amazes me with her ability to mix gritty urban reality and the incredible. She's still one of my favorite authors all these years later.more
Became a sort of "bible" for my life for awhile. Wonderful.more
The breadth of experience and wisdom and beauty here is astounding. I liked some of the novels better than others, but they all were written with panache and filled with spontaneity.more
Block's book was one of the oddest I'd ever read. It was engrossing and I tore through it, but I'm not really sure I liked it. The writing style was sometimes extremely hard to get through and not all the characters were likable. I don't regret reading it, but I'm in no hurry to read any of her other books.more
This is the collection of the Weezie Bat Books all into one book. I picked this up because it sounded like an interesting urban fantasy; that wasn't really what it was.This book follows Weezie Bat's family. Each book is done from a different character's point of view. More than anything the books are about facing the difficulties of growing up and how a person's personality can affect that. For the most part the book takes place in LA. There are odd bits of magic thrown in at rare points; a genie shows up to grant wishes, Baby Witch tours New York city with her dead grandfather. These fantastical happenings are rarities in the stories though; they are written in a way that leaves you wondering if the character really did run into something magical or are they just hallucinating?What makes this book different and special is the way it is written. Block throws in so many crazy ways of describing things that it will leave your mind reeling. She tries to explain the taste of a picture, the sound of a smell, the texture of a sight. The novels are decadent purely because of the descriptions...there is so much glitter, so many feathers, petals falling, raindrops touching. With her descriptions Block turns LA into a fantasy world where one doesn't really exist. She uses this over-describing to give her characters personality. Weezie Bat is full of sunshine and everything she touches seems to turn to gold. Baby Witch is dark and chaotic and when she tells the story it is in shades of grey.Overall I thought these were unique and interesting stories. They weren't what I expected. The characters didn't have a goal or a plot to follow, outside of obtaining their own happiness. Unfortunately like a really rich dessert, the decadent descriptions and frivolous characters started to be too much. By the end of the book, I just wanted to be done with it. The lack of a plot, the characters inability to make anything other than rash emotional decisions, and the amount of time it takes for Block to describe anything started to bug me. I know that these characters are supposed to be teaching life lessons, but they just seemed very immature. And though I enjoyed the novelty of Block's writing in the beginning, by the last story I was sick of it. I would imagine Block's books are something best taken in small doses.Will I read another book by Block? Probably not, unless I am in the mood for something over the top, decadent, and wandering.more
One of my all-time favorites! Dangerous Angels tells the story of Weetzie Bat and her crazy, magical family in the City of Angels. Beautifully written. I can read this over and over and it never gets old. The pages are just saturated with poetry and magical imagery.more
This novel is actually five young adult novellas bound into one volume. The first Weetzie Bat is about the title character and her family and friends. The second is Witch Baby about one of her daughters. After reading these I wasn’t sure I wanted to go on, so I talked to an English teacher who had just finished reading these books. She recommended I read the last one Baby Be-Bop about Weetzie’s best friends, housemates and the fathers of her other daughter Cherokee. Dirk and Duck are both lonely very young gay boys without stories to tell, or so they believe, until they tell their stories and get together. Baby Be-Bop was very special, but this quote comes from Weetzie Bat and gives a feeling for how oddly this book is written. Sometimes it feels like poetry, sometimes like fantasy, sometimes hyper-realism, sometimes magic realism."He kissed her.A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pier heat. A kiss about chocolate when you haven’t eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs."more
I love-love-loved this. It made me feel all hoppity and happy. I am sorry I didn't read these stories when they first came out, and I'm almost sorry that I'll never be able tore ad them again for the first time.Block takes stories and distils them down to their essence, slight images and words that build something magical. There is no filler here, just story.These fairy tales don't end with happily ever after, they end with life - life that will be happy and sad, easy and difficult, but life that has to be lived. Again and again we see love, between families, friends, lovers, and the risks we have to take to experience love, and the joys and pain it can bring.Just splendid.more
I first read Weetzie Bat during my YA Lit class. This is all of the books in one tome.There's an air of era to this book, but in a mixed-up all-eras way. There are so many references to different eras and cultures, it smooths over the fact that these books were written a while ago.The stories illustrate ways you can look for love, look at love, and deal with the love you have for others. That's not easy. Without hitting you over the head, I think you end up feeling like you know more about how to view yourself, and those who are around you. They're written in a way that appeals to teens, but their funky era-ness (I can't think of a better way to describe it) transcends even age.more
Dangerous Angels is a compilation of the five, excellent, Weetzie Bat stories. The stories are quite simply magical and lovely. Read them, you’ll thank yourself.more
Block tackles difficult issues, such as sexuality, eating disorders, anger, relationships, etc. through the entire Weetzie series (all of the books are contained in this one volume). Her use of language not only delves us deeply into these issues, but into the lives of the characters.I highly recommend anything by her.more
This is a book which you will either love to pieces or find intensely aggravating. I adored it. It's a compendium of books that deal with Weetzie Bat, her boyfriend Secret Agent Man, and their extended kooky family. I love the quirkiness of the characters and the lush language Block uses to describe their surroundings. I read this as an adult, but I would have been utterly thrilled if I had received this as a teen ager.more
One of those magnificent-life-saving-books. I read Weetzie Bat in ninth grade, and I really think it changed my life.more
I love everything Block's done. This was an amazing read from the first page to the very last.more
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