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Pink Smog: Becoming Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat 0)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,181 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
Pink Smog, the long-awaited prequel to Francesca Lia Block's groundbreaking novel Weetzie Bat, was praised as "an intoxicating mix of mystery, fantasy, and romance" by ALA Booklist in a starred review. Weetzie Bat is one of the seminal young adult novels of the '90s and continues to be an iconic treasure for teens everywhere. Now Pink Smog reintroduces a whole new generati ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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usagi ☆ミ
I might be a little biased, as the first five "Weetzie Bat" books (when first published as the omnibus "Dangerous Angels" in 1996) literally changed how I saw the world through writing when I was 12 years old, but this is a glorious and wonderful conclusion to the "Weetzie" series. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from the author herself, and to participate in one portion of the book, making me feel apart of something larger than myself for the first time within the world of books.

La Katie

5 Things About...Pink Smog

1. I've been reading Francesca Lia Block's books since high school. I was a big fan of the books that made up Dangerous Angels. I also thought quite a bit of her other solo pieces. That being said, I did not feel like this book was as strong as those. It was all a little too straightforward, a little less magical, a little more 'this is a book that you will only appreciate if you are around that age.' It's the first book I've read by her that's act
Andrew Marcec
I wasn't sure what to think of Pink Smog when I read through the first chapter. It's narrative seemed disjointed, chaotic, and at times focused on items that didn't seem to matter.

However, it wasn't until I had gotten about halfway through the book and learned more about the characters, that I realized what Francesca did, and I was engrossed with this book until the end.

What she did, and did incredible subtly, was perfectly write this book from the view of a thirteen year old girl. Now I have n
Oct 11, 2011 Therese rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Pink Smog isn’t bad. In fact, it’s a rather sweet and charming story. I think my problem with it is that I’m no longer FLB’s target audience so her books are always hit-or-miss for me now. And the whole concept of needing a prequel to introduce today’s young folk to Weetzie and the rest of the Dangerous Angels gang feels completely unnecessary. For me, the entire plot of Pink Smog can be summed up in the first sentence of Weetzie Bat (“The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school was because no one ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Aug 12, 2010 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My Dangerous Angels
Before we met Dirk.
Before we found Duck.
Before Secret Agent Lover Man, Angel Juan, Cherokee, and Witch Baby.
Even before the time of Slinkster Dog and Go Go Girl

There was Louise.

But she'd like it much better if you called her Weetzie.

Pink Smog is the pre-quel to "Weetzie Bat". Weetzie is 13 years old and in 7th grade. Her Mom and Dad have been fighting and her Dad has finally moved out. Mom, whether heartbroken or unsure what to do next, has taken to the bottle. While Weetzie is left to take care
Mar 01, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, so, back story: My 8th grade year, I found the first Weetzie Bat book in the abandoned Lost-and-Found box in the water boiler room of my middle school and it was sort of like a guiding light for adolescent me (I later found out who it belonged to, but not until I lent the book to like 3 other people). I really, really loved Francesca Lia Block's whole world in middle and high school but stopped reading her when her books became more fairy tale/Tori Amos-y - all of those books were a little t ...more
full disclosure: i LOVED the "weetzie bat" books when i was a teenager. just like all other teenage girls who read "sassy" magazine (original recipe) & wore flannels & were born in the 70s. after obsessively devouring them over & over again from the library, i of course bought the bound collection (dangerous angels) when it was released. i tried to read it again when i was like 21 & even at that young of an age, i was already pretty much completely over francesca lia block ...more
Book Twirps
Dec 03, 2011 Book Twirps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things aren't easy for young Louise "Weetzie" Bat. Her father and mother fight incessantly and she's tired of the bullying at school. When her father leaves, her life seems to crash down around her. Her father was everything to her, and now he's disappeared without a trace. Weetzie holds out hope that he'll come back after a few days, just as he always does, but as the days pass by it becomes evident that he may never return.

The night her father left, he and her mother had their biggest fight ye
BAYA Librarian
For fans of the Weetzie Bat, this prequel will have obvious appeal. But for someone stumbling upon this series for the first time, this book will sound discordant and jumbled. By her teenage years, Weetzie had struck her groove, but this novel finds her in middle school, pleading with teachers to call her by her nickname instead of Louise, suffering humiliation at the hands of the mean girls, and uncertain of the magic around her. Her beloved father Charlie has just driven out of Weetzie’s life ...more
Jan 03, 2012 jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yaf, 2012
This is the Weetzie Bat prequel and I didn't hate it as much as I hated all of FLB's other recent works.

I don't know if it would appeal much to anyone who's not already interested in Weetzie, and it doesn't introduce a whole lot of unknown Weetzie history for the obsessive. It is, however, a sweet story about a high school girl who dresses weird (even for Los Angeles), doesn't fit in, struggles to make friends and tries to cope with her parents' break-up/her father's departure. This is not as m
Apr 07, 2012 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2012
I won Pink Smog in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.

I had never read any of the Weetzie Bat books before reading this one, so I was completely new to the Weetzie Bat experience.

Pink Smog was a bit quirky in kind of a urban-cool, retro sort of way. It's sort of like She's All That where the main gal is cute and quirky yet tragically picked on by her peers, but at the end of the day she's still a little darling. Well, I'm not sure I would call Weetzie a "darling" but I thought she was a very inte
Feb 01, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have a really soft spot in my heart for Weetzie Bat. When I was in tenth grade, I bought the bind-up of the Weetzie Bat books which was called Dangerous Angels and it became something of my security blanket. I took it with me most places and read my favorite parts over and over. I wrote down all my favorite quotes and drank up FLB's writing like it was the last cup of water in the desert. It was everything to a messed up fifteen year old. I haven't read it since, just because I don't want to
Jan 29, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 03, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time, when I was in eighth grade, my local library had a very small section of three revolving racks and a sign that said young adult. This was the year 2000. Because I am mad old. One of the books on the racks had pretty much the most attractive, eye catching cover ever. It was also thick, which might as well have been a siren call to me. That book was Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block and it contained all of the Weetzie Bat books. Now, I read it and so much went over my head, ...more
Debbie Hoskins
At the American Library Association convention exhibits, I lucked into finding out that Francesca Lia Block was signing books. I chose Pink Smog - because the cover is so compelling - to have her sign. Having grown up in the early 70's I loved this setting - complete with details I had forgotten like Bonnie Bell cosmetics and those awful gym suits we wore.

Francesca called me a first generation of Weetzie Bat. That book was so groundbreaking in the late 80's. It still has appeal to new generation
Feb 11, 2012 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keri McLucas
Contemporary realistic fiction

Louise Bat is 13 years old and lives in Las Angeles, California. Pink is the color of the sky in L.A. at dusk, through the smog. Her father, Charlie, recently left Louise and her mother-leaving Louise longing to be called Weetzie, the nickname her father gave to her. Weetzie is in the ugly-duckling stage of growth. She feels insecure and is searching for her own identity. At the same time, abandonment is deepened by her mother’s obsessive drinking. Weet
I love Block's brand of magic realism -- sadness, magic, wonder, evil mixing it up in L.A. This prequel to Weetzie Bat is about overcoming bad things - a parent's alcholism, another parent's desertion, bullies, the doubts of one's own heart -- and coming out the other side strong and happy because you've learned to love yourself. Weetzie's such a wonderful character. You want to be her friend and give her a hug. And Block's love for L.A. in all its crazy beauty is so beautifully rendered -- I co ...more
Rebecca McNutt
An interesting testament to coming of age in the booming city of Los Angeles, but at times it drags on. If you're a fan of Shampoo Planet or Magic America, you'll definitely love this book. For me, I thought it was rather shallow to be honest, and much of it was just a mess of trippy sentences and pop culture.
Jenn Estepp
Not sure how much I would've cared for this, if I didn't already have a vested interest in Weetzie Bat and company. But I do. And while this doesn't come close to rivaling the earlier books, it's an interesting slice of something and it did remind me of the affection that was once there. And, it's eons better than other stuff Block has put out lately (and which I couldn't even get through).
Jan 26, 2012 Joanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
A nice supplement to Dangerous Angels and even Necklace of Kisses. I thought the mysterious notes storyline dragged as well as the ongoing interactions with Anna. But, it was absolutely wonderful to read Weetzie again. Specifically, Louise before she became Weetzie. I loved this glimpse into her early life.
Bcoghill Coghill
Dec 30, 2011 Bcoghill Coghill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another visit with my favorite woman in literature. Ages ago I bought the first Weetzie Bat book for my pre-teen daughter. I have maintained a relationship with the (fictional) woman for two decades. Witchie Bay is my favorite character but there would be no Witchie Baby without Weetzie Bat, would there?
How good to be back with a younger Weetzie.
Nov 14, 2011 rabbit-heart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
It was okay. I loved the Dangerous Angels compilation of the original books, but I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much. I haven't read the originals in a long time, so I wonder if I still like those as much as I did before. I think it adds something for fans, but new readers shouldn't start with this book.
Dec 31, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I opened it as soon as I took it out of the mail box! I haven't been able to put it down since! Oh how I have missed my favorite characters :) After finishing the book I cannot wait to read Dangerous Angels again. I enjoy Francesca's writing immensely!
It's a passable coming-of-age story with some cool lines and scenes, but it's not magical like Francesca Lia Block's other YA novels, that's it.
Carolee Wheeler
Really enjoyable; created movies and mythologies in my mind just like Weetzie Bat. Not a stand-alone book for people who haven't read Weetzie Bat, though...

Originally reviewed here.

Why I Read It: Back in 2010 I read and really enjoyed Block's Weetzie Bat collection Dangerous Angels. It was a beautiful mix of borderline magical realism in a contemporary and cosmopolitan setting (they largely take place in Los Angeles). I haven't been in love with everything I've read by Block since then but she's still an author I'm almost always willing to give a chance. No spoilers in the review ahead.

Part of what made the Weetzie Bat books so compelling was the b
Feb 01, 2012 Bitsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Making the transformation from a shy girl to a confident woman is no easy task, especially when you are growing up amidst the fading hopes of once great Hollywood. It becomes even harder when your father leaves you for New York City, your ex-starlette mother becomes a suicidal alcoholic, and your name is Louise “Weetzie” Bat. We know Weetzie’s young adult life from the books in her Dangerous Angels series, starting with the self titled Weetzie Bat. I have given her a lot of flak in the past for ...more
Ea Solinas
After two disastrously dull urban fantasies, Francesca Lia Block is dipping back into the series that first made her career.

But don't expect quite the same things from Weetzie Bat and Co. -- "Pink Smog" is a prequel, not a sequel. This slender novel tells the story of how an awkward teenage girl became the hipster Weetzie Bat, and the painful road that leads to one's own identity. The problem is that it spends too much time meandering in place rather than sending Weetzie forward.

Louise Bat doesn
Valentina Ricardo
A sweet coming-of-age story. For girls with stars in their eyes.
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