Pink Smog: Becoming Weetzie Bat
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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
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Published January 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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the golden witch.
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.

Bias...more
La Katie
HERE THERE BE SPOILERS



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...more
Alise Hamilton
Received the ARC today in the mail and gobbled it up immediately. It's a sweet, sugar spun prequel, coated, at least for this reader, with a heavy dose of nostalgia. PINK SMOG is everything FLB does best: the mundane is made magic, ugly is beautiful, prose is poetry, and endings are just hopeful beginnings in disguise.
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...more
Therese
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
Natalie
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
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Mar 07, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
Summer
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...more
Alexandra

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...more
Keri
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...more
jess
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...more
Book Twirps
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...more
Lauren
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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...more
Karen
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
Lanie
Feb 23, 2014 Lanie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: don't read it if you haven't read the first books
I love love loved all the other Dangerous Angels books. I think it's really cool Fransesca Lia Block seems to know the characters inside out, and so 20+ years after she wrote Weetzie Bat, she wrote this, a book about Weetzie Bat when she was 13. I don't know how old she was in the first books, but she was somewhere between high school and having a baby.

But... If you read this book first, you will have really bad conceptions of what the rest of the books are about. Pink Smog's writing was comple...more
Sara  (LitHacker.com)
Pink Smog is the prequel to Weetzie Bat.

Read *my* prequel to this review of Pink Smog where I wax nostalgic about Weetzie Bat .

Now onto Pink Smog:
It's been more than a decade since I last read Weetzie Bat, but now that I've read Block's prequel, Pink Smog, I'm kind of afraid to revisit it. Maybe part of the problem is that seventh grade Weetzie in Pink Smog isn't really Weetzie yet. She's still Louise. She's more me in small town Massachusetts middle school than she is Weetzie. Or me now.
The t...more
Jennifer 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).
Bcoghill Coghill
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.
Joanna
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.
Ashley
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.
Nicole
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!
Nancy
The Weetzie Bat books were written in the 1980s and are a bit dated at this point, thought all the relationship issues for young people are still relevant.

This, written in 2012, is a prequel to those. No cell phones, no drugs, no AIDS. Weetzie is in early high school, and even though I think a lot of the cultural references only make sense to people my age (late 40s), the emotions of the main characters about acceptance, ostracism, abandonment by parental figures, fear of being a freak and bein...more
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...
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Now all I want to read is more Francesca Lia Block, it's been years. I hadn't even known about this book until I came across in in the library a couple of weeks ago. I knew it would be great because it's the prequel to Dangerous Angels, one of my favourite serieseseses ever. And it is great.

There is no writer like Francesca Lia Block--her stories are scary and real and magical and intricate and sparkly. This book is dazzling. I don't even know what else to say. Weetzie is such a fantastic charac...more
Cristina
The worse things get, the more you have to make yourself see the magic in order to survive.
This is exactly the message I took from Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books when I read them as a young teen, and here it is again and again, over and over, in the lush and poetic writing that made me fall in love with Block's stories. Weetzie changed a lot of things for me then; the awful, cramped, and suffocatingly humid city I lived in became faded pink flamingos and lanky palm trees and sugar sand...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Louise "Weetzie" Bat is floating, lost without an anchor ever since the night her Dad left. This time it looks like he's not coming back. Weetzie's Mom and Dad had their biggest fight ever the night he left and a mysterious young guy rescued her Mom from drowning drunkenly in the swimming pool. As she deals with her parents' split, bullies at school and coming to terms with who she is, Weetzie also tries to find the mystery guy. When she finally meets Winter he tells her that Charlie Bat (her D...more
Tawni (The Book Worms)
Quick review: OK - So its more along the lines of a 3 STAR, but I made the mistake of reading this before the Weetzie Bat books. I really loved the writing, so give it a shot. I'm really interested in Dangerous Angels now!!!

Pink Smog was not bad by any means. It wasn't anything in particular or special...it just was. I was left completely unsatisfied. I really hoped for more out of this book, but then again, it is a prequel and the good stuff is the whole series, I'm sure.

Weetize kept growing an...more
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Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a spr...more
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“The girl in the mirror wasn't who I wanted to be and her life wasn't the one I wanted to have.” 44 likes
“No matter how bad things get, you can always see the beauty in them. The worse things get, the more you have to make yourself see the magic in order to survive.” 27 likes
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