Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books
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Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books (Weetzie Bat #1-5)

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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 t...more
ebook, 496 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published 1998)
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Daryl Barnett
I seem to be one of the only men to write a comment about this book, but I tell you this; this book not only changed my attitudes about my own writing style, it changed my heart. I can't tell you how many times I broke into tears while reading this book. There were passages that I would read over and over... gosh, now I'm gushing. Sorry... If you have ever spent time in L.A. the visuals alone are worth the time. If you've ever been in love or want to be in love... these characters and these stor...more
Christine E.
I know without a doubt that I would have loved the Weetzie Bat books if I'd read them in high school or college when I was an alterna-chick who scoured thrift stores for cool vintage clothes and went to underground clubs every night with gorgeous gay boys who loved me, but not the way I loved them. Back then, I might have sworn Francesca Lia Block had based her contemporary fairy tales on the everyday lives of my friends and me.

But I tried to read these books a couple of years ago, and found al...more
Mer
Lanky Lizards, I love the Weetzie Bat books!

Quoting the Wiki entry for this series: "The novel is set in a world not without pain, but seemingly without prejudice. Issues such as blended families, pre-marital sex, homosexuality and AIDS are described freely and without apology."

(Yeah, there's been some backlash. Predictably from rabid Evangelicals and other Christian fundamentalist watchdog groups. Thbbbpptt!)

These characters, while not particularly deeply drawn, are endearing and inclusive, wh...more
Neko
Nov 24, 2007 Neko rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone anywhere with a heart, a mind, and a little sense of magic
Shelves: favorites
I tuely adore this book. I recall the first time I read this book was some years ago when my mom rushed into my room clutching a tattered book. she thrust it at me saying "you have to read this book! it's my new favorite book now!" seeing how much my mom loved that book (love itself may be even insuffiencent so much as adored), I delved straight into it. I've read it several times over now, the pages of our favorite book worn and stained with finger-grease. It now sits in a place of honor on our...more
Seth
This omnibus collects all 5 YA books in the Weetzie Bat series.

These are fabulous books, although not every book will appeal to every reader equally, of course. The stories follow Weetzie Bat (yes, that's her name) from high school through mid-to-late 20s as she and her beau and their assortment of bohemian, artsy friends grow up and make lives for themselves in and around Hollywood.

Throughout, Weetzie maintains a wild and magical view of the universe. Characters don't get names, they get descr...more
Gina
This is quite possibly the worst book I've ever read in my life. It's actually a collection of books by the same author, with the same characters and overlapping storylines. To be fair, I only read three of the five books included. Maybe the two I skipped were phenomenal. But I doubt it. Good grief, these books were bad. There are about two dozen characters and I swear there isn't one fully developed character between the lot of them. They seriously are all the same person. You can take any line...more
Kim
I was introduced to Weetzie in college during my children's writing class and it was the best return on investment of those college loans. Never thinking that I would be a fan of L.A., and never really caring... I completely fell for Francesca's version of it. Not just in these books, but also in her others... I think using Houdini's mansion is wonderful. This changed how I approached my own writing. I know that they label it as young adult, but I feel that anyone with this mindset could fall in...more
Gina
Ummm I don't know if I'm missing something or what, but I did NOT find these stories to be that interesting. I got through Weetzie Bat and started reading Witch Baby, and things just pretty much fizzled for me. I think I like the idea of the books more than the real thing, which is kind of a sad thing to say. I love how Francesca Lia Block wrote Weetzie Bat when she was in Berkeley for college (attending Cal) and how it was kind of a valentine to her hometown (LA) and how she coped with her home...more
Thecat3786
Perhaps to today's audience saturated by TV shows like Glee or Gossip Girls and teen novels that cover everything from abusive-human-vampire-werewolf-love-triangles to drugs, what Francesca Lia Block did in this series may not seem revolutionary, but she originally published these books in the 1990s. Her books were banned in libraries because she was brave enough to explore issues around sex and sexual orientation, things that preoccupy teen brains but for which they get few safe outlets to addr...more
Nana
I think The Weetzie Bat Books are of the WORST books I ever read. In my very personal opinion, the problem’s not the story per se, but the way it’s written with conceptual language and descriptively what makes it terrible. It’s a book where they want to take youth and understand topics like: homosexuality, VIH and different relation frames. The point is that the story’s language and the way it’s narrated sucks. It is my understanding as an educator that youngsters can be able to understand a mes...more
Heather
Jun 24, 2007 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the bored.
surfing, frosted pink lip gloss, good tunes, old cars, cute bungalows in Los Angeles, Witch Babies, gay best friends, platinum blond hair, good food, great friends, the best of times, the worst of times.
i couldn't believe it when i was done reading and there was no more.... ::sniff::
[Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review]
I'm sure there are a number of reasons I didn't enjoy this book, among them the fact that I have a penis, I'm straight, I am not some kind of Valley-Girl-Hipster hybrid, and I hate California - especially Southern California - with a firey passion. This author's writing is too aggressively and pretentiously precious, the plots (such as they were) all felt tremendously contrived, and the so-called "insights"...well, again, I have a penis, I'm straight, I'm not some kind of Valley-Girl-Hipster hyb...more
Rosanne
One of the most original things I have ever read, unique and evocative. When I finished the first book, my impression was of a charming bohemian fantasy world on crack, not very realistic, but totally wonderful.

As the books progress, issues are explored in greater depth and we see the fallout from the bohemian fantasy world. Block writes with such truth, beauty, and insight, I love how she focuses on the essence of what makes us human; eating, playing, loving, making the world better, trying to...more
Kendra
I really wanted to like this book, because I know that a friend is very fond of it -- but I just could NOT keep reading it. This is where I have to admit that I am not the least bit "slinkster-cool," because I just do. not. get. Weetzie. Bat. I don't get the stupid nicknames. I don't get why it's written at a "See Spot Run" reading level, but completely inappropriate for anyone who actually reads at that level. And I was willing to TRY to get it, but by the time I got to "Weetzie Wants a Baby,"...more
Shannon
Very pretty and amusing to read. Some great parts, but some of the books are WAY better than others, and some characters (like witch baby) are great, while others are unbelievable (not in a good way). Her style of writing definitely isn't for everyone, its very flowery and descriptive and flowy, but leaves somethign to be desired. I'd recommend it, but I wont promise that you'll like it. Check it out from a library, don't buy it. (I own it, but, like I said, it's not for everyone)
Jennifer
This is one of my all-time favorite books (or all-time favorite book series, depending on what you consider it to be), and I reread it recently for the first time in years. I was afraid it wouldn't hold up, because Francesca Lia Block's work is so squarely aimed at the teenager I was when I first read this, but it actually ages incredibly well. I love Weetzie Bat and Baby Be-Bop as much as I ever did (and I'm only now realizing just how much I imprinted on Baby Be-Bop with regard to my own writi...more
Anna
I don't normally give up on books, something really has to be bad or piss me off for me to put it down and never pick it up again and this book did both. I understand that not all fiction is realistic but as a book aimed at young adults this book encouraged some terrible behaviour and had some awfully bad parenting going on (lets go off and be all artistic and leave 2 young girls alone in the house, adult supervision provided by a Native American who lives a distance away and often is unavailabl...more
Alison
I read Weetzie Bat a while ago and while I didn't completely love it, I wanted to read the rest of the books in the series, so I picked up Dangerous Angels. The first book and its four sequels are compiled here in this omnibus, a term I had never heard of until reading other reviews for this collection. The more you know! I have to say that while there is so much to love about Weetzie and her artsy bohemian enclave, I can see how someone could hate these books. There isn't much in terms of plots...more
kendermouse
IMPORTANT WARNING:
If you have trigger issues, ESPECIALLY if they are severe, please see the starred portion of this review below, before you consider the Weetzie Bat books any further. I love these books dearly, but I don't want to feel like I've led someone into severe panic attacks or a trip to the hospital because I recommended them.

And now, the actual review:

Dangerous Angels is basically the entire collected works of Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat series, and, as I said in my warning abo...more
Marija
I LOVED THIS SERIES. Francesca Lia Block really is a genius to write such a beautiful series. This is one of the few book series that I have wanted to just jump into and live there. I really loved this series. It was both funny and sad, beautiful and painful, all wrapped up in one glowing blue globe world. This book is, like, Harry Potter level for me. And that is saying something. The writing is amazing, and the way Block wove magic into the story was so natural, it seemed like it was just ther...more
Karissa
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 geni...more
Gaelan D'costa
Very impressed. Manages to maintain a fairytale structure while being both dark and relevant for its time. If the mandate of a children's book is to instruct children about life in a whimsical manner that both insulates the child from the horror it is explaining and maintain a certain joy with life, than this book (or set of books) very much reaches its goal.

It will be a book I keep in mine for a child; as someone who would like them to understand the concept of AIDS, of homosexuality, of the pl...more
Jacquelyn
This collection was just really fantastic. I had no idea what I was getting into, but even without realizing that these are modern fairy tales, I was completely in love with it. It made me miss Los Angeles a lot. The only thing I object to--and maybe it's just a small thing for everybody else, but it did bother me--was sticking with your "true love" even after he cheats on you. And not even really talking about how much it hurt that he did that. Not one cuckolded lady leaves her cheating man. I...more
Rosa
I first read these books when I was in middle school, and while I didn't necessarily get everything that was going on, I loved the characters and they made me feel like being different wasn't such a bad thing. That even though I was different, I was and am still an amazing person to my friends and family. Rereading these books now as an adult, I feel like this message is more important then ever. All of the characters are interesting and creative but not exactly the most normal people in the wor...more
Jennie Pratt
This book draws out your senses and makes the world that Block writes about come alive. The characters are very complex which I love. No one is simple, life is not simple, and life is what you make of it. How you perceive yourself in the world will create the world you live in. That's a powerful thing. Witch Baby is my absolute favorite. The other characters are very hippy or hipster but not Witch Baby. She is a delicious combination of artist, musician, sensitive, dark, lonely, and adventurous....more
Brenna
I am completely in love with the Weetzie Bat books. Francesca Lia Block's writing is breathtakingly gorgeous, profoundly quirky, and lush with sensory detail without being overwhelming. In many places, it reads like a sort of distilled beat poetry suffused with the perfume of California blossoms.

Block's short Weetzie Bat novels aren't fairy tale retellings in the classic sense. Their connections to folklore are both more elusive and far-ranging, and no one story seems to be a straight-up retelli...more
Ron Vitale
My longtime friend of more than 20 years gave me this book for my birthday, knowing that I like writing fairy tales. Honestly, I didn't know what to think of the book and I had no idea what to expect. I started reading and these five Weetzie Bat books were amazing. I had no idea on what or who a Weetzie Bat was, but now I do. Francesca Lia Block has a gift of writing in an intimate and thoughtful way that you become wrapped up in her characters, awed by her honesty and charmed by her characters....more
Kate
Aug 23, 2010 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who believe in the magic of themselves and the power of love.
Recommended to Kate by: Stephanie Kuehnert
I absolutely adored this book!

I fell in love with the way Francesca Lia Block creates whole worlds out of words. Beautiful poetic descriptions. Interesting characters. Magical realism.

This is the kind of writer I would like to be. I must add this one to my permanent book collection to refer back to on a somewhat regular basis when I feel uninspired I would look at the world from Weetzie, Witch Baby, Coyote, Dirk, Duck and Cherokee's perspectives and seek inspiration from their unique views.
EMi
I get it. I get why people might really like this book but it's just not for me. Everything is very unrealistic and wispy. The first book was nice but once the children started getting involved and the family was growing it got a little strange. It was just too hippy flippy for me. I'm all for being original but these people were born in the clouds and grew up on fairy tale island and had no connection with the real world. Or maybe I was missing the bigger picture. In any case I lost interest.
Maynalg
Oct 27, 2007 Maynalg rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
this is lightweight, fantasy fiction geared toward alternative youth wanting inspiration and aspiring to re-invent themselves from the model of a quirky, mildly rebellious dream-like world. Sorta reminds me of sub-cultures like Harajuku in Japan! Given that, I enjoyed my identity crisis of my youth and think this book (which is actually five stort novels in one) offers the residual memory of that. maybe trite to some, but I call it bittersweet!
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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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