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Necklace of Kisses

(Weetzie Bat #6)

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Where are the kisses?

Weetzie Bat wondered. When her relationship with Secret Agent Lover Man turns cold, the forty-year-old post-punk pixie packs up, jumps into her mint-green '65 Thunderbird, and leaves to take refuge in L.A.'s enchanted Pink Hotel—with its blue-skinned receptionist, invisible cleaning lady, seductive faun, and sushi-eating mermaid who gives Weetzie the f
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2005)
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Rhiannon Reese
i don't think that cherokee bat would wear juicy couture.
Sus
Nov 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
hurray, i didn't have to borrow this from the library after all1: shveta lent it to me.

it's brave and good. i feel as if the prose rhythms are in some ways more awkward than in block's earlier weetzie bat stories. but what that implies to me is that she may have had difficulty writing it, but pushed through anyway. the story is good and i feel like it's very important, at least to this reader, that block got around at some point to addressing how a "young adult 'magical-realist'" character like
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Rachel
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel, 2009
Major, major disappointment, and reminded me why I grew out of Block's work - unlike Weetzie, our heroine, who, though 40+, is still more preoccupied with her clothes and diet than with maturity. There were brief moments of clarity in this book and a few stand-out chapters, but both had nothing to do with Weetzie; when Weetzie's daughter, Cherokee, realizes she is on the track to becoming a shallow flighty hipster like her mother, and when Coyote, the semi-medicine man, acknowledges the arroganc ...more
Lauren
Oct 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
Meh. I guess you can't go home again. When I was younger, I loved the Weetzie Bat series. It was tailor-made for melodramatic alternateens, and I could overlook the grotesque whimsy. This new-ish book, which gives us a 40-yr old Weetzie with several grown children and a slumping relationship with her significant other, was a total disappointment. Feeling oppressed and unloved, and hoping to reconnect with some never-before-mentioned dude who took her to prom (I swear this never happened in the o ...more
Meredith Enos
Francesca Lia Block books are portals into the shifting, magical, dangerous world of the thirteen-year-old girl, where she is simultaneously letting go of fairy tales and accepting her remarkable transformation into a woman. Boys are confusing and mesmerizing, parents fail, fame supplants storybooks. All this thirteen-year-old girl needs is to be Special, and this Specialness is usually marked by thinness, funky hair, and a kick-ass wardrobe—all good things are possible with the right dress.
If y
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love Weetzie. I adore her!! I'm so happy that I discovered Francesca Lia Block because omg she makes me feel young again.

I originally thought that this book was going to be Secret Agent Lover Man's. It seemed like his tale would be next considering we've heard from the rest of the cast. But I was wrong. In this book Weetzie turned 40 and realized she needed to find herself before she went on through the next stage of her life.

I really wish that I had read this book last week over my birthday.
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Christine
Aug 07, 2007 rated it liked it
I was surprised that I didn't like Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Collection. That book should have been just my thing: Former alternative-club kid who had several gay quasi boyfriends? Eighties setting? Lots of descriptions of clothes and accessories and hairstyles and rooms? Appreciation for fantasy fiction and young adult fiction? Check, check, check, and check.

But maybe I was just too old when I read Dangerous Angels, because the book annoyed me so much I found myself scowling and rolli
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Robert Zimmermann
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Necklace of Kisses is the sixth book in Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat series. I read the first five books in the Dangerous Angels collection and loved every minute of it. While Necklace of Kisses differs from those books, in my opinion, Block’s writing is just as captivating.

As I said, I found this book to have a different feel than the rest of the Weetzie Bat books, though this wasn’t a thing that turned me off. One thing that made this change (that I’m not really sure I can accurately put
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Beth
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Francesca Lia Block has still got it. In this gem of a book, we revist her heroine, the slinkster cool girl who started it all, Weetzie Bat. Her secret agent lover man has been in a state of despair since the Spetember 11th 2001 tragedy, and nothing can shake him from his funk. When the kisses have gone, so at last is Weetzie, whose midlife crisis arrives in the form of a solo trip to the pink and green hotel that was the site of her prom, where magic happens. Weetzie runs into a host of archety ...more
Dee Montoya
***3 Sweet-Magical Stars***

My dear friend Alexandra lend me this book ages ago, she is a big fan of the magical realism genre and I wanted to expand my literary horizons and try something new.

This is book six of the Weetzie Bat series and even though it can be read as a standalone, I feel that I couldn't connect with the story enough because I never read the other books. In Necklace of Kisses (super cute name BTW) we fallow the character of Weetzie Bat, she's been married to her secret agent hus
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Laura
Jun 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
There is some YA fiction I would read again and again in a heartbeat without worrying that it would be a disappointment rather than a pleasure as it was in my youth. After reading the sixth Weetzie Bat book for the first time, I can honestly say I have no intention of re-reading Dangerous Angels, as this book has shown me that some writers are not well suited for an adult audience. Block's writing enthralled me as a teen, her heavy descriptions painted vivid pictures and it read like a movie- no ...more
Corinne
May 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked the Weetzie Bat books and those who like to read about bumps in Happily Ever After
Necklace of Kisses continues the stories and characters Block created in the Dangerous Angels series. In this follow-up story, Weetzie Bat and Max have grown up and come to a stall in their relationship. Weetzie runs away to the pink hotel where she meets an assortment of mythical characters that bring her to an acceptance of the imperfection of her relationship with Max.

Marked by Block's signature lyrical style, Necklace of Kisses examines the post-happily ever after condition and offers hope
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Sian Lile-Pastore
oh i loved this. i loved it more than the orginal weetzie bat books... the setting is a magical LA -warm, perfumed, pink, full of misfits and strange beings. i love the descriptions of clothes and food, and i love that even though when two people kiss they may float slightly above the floor or little hearts might circle around their heads, or if someone cries they might cry diamonds... it all feels very real.
Jennalee
Nov 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Weetzie Bat is all grown up. Having a midlife crisis she goes to the Pink Hotel and finds there strange folks who help help her understand her place in the world.

Rebecca
My memory of this book is that it is one of the best descriptions of the emotional impact of 9/11.
Ademption
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I read this quickly several years ago, and remember nothing other than it wrapped up the Weetzie Bat series as an adult novel. The previous five books are more related and much stronger.
Paige Etheridge
I only found this book because I was fulfilling a hotel prompt for the pop sugar reading challenge. I wasn't expecting much out of it. I was happily wrong. You really see this character grow up while she has these fantastical experiences at this magic hotel. The cast of characters, the writing style, and messages were great. Considering I'm about to get married and many I the things Weezie Bat deals with are things I'm anxious about myself is comforting. Getting older is ok! You can still.be fab ...more
MB (What she read)
This is a midlife crisis book full of lots of description with not a lot of plot. It is fun, and I re-read it every so often. It's kind of a fluffy pink magically realistic book tied together with lots of vaguely dated fashion descriptions. Nonetheless, I found myself wishing that I too could escape to a pink hotel for a week where I could escape my responsibilities by ordering room service, enjoying the pool, having facials, massages and pedicures and shopping. This kind of escapism sounds kind ...more
A.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Magical realism-y, emphasis on the magical. Good for when you want to read something that gives you a nostalgic kind of sadness, I think. It was good to see Weetzie grow. I especially liked Witch Baby and Cherokee’s scenes— def want to reread the original series now!
Monica
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book somehow feels both more and less magical than the other Weetzie Bat books. I think maybe that's the idea, since Weetzie is all grown up in this story. It felt less like reading cotton candy and more like slipping into a comfy pair of silk pj's.
Jocelyn
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Francesca Lia Block does it again. I read her whenever I need some magic in my life. She never disappoints.
Josephine
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Twenty years later…how many fairy tales have the nerve to return to their protagonists so many years after that first flush of magic, dreams and romance? Overall, this strikes me as the ideal book for Valentine’s Day, if you’re in a dreamy state of mind.

Weetzie Bat and her Secret Agent Lover Man have been together for twenty years and then some, and frankly both are having what the less charitable among us would call a mid-life crisis, both as to their own lives and futures and the futures of th
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Juushika
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: status-borrowed
Weetzie Bat is an adult nowjust turned forty, with her children in college, and her relationship with her secret agent lover man Max falling apart, Weetzie packs a suitcase, leaves her cottage, and moves to a hotelan unusual hotel, where she meets a blue receptionist, a room-service faun, and an invisible cleaning lady, among all of the equally unusual guests. She plans to stay there until she rediscovers kisses: the passion, goodness, and love in her life. Continuing the wonderful YA series of ...more
Jess
I haven't outgrown Weetzie yet, and I don't think I ever will. This is the perfect way to make the reader-character bridge from childhood to adulthood without comprising anything we love about Weetzie. She may be forty years old and taking a solo-vacation from her secret agent lover man (who has stopped kissing her in the past couple years), but she's still kind, fantastical, and open to magic--and that will never change.

Little things do start to read differently as I grow older--the endless clo
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Nicole Hogan
Apr 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Weetzie Bat is back - fabulous and 40! It's delightful to see Block's evolution of Weetzie and friends. Not all old punks fade away. Everyone has aged gracefully since the last novel and Block spends the time to advise the reader of this at every opportunity.

The main theme is Weetzie's struggle with middle age and her questioning of where the passion goes after one gets everything one desired. While still heavily shrouded in magical realism, Block pulls back a little and gives more solidity to s
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Brittany
Weetzie Bat is older now, but still has a lot of growing up to do. She finds herself in her forties and the same person as she was in her twenties. Not that Weetzie isn't a great person, but she really needs to find herself. She decides to take a little vacation. Weetzie packs a small suitcase and slips out of the house and into the Pink Hotel. She doesn't tell anyone except for Ping, her friend that she has run her store while she discovers herself. She may be in for more than she bargained for ...more
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at A Novel Idea

RATING: 3/5


I love love loved the Weetzie Bat books, which I first picked up quite some time ago, and which I now own in one of those big all-books-in-one volumes. This book takes us back to Weetzie and her family, all of whom have grown older, and back to Los Angeles where they’ve lived all their adventures. It was wonderful to revisit characters I had loved and grown attached to in the past books, which were all written in the 80′s and yet seemed so current anyw
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Arminzerella
This novel picks up Weetzie Bat’s story after she’s been with Max, her secret agent lover man, and raised two kids – Cherokee Bat and Witch Baby. In the days after 9/11 Max has become more and more withdrawn and he’s stopped showing Weetzie the affection she wants and needs. Not sure how to break through his depression and obsession, Weetzie decides to leave him for awhile and to get in touch with herself and find out where things went wrong. She goes to a pink hotel where they held her high sch ...more
Kirsten
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, owned
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Jaemi
I was really excited when I found out there was a new Francesca Lia Block book coming out. And not only that, it was a Weetzie! That being said, having read all of the Weetzie Bat books, now sold together as Dangerous Angels, I don't really know whether the prior knowledge is necessary for this story or not. I think it certainly helped me, and helped with the depth in the story....without the background details some of the agony might be lost on you. But at the same time, Necklace of Kisses is a ...more
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Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Week ...more

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“Sometimes you fall, spinning through space, grasping for the things that keep you on this earth. Sometimes you catch them. They can be the hands of the people you love. They can be your pets- pups with funny names, cats with ferocious old souls. The thing that keeps you here can be your art. It can be things you have collected and invested with a certain sense of meaning. A flowered, buckled treasure chest of secrets. Shoes that make you taller and, therefore, closer to the heavens. A suit that belonged to your fairy godmother. A dress that makes you feel a little like the Goddess herself.

Sometimes you keep falling; you don't catch anything.

Sometimes you fall, spinning through space, grasping for the things that keep you here. Sometimes you catch them. Sometimes you don't.

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