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Dangerous Angels

(Weetzie Bat #1-5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  8,760 ratings  ·  596 reviews
Love is a dangerous angel...Francesca Lia Block's luminous saga of interwoven lives will send the senses into wild overdrive. These post-modern fairy tales chronicle the thin line between fear and desire, pain and pleasure, cutting loose and holding on in a world where everyone is vulnerable to the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love. ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published 1998)
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Daryl Barnett
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood
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
Nov 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I should have found these books when I was 15, but since I didn't, I will have to settle for loving them at 35. ...more
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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::
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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
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 03, 2009 added it
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
Sep 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: jumped-ship
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
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
These books are pure escapism, set in a pseudo-L.A. where magic is real, actions have no consequences as long as you really believe in them, and everyone lives happily ever after. Block is cross-marketed to teens and adults, probably because she doesn't really fit very well into either category--her writing reads like imaginative high-school poetry written by a grown-up new-age hipster. Yeah, OK, maybe this sounds awful. But for me, it comes off as endearing (kinda like Miranda July). If nothing ...more
Weetzie is interesting and often inspiring, and I enjoyed the fairytale-like quality of these stories. But for the most part they just left me feeling oh so sad. Sad that these characters seem to find happiness primarily in Romantic Love, that their lives are on hold until they find The One. Sad that they all go through such incredibly painful explorations to get there. Sad that sexuality/intimacy seems to be how all of them search for connection and meaning; there are no alternatives offered. S ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Apr 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ya-books
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) ...more
Aug 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
So bad!! i can't believe Harper Collins published it...I am perplexed. The dialogue was ridiculously bad, the worst I've seen published. (Who starts sentences like, "One day...."...SERIOUSLY) And in the first book, where's the conflict? It's a list of events.

What's the point of the drunkenness? Is that COOL?? Does this author not realize that she's writing for adolescents??? (I am mad.)
I am disgusted.
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kate by: Claire
Shelves: ya, lgbtq
I don't read much YA these days, but I really enjoyed this collection of novellas. Block has a distinctive, lyrical writing style that makes her stories feel as much like dreams as prose. The sense of place in these books is very strong, and so far, they are the only thing to have ever made me actually want to visit L.A. ...more
What a little wonder this book(s) is(are). In a simple yet magical way. And I feel LA is the perfect setting-another character really- for these stories.
It broke my heart and gave me hope at the same time.
I think my favorite story is Missing Angel Juan, which is a bit weird as it’s the one that does not take place in LA but NYC but I love Charlie Bat I guess and how Witch Baby was so open with him, in her quest for Angel Juan but mostly herself and her place in the world.
Really, all of them ar
Feb 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to marsu by: jessica
this book could save the life left in any lingering remnants of your childhood (as well as clearing up eyes bruised purple by dammed-up tears). if only several of the books comprising francesca lia block’s dangerous angels collection would have secretly slithered into my bedroom when i was twelve or thirteen... (by fourteen the walls were already much too high.) i am reading this now (and have only so far read the first, second, and final stories), at twenty-six, after initially assessing it to ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gaelan D'costa
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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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

Other books in the series

Weetzie Bat (6 books)
  • Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1)
  • Witch Baby (Weetzie Bat, #2)
  • Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys (Weetzie Bat, #3)
  • Missing Angel Juan (Weetzie Bat, #4)
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