Missing Angel Juan
A tangly-haired, purple-eyed girl named Witch Baby lives in glitzy L.A. She loves a guy named Angel Juan. When he leaves for New York she knows she must find him.
Looking For Love
So she heads for the city of glittery buildings and garbage and Chinese food and drug dealers and subways and kids playing hip-hopscotch.
Her clues are an empty tree house...more
Missing Angel Juan is a fantastical, magical, fairy tale story that addresses some very real emotions, needs and addictions of a teen couple who separate through their fear and addiction to love.
Angel Juan leaves to try and find himself. He feels like he is only an ...more
"Here is something to love best about Francesca Lia Block’s writing for young adults: it doesn’t condescend to young adults, which is ironically rare fare in a genre that ought to be highlighted for its compassionate understanding. Block trusts that hearts not straddling the full saddle of adulthood can still articulate, in startling relief, all that they hold, as witnessed in this early letter from Witch Baby to her distant inamorato.
“Dear Angel Juan,
You used to g ...more
.....but in all seriousness, this is a rather powerful story about finding your inner strength, even under extreme (mystical) duress.
Thank you, boyfriend, for filling my winter break with this engrossing novella series.
The imagery and atmosphere in Missing Angel Juan are in stark contrast to the rest of the books. Block trades bright-hot Los Angeles for a desolate, wintry New York City. Witch Baby walks around NYC with the ghost of her grandfather, Charlie Bat, visiti ...more
Witch Baby's odyssey through the streets of New York in search of her lost love, Angel Juan, is full of random encounters with eclectic people, lyrical writing, and intriguing twists though. It's worth the read, especially if you've traversed the entire Weetzie Bat series as I have.
I think I would have enjoyed it more if th ...more
When no letters follow his ...more
Just like with the first three Weetzie Bat books, Missing Angel Juan is written very lyrically. We see the entire story from Witch Baby's point of view, ...more
Witch Baby doesn't really fit in with the rest of her whimsical family. With her wild tangled hair and fits of melancholy, she feels like a big bummer who is bringing the rest of them down. The only person who makes her feel whole is her boyfriend, Angel Juan, who leaves glittery L.A. to grimy NYC to work o ...more
Block's magical realism h ...more
The 4 installment of the Weetzie Bat books is just as good as the previous 3.
I really thought that this book would have been told from Angel Juan's pov (btw kids... he's not a ghosty lolz... that's just his name).
I thought that it would have been about his time in Mexico or maybe having to go back to Mexico. I didn't expect it to be told from Witch Baby's pov, but I really enjoyed that.
It's a great story about letting love go and learning to let love in.
I really really loved it ;)
I hav ...more
Instead, she finds her ghost father, who is clinging to thoughts of her almost-mother. She finds herself, clinging to her fear of being alone. By filling the void within herself with creativity and love, she is able to let go and trust that: "As long as you are alive, you'll know where his heart is. It will be in you."
Another beautifully written ...more
Only "Baby Be-Bop" to go, and I'm done with the "Dangerous Angels" omnibus!
The more of these I read, the more I get used to the style and the wealth of language inside them, the more I enjoy them. The lens through which the city is seen is glorious, the structure clever and never as annoying as it ought to be, and the end, I thought, was suitably terrifying and also rather beautiful.