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Missing Angel Juan

(Weetzie Bat #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,276 ratings  ·  72 reviews

Lonely City

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.

Finding Trouble

Her clues are an empty tree house

Published (first published September 26th 1993)
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Chance Lee
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-i-like-it
Haunting, magical, romantic, and simultaneously out-of-control and calmly sane, Missing Angel Juan tells the story of Witch Baby, a young woman distraught when her boyfriend -- and love of her life -- Angel Juan leaves for New York City to explore his music and himself... alone. Witch Baby -- Niña-Bruja -- pursues Angel Juan to New York City, where she meets the ghost of her grandfather, two helpful gay men, and a soul-stealing mannequin named Cake. Along the way, she learns the truth of the cli ...more
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For every fan of the new modern love triangle, “tru wuv”, your love is my drug, I will die without you YA romance novels that have been published recently I humbly beg and plead for you to read this book. It’s time for you to wake up.

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
Shivanee Ramlochan
Excerpted from the full review:

"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
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witch Baby is by far my favorite character from the Dangerous Angels series. Her boyfriend, Angel Juan, disappears in New York City and it's up to Witch Baby to find him, and find who she is without him. Watch for a cameo from one of Ms. Block's short stories, "Dragons in Manhattan." And there's a good, creepy climax.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If it were possible to give more than 5 stars I would. I've loved all of the Dangerous Angels books so far, but this one spoke to me in a way the others did not. It's beautiful and sad and amazing all at the same time. Francesca Lia Block really outdid herself.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reason I gave the final book in the Weetzie Bat series a lower rating than the first 3 is that it its tone is harder to understand than the previous four books. Perhaps I will read it again one day and feel differently, but my memory of it is that it was far darker, far stranger than its predecessors. I suppose you could say that the shining, dirty world of Los Angeles is expressed in the first four books while the metallic, grimy world of New York is expressed in this volume. The shift is j ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was almost nice reading about Witch Baby again since she was the least annoying one in the series but I could not see the NY I just left in this book, the names and words were still too strange and I just wanted to get it over with. The only plus is character development and the fact that everything is so trivial you stop expecting anything not to happen for a very specific reason.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved being able to learn more about Charlie Bat and seeing the world through Witch Baby's eyes again. I want Angel Juan and Witch to end up together forever and that is how this book ends for me.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 2018
Kind of relieved that this one holds up 20 years on. Give me ghosts and magical realism and New York City any day. Witch Baby is definitely the most interesting of the Weetzie Bat series characters.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

.....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.
Lizbeth R
“Missing Angel Juan,” In my opinion, this is a good book. A tangly-haired, purple eye girl named Witch Baby that lives in L.A. is deeply in love with a guy named Angel Juan. Angel Juan once left to New York to find himself and to play his music, but after he left Witch Baby got into a depression. She wouldn’t eat or go out of her room. All she would do was think of her love Angel Juan. Her stepmother “Weetzie” once told her to look for Angel Juan, she told her about an apartment she had in New ...more
Missing Angel Juan is definitely my favorite of the Weetzie Bat books so far. Even though it's written more realistically (with less poetic, flowery prose), the story is the most magical. It could easily go down as a classic YA fantasy in my eyes.

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
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missing Angel Juan has left me with not a lot to say. I don't know why, but this particular installment of the series failed to move me in the way that its predecessors did.

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
Witch Baby always felt out of place. With her tangled up hair and purple eyes and anger, she was never as soft and gentle as her almost-mom Weetzie, or her half-sister Cherokee. Only Angel Juan could ever make her feel like she belonged. So when he tells her he’s leaving, that he needs to go to New York and be on his own, she can’t understand, and runs away. When she wakes up and realizes she didn’t get to say goodbye, she decides she’s going to follow and look for him.

When no letters follow his
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading a post in agentfroot's journal the other day where she mentioned this book, I ended up with it on the brain for a while. Finally I gave in and took it off of the shelf and read it to my husband, beginning to end, last night. And made an interesting discovery. This is a book to be read aloud. A lot of books aren't. Salman Rushdie, for instance. I tried to read one of his books to Andrew a month or so ago and I could barely make myself finish the chapter. The book is now disappeared, ...more
Missing Angel Juan is the fourth Weetzie Bat book. It's told from Witch Baby's point of view, and it wasn't my favorite. Witch Baby is just a dark character. She was hard for me to connect with. In this book, she travels to NYC to find Angel Juan, who had gone there to find himself and his music. While there, she stays in Charlie Bat's apartment.

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,
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
When I was in my late teens, this was my absolute favourite book. I was a fan of the whole Weetzie Bat series, but Missing Angel Juan was #1 in my heart. It's still one of FLB's absolute best.

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
Julie Decker
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witch Baby doesn't love easily--or maybe she loves too easily and it destroys her. When her beloved boyfriend Angel Juan leaves Los Angeles, she feels she has to pursue him to be complete, and so she gathers up the money she has and ventures out into the world, with very little besides roller skates and a camera. She finds the ghost of her almost-grandpa, Charlie Bat, and finds his presence comforting and illuminating on her quest to be part of her boyfriend's new world.

Block's magical realism h
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite of the Weetzie Bat books; it's Witch Baby's coming of age, and does a pitch-perfect job of being a fairy tale in which the fantasy elements dramatise psychological development. I also loved that it was a story about the objectification of one's lover in which it is the woman who objectifies the man and has to learn how to let go and let him grow into his own self instead of the self she imagined. It's very much a feminist story because it shows the woman with power and agency, and t ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still gave this five stars because I absolutely loved every book in this series as a teen, and Witch Baby was definitely my favorite, so while re-reading it, I couldn't help being intoxicated by all the nostalgia. However, re-reading it a second time as an adult, I have to say this one in particular is not as great as I remember. Or as great as some of the other ones. I love Witch Baby but she just seemed so whiny and needy in this one. And there wasn't enough Angel Juan. And it just seemed to ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy

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
Marjorie Elwood
Witch Baby embarks on a journey to find Angel Juan, who has gone to New York City to 'find himself' (aka: he's run away, afraid of love and commitment).

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
I like them all, but this one is my favorite Weetzie Bat book. Witch Baby (my favorite character when I first read them) is the main character, and she comes to NYC, where I lived at the time. I once got to meet Francesca Lia Block at a conference. When I told her how much I liked Witch Baby, she signed this book for me "To Elissa, Love From Witch Baby and Francesca Lia Block". If my younger son, Leo had been a girl, he would have been named Lia. OK, enough gushing.
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-and-kidlit
I read Weetzie Bat years ago and was not a big fan, so I was surprised by how much I liked this. Block's lush, descriptive prose is much more effective here, and I really like how the theme of letting go vs. "clutching" plays itself out. Still, at times it all feels a bit overblown, almost bordering on self-consciously stylistic, to me. Well worth reading, however, and I appreciate Block as a unique voice.
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one made me really sad! I love the way Witch Baby was able to bond with Charlie and create her own family structure that she is most comfortable with. Witch Baby is such a fascinating character and I'm glad she gets so much attention. The part with Cake was really creepy, and it captured the kind of tone that only Block can write with such skill.

Only "Baby Be-Bop" to go, and I'm done with the "Dangerous Angels" omnibus!
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth book in the Dangerous Angels series--my favorite--is Missing Angel Juan. It is the only book of the Weetzie series that is told in first person and in present tense. Witch Baby misses her boyfriend, Angel Juan, who left L.A and left her behind. She goes on a search for him and finds instead the ghost of her "grandfather," Charlie Bat. This is the story of her adventure through the world and through her own mind.
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is my favorite in the entire series of Dangerous Angels books. I always sort of identified with Witch Baby because things don't come easily to her and she likes being by herself and struggles to be understood. And this book breaks my heart and terrifies me in equal measure. There is nothing more terrifying to me than the man who follows Witch Baby in this book. He's the scariest character I've ever read.
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are mising someone
Recommended to Brenda by: myself
This book is REALLY good. But you have to really read the first chapters so you'll be into it. At first it's like yeah whatever. The rwo main characters "love" each other but Angel Juan moves to NY to suceed with his music. Weetzie Bat follows him there hoping to find him. At the end it has a really suprising twist that puts your mind upside down.
A.E. Shaw
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

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.
Apr 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked this one up again recently. It's my favorite of the Weetzie Bat books. I read once that Francesca Lia Block said that Witch Baby was her favorite character, and it shows. Even if the book isn't about her, she jumps off the page. I really wish the Weetzie books would be made into a movie or a show, it would be so much better than something ridiculous like Gossip Girls.
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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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