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Pink Smog

(Weetzie Bat 0)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,245 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Pink Smog, the long-awaited prequel to Francesca Lia Block's groundbreaking novel Weetzie Bat, was praised as "an intoxicating mix of mystery, fantasy, and romance" by ALA Booklist in a starred review. Weetzie Bat is one of the seminal young adult novels of the '90s and continues to be an iconic treasure for teens everywhere. Now Pink Smog reintroduces a whole new generati ...more
Hardcover, 185 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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I might be a little biased, as the first five "Weetzie Bat" books (when first published as the omnibus "Dangerous Angels" in 1996) literally changed how I saw the world through writing when I was 12 years old, but this is a glorious and wonderful conclusion to the "Weetzie" series. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from the author herself, and to participate in one portion of the book, making me feel apart of something larger than myself for the first time within the world of books.

La Katie
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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5 Things About...Pink Smog

1. I've been reading Francesca Lia Block's books since high school. I was a big fan of the books that made up Dangerous Angels. I also thought quite a bit of her other solo pieces. That being said, I did not feel like this book was as strong as those. It was all a little too straightforward, a little less magical, a little more 'this is a book that you will only appreciate if you are around that age.' It's the first book I've read by her that's act
Andrew Marcec
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to think of Pink Smog when I read through the first chapter. It's narrative seemed disjointed, chaotic, and at times focused on items that didn't seem to matter.

However, it wasn't until I had gotten about halfway through the book and learned more about the characters, that I realized what Francesca did, and I was engrossed with this book until the end.

What she did, and did incredible subtly, was perfectly write this book from the view of a thirteen year old girl. Now I have n
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Pink Smog isn’t bad. In fact, it’s a rather sweet and charming story. I think my problem with it is that I’m no longer FLB’s target audience so her books are always hit-or-miss for me now. And the whole concept of needing a prequel to introduce today’s young folk to Weetzie and the rest of the Dangerous Angels gang feels completely unnecessary. For me, the entire plot of Pink Smog can be summed up in the first sentence of Weetzie Bat (“The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school was because no one ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My Dangerous Angels
Before we met Dirk.
Before we found Duck.
Before Secret Agent Lover Man, Angel Juan, Cherokee, and Witch Baby.
Even before the time of Slinkster Dog and Go Go Girl

There was Louise.

But she'd like it much better if you called her Weetzie.

Pink Smog is the pre-quel to "Weetzie Bat". Weetzie is 13 years old and in 7th grade. Her Mom and Dad have been fighting and her Dad has finally moved out. Mom, whether heartbroken or unsure what to do next, has taken to the bottle. While Weetzie is left to take care
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OK, so, back story: My 8th grade year, I found the first Weetzie Bat book in the abandoned Lost-and-Found box in the water boiler room of my middle school and it was sort of like a guiding light for adolescent me (I later found out who it belonged to, but not until I lent the book to like 3 other people). I really, really loved Francesca Lia Block's whole world in middle and high school but stopped reading her when her books became more fairy tale/Tori Amos-y - all of those books were a little t ...more
full disclosure: i LOVED the "weetzie bat" books when i was a teenager. just like all other teenage girls who read "sassy" magazine (original recipe) & wore flannels & were born in the 70s. after obsessively devouring them over & over again from the library, i of course bought the bound collection (dangerous angels) when it was released. i tried to read it again when i was like 21 & even at that young of an age, i was already pretty much completely over francesca lia block ...more
Book Twirps
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Things aren't easy for young Louise "Weetzie" Bat. Her father and mother fight incessantly and she's tired of the bullying at school. When her father leaves, her life seems to crash down around her. Her father was everything to her, and now he's disappeared without a trace. Weetzie holds out hope that he'll come back after a few days, just as he always does, but as the days pass by it becomes evident that he may never return.

The night her father left, he and her mother had their biggest fight ye
BAYA Librarian
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
For fans of the Weetzie Bat, this prequel will have obvious appeal. But for someone stumbling upon this series for the first time, this book will sound discordant and jumbled. By her teenage years, Weetzie had struck her groove, but this novel finds her in middle school, pleading with teachers to call her by her nickname instead of Louise, suffering humiliation at the hands of the mean girls, and uncertain of the magic around her. Her beloved father Charlie has just driven out of Weetzie’s life ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, yaf
This is the Weetzie Bat prequel and I didn't hate it as much as I hated all of FLB's other recent works.

I don't know if it would appeal much to anyone who's not already interested in Weetzie, and it doesn't introduce a whole lot of unknown Weetzie history for the obsessive. It is, however, a sweet story about a high school girl who dresses weird (even for Los Angeles), doesn't fit in, struggles to make friends and tries to cope with her parents' break-up/her father's departure. This is not as m
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2012
I won Pink Smog in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.

I had never read any of the Weetzie Bat books before reading this one, so I was completely new to the Weetzie Bat experience.

Pink Smog was a bit quirky in kind of a urban-cool, retro sort of way. It's sort of like She's All That where the main gal is cute and quirky yet tragically picked on by her peers, but at the end of the day she's still a little darling. Well, I'm not sure I would call Weetzie a "darling" but I thought she was a very inte
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

I have a really soft spot in my heart for Weetzie Bat. When I was in tenth grade, I bought the bind-up of the Weetzie Bat books which was called Dangerous Angels and it became something of my security blanket. I took it with me most places and read my favorite parts over and over. I wrote down all my favorite quotes and drank up FLB's writing like it was the last cup of water in the desert. It was everything to a messed up fifteen year old. I haven't read it since, just because I don't want to
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time, when I was in eighth grade, my local library had a very small section of three revolving racks and a sign that said young adult. This was the year 2000. Because I am mad old. One of the books on the racks had pretty much the most attractive, eye catching cover ever. It was also thick, which might as well have been a siren call to me. That book was Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block and it contained all of the Weetzie Bat books. Now, I read it and so much went over my head, ...more
Debbie Hoskins
At the American Library Association convention exhibits, I lucked into finding out that Francesca Lia Block was signing books. I chose Pink Smog - because the cover is so compelling - to have her sign. Having grown up in the early 70's I loved this setting - complete with details I had forgotten like Bonnie Bell cosmetics and those awful gym suits we wore.

Francesca called me a first generation of Weetzie Bat. That book was so groundbreaking in the late 80's. It still has appeal to new generation
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Keri McLucas
Contemporary realistic fiction

Louise Bat is 13 years old and lives in Las Angeles, California. Pink is the color of the sky in L.A. at dusk, through the smog. Her father, Charlie, recently left Louise and her mother-leaving Louise longing to be called Weetzie, the nickname her father gave to her. Weetzie is in the ugly-duckling stage of growth. She feels insecure and is searching for her own identity. At the same time, abandonment is deepened by her mother’s obsessive drinking. Weet
I love Block's brand of magic realism -- sadness, magic, wonder, evil mixing it up in L.A. This prequel to Weetzie Bat is about overcoming bad things - a parent's alcholism, another parent's desertion, bullies, the doubts of one's own heart -- and coming out the other side strong and happy because you've learned to love yourself. Weetzie's such a wonderful character. You want to be her friend and give her a hug. And Block's love for L.A. in all its crazy beauty is so beautifully rendered -- I co ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
An interesting testament to coming of age in the booming city of Los Angeles, but at times it drags on. If you're a fan of Shampoo Planet or Magic America, you'll definitely love this book. For me, I thought it was rather shallow to be honest, and much of it was just a mess of trippy sentences and pop culture.
Jenn Estepp
Not sure how much I would've cared for this, if I didn't already have a vested interest in Weetzie Bat and company. But I do. And while this doesn't come close to rivaling the earlier books, it's an interesting slice of something and it did remind me of the affection that was once there. And, it's eons better than other stuff Block has put out lately (and which I couldn't even get through).
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
A nice supplement to Dangerous Angels and even Necklace of Kisses. I thought the mysterious notes storyline dragged as well as the ongoing interactions with Anna. But, it was absolutely wonderful to read Weetzie again. Specifically, Louise before she became Weetzie. I loved this glimpse into her early life.
Bcoghill Coghill
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another visit with my favorite woman in literature. Ages ago I bought the first Weetzie Bat book for my pre-teen daughter. I have maintained a relationship with the (fictional) woman for two decades. Witchie Bay is my favorite character but there would be no Witchie Baby without Weetzie Bat, would there?
How good to be back with a younger Weetzie.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
It was okay. I loved the Dangerous Angels compilation of the original books, but I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much. I haven't read the originals in a long time, so I wonder if I still like those as much as I did before. I think it adds something for fans, but new readers shouldn't start with this book.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I opened it as soon as I took it out of the mail box! I haven't been able to put it down since! Oh how I have missed my favorite characters :) After finishing the book I cannot wait to read Dangerous Angels again. I enjoy Francesca's writing immensely!
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
It's a passable coming-of-age story with some cool lines and scenes, but it's not magical like Francesca Lia Block's other YA novels, that's it.
Carolee Wheeler
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Really enjoyable; created movies and mythologies in my mind just like Weetzie Bat. Not a stand-alone book for people who haven't read Weetzie Bat, though...
What a magical, exciting life you must lead, FLB.

I first read about Weetzie 20 years ago, when I was 14. She is still just as visible and vibrant to me as she was then. This book, as with her other work, is full of ambiguous imagery. I think it's fantastic, but I know that this writing style is not for everyone. If you've never read any of her works before, start where I started: with Girl Goddess #9.

If you're a long-time Weetzie fan like me, get some tissues ready. It's haunting, and achingly b
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, LOVE the Weetzie Bat books. I, like so many others, discovered them in my teens and just devoured them. They're like bubble gum and glitter and cotton candy. Francesca Lia Block's writing is dreamy and so delicious you can almost taste it. I'm well beyond the target age for Weetzie these days, but I couldn't resist Pink Smog .

I adored learning how our beloved Weetzie went from mousette to the slinkster cool punk pixie we all know and treasure. It wasn't an easy road for 13 year o
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i've read the series of weetzie bat but never this one and it's strange how a younger weetzie makes more sense than the other one in terms of thought processes (absence of very poetic prose) but i still quite like this, the feeling of figuring things out and questioning whether you made it up is something i still relate to even at 22 and i think anyone can enjoy
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
getting ready to re-read Weetzie Bat (because nostalgia) and discovered this prequel. i wish i hadn't. It lacks the fairy-tale short-story style that made Weetzie Bat (and the sequels) so endearing. Weetzie isn't very deep and it was surprising to find her with a back story that gave her depth.
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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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