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Lanky lizards! The slinkster-cool novels in Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat series have finally been compiled into one delicious volume. All of the ethereal, mesmerizing titles are here--Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop--together like the big, beautiful family described on their pages. Block's unique, poetic style immediately draws readers into an intoxicating magical-realist world populated by empathetic, original characters (as well as a few ghosts, fairies, and genies): "He kissed her. A kiss about apple pie à la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs."

We cheer for these young women and men as they struggle with the universal trials of growing up, finding love, and letting go--all within the vivid, glittering, urban embrace of Los Angeles. Block's stories about finding yourself, being true to your dreams, and believing in what might seem impossible will inspire teens and adults alike with the resounding messages of hope and the transformative power of love. --Brangien Davis

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“Magic is everywhere in Block’s lyrical and resonant fables. At once modern and mythic, her series deserves as much space as it can command of daydream nation’s shrinking bookshelves.” (Village Voice)

“A poetic series of books celebrating love, art, and the imagination, all in hyper-lyrical language.” (Spin)

“Transcendent.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Ms. Block’s far-ranging free association has been controlled and shaped...with sensual characters. The language is inventive Californian hip, but the patterns are compactly folkloristic and the theme is transcendent.” (New York Times Book Review)
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Product Details

  • Series: Weetzie Bat Books
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064406970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064406970
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Francesca Lia Block, recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award. has been publishing novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and poetry since 1989. Her work has been translated into many languages. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing workshops that are also available online.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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144 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Faehnle on November 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
I'd read the whole Weetzie Bat series before purchasing this book, but the problem was that no-one I'd loaned my individual copies of the stories to ever returned them. (Which may, in and of itself, be a testament to the kick-butt slinkster coolness that is intrinsically a part of this book.)
So anyway, as I was falling in love with a girl with whom I go to college, I read her Weetzie Bat. It was really cool. Especially the part in which My Secret Agent Lover Man expresses his undying love for Weetzie (I liked the part about "You are my martini..."). Since that time (about a month ago), however, this person has emotionally crucified me, and started dating an extremely goofy-looking boy.
Alas, that's the life portrayed in Ms. Block's novellas: hartbreaking and inspiring, exhilirating and melancholy. Read as modern day fairy-tales, they are wonderfully crafted pieces of fiction. Not surprisingly, however, I've read many scathing reviews of this series on Amazon.com. I think that for people to review it poorly, they have to miss the point--that these are fairy-tales. I wouldn't want a 13-year-old kid reading this as an instruction guide to life, but then again, how many people take fiction that seriously? (At least a few people do, as evidenced by the reviews.)
As with all fairy-tales, there is a moral behind the narrative: that love and universal acceptance goes a long way to make people happy, to heal hurt, and to generally make the world a better place--but also that things that some people take for love (that is, sex) can be devastating and hurtful. Love *IS* a dangerous angel. On that level, this book is not only a beautiful piece of prose, but of perhaps immeasurable value to a world torn by conflict, hurt, and hate.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "gooseobsession" on May 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book has become my bible. I think I've read it 8 times in six months. It's almost become an escape for me. When life depresses me, I read about Weetzie & Co., and I see that they go through hard times, but things turn out all right if you have love in your heart. I always feel rays of hope throughout my soul after reading it. I remember that although the world is full of pain, there is so much good in it as well. I've recommended it to about a million people, because it is the best book I have ever read. I wish I could move into their house in the canyon and live in the place where it's hot and cool, glam and slam, angels and devils, Los Angeles.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "secretagentgrrl" on May 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
First of all, this book was intended for young adults, so OF COURSE it may seem like simple language. As an avid reader of 14 years old, i discovered this book & of course fell in love with it. Now, at 17, i own it & still read it. Why? Because it's an escape. It makes me feel happy, & hopeful, & like there's some meaning left in the world. It is written in Block's own unique style, so don't be surprised when the sentences "don't relate" to each other. Her style is like beat poetry, with a some fairy tale/street life tossed in. The books are very childlike, & manage to deal with "mature" subject matter in an innocent way. For instance, they are pro-safe sex & anti-drug use. Of course not everyone will like them-there has never been a book that EVERY SINGLE PERSON liked. I'd recommend buying it for your teenager, especially if it's a girl because they tend to be less cynical about "magic".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
admittedly this might not be the best written book ever. or the most plausible story. that's not the point. the point is i read this book when i was 15, in high school, and the only gay kid i knew of. my friend gave me her copy of weetzie bat and i read it all at once then went to the library and got the rest of them. it was one of the most reassuring things. people who loved each other beyond the conventional perception of what family is, or what love itself is even. this book didn't "save my life" but it certainly gave me something to look forward to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W.C. VandenBerg on November 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Francesca Lia Block achieves in a few pages a depth of characterization some authors can't get across in an entire book. She does so with a stylized way of writing some have criticized as too simple. I couldn't disagree more. Her short, snappy sentence structure I found reminiscent of beat poetry, highlights of the environment that are the small, important details in these characters' lives.
The way she turns the fairytale archetype on its head, too, is great fun. By page 30, all of the characters are living happily ever after. The rest of the book (really a collection of books) explores what it means to live happily ever after. It's decidedly not without its rough patches.
While the stories are very upbeat, optimistic and full of love, Block still effectively conveys those bugaboos of young adult life -- social anxieties of fitting in, popularity, life as a stepchild, falling in love and finding oneself -- with stunning symbolism. I don't think I'll ever forget the creepy coven of the Jane Mansfield Fan Club or Witch Baby's finding the chilling horrors of mannequin figures frozen in attitudes of excruciating emotion.
The 'young adult' category of the book should be thought of more as a recommendation on the minimum maturity level of the reader than an age suggestion. There are indeed some adults in the book facing adult situations, but Block does not let anyone off the hook: there are serious consequences to serious actions.
In short, the power of this book should not be underestimated. One should not confuse a simple writing style for simple ideas. When Block writes that love is a dangerous angel, she allows the reader to figure out what that means without using pages and pages of purple prose. I find it refreshing that she treats the reader intelligently.
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