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Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books Paperback – Bargain Price, September 28, 2010
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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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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.Read more ›
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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One of my favorite series of books, I bought this for my niece and I hope she loves it as much as I do!Published 3 months ago by Lauren Grosso
I posted a review for the first Weetzie Bat on the stand-alone book, which is amazing.
My thoughts on the other books is that while they didn't capture the magic of the... Read more
A voice I've never heard before. Amazingly ahead of its time. Technicolor writingPublished 7 months ago by Stephanie L Willing
This is one of my favorite books of all time. And I read a lot of books. I read these when they came out as individual books when I was about 14 years old because Sassy had an... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Deborah Goldin
I'm now sharing these stories that I've loved so much with my pre-teen daughter. What magic and truth.Published 8 months ago by Maureen O'Leary Wanket
Didn't find the continuing saga to keep me as entertained as the first Weetzie Bat book.
Main thing though - I don't see this published as "teen" lit, which in my mind... Read more
i read it as a teenage and went back to visit it again as a 19 year old woman. okay all jokes aside. really read this book. i love it.Published 13 months ago by Veggie Head Cat Lady