[PDF] Download ½ Pink Smog | by ☆ Francesca Lia Block

By Francesca Lia Block | Comments: ( 552 ) | Date: ( Dec 12, 2019 )

The girl in the mirror wasn t who I wanted to be, and her life wasn t the one I wanted to have.Despite how much Louise insists, no one will call her Weetzie It s her dad s nickname for her, but it won t stay put Neither will her dad Charlie left Louise and her mom and he took everything with him her family, her home and her understanding of who she s meant to be.But LThe girl in the mirror wasn t who I wanted to be, and her life wasn t the one I wanted to have.Despite how much Louise insists, no one will call her Weetzie It s her dad s nickname for her, but it won t stay put Neither will her dad Charlie left Louise and her mom and he took everything with him her family, her home and her understanding of who she s meant to be.But Los Angeles is a city full of strange angels, and Louise embarks on a journey to sift through the smog of her heartbreak, to grow her own wings, to become Weetzie.

  • Title: Pink Smog
  • Author: Francesca Lia Block
  • ISBN: 9780061565991
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Francesca Lia Block

Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon , her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs a springer spaniel named Vincent Van Go Go Boots and a beagle mix named Thumper She left only to attend the University of California, Berkeley She has often professed her love of Los Angeles, calling it a Jasmine scented, jacaranda purple, neon sparked city, which she has nicknamed in her books Shangri LA.

Comments Pink Smog

  • usagi ☆ミ

    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. Bias [...]

  • La Katie

    HERE THERE BE SPOILERS5 Things AboutPink Smog1. 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 actual [...]

  • Andrew Marcec

    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 [...]

  • Therese

    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 bec [...]

  • Greta is Erikasbuddy

    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 GirlThere 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 [...]

  • Natalie

    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 [...]

  • Ciara

    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 &wow. even at that young of an age, i was already pretty much completely over francesca lia block's [...]

  • Book Twirps

    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

    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 lif [...]

  • jess

    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 [...]

  • Summer

    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 [...]

  • Alexandra

    ♥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 t [...]

  • Lauren

    POTENTIAL SPOILERS IN REVIEW!!Block is my favorite author, but to be honest, I was beginning to tire of the focus on Weetzie (really, how many books does she need?). But of course, deep down, I still love the character. I believe all of Block's books are love letters to LA, and they're true love letters because they even describe the faults with Weetzie's city along with all its inherent magic. This book also seemed to be a love letter to Marilyn Monroe, which was a little strange but still inte [...]

  • April

    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, [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Keri

    Keri McLucasContemporary 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. We [...]

  • Karen

    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 [...]

  • 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).

  • Joanna

    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

    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.

  • rabbit-heart

    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.

  • Nicole

    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!

  • Mizuki

    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

    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

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  • Tasha

    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 [...]

  • Monica

    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 resistPink 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 old [...]

  • Michelle

    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.

  • Zola Melville

    I think that the book was well written. However, it was hard to relate to because some of the conflicts are unrealistic. It does connect to Catcher in the Rye.

  • Madeleine

    GENIUS. had to read this for my AP Lit class and I ended up using it for the AP exam! I got a 5

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