Becoming Weetzie Bat
Harper Teen, Hardcover, 9780061565984, 185pp.
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
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 generation to the eponymous Weetzie Bat--before she was Weetzie. Against the backdrop of a Los Angeles teeming with magical realism, Louise Bat struggles to find a way to deal with life after her father's unceremonious departure.
Longtime fans and newfound readers alike will fall in love with Francesca Lia Block's beautifully crafted and brutally honest world. Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Boys, proclaimed "Pink Smog sparkles and obscures; it's a glorious mirage, like the city it pays homage to."
“An intoxicating mix of mystery, fantasy, and romance told in her signature poetic style and peopled by guardian angels, witches, a goddess, and a demon.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“Newcomers and longtime fans alike will find much to savor in this nuanced meditation on what is lost, and what is gained, in the process of becoming an artist.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Pink Smog sparkles and obscures; it’s a glorious mirage, like the city it pays homage to.”
-Maggie Stiefvater, #1 New York Times bestselling author, for the New York Times Book Review
“This canny introduction to Weetzie is the perfect prep.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Teens... will relate to the heroine’s universal feelings of being on the fringe. Louise’s uplifting example proves that only from the outside can one forge her own true path.”
CRITICAL ACCLAIM for WEETZIE BAT and the DANGEROUS ANGELS collection:“Transcendent.”
-New York Times Book Review
-New York Post
“One of the most original books of the last ten years.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review