Monday, February 7, 2011

What Do You Mean You Haven't Read the Dangerous Angels Series by Francesca Lia Block?

Dangerous Angel Series
(Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, Baby Be Bop)
by Francesca Lia Block
Submitted by: Nico

Why do these books have a cover fit for a paranormal romance novel? I don't understand! If you want paranormal romance, Ms. Block has you covered with books on werewolves, vampires and changelings, but these are not those books.

Instead, these are the stories of a family in L.A.. They definitely have some glimpses of fairytales in them (genies, fairy grandmothers, etc) but mostly it's just the magic of the city that they live in.

Weetzie Bat is a seriously cool teenager growing up in the 1980s with her best friend Dirk. They travel around in an old convertible with Weetzie's dog, Slinkster Dog. They hit up punk clubs and eat hot dogs with guacamole. There's also Dirk's grandmother, Fifi, who lives in a house so small and pretty it could be made of gingerbread and has an amazing collection of dresses bursting out of all of her closets. Everything about their world is a little more exciting than the regular one. And when Weetzie finds herself with three wishes, the story really gets going.

The best thing about this series (which follows Weetzie as she grows up and then has her own teenage daughters- Witch baby and Cherokee Bat) is that, while there are a few magical things going on, what it's really about is finding a tribe of people to hang out with- the family that you choose instead of the family you're born with.

A lot (a lot, a lot) of authors have been influenced by Ms. Block and if you like your edgy teen lit to be a little dreamy and magical, she is totally worth checking out!

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