Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block

Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block

The first thing to know is that Pink Smog is a prequel to Ms. Block's  Dangerous Angels series. You can read more about this series in this post, and also you can see a valentine to the author here.

Junior high is a battle field. Weetzie Bat (whose real name is Louise, but her father gave her the nick name and she likes it more) has bigger problems at home than the gum chewing queen bees who torment her at school, but that doesn't make them any more fun to be around. Back at the apartment she's trying to keep life running normally- her mom won't leave the couch since her movie-director dad left for NYC. Her dad's sending money but not telephone calls and that's really not the same.

Weetzie lives in an L.A. that is always a mixture of dangerous and magical. There's a girl in her building who seems to be practicing voodoo (and maybe targeting Weetzie herself) and a boy who might be her guardian angel or maybe just a guy who happens to be in the right place more times than not? There are silver envelopes that keep arriving from mysterious sources, sending Weetzie on a very strange treasure hunt. The air is pink and Marilyn Monroe's ghost seems to haunt the whole city. It's a place

But Weetzie is strong of spirit and heart. She finds two other outsiders at her school and when they are together, the trio creates their own safe spaces. The mean ones might still think they are freaks, but when you've got friends, who cares what they have to say?

If only the family your born with was as easy to deal with as the family you meet along the way...

Pink Smog will give you a taste of the Dangerous Angels world. Things are beautiful and scary there. When you come around the corner you might come across a man who looks a bit more like a genie than he ought to or a pair of boots that turn your feet into hooves. But, you'll also come around other corners and just find the normal every day wonders of LA- like a great hot dog stand or the Hollywood walk of fame. Get ready to leave the boring world behind and enter the star-dusted world of Weetzie Bat, it's one you won't soon forget.

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