Weetzie Bat has been a classic icon in young adult literature for almost twenty years — and now, she’s back in an all new prequel to introduce new readers to her fabulous modern day fairy tale escapades.
Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block introduces readers to Weetzie’s middle school years, and shows us how this iconic character became the Weetzie Bat of the Dangerous Angels collection.
In her formative years, Weetzie is less sure of herself than her older self seen in Block’s beloved collection of stories. With Pink Smog, readers witness the events that help shape her personality, her signature style, and her strength. There’s a lot of real world drama for Weetzie to deal with: bullies, a broken home, and witnessing one friend’s eating disorder, and another friend’s questionable means of income.
These are issues any teenager can relate to — and yet, woven throughout Pink Smog is an element of whimsy and magic, the very signature style that Block is known for. She weaves these fantastical elements into her story so seamlessly that it’s easy to believe magic is real and that this whimsical version of Los Angeles really exists.
I fell in love with the Weetzie Bat books when I was a teenager, and I fell in love all over again reading Pink Smog. Whether you’re a long time Weetzie Bat fan, or just meeting her for the first time, Pink Smog is a seductive, magical story that will leave you ready for more.
Lucky for us, there is lots more to Weetzie’s story!
Pink Smog is in stores on Tuesday.