Ajax Bell

Author of the Queen City Boys books

50 Books: Book 32

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Necklace of Kisses
Francesca Lia Block

Necklace of Kisses, Francesca Lia Block

The Dangerous Angels series by Miss Block are some of my all time favorite books.  I even have a tattoo of the line the series is named after.  These books really spoke to me in my late teens and early 20s.  Describing a fantasy life that was exactly what I'd like.  Even the later books as the main characters grew up and the stories were about their own teenagers rang true and sweet.  The universe of the stories is magical realism, set in LA, with a bunch of misfit kids making lives for themselves that are outside the usual societal confines.  Adventures are had and love is found with a healthy does of genie lamp wishing and other magical bits. So imagine my surprise when I'm in a bookstore in Philadelphia and I find a Block book I haven't before seen, and it's int he Dangerous Angels universe!  Indeed it's story for grown up women like me, the main character Weetzie Bat as she navigates her way into middle age!  Hurrah.

The book was exactly what I've come to expect from Block in this series, funny, lightly and simply written, with a healthy does of fantasy and reality mixed.  The themes are deeper than their treatment, but in this universe it works well.  I'm so glad I found this and really, I hope the series goes on with Weetzie's children again and more fully resolving her relationship with her man.  Happiness is unexpectedly finding a book you'd didn't know you wished was written until it appears.

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