Pink Smog, Becoming Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block; 2012; $17.99; 185 pages; Harper Teen, New York, NY; 978-0-06-156598-4; Teen; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview Branch; 7/18-7/19

Why did I pick this up?  The author is scheduled to be at Wordstock , October 5 & 6 at The Oregon Convention Center and I like to read books of authors that are coming.

What is the story?  Louise is a young girl whose parents are splitting up as the story begins.  She encounters some bullying from mean girls at her schools, makes friends with some other outliers, finds strange riddles that lead her to various places around Los Angeles.  She tries to figure out why her parents split and who she is and where she fits in to the various parts of her life.  She becomes a strong young woman who knows where she belongs and has a stronger sense of who she is.

Did I like it?  Yes, it is a mystery, a slice of life and an ode to my favorite city.   The author does a great job of evoking all that is Los Angeles.


What is with the title of the review?  The story is as much about the city of Los Angeles as it is about the main character and I kept thinking of Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.”  as I read the book.