New school, Dad leaves, Mom drinks away her sorrows, and no one will call her by the right nickname - if this is what being 13 is like, then Weetzie feels cheated. But a guardian angel appears, and her life in LA takes on some new sparkle.
It must have been an angel who helped Weetzie pull her mom from the swimming pool, who did CPR till the ambulance came. The family who just moved in upstairs are no angels though, that girl with long black hair and empty eyes and creepy laugh, the mother who knew Weetzie's movie director dad a little too well. The angel guy turns out to be Winter, and somehow Weetzie's dad asked him to watch out for her... wherever Dad is.
Eventually her solitary lunchtimes at junior high give way to friendship with Bobby and Lily, against all the mean kids who hurt everyone's feelings. With Bobby and Lily, life is better, and when hand-delivered silver envelopes start appearing with messages for her (ransom note style, with the cut-out letters), life starts to get interesting. Weetzie turns well-loved old clothes into fantastic fashions, tries to get Mom to eat dinner instead of drink it, wonders how love so sweet could turn so bitter.
Does that girl upstairs really have voodoo dolls? Can Winter help Weetzie find her dad again? What are all the silver envelope messages telling her?
This long-awaited prequel to Block's popular Weetzie Bat series weaves the pivotal life events of young Weetzie through LA's orange blossoms, star-sprinkled pavements, and Pink Smog of the 1970s.
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at http://BooksYALove.com