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Necklace of kisses : a novel
Francesca Lia Block
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Readers who remember Weetzie Bat and My Secret Agent Lover Man's first kiss (a "kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat") from their YA incarnation may be crushed to learn that they've shared no kisses since September 11, 2001. My Secret Agent Lover Man, though Weetzie's long-time lover, "was now just Max"; Weetzie, whom readers first met in 1989's Weetzie Bat, is now 40. As the novel opens, Weetzie packs a small bag and checks herself into a pink hotel in L.A., "seeking the kiss she had lost." There Weetzie embarks on a quest of sorts. She meets Shelley, whose kiss reveals that she is a mermaid and is the first of the title's necklace of kisses. Each kiss injects a bit more enchantment into Weetzie's life. Block carefully construes the kisses as complete in and of themselves. Weetzie never betrays Max; this is a novel of healing. Weetzie's many fans will most appreciate this reunion with the heroine and her Secret Agent Lover Man, Dirk and Duck and many more. But those just meeting Block's whimsical entourage and sparkling prose will also appreciate the book's message: that magic can be found in stolen moments and, in Dirk's words, though "love is a dangerous angel," it's well worth the risk. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Fifteen years ago, YA readers were introduced to the funky mystical world of Weetzie Bat, a lovable punk flower child. Now, followers of the controversial but popular "Dangerous Angels" series will rejoice as Weetzie and her cohorts are brought back magically to life in Block's first adult novel and sixth series entry (after Baby Be-Bop, 1996). Rising self-doubts over life choices send 40-year-old Weetzie into a midlife crisis. Escaping from her once passionate and now staid relationship with longtime boyfriend Max, she books herself into a pink hotel inhabited by mythical creatures. Dreamlike interactions with a captured mermaid and a sexy room service faun, among other beings, are interwoven with the emotional realities and support of her friends and family. With vivid imagery, Block, the 2005 recipient of the ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in young adult fiction, has conjured another enchanting and lyrically surreal journey of love and self-discovery. Recommended for popular fiction collections.-Joy St. John, Henderson Dist. P.L., NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Weetzie Bat
Female
Age: 40
Mother
Devotee of the late-1970s; child of an alcoholic ex-starlet mother and a drug-addict father; relationship with her secret-agent man has fallen apart; goes on a search of self-discovery.

Max
Male
Weetzie's lover; used to be called "My-Secret-Agent-Lover-Man".
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