This is actually 5 books in one, and the quality of each book varies quite a lot. Unfortunately the book starts off with the weakest stories, I nearly gave up right at the beginning. I'm glad I didn't though, because the last two stories are great and I closed the book wanting more. The Los Angeles that Block describes is dazzling and magical, and her stories of love and longing are uplifting. It takes a while to get used to her writing style and you have to learn to read between the lines a little. I think I would have loved this as a teenager.
I'd rank the stories like this: Missing Angel Juan > Baby Be-Bop > Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys = Witch Baby = Weetzie Bat.