Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat #1)
Fifteen years ago Francesca Lia Block made a dazzling entrance into the literary scene with what would become one of the most talked-about books of the decade; Weetzie Bat. This poetic roller coaster swoop has a sleek new design to match its new sister and brother books, Goat Girls and Beautiful Boys. Rediscover the magic of Weetzie Bat, Ms. Blocks sophisticated, slinkste...more
the excitement of living my life is that i am always surprised by how i will respond; the world is a big exciting oyster of possibility.
this book has everything going against my expected tastes: slick language, "cool" protagonist...more
My wishes were not granted, mostly. I was prepared to read a short, but pleasantly shocking, quirky urban young adult fantasy novel of the ageless sort. Something that has earned being referenced in every other modern fairytale review. But I was disappointed by something s...more
The characters are extremely one-dimensional,and all the problems that th...more
Lily (Witch Baby)
My Secret Agent Lover Man
Raphael Chong Jah-Love
and just for good measure
All these crazy cool character names...makes Scoobs sound soo...
The language is poetical, for example,
"...she knew Dirk had to go. She kissed him and packed bags and picnic baskets and thermoses and Spiderman lunch pails full of bagels, string cheese, chocolate-chip cookies, milk, apples, and carrot sticks. My Secret Agent Love Man slipped some cash and a Dionne Warwick tape into Dirk's pockets. They all hugged and kissed, and Cherokee...more
For someone to rave about a book as much as some people rave about this book, I would expect to get some sort of something out of the book. I even waited over 12 hours to write this review to give myself time to reflect on the book, in hopes to get just something, anything, out of the book. Still nothing...
But maybe I just don't get it. Maybe it's really a fantastic read full of dynamic characters and a great story and a revolutionary message. Ma...more
Weetzie hangs out with Dirk avoiding the lame high school kids who don't understand them, and when she finds a genie in a bottle she wishes for a boyfriend for herself, one for Dirk, and a place to live. She gets all three, but when her boyfriend...more
The story works best as a parable about love and tolerance. It is not heavy on plot or language, but tha...more
Now for the contemporary issues presented by Block. She some how made everything seem slightly inconsequential. She trie...more
Except, I just reread it and I loved it. I ab...more
Full disclosure: I've never been to Los Angeles. Or to California. Or to the US for that matter. Like many (most) Europeans though, I've been flooded with dream visions of those places. Reading Weetzie Bat felt exactly like living in the most fun and the most colourful of those.
I almost read it in one sitting. It's a very short book and the style...more
It pretty much holds up. If anything, it's even *more* impressive to me, now, that someone was able to publish a lush but spare novel (I think it should be called a novel, even though it must clock in at not much more than 10,000 words) for tweens that deals with topics like gay love, AID...more
So far as I can tell people either adore or despise this book, so I can't tell you what to feel. However, at 70 pages it's not going to waste much of your time if you dislike it.
Weetzie's world is magical and helps you forget your troubles for an hour or so. I'd recommend it to my friends, not because the writing is prolific (it's n...more
Set in what seems to be a typical universe, with real cities and food options, this realism i...more
But damn it, it reads like bad fanfiction.
Simple (bordering on childish) sentence structure, weird plot points, absurd humor. Things that happen that should bring about some character development but instead are just used as a plot point to bring characters to another scene or another conclusio...more
The story involves an older teen girl and her gay best friend Dirk, and how they wish for a house, lifelong love, and happiness. Los Angeles is like another character; many places in L.A. serve as the backdrop to the action, and it is also a...more
She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a spr...more