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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. Block's sophisticated, slinkste ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by HarperTeen (first published 1989)
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karen
it is so awesome being me. every day is a contradiction, every opinion is unpredictable and inconsistent. i surprise myself daily: i love the coen brothers, but i hate the big lebowski. how is this possible?? i hate cutie-pie whimsical movies, but i loved amelie. wuuh?

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
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Susan
Jan 24, 2008 Susan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: young-adult
The disclaimer here is that everyone else I know who read this book liked it, but I felt so strongly about this book after I read it I had to put my two cents in anyway, even knowing that I may be going against the grain here. It's difficult to say what age I would ever consider recommending this book to because the message and subject matter here seems a bit mature for young teens, yet the entire thing feels like it's written at about a fourth grade reading level. The characters exist in a sort ...more
brian
this book would have changed my life had i been given it when i was stuck in long island and forced to hang around fuckhead fratguys who alternated between blowing bong-hits to bob marley and working out repressed homosexuality by pummelling pale skinny weak kids. perhaps this book would have forced all the self-loathing (due to the conflict between wondering why i wasn’t like said fuckheads and the deep repulsion i felt toward them) to turn outward and i might’ve pulled some kind of columbine d ...more
Ben Loory
really hated this book for the first couple pages, couldn't believe i was supposed to read an entire bookful of this happy hippie treacly bullshit, then i abruptly burst into tears at the end of the first chapter and loved it from there on out. reminds me a little bit of hemingway in the way that complaints about it seem to center around a perceived lack of emotional depth, whereas all i see (after those first few pages) is a constant battle against darkness and pain. it's mystifying. anyway, i ...more
Chris
Weezie is something of a geration-X Holly Golightly, without the tragedy; she's everything a mixed up, affected, over-the-top poetry-and-creative-writing highschool student from the late 90s who was raised on too much Molly Ringwald and Duckie wanted to be. The story is breezy and fun, with Weezie, Dirk, and Secret Angent Lover Man tripping lightly from one adventure to the next, learning to live, love, and make successful underground movies in a Hollywood that actually has all the glitz and gla ...more
Katie
I know of many people who really enjoyed this book a lot, but I personally found it confusing, short-sighted, and almost pointless. It tells the fantastical story of Weetzie Bat and her friends who live happily in a fantasy-land California, seemingly dreamlike state. Everything that occurs is very far-fetched to me, and even if it were a fairy tale, I could not find or come up with a theme for this really ambiguous novella.

The characters are extremely one-dimensional,and all the problems that th
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Jennie
Plot: When Dirk meets Weetzie in high school, they hit it off immediately; they wear the coolest clothes and they drive around Los Angeles in their "slinkster cool" car. They form an unconventional family when Duck and My Secret Agent Lover Man come into the picture. As a family they create movies and then one day, Weetzie decides to have a baby. She has the baby with Duck and Dirk, which upsets My Secret Agent Lover Man, but he gets over it and brings his child, Witch Baby, in order to live wit ...more
Merinde
I was expecting something amazing. This book didn't just let me down, it actually vaguely disgusted me on many, many levels. Yeah, I get that it is a fairy tale of sorts and so doesn't have any obligation to be realistic. That doesn't excuse badly written characters, forced plot turns and badly written conversations though. I mean, just compare this to anything by Gaiman - Anansi Boys and American Gods are also fairytales happening in modern day USA, but manage not to be completely awful. I unde ...more
oliviasbooks
"You get three wishes," the genie said. "I wish for a Duck for Dirk, and My Secret Agent Lover Man for me, and a beautiful little house for us to live in happiliy ever after." "Your wishes are granted. Mostly," said the genie.

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
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Scoobs
Charlie Bat
Weetzie Bat
Cherokee
Lily (Witch Baby)
Brandy-Lynn
My Secret Agent Lover Man
Dirk
Duck
Jerry
Slinkster Dog
Go-Go Girl
Pee Wee
Wee Wee
Teenie Wee
Tiki Tee
Tee Pee
Valentine Jah-Love
Ping Chong
Raphael Chong Jah-Love
and just for good measure
Iggy Pop

All these crazy cool character names...makes Scoobs sound soo...
Elizabeth
Zero, zero ZERO stars if I could. Oh, mercy. I only managed to finish reading this because it was short. And with its reputation, I thought it might get less awful at some point.

Spoiler: it never got less awful. And now my face hurts from grimacing this long.

Are these characters supposed to be this unlikeable? I mean, I know they're supposed to be just DARLING levels of rebellious cool. That much is clear. I mean, they wear kimonos and Indian headdresses so obviously they're really unique. And t
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Cera
I first read this in the late 90s and loved it to pieces; I read it two or three times back then, and wished desperately that I could live in a world as magical and exotic and amazing as the one Block envisioned. Looking back, I completely understand what I saw in it, because there's a lot of good; Weetzie is true to herself, learns to reject destructive relationship and self-sabotaging behaviour, forges a non-traditional family, and does it all with glitter and rose petals and kitschy LA souven ...more
Gina
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Sarah
This is my favorite young adult novel of all time. It is short, highly poetic, and very unusual for a YA novel. The main character, Weetzie, is free-spirited and flamboyantly creative. She and her homosexual best friend, Dirk, share a great sense of style and terrible luck with dating. When Dirk's grandma Fifi gives Weetzie a magic lamp, Weetzie's three wishes come true: boyfriends for Dirk and herself and a beautiful house for the four of them to live in happily ever after. The characters don't ...more
Nicole
I understand that this is one of the first works of fantastical realism in young adult literature; I understand that it plays on a poetic kind of fiction writing; I understand that it's Block's first work.

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
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Katherine
I just re-read this the other night, for the first time since I was a young teen in the early '90s. I remember it as a Book That Made Me Want To Write Books. It expanded my vision of what was possible, bookwise.

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
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Megan
My sister gave me her copy of this book as I prepared my move to Los Angeles. In its simplest for it is a fairy tale. Ms. Block coated the Los Angeles of the 80's and 90's in a thick coat of glitter and filled it with characters that seem to float on each page. The names alone give the idea of how twee this book can get. Our heroine's name is Weetzie and she is every woman: artist, designer, waitress, punk, mother. Her counterbalance boyfriend is My Secret Agent Lover Man who dresses in black an ...more
Chris
2.5 stars. I don't even know how to review this odd YA novel about Weezie Bat and her guy, and her best friend Dirk and his guy, living together in a cottage in LA. It had elements of urban fantasy and magical realism and the repetitively simple sentence structure drove me crazy, yet I read the whole thing.
Hira
This book started off well enough - a little weird and quite dysfunctional, and boys being called 'ducks'. But then came the wishes...

In my opinion, this book was just...crazy. Some pretty crazy shit went down in this. I honestly can't explain it any better than that. It was a short read, and kind of a whirlwind of events. Characters aren't exactly complex, nor did they seem developed. All in all, not a good read, and wouldn't recommend it.
Katie Paredero
This book contained very interesting themes and concepts. I liked the idea of what was going on in the story. However, I felt as though it was not very well written. The writer of this book efficiently wrote the main character Weetzie. It was easy for me to figure her out and see the world in the unique way Weetzie sees things. This writer also wrote about interesting and mature concepts and ideas, but weirdly, it was all written in what felt like the format of a book written for a third grader. ...more
Will Walton
So this is what a contemporary fairy tale should be: something that makes you see the magic of your own time, of your own place, and of your own life, something like WEETZIE BAT.
Lisa
This sentence sort of says it all: "Weetzie and My Secret Agent Lover Man and Dirk and Duck and Cherokee and Witch Baby and Slinkster Dog and Go-Go Girl and the puppies . . . were driving down Hollywood Boulevard on their way to the Tick Tock Tea Room for turkey platters." Quirky and full of surprises, I quite liked this little book. It reads like a fable, but with a lot of real-world grit and heartache embedded in the story. Weetzie Bat is a sprightly, lovable character who simultaneously grows ...more
jacky
I must say that I did not like this book much at all. I felt that it lacked plot and character development. The plot of the book just whizzed by with no real detail. Eighty-eight pages of book seemed to cover years, but the time frame was unclear as well. Even though I didn't like this book, I do think that it might be a good choice for reluctant high school readers. To me, the feel of the book was more like a series book one would read in 5th or 6th grade, but the subject matter was definitely ...more
Ciara Grace Taggart
If this book had a flavour, it would be mint choc chip ice cream with bubblegum sauce and rainbow hundreds and thousands, with coconut-flavoured whipped cream on top. The way Francesca Lia Block writes about things like sickness and death and AIDS, skimming over them so they don't cause any hurt but they still make a huge impact on the reader is perfect and strange and fits in with the novel brilliantly. It's a very summery story and best read with a glass of milk and ice, sat in a garden in dir ...more
Heather
Weetzie and her best friend Dirk live in a fantasy of old Hollywood glamour. They cruise the streets in a '55 red Pontiac named Jerry Lewis in search their "ducks." Dirk meets his surfer duck whose name is Duck and a genie grants Weetzie three wishes, and one wish is granted when she meets "My Secret Agent Lover Man." Block keeps Weetzie in her magical world though touched with the harder reality of divorce, coming to terms with sexuality and AIDS. I read this book for the first time over 20 yea ...more
elissa
Sep 19, 2007 elissa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: magical realism fans
I read this shortly before I graduated from library school (spotted it by chance at FSU's library school library--GO whoever ordered it immediately after publication!). It blew my mind, and Block's Dangerous Angels books continued to blow my mind throughout the 90's. I've read just about everything Block's ever written, but I stopped for awhile after the Dangerous Angels series was done, and had to spend some time catching up from 2006-2007. I was so happy when FLB won the Margaret Edwards award ...more
Kate
I should have just stuck with Baby Be-Bop and my useless memory of reading this book in high school. This was much too precious for me. Only My Secret Agent Lover Man had any sense whatsoever. Plus, holy cultural appropriation! Weetzie Bat and her friends are the most oblivious hipsters of all time, and I can totally see why I would have liked this book when I was 13...everyone is an idiot except me, no one understands these amazing things that I understand...This precious group of kids has look ...more
Libby
When I first read this book, in 1992, in the ninth grade, some part of me believed that FLB was speaking directly to me, that she had written this book for me. Whenever I am homesick for my lovely faraway L.A., and my sad little Valley Girl heart feels like it's going to break, I reread this book (and its sequels). Just the sight of its hot pink spine cheers me up, and is totally transporting.
J.G. Keely
As a person who believes that lying to children and leaving them unprepared for a complex world is cruel and pointless, I find a certain delight in the Weetzie Bat books. Of course, they are also one-dimensional and ridiculous without being truly creative, so they fail to get my Children's Lit prize.
Patrick O'Neil
I read Weetzie Bat because this hot friend of mine read it and she loved it and, well, she used to email, and text, and meet me at readings, and give me tons of books. But she don't come around no more. Love is a dangerous Angel.
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Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
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
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