I opened Weetzie Bat full of skepticism. The back had nothing on it but five one-word reviews--"Transcendent!" "Shimmering!" "Magnificent!" and upon p
I opened Weetzie Bat full of skepticism. The back had nothing on it but five one-word reviews--"Transcendent!" "Shimmering!" "Magnificent!" and upon paging through it, I had discovered that every character had a ridiculous name--"Duck," "My Secret Agent Lover Man," and, of course, "Weetzie Bat." I read the first paragraph out of pure curiousity, just because there was no summary on the back. I expected role my eyes and slide the book back unto the shelf, but instead I sat there next to the bookshelf until I lost feeling in my backside and the library closed.
Blonde, brash Weetzie Bat lives in L.A., but to me her life was some kind of fantasy land. Every sentance was poetic, and I could tell what the author meant even when she said "His eyes looked like glasses of gin." I floated through the story on a dream, but the best part was that it wasn't all perfect. Weetzie's family has problems, just like every other family, and that's really what made the book good. It was raw, honest thought just put down on paper, with nothing in between.
I can't force anyone to read this book, and I can't force anyone to like it, but I can tell you that for me, reading Weetzie Bat was "like dreaming twenty-four hours a day."
My class had spent the entire hour in the library looking novels to do book reports on. I still hadn't found one. The bell would ring in approximatelyMy class had spent the entire hour in the library looking novels to do book reports on. I still hadn't found one. The bell would ring in approximately three seconds, so I grabbed the nearest book that looked good. I know it sounds cheesy, but by the time I got home on the bus that day, my eyes were glued to the page. Granted, I was a bit repelled by the talk of dead bodies and genetic mutation. I wouldn't recommend this book for the weak stomached. But for those who enjoy some mild action and horror, this is a really amazing book.
Semi is a shy, withdrawn teenager, who--horror of horrors!--wins a trip to Ecuador with the "Planet Savers." Semi fails to strike up conversation with any of the other prize winners, and on the plane to Ecuador, she is shocked to find herself sitting next to Miranda, who she describes as "Very Cool Girl." The plane crashes near a remote island, but Miranda's resorcefulness saves her and Semi's lives. They are marooned on the island with Arnie, a boy who neither really likes. The three learn to tolerate each other, and Miranda and Semi become very close.
One day, Arnie, who has had trouble coping with the isolated atmosphere of the island, disappears. Miranda and Semi assume that he has taken his raft into the open ocean and drowned, but later, as they are hiking, they find his machete near a cliff face. Intrigued, they decide to investigate. What they find on the other side forces them to make decisions about who they are and what is important in life.
This book has some really delicious characters and a wild, unpredictable plot. What starts out as another survior story becomes an exploration of science, genius, and friendship. A truly wonderful book....more
This is my absolute favorite book in the whole wide world. If I could, I would make sure everyone read it, but most high school teachers have alreadyThis is my absolute favorite book in the whole wide world. If I could, I would make sure everyone read it, but most high school teachers have already begun that quest for me. However, if you, by some miracle, have not yet been forced to read the Great American Novel, do it now. I promise you, anyone who's told you it was the most boring book they've ever read either read it in class with a teacher hovering over their shoulder, or put it down before they got to the part about the shoot-out.
Even if you've never read it, you probably know the story's basics: Huckleberry Finn, an uneducated, impressionable youngster ("thirteen or fourteen," in his own words) from Missouri heads down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaped slave named Jim when he decides he's had enough of his alcoholic father's abuse. (I'm not hiding this review for spoilers because you can find this much on the back. And if you're over ten, you probably know it already.)
Quite simply, Huck Finn is a touching, honest story of what it was like to grow up in pre-civil-war 19th century America. Somehow, Mark Twain manages to make America look good by revealing its dark side. ...more