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Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
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Jan 21, 09

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in January, 2004

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 have typical young adult concerns: they don't go to school, they don't watch TV or play video games. They're into old movies, vintage clothes, and classic cars. They assume the responsibility of raising two babies. The book is both serious and irreverent, realistic and fantastical, and it explores the question what does "happily every after" mean. If you're not able to suspend reality, this book may not be for you. The book sort of defies genre, but I'd compare it loosely to the magical realism of Like Water for Chocolate. Or it may be considered metafiction, deviating from any established genre.
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