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Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
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Jul 30, 09

bookshelves: fiction-lit
Recommended to D. B. by: Tamæra
Recommended for: new wave throwbacks, L.A. lifers, clueless millennial hipsters
Read in July, 2009

A quick, flashy read from the twilight of the 1980s, reminiscent of the neon-slashed styles of the day by Jay McInerney, Tama Janowitz, and William Gibson, full of hyperbole, violet prose, and populated with painfully quirky characters with unlikely Christian names. Essentially a paean to Los Angeles in the guise of a pseudo-young adult book, it also harbors base notes of the supernatural with a silly genie and a witch baby named Witch Baby. The plot, concerning a couple that transforms into a commune-like family, is almost inconsequential; like The Phantom Menace, Weetzie Bat is but the first chapter in a larger story arc.


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