Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat #1)
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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
The characters are extremely one-dimensional,and all the problems that th ...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
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 ...more
See Moore's review of Block's stuff in his forthcoming My Back Pages: Reviews and Essays.
"If you're not a teenage girl, you may be unfamiliar with Francesca Lia Block's works. She's the Gabriel Garcia Marquez of Young Adult fiction, Judy Blume gone punk and New Age, the patron saint of goth gurls into both Nine Inch Nails and Shakespeare.[...] Imagine Ronald Firbank as a Valley girl with a heliotrope Mohawk. That's why there are many of us who are neither ...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
This book probably had a bigger impact on me than any other single thing I've ever read, before or since.
Weeetzie Bat is definitely unusual and original, like a shimmering dream. I would imagine that's what the world looks like when you are on drugs. The novel also touches upon some tough subjects, such as infidelity, death, drugs, homosexuality, abortion and AIDS. However, it desperately lacks depth: the characters are one-dimensional and the problems are only briefly mentioned and then magically fixed or not dealt with at all. But that didn't bother me that much (it kind of felt appro ...more
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All these crazy cool character names...makes Scoobs sound soo...
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.
Okay, I'll admit it: I judge books by their covers. I would have never've picked up this book had it not been for my English teacher picking it out from his shelf and placing it straight into my hands. And oh, how glad I am that he did.
I've been different my whole life. My lifestyle choices and mindset tend to set me apart from my peers, and my beliefs often conflict with classmates. My views on society, or how society shou...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