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Weetzie Bat

(Weetzie Bat #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  14,037 ratings  ·  1,185 reviews
In 1989 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, slinkster-cool lov ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by HarperTeen (first published 1989)
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Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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
Sep 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
Jan 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
A surreal story. I really enjoyed this. What a pleasant surprise. The themes in the book are very adult - sex, drugs and the story is magical. It reads like poetry and it's not poetry. I have heard a lot about this book and I'm so glad I finally checked it out. Weetzie lives in this fairy tale story with her gay best friend, his lover and her own lover. The words are somehow magic as well. I don't know how the book did what it did and I love it. It is short on details and plot. A lot happens in ...more
May 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
"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
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yaliterature
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
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Mar 25, 2017 marked it as i-want-money
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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 neit
Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, young-adult
This is such a strange book, but after three reads it does mostly hold up. The main weird thing is that it's very hard to place what age group this book was written for. It's barely 100 pages long, and short pages at that, making it the length of an easy reader. But the main characters are young adults dealing with love, rejection, bad hookups, and heartbreak. There are mentions of drug abuse and of the growing severity of the AIDS crisis (the book was published in 1989). I first read it at age ...more
2.5 out of 5
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
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sensitive, alienated thirteen-year-old girls with green hair.
If it weren't for these books, adolescence would have killed me, or at least made me incredibly lame.

This book probably had a bigger impact on me than any other single thing I've ever read, before or since.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
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. ...more
Sep 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Charlie Bat
Weetzie Bat
Lily (Witch Baby)
My Secret Agent Lover Man
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...
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. ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Zoe
Read for the first installment of YA Book Club! Looks like there are some pretty divisive ratings in the community for this one, too. I think it boils down to: if I'd come to this when I was younger, I might have liked it more.

It's a dreamlike foray through Los Angeles, with young and glitzy characters, that touches on some serious subjects: there are steady committed gay relationships, mixed children, children born out of wedlock, unconventional family dynamics, infidelity, drug use & suicide,
Chance Lee
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scattered, but with individual elements of lovely writing.
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: darlings, los-angeles
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. ...more
Francesca Lia Block's writing is something that people either really love or really hate. I happen to be one of the people that really love it. Her Weetzie Bat books are very cute and something I've read over and over again. ...more
This book spoke to me with its simple yet bright, colourful message: Love each other. Life is scary. Maybe I'm a hippie at heart. ...more
Jonathan Maas
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A classic tale of urban surrealism with characters strong enough to make it feel real

I’m in to urban surrealism. I first fell in love with it Boy Genius, where a kid goes from South Korea to Colombia and people spin on their fingers fifty times before doing backflips.

Weetzie Bat is surreal – the titular character Weetzie lives in a world of 1950s Hollywood where everyone drives around in vintage convertibles and looks like James Dean. Sparkles come out of the sky, and no one encounters human pro
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Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Week ...more

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