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Weetzie Bat Paperback – July 6, 2004

3.9 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Weetzie Bat Series

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From Publishers Weekly

An offbeat heroine shares a Hollywood cottage with three equally quirky companions; in PW 's words, "Block's first book is related in a breezy, knowing voice; her strange and sparkling tribute to growing up in L.A. is a rare treat for those sophisticated enough to appreciate it." Ages 12-up.
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Grade 10 Up-- A brief, off-beat tale that has great charm, poignancy, and touches of fantasy . Weetzie, now 23, is a child of Hollywood who hated high school but loves the memories of Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin, plastic palm-tree wallets, and the roller-skating waitresses at Tiny Naylor's. She wears a bleached-blond flattop and Harlequin sunglasses, covers her '50s taffeta dresses in glittery poetry, and sews fringe down the sides of her minis in sympathy with the plight of the Indian. Nobody understands her, least of all her divorced bicoastal parents, until she meets Dirk, who takes her slamdancing at the hot clubs in L.A. in his red '55 Pontiac. When he tells her he's gay, they decide to go "duck-hunting" together. He meets his ideal blond surfer, and Weetzie finds her Secret Agent Lover Man. They all move in together, make movies that become underground successes, and have a baby. This recreates the ambiance of Hollywood with no cynicism, from the viewpoint of denizens who treasure its unique qualities. Weetzie and her friends live like the lillies of the field, yet their responsibility to each other and their love for the baby show a sweet grasp of the realities that matter. As in Rosemary Wells' None of the Above (Dial, 1974), these kids spend no time considering college or career. Their only priority is finding love and keeping it once they find it. " 'I don't know about happily ever after. . .but I know about happily,' Weetzie Bat thought." --Anne Osborn, Riverside Public Library, Calif.
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Product Details

  • Series: Weetzie Bat (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 10 Anv edition (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060736259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060736255
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Francesca Lia Block, recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award. has been publishing novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and poetry since 1989. Her work has been translated into many languages. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing workshops that are also available online.

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You've got to be a very particular type of person to love the book "Weetzie Bat". The right reader is the one who is (or once was) into the quirky, crazy, and bizarre. Anyone who's ever felt at any time that sometimes life is just too darn frumpy should read this story. For me, "Weetzie Bat" won me over when its protagonist and her best friend went to see "The Girl Can't Help It" starring Jayne Mansfield. Any book that mentions that splendid splendid movie (it's right up there with "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?") has my unequivocal love. If you like books that create little worlds where reality is rarely fixed and true love conquers all (eventually) then you'll enjoy taking a wild and wacky run through the insatiable "Weetzie Bat".

Weetzie lives in L.A. and has just met a very cool guy named Dirk. The two are perfectly suited for one another in every way. Dirk wears his hair in a black mohawk and drives a '55 Pontiac. Weetzie sometimes wears feathered Indian headdresses and sometimes makes her clothes out of kids' bed sheets. Together they paint the town red and have wonderful times. When Dirk confesses to Weetzie that he's gay she's delighted. Now the two can go Duck hunting. But finding the right Duck is hard, and after too many bad dates and bad Ducks (which is pretty much the same thing) the two feel bad. Weetzie's one goal is to find her Secret Agent Lover Man. Then, one day unexpectedly, she's given three wishes. After being told that world peace and "a million more wishes" never really work she wishes for a Duck for Dirk, a Secret Agent Lover Man for herself, and a house for them all to live happily ever after in. When the wishes start coming true, things start getting REALLY interesting.
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By A Customer on September 29, 1999
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What a bizarre read! I had no idea that young adult fiction like this existed when I was a teenager, but I'm really glad to know that it does. Homosexuality, single parenthood, non-traditional families...how this book could make it onto the bookshelves in these conservative times of ours is beyond me, but it gives me hope, and really makes me admire the courage of the author. While I think that other readers in their twenties, like me, would enjoy the whimsical writing style and charming story, I think this would be a great book for younger readers (probably grades 6 and up). It conveyed the messages of acceptance, unconditional love, compassion for others, and the bonds of love and family that we create with our friends more beautifully than a lot of more serious texts I have read. Fabulous!
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Block's Weetzie Bat books are the ultimate in teenage rebellion, and have won all kinds of "best for reluctant readers" awards. They're modern-day Los Angeles magical realism, simultaneously gritty, au courant, absurdly impossible---and beautiful. And funny. And tragic. I'm always cautious about recommending them unless the parents are involved in the reading process, because of certain could-be-threatening plot twists (babies out of wedlock, gay heroes, Wiccan references), but they're terrifically interesting and accessible books, once you get into Block's flowing, lyrical, off-the-wall writing style.
One of the strong underlying themes of the entire series is the seeking out and assembling of alternative families, in place of the dysfunctioning genetic family. And there are a great many conservative adults out there who don't really want teenagers to become aware that this is possible...
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By A Customer on December 8, 1999
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The author has used an unorthodox writing style to help conjure up a strange, insular world of wealth and loneliness around the Los Angeles area. Much of her portrayal of this bizarre, insouciant living may be accurate, but I must confess that the writing style is offputting and really not very good. Despite this, Block somehow manages to create sympathy for her character, even though by many standards she participates in an immoral universe. Some teens might find it all appealing.
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By A Customer on February 18, 1999
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This controversial classic's odd style has often been mistaken for good writing. It isn't. Yet amazingly, we manage to feel real sympathy for some of these characters through the mess of fragmentary sentences in this ridiculous world of privilege and flippancy. Quite a feat.
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"Weetzie Bat" is about a young girl who just wants to be happy and how she comes to find that happiness. I was completely thrown off by this book. I've been reading fiction from a very young age and the disheveled and somewhat juvenile story telling style kind of confused me. The writing is vaguely reminiscent of a young girl's ramblings of how she wishes her life would go. Some things are never explained and time doesn't really have a place in this book. All that aside, I loved the book. It was a quick fast read with a heartwarming main character. Weetzie is who I always wanted to be growing up and I think many young girls would be able to identify with her. The book is an easy read and doesn't have too much mature content. There are a few sex parts, but nothing is gone into detail. There are little or no cuss words in the book; at least I didn't notice any. Reading this book felt almost like a dream and the indefinite writing style helped with that. It's a book you could imagine yourself in. The author doesn't give too much description so you can imagine everything for yourself and that's part of the beauty of the book. It doesn't demand anything. It's a simple book with some beautiful characters that simply love and want to be loved in return. I would recommend this to any girl 15 and up. It would be a great book for someone who doesn't have the biggest vocabulary or has a hard time reading. It definitely catches the attention and the heart.
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