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Weetzie Bat Paperback – July 6, 2004
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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.Read more ›
Let me preface this by saying that I have no objection to the topics n the book. In fact, for a discussion group, it brings up many possible discussion topics for teens, and that is not a bad thing. I just couldn't stand the book. The main character is very privileged and spends the entire book doing whatever she wants regardless of how that may affect others, and she has the financial means to do this. She doesn't struggle. She doesn't overcome obstacles. She wants something and she gets it. Whch, in itself, could be a great discussion point. However, the writing feels very spastic and disjointed. It was a very quick read but it defnitely wasn't enjoyable or thought provoking. I kept turning pages in the hopes that it would get better. It didn't.
This is a sweet little story of what I can only call a punk-rock-hippy girl finding love and family in Hollywood/Los Angeles, California. Francesca Lia Block's immersive storytelling and unique descriptive narrative drew me in even though I am not a fan of punk rock, hippies, or storybook romance. There is something compelling in this simple and relatively short book. The definition of whimsical, there are touches of fantasy amid liberal splashes of glitter, feathers, flowers, and vivid colors.
It only takes a few hours to read at a decent speed. Definitely give it a try.
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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The clip at which this book reads is breakneck. Short, sharp, beautifully painted. I love it.Published 1 month ago by S. Bartasj
i read this book when i was very young. i randomly checked it out from the library, as i often did when i found books with interesting covers. i must have been in the 4th grade. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Olivia
This book was weird and to me made no sense. I had to keep reading to see where this was going but ended up question, "What?"Published 10 months ago by Stacie Gaskill
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