Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie Bat. New York: Harper & Row, 1989. Print. ISBN 13: 9780060205348. Hardback. $12.95.
Annotation: Weetzie Bat is the very unusual name of a very unusual girl. She’s graduated high school and, with her best friend, is trying to live according to her own rules.
Weetzie Bat is a young woman floating through a sparkling life in Los Angeles, or “Shangri-L.A.” Everything about Weetzie, from her name to her clothes, is unique. She and Dirk, her best friend from high school, are searching for true love and happiness. Through a fairy-tale twist, all of Weetzie’s wishes are granted. She and Dirk each find their soul mates and start to live happily-ever-after, but new goals cause problems within their perfect little family. Will Weetzie’s good fortune last? Filled with the highs and lows of life for those just starting out on their own, Weetzie Bat is a magical look at the life of a manic pixie girl who values love and friendship above all else.
Although it was published in 1989, Francesca Lia Block’s spun-sugar modern fairy tale, Weetzie Bat, still belongs in the young adult section of any library. Its poetic and quirky style may not appeal to everyone, but this first title in the Dangerous Angels series is sure to gain some new fans despite its age. With references to homosexuality, premarital sex, AIDS, and other controversial topics for the time of publication, Weetzie Bat is not all sunshine and glamour. Even though there are some magical solutions to Weetzie’s problems, in the end, the real decisions are made in the name of true love and loyalty.
Sound like Weetzie: Lanky lizards! “Slinkster” = the coolest.
Dine like Weetzie: Sushi and pink champagne.
Quotables: “The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school was because no one understood.” (pg 3)
“Love is a dangerous angel,” said Dirk. (pg 14)
★ Weetzie Bat is the winner of the Phoenix Award by the Children’s Literature Association. This award is given to books of high literary merit which was not formally recognized at the book’s time of publication.
Watch a reading of Francesca Lia Block’s screenplay of a Weetzie Bat movie:
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