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Weetzie Bat

Weetzie Bat

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by Francesca Lia Block

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Fifteen years ago 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


Fifteen years ago 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. Blocks sophisticated, slinkster-cool love song to L.A.the book that shattered the standard, captivated readers of all generations, and made Francesca Lia Block one of the most heralded authors of the last decade.

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Weetzie and her best friend, Dirk, deal with the ramifications of Weetzie being granted three wishes in a Los Angeles-set debut novel that touches on issues such as blended families, premarital sex, and AIDS.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Weetzie Bat , #1
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Chapter One

The reason weetzie bat hated high school was because no one understood. They didn't even realize where they were living. They didn't care that Marilyn's prints were practically in their backyard at Graumann's; that you could buy tomahawks and plastic palm tree wallets at Farmer's Market, and the wildest, cheapest cheese and bean and hot dog and pastrami burritos at Oki Dogs; that the waitresses wore skates at the Jetson-style Tiny Naylor's; that there was a fountain that turned tropical soda-pop colors, and a canyon where Jim Morrison and Houdini used to live, and all-night potato knishes at Canter's, and not too far away was Venice, with columns, and canals, even, like the real Venice but maybe cooler because of the surfers. There was no one who cared. Until Dirk.

Dirk was the best-looking guy at school. He wore his hair in a shoe-polish-black Mohawk and he drove a red '55 Pontiac.

All the girls were infatuated with Dirk; he wouldn't pay any attention to them. But on the first day of the semester, Dirk saw Weetzie in his art class. She was a skinny girl with a bleach-blonde flat-top. Under the pink Harlequin sunglasses, strawberry lipstick, earrings dangling charms, and sugar-frosted eye shadow she was really almost beautiful. Sometimes she wore Levi's with white-suede fringe sewn down the legs and a feathered Indian headdress, sometimes old fifties' taffeta dresses covered with poetry written in glitter, or dresses made of kids' sheets printed with pink piglets or Disney characters.

"That's a great outfit," Dirk said. Weetzie was wearing her feathered headdress and her moccasins and a pink fringed mini dress.

"Thanks. I made it," she said, snapping herstrawberry bubble gum. "I'm into Indians," she said. "They were here first and we treated them like shit."

"Yeah," Dirk said, touching his Mohawk. He smiled. "You want to go to a movie tonight? There's a Jayne Mansfield film festival. The Girl Can't Help It."

"Oh, I love that movie!" Weetzie said in her scratchiest voice.

Weetzie and Dirk saw The Girl Can't Help It, and Weetzie practiced walking like Jayne Mansfield and making siren noises all the way to the car.

"This really is the most slinkster-cool car I have ever seen!" she said.

"His name's Jerry," Dirk said, beaming. "Because he reminds me of Jerry Lewis. I think Jerry likes you. Let's go out in him again."

Weetzie and Dirk went to shows at the Starwood, the Whiskey, the Vex, and Cathay de Grande. They drank beers or bright-colored canned Club drinks in Jerry and told each other how cool they were. Then they went into the clubs dressed to kill in sunglasses and leather, jewels and skeletons, rosaries and fur and silver. They held on like waltzers and plunged in slamming around the pit below the stage. Weetzie spat on any skinhead who was too rough, but she always got away with it by batting her eyelashes and blowing a bubble with her gum. Sometimes Dirk dove offstage into the crowd. Weetzie hated that, but of course everyone always caught him because, with his black leather and Mohawk and armloads of chain and his dark-smudged eyes, Dirk was the coolest. After the shows, sweaty and shaky, they went to Oki Dogs for a burrito.

In the daytime, they went to matinees on Hollywood Boulevard, had strawberry sundaes with marshmallow topping at Schwab's, or went to the beach. Dirk taught Weetzie to surf. It was her lifelong dream to surf'along with playing the drums in front of a stadium of adoring fans while wearing gorgeous pajamas. Dirk and Weetzie got tan and ate cheese-and-avocado sandwiches on whole-wheat bread and slept on the beach. Sometimes they skated on the boardwalk. Slinkster Dog went with them wherever they went.

When they were tired or needed comforting, Dirk and Weetzie and Slinkster Dog went to Dirk's Grandma Fifi's cottage, where Dirk had lived since his parents died. Grandma Fifi was a sweet, powdery old lady who baked tiny, white, sugar-coated pastries for them, played them tunes on a music box with a little dancing monkey on top, had two canaries she sang to, and had hair Weetzie envied'perfect white hair that sometimes had lovely blue or pink tints. Grandma Fifi had Dirk and Weetzie bring her groceries, show her their new clothes, and answer the same questions over and over again. They felt very safe and close in Fifi's cottage.

"You're my best friend in the whole world," Dirk said to Weetzie one night. They were sitting in Jerry drinking Club coladas with Slinkster Dog curled up between them.

"You're my best friend in the whole world," Weetzie said to Dirk.

Slinkster Dog's stomach gurgled with pleasure. He was very happy, because Weetzie was so happy now and her new friend Dirk let him ride in Jerry as long as he didn't pee, and they gave him pizza pie for dinner instead of that weird meat that Weetzie's mom, Brandy-Lynn, tried to dish out when he was left at home.

One night, Weetzie and Dirk and Slinkster Dog were driving down Sunset in Jerry on their way to the Odyssey. Weetzie was leaning out the window holding Rubber Chicken by his long, red toe. The breeze was filling Rubber Chicken so that he blew up like a fat, pocked balloon.

At the stoplight, a long, black limo pulled up next to Jerry. The driver leaned out and looked at Rubber Chicken.

"That is one bald-looking chicken!"

The driver threw something into the car and it landed on Weetzie's lap. She screamed.

"What is it?" Dirk exclaimed.

A hairy, black thing was perched on Weetzie's knees.

"It's a hairpiece for that bald eagle you've got there. Belonged to Burt Reynolds," the driver said, and he drove off.

Weetzie put the toupee on Rubber Chicken. Really, it looked quite nice. It made Rubber Chicken look just like the lead singer of a heavy-metal band. Dirk and Weetzie wondered how they could have let him go bald for so long.

"Weetzie, I have something to tell you," Dirk said.


"I have to wait till we get to the Odyssey."

At the Odyssey, Weetzie and Dirk bought a pack of cigarettes and two Cokes. Dirk poured rum from the little bottle he kept in his jacket pocket into the Cokes. They sat next to the d.j. booth watching the Lanka girls in spandy-wear dancing around.

"What were you going to tell me?" Weetzie asked.

"I'm gay," Dirk said.

"Who, what, when, where, how — well, not how," Weetzie said. "It doesn't matter one bit, honey-honey," she said, giving him a hug.

Dirk took a swig of his drink. "But you know I'll always love you the best and think you are a beautiful, sexy girl," he said.

"Now we can Duck hunt together," Weetzie said, taking his hand.

Meet the Author

Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Weetzie Bat; the book collections Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books and Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets; the illustrated novella House of Dolls; the vampire romance novel Pretty Dead; and the gothic werewolf novel The Frenzy. Her work is published around the world.

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Weetzie Bat (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
rockerbabyfi12 More than 1 year ago
This book is straight up weird. Underneath all the hippy fantasy is a message about love and family and staying together and being happy. But that sort of gets lost is how out there the plot is.
Tysheema Holmes More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters and their names. I also liked the authors style but thought it lacked plot and end abruptly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I discovered Weetzie Bat after reading a favorable review by Nick Hornby. I rarely read YA novels, but this book has the ability to crossover into an adult market. It was such a fun read. The book flies by--it's less than a hundred pages. I loved reading about Weetzie's L.A.. As soon as I finished this book I went looking for more works by Francesca Lia Block!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weetzie Bat is a definite recommended book because the author covers all issues the society is going through now. Gays, teenage pregnancy, divorce. Weetzie has to go through a lot to find her happily ever after. She works so hard through all of the problems life throws at her, and she relizes that it was all worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the weirdest books I have ever read. At first it was good, but then it just kept getting weirder. Especially how her boyfriend was named My Secret Agent Lover Man. . . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give it a zero if I could, but seeing as it is not possible, I choose to go with the lowest rating that I could. The writing style was awful, the narration made little or no sense, and the author sounded like she was high the entire time. I could not understand why this book got the reviews it did seeing as the writing level was similar to that of a second grader, but if you are some hipster who likes "artistic statements" by all means read this horrible novel. 
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Its such a different book but the continuing theme of love is eomthing that makes this book wonderful. Its just a different family and the beat of the book is fantastic. A really good short read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is truly a magical story filled with enchanted pages of Weetzie's life in L.A. Five stars!
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I like the title of the book because it fits the book. I also like the title because that shows who the story is mainly about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hi my name is deneka doctor i just didnt like this book at the beginning but when i got down to it i got out of it that it is relating to daily life
Guest More than 1 year ago
Francesca Lia Block did a really great job with this book. It was very interestingly written and intriguing. It kept my attention the whole time I was reading it. The thing that I loved and admired about this book was the authenticity of the writing and details. I cannot think of any detail used in this book that would be clichéd or even normal. Block used amazingly evocative details in everything she described. The way the characters were developed and the way the characters behaved ended up being used as more original ways to paint a picture in the reader¿s mind of what was happening. This book was also very creative. I had never read anything quite like it before. I felt myself really having to open my mind up to some of Block¿s ideas and really get creative. I liked the feeling of having a challenge presented to my creative side and really having to think out of the box to picture many of the scenes and descriptions. I also really liked how the storyline wasn¿t the normal coming-of-age type of theme that is sometimes too prevalent in young adult novels. It really achieved many of the goals that those types of books try to achieve, while at the same time, stretching the mind of the reader. I would definitely recommend this book to young adult and even adult readers. It is a wonderfully funny and entertaining book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome and weird and cool... i know, i sound like im 5, but i HEART weird books and this one was the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ahh this is such a great book! i love how it's not all realistic. i hate books where it's just the same old 'girl discovering herself in a big city' kind of thing. this book was way different from anything i've ever read. different in a good way though! i loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had to read this for school an do a report on it..i didnt think i would be very interesting..but i couldnt put it down! its a deff. must..