Weetzie Bat – Francesca Lia Block – 1989 – Fantasy
This could be a book about cheap cheese and bean burritos, slinkster dogs, lanky lizards and rubber chickens …Or strawberry sundaes with marshmallow toppings, surfing, stage-diving and sleeping on the beach …It could even be a book about magic. But what it’s definitely about is Weetzie Bat, her best friend Dirk and their search across L.A. for the most dangerous angel of all …true love.
Weetzie is the main character of the story. It is difficult to give an opinion on her because the book is so short we never really get to know who she is. The book is part of a seven part series, so if I continue reading them I might get more of an idea of her as a character, as well as the other secondary characters. I’d like to see more of the characters because they felt a bit one-dimensional, but this also suits the style of the novella. The story is told from the third person, but it’s in a really impersonal way which again feels like a deliberate move to make the story a bit ‘weird’. The characters all have very odd names, and I think one of the strengths of the book is actually how fantastical and magical it feels, as if you’re watching aliens on another planet.
Apart from the lack of characterisation I quite enjoyed the book. It was a quick read, at just over 100 pages. I really enjoyed the last line of the book which was “I don’t know about happily ever after… but I know about happily.” I can’t really understand why this isn’t some sort of Facebook meme, it applies to so many situations in life.
I’m not really a huge fan of the cover. I really don’t like the colours together, and it’s a little bit boring. In fact in one of my reading challenges I used this book for the prompt to read a book with an ugly cover. To be honest, that’s probably my biggest criticism I could find.
I think if you want a short fantasy book that you can get through quite quickly I’d recommend this. It’s not brilliantly written or full of plot, but there are some cute quotes that made me feel a little bit more philosophical. On Goodreads I gave this book 3 out of 5.