Lanky lizards and rubber chickens, slinkster dogs and Lanka girls - Weetzie Bat knows them all in the glitzy never-never land of L.A. With her blonde flat-top and trendy clothes, Weetzie Bat cruises from high school to neon clubs, looking for her Secret Agent Lover Man. When she meets dark-haired Dirk and his red Pontiac, their search for love is a funky, off-beat fable. And when three wishes come true, their adventures create a modern fairy tale.
Weetzie Bat has been chosen for school reading lists across the nation. It is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Alyssa Bresnahan’s spirited narration highlights the sparkling language and sizzling images of this utterly original book.
©1989 Francesca Lia Block (P)1996 Recorded Books
Weetzie Bat is a wondrous love letter to art, life and Los Angeles. Ms. Bresnehan handles the material and characters all with such conviction and care that even when sitting down to listen to only a chapter or two one feels compelled to listen to the entirety of her performance.
The fantastical/mystical story line made it very hard for me to enjoy this book. The characters didn't feel developed to me as they had a limited range of emotions from saddness to absolute- fantasy like love. No anger, callousness, or other ugly emotions that make for complex characters.
First, I was unimpressed with the quality of the audio. It sounded like it had been transferred from tape, with pops and hisses. Next, I wonder if I would've enjoyed this story more had I read it in the 80s, when AIDS was still barely spoken of and what seems daring in your 20s just seems flakey in my late 40s. A sweet ending, but underwritten and precious.
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