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Book: Weetzie Bat

January 30, 2009
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Well, that was a magical little trip that took about an hour!

This is one of those books that feels like a dream — you aren’t quite sure what’s happening, or if it’s really any good, but it’s so dreamy and compelling that you just read right through to the end, and then you sit and smile and wonder if you should read it right straight through again immediately.

This was adorable and published in 1989 and I wish I’d read it when I was in high school (which I was in 1989) but I loved it very much reading it here in 2009.

Weetzie Bat (I expected her to be a little punk fairy or something) is a skinny quirky girl who loves dressing up in fluffy dresses or feathered headdresses or fringed Levi’s. She lives in L.A. and meets Dirk, a sweet young man who is the coolest ever. They love each other very much, but he’s gay. But that’s just fine with Weetzie.

They go out duck-hunting together (looking for men — don’t you love that?). They have a series of dead-end ducks. Finally, Weetzie is given a genie lamp, and gets three wishes. As wishes are wont to do, they don’t turn out like she expects.

Dirk gets a Duck — a darling sunny surfer Duck.
Weetzie gets her Secret Agent Lover Man.
And they have a sweet little rose-filled cottage to live in.

They make movies. They have babies. They have friends who get sick with AIDS.

It’s bubbly and fluffy and odd and funny and quirky and sweet like cotton candy, and I loved it.

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