This is the third book I’ve read by Francesca Lia Block. I loved Psyche In A Dress, found Ecstasia a bit too dark for my liking, and was completely charmed by Weetzie Bat.
Weetzie Bat is a girl living in LA, but she isn’t your typical girl, and she doesn’t have your typical life. This little “punk pixie” comes into possession of a magic lamp, and makes three wishes: for her best guy friend to score a guy, for herself to score a guy, and a house for all four of them to live happily ever after in. Things don’t necessarily happen as one would expect. While, they start out happily ever after, when Weetzie Bat wants a baby, her man doesn’t. So she ends up having a baby with her best friend and his boyfriend. Her man leaves her, then comes back, and when they are starting to put their family back together, they are left with a little Witch Baby. But all the same, Weetzie Bat’s life is not an unhappy one and she’s learned to live happily ever after with what she’s been given in life.
Yeah, so that was the whole book in seven sentences.
Weetzie Bat reminds me of cotton candy. It’s fluffy and sweet, but it isn’t something I would be able to survive on. I enjoyed it thoroughly – it was a nice treat, a nice break from everything else that was going on when I was reading it.
What I really liked about this was how there was so much deeper meaning to everything; it’s not spelled out but it’s completely implied. Like the fact that Duck’s friend has AIDS. It never goes out and says it, Duck just mentions how he doesn’t understand why by loving someone you could kill that person you love so much. It’s not obvious right away what he’s talking about (because who in fairy tale stories talks about AIDS? And this reads very much like a fairy tale) but if you pause for a second, you realize what’s really going on. I can see that people at different stages in their lives, at different ages, could probably come away from this book with completely different impressions based on that type of thing.
This is the first book in the Dangerous Angels series. I’m going to wait a while before reading the next one.
Bottom Line: This is a really quick read (only a couple of hours at that), and is a good escape from real life. Paints the world in a pretty pastel candy floss colour.