Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Weetzie Bat

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Weetzie Bat and Dirk just want to be loved. Follow them as they meet Duck and Your Secret Lover Agent Man and become a family complete with Cherokee and Witch Baby.

Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie Bat. HarperCollins Publishers, 1989. 109 pages. paperback. $8.99, ISBN 978-0-06-073625-5

Do you love a good fairy tale? Weetzie Bat uses a wish granting Genie to help Weetzie and Dirk get what they want the most – to love and be loved. Once Weetzie Bat learns that her friend Dirk is gay, they can go duck hunting together, which is what they call looking for the perfect man.  Dirk and Weetzie are both looking for the perfect man but are not having any luck. When Weetzie Bat encounters a wish granting genie, she wishes for a Duck for Dirk, a Secret Agent Lover Man for herself, and a home to live in. Dirk’s Grandma Fifi passes away leaving Weetzie Bat her quaint little cottage – wish one granted. Dirk meets the man of his dreams whose name just happens to be Duck – wish two granted. It takes a while for Weetzie to find her man but eventually she meets him and ironically, his name is Your Secret Lover Agent Man – wish three granted. The all four live together in the cottage and all is well until Weetzie decides she would like to have a baby and Your Secret Agent Lover Man does not. The story begins to take some twists and turns as Weetzie decides to have a baby with Duck and Dirk and Your Secret Agent Lover Man leaves. Eventually he returns but there is even more drama after he returns. Read to find out how they all work through and share some very serious life experiences.

While this book has become a classic, I’m not sure I would recommend it. It is a quick read and entertaining but it also makes light of some very serious topics such as drug and alcohol use, homosexuality, domestic abuse, and adultery. A positive for this story is that it shows strong bonds of love and friendship. The negative I see is that one must read it realizing that not all stories have a fairy tale ending. If I did recommend this book, it would be for high school and college age readers. This book is considered a Classic but would also fall under Fantasy, Realistic and GLBTQ fiction.

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