Before hipsters were mainstream and Young-Adult was a well-loved genre, there was Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block's punk glam ode to L.A. Now celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, it's every bit as sparkling and modern as when it was first published. Meet Weetzie, a vintage-wearing, adventure-loving, vivacious free spirit. She and her best friend Dirk gallivant all over Shangri-L.A., surfing, taking in matinees, clubbing at the Starwood--always on the lookout for love--all described in a rush of shimmering, silky, slinky language. Weetzie Bat has been both praised for its inclusivity and banned for its "inappropriate subject matter." To me, it's a book about acceptance--first and foremost, about loving and accepting yourself. It champions custom-made families and embraces diverse lifestyles. It touches on grief, forgiveness, fear of the future--without ever feeling weighed down.— EMMY'S STAFF PICKS
“Transcendent.” —New York Times Book Review
“Magnificent.” —Village Voice
“Sparkling.” —Publishers Weekly
Francesca Lia Block’s dazzling debut novel, Weetzie Bat, is not only a genre-shattering, critically acclaimed gem, it's also widely recognized as a classic of young adult literature, having captivated readers for generations.
This coming-of-age novel follows the eponymous Weetzie Bat and her best friend Dirk as they navigate life and love in a timeless, dreamlike version of Los Angeles. When Weetzie is granted three wishes by a genie, she discovers that there are unexpected ramifications….
Winner of the prestigious Phoenix Award, Weetzie Bat is a beautiful, poetic work of magical realism that is perfect for fans of Laura Ruby, Neil Gaiman, and Kelly Link.
About the Author
Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Weetzie Bat; the book collections Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books and Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets; the illustrated novella House of Dolls; the vampire romance novel Pretty Dead; and the gothic werewolf novel The Frenzy. Her work is published around the world.
— The New York Times Book Review
— The Village Voice
— Publishers Weekly
— The New York Post
“One of the most original books of the last ten years.”
— The Los Angeles Times Book Review