By: Francesca Lia Block
The girl in the mirror wasn't who I wanted to be, and her life wasn't the one I wanted to have.
Despite how much Louise insists, no one will call her Weetzie. It's her dad's nickname for her, but it won't stay put. Neither will her dad. Charlie left Louise and her mom and he took everything with him: her family, her home--and her understanding of who she's meant to be.
But Los Angeles is a city full of strange angels, and Louise embarks on a journey to sift through the smog of her heartbreak, to grow her own wings, to become Weetzie.
Louise "Weetzie" Bat is floating, lost without an anchor ever since the night her Dad left. This time it looks like he's not coming back. Weetzie's Mom and Dad had their biggest fight ever the night he left and a mysterious young guy rescued her Mom from drowning drunkenly in the swimming pool. As she deals with her parents' split, bullies at school and coming to terms with who she is, Weetzie also tries to find the mystery guy. When she finally meets Winter he tells her that Charlie Bat (her Dad) asked him to keep an eye on her. But Weetzie is torn between how drawn she is to him and his sister's strange voodoo behavior, along with his Mother's possible involvement in the demise of her parents' marriage. It takes time but Weetzie makes two really good friends and begins to find her purpose in life, while becoming more connected to the strange and beautiful world of L.A. than ever. I adored this book. I truly love the discovery of self inherent in Weetzie's journey throughout this novel, along with how it transitions from stark reality to the dreamy quality of the other Weetzie Bat books. Francesca Lia Block captures the painful reality of feeling alone and misunderstood, on the edge of something (although you don't know exactly what that something is). One thing that did disappoint me was the first person point of view in this book. It felt like something was missing from it when compared to the usual thrid-person omniscient of her other books. All the same, this is definitely a book for people new to Weetzie and old friends as well.
VERDICT: 4/5 Stars
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