Number 89: Weetzie Bat
I try to be as vague as I can when describing stories and books, but there are times when I accidentally or maybe not so accidentally ruin what happens in the book. Read on at your own risk. Spoiler gage: extreme.
So, what did I think of Weetzie Bat? I thought it was terrible.
For a while I was just going to say that…it was terrible, because it was that bad. But then I decided that maybe I should have just a little bit of information. I have no idea how it made it on the list.
I hated the narrative style. It was simplistic and childish and read exactly like a children’s book. I was even convinced for the first page and a half that it was a children’s book like Betsy-Tacy. But, in the dialogue, the characters cursed, a lot. It was pretty jarring. I didn’t like the slang and there were so many things being repeated it was distracting and again, a children’s style of narrative.
The plot moved at light speed. Seriously. Scenes lasted half a page to two pages. They go from just meeting to talking about wanting a baby within a page and a half.
My biggest problem was that this is not a YA book. The themes in this book are not young adult. The first couple of pages they are in high school, I think, I’m really not sure. Other than that there is no teen angst or anything like that.
Her best friend is gay and he finds a boyfriend and Weetzie finds a boyfriend and they all move in together, because apparently they are old enough for that now (I’m really unclear on their ages). Weetzie’s boyfriend doesn’t want a baby so Weetzie has a threesome with her gay best friend and his boyfriend to get pregnant. She does and has a baby. Afterward her boyfriend found out about it and left her then had sex with a witch (apparently there are witches in this book), and after he gets back together with Weetzie the witch drops off a baby for them to take care of. How is this a teenager’s book? But Ender’s Game is too mature to be on the list?
I don’t know what is appealing about this book. It was one of those reads where I had to keep telling myself to be patient and just keep reading and that it had to get good eventually. It didn’t.
NPR has disappointed me yet again.