30 April 2010

Weetzie Bat

Weetzie Bat
Weetzie Bat


I wanted to love this book, I can't say that I did, though I did like it. It was an odd mix of fantasy and reality, which is why I should have loved it, however I think in this case this story would have been better served picking - real life or a fairy tale fantasy and sticking with one or the other. The blending of the two worlds didn't really work for me. I felt as though things like witches and genies were in the story just to justify the quirkiness of the characters or to make some the storylines just fall into place without having to work them out the way they'd really have to occur for real people.

That said, I did love the characters and the realness of them. Take away the fantasy aspect and I'd probably have loved it, and I do actually love fantasy, it just seemed out of place here. And oddly enough, that aspect only show up in the story here and there but what it adds to the story is so huge, I can't give it a higher rating. I do think at some point I will read the rest of the series though. I did like it at least that much. It deals with birth and death and everything in between in such an honest way that I can't help but wonder what else that author has to say about these characters.

On Amazon it's listed in children's book categories with a reading level of Young Adult. I'm an adult but I have no doubt that my own mom would not have objected to me reading this book when I was young, however this book includes a homosexual couple that are completely accepted by everyone in the book, a threesome (no details), cheating, drinking (it's not really clear if it's by minors or once they're of age), mentions drugs, etc. I can see why some parents would object to the content in this book even if I wouldn't, so if buying this for a child, keep that in mind. 3/5 stars

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