Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Best Line: “Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth.”
It could be the snow falling outside my window talking, but this is one of two novels on my list that make me want to move to California. It’s been described as a love-letter to Los Angeles and takes place in a dreamy place called Shrangi-L.A. The novel tells the story of the title character Weetzie Bat and her life with her best friend Dirk and many other strange beings you encounter throughout. There is something completely ethereal and gritty about this novel that makes it very appealing. It often reads like poetry and is filled with delicious quotable lines. This book is considered a young adult novel, but aren’t we all forever young adults? Overall, it’s a weird book, but good weird. A weird book for weird-girls.
If you like it check out: the rest of the series! There is a collection titled Dangerous Angels
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Best Line:“I hated labels anyway. People didn’t fit in slots–prostitute, housewife, saint–like sorting the mail. We were so mutable, fluid with fear and desire, ideals and angles, changeable as water.”
This novel tells the story of Astrid Magnussen and her tumultuous journey through life, particularly focusing on the always difficult adolescence stage. Astrid is put into the foster care system during a very formative time in her life and in that process is introduced to many women who have an impact on the woman she becomes. This book is a must read for any age, I could have benefited from reading this as a teen, yet it was still as important and meaningful to me in my late twenties. After I was done reading it I wanted to move to California and listen to more Lana Del Rey and I kind of can’t stop talking about how good this book is and have been recommending it to everyone I see. Oprah did that too, so I’m basically Oprah.
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Best Line: “Today, like every other day, I’m going to go to bed still a fat virgin who writes her diary in a series of imaginary letters to sexy Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables.”
This novel comes to us from the wonderful brain of Caitlin Moran and I personally wish it has existed when I was a teenager because I definitely would have related to Johanna Morrigan as a music obsessed weird girl. Johanna creates a new persona for herself, which is something I also used to do at the beginning of every school year. “This year is going to be different! I’ll show them!” kind of thing and of course I was always still weird and awkward and nerdy. Johanna decides on a cigarette smoking booze drinking sex having music critic, which, I mean, is a little cooler than trying to be more like Cassidy from Breaker High. Overall, this book is hilarious, heartbreaking and totally relatable.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Best Line: “I was supposed to be having the time of my life.” (Put this on my tomb stone)
Ok, this one might be a wee bit obvious, but it has to be included on the list. There’s really not much I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said. It is dark and poignant and forever relatable. Side effects of The Bell Jar include: depression, self-loathing, poetry-writing, drunkenness, heart conditions, feminism, dizziness, etc.
If you like it check out: Sylvia Plath’s poetry, especially the collection titled, Ariel
Get together with your weird-girl friends, read a weird-girl book and celebrate your weird. Here’s an anthem to go with that celebration:
What is your favourite weird-girl coming of age book? Which characters did you relate to growing up? Let us know in the comments!