blo Teens Read and Write: Too THIRSTY For Vampires

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Too THIRSTY For Vampires

by M.T. Anderson
pub: July 2008
256 pages

"All Chris really wants is to be a normal kid, to hang yout with his friends, avoid his parents, and get a date with Rebecca Schwartz. Unfortunately, Chris appears to be turning into a vampire."

I guess it is true. Vampire fans really will take home a book as soon as they see the V-word. Or at least, it's true for me. I really need to work on that. My thought process when selecting this book was, "It has vampires in it! The cover is cool. It has vampires in it! The author is award winning. It has vampires in it! Vampires make everything better."

Well written it is, satisfying it is not. Here's the opening line of the book,

"It is English, and I am watching Rebecca Schwartz's head."

Not the greatest but it has vampires in it, so I keep going. It's present tense which I usually don't care for but it is so well written and engaging that I don't even notice that until well into the book. I usually like stories to be told, therefore think it should be in past tense, but I can get past it for a good read. And with good writer's, like this one, I don't even notice it.

Alas, when I finished the book, I felt I was back where I started - a hamster stuck on it's wheel. Oh sure, Chris endures trials and adventures, I mean this kid goes through a mental mind field and manages to step on every bomb, but he accomplishes nothing for himself.

The writing is so good that you go through it with him, but there's no payoff. At the end, he's back where he started. I stuck with it, but I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for resolution and change in your story and character.

But, hey, it's got vampires in it!


Tales of Whimsy said...

What a great review. It's tough to find that middle ground between singing the praises and illuminating the pitfalls. I really enjoyed this review.

Linda Nguyen said...

Lol, it happens to a lot of us where we 'jump' to the word vampire. I'm a bit of a victim of it. Thank you for this review. =)

D Swizzle said...

Haha...true. No matter how bad a book is, if it has vampires in it, it's all good.

Sarbear said...

"Not the greatest but it has vampires in it, so I keep going." "But, hey, it's got vampires in it!"
LOL You crack me up, Alyssa.

Jessica said...

LOL... Well said! Thanks for the honest review. I think I'll skip this one but maybe pick up something else by this author. I've been thinking about reading Feed; unfortunately, they don't have it at my local library.

Alyssa Kirk said...

Juju - thanks for the support. It is difficult at times.

Linda Ellen - glad I'm not the only one. But hey, I've also found some great ones this way!

Danni - I know! I just love those vamp stories!

Sarbear - Happy to amuse. But it's true, I get sucked (pun intended) into anything vamp!

Jessica - let me know if you like Feed. I did enjoy the writing and if Feed has a more satisfying plot I'd be interested.

Lori Johnston said...

Ha ha ha!! I laughed out loud while reading this review. Maybe not the best book (although it has vampires in it) and I think the cover is catchy.


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