Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Some vampires are good. Some are evil. Some are faking it to get girls. Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen-year-old Finbar Frame never gets the girl. But when he notices that all the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel called Bloodthirsty, Finbar decides to boldly go where no sane guy has gone before--he becomes a vampire, minus the whole blood sucking part. With his brooding nature and weirdly pale skin, it's surprisingly easy for Finbar to pretend to be paranormal. But, when he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he discovers that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected. This hilarious debut novel is for anyone who believes that sometimes even nice guys-without sharp teeth or sparkly skin--can get the girl.
I don't know how many times I laughed out loud when I was reading Bloodthirsty. It is definitely one of the funniest book I've read this year.
The novel centered around Finbar, a tall, skinny guy that everyone at his old school liked to pick on. When his dad got a new job that had his whole family moving from Indiana to New York, Finbar saw it as a chance to start over. He noticed that the girls at his new school were gaga for vampires, so he decided to remake himself into an ultra-cool and confident vampire chick magnet--which wasn't hard appearance-wise because he was unusually pale and allergic to the sun. However, he found that he needed to exude a "vampire attitude," which took some figuring out for a meek pushover like Finbar. Soon, through his new persona, Finbar found a new self-confidence to do things he'd never done before like speaking up in class, scaring off a bully and having girls all over him--some even thought he was a real vampire which caused some hilarious situations. But he also found that maybe being a pseudo-vampire wasn't all it's cracked up to be, especially after he found that the girl he truly liked might just like him for who he was, just plain old Finbar plus his new-found self-confidence and assertiveness but minus the whole vampire thing.
I really enjoyed this book! Aside from it being totally hilarious, it's a really great story about finding your self. This story was told in first-person point of view through Finbar. He was a great character and very likable. I enjoyed reading his thoughts, though they do sometimes run towards... well, you know... he's a typical teenage boy. There wasn't anything too explicit but I wouldn't recommend this book to middle grade readers. There were also references to underage drinking and drugs. The light romance between Finbar and Kate was cute and made me smile. His school friends, his ADHD football-playing jock twin brother (he's a complete opposite of Finbar) and his parents were great secondary characters and they added to the humor.
Whether you're a vampire lover or diss-er, I think you will enjoy this book as there is something in this book for both sides. Pop-culture references about vampires abound which made all that much more fun to read, at least for me. If you're looking for a different take on vampires or a fast, humorous read, Bloodthirsty is your book. 4 out 5 stars
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