Suck It Up

Brian Meehl, Author . Delacorte $15.99 (323p) ISBN 978-0-385-73300-7

Meehl's (Out of Patience ) contribution to the growing subgenre of YA vampire novels is very, very funny—similar to M.T. Anderson's Thirsty , but less twisted and heavier on the humor. Morning McCobb, a recent graduate of the IV (International Vampire) League, is the vampire as superhero, geek and lonely boy all rolled into one. His first postgraduation assignment is to tell the world that yes, vampires do exist. Becoming the first out—and therefore most famous—vampire isn't easy (cue the media frenzy). Being around this unlikely heartbreaker is difficult, too, as Portia Dredful finds out when her PR agent mom's highest-profile client moves in with them. The author is especially clever with names (Penny Dredful, Merder Sink), his prose engaging, smart and fast-paced. Witty one-liners pile up while Meehl exploits every known vampire cliché to great comic effect (Morning not only refuses human blood, he's vegan, subsisting on a protein blood substitute called Blood Lite made from soy). A refreshing take on the brooding vampire romance, with a misfit vampire protagonist readers are certain to love. Ages 12–up. (May)

Reviewed on: 04/28/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 323 pages - 978-0-385-90321-9
Paperback - 323 pages - 978-0-440-42091-0
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-0-375-84894-0
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