October 26, 2011

Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley: Review

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Mina is a typical teen. She has a bff, a crush, and her parents are vampires. I guess that last one isn't so typical. Mina's parents are just like everyone else's, except for the blood drinking part and she really doesn't want to think about that. There are a lot of disadvantages to have vampire parents: you can't sneak in late at night because they don't sleep, you can't talk behind their backs because of their super hearing, and forget about drinking because they can smell it a mile away. Mina doesn't mind those things so much but she has gotten some shocking news. She must decide whether or not to become a vampire. Right now

First, Mina needs to go to vampire class to learn the ins and outs of vampirism. In class, she finds she's the only kid with vampire parents. Everyone else is itching to 'turn' and start their lives as the undead. She's not so sure. Can she leave her old life behind? Her best friend, Serena? The boy she has her eye on, Nathan? And speaking  of boys, what is the deal with that super hot vampire in training? Mina has only a few weeks to decide whether or not she can trade her old life for this new one. Is there a way she can have both?

Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley is super cute. It's a nice Saturday afternoon read. It's the kind of book teens would enjoy reading and their parents not mind seeing them read. Sucks to Be Me is the diary of Mina Hamilton (yes, her parents named her after the Dracula character), full of her deepest (ahem) thoughts and silly ramblings. Even though she has big decisions to make, she always keeps her sense of humour.

I liked the premise of Sucks to Be Me. Pauley adds another layer to the difficulties of being a teen with the vampire parents but never loses focus on the typical stuff. Mina still goes to school, and dates, and does homework, and wants to go to the prom. Her parents might be vampires but they aren't jerkwads. They are a big part of her life. They are there for her in a way that amplifies just how absent other parents in YA literature are. This gets Pauley two thumbs way up from me. Also the boys are normal (even for potential vampires). No one is fighting to the death for her love.

Still, I felt there was some oomph missing, a lack of tension. That's not going to keep me from looking for the second in the series or recommending it.

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3 comments :

  1. This actually reminds me of Claudia Gray's books (Grey?). Just from the things you mentioned, anyway. There are a few differences, but same idea.

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  2. I was wondering about that name choice.

    If my daughter was a bit older she'd enjoy this one. The Boy though, hates vamps with a passion! Seems like it would be cute and fun.

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  3. This does sound like a book that would appeal to teens.

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