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Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton Teen Vampire, (Maybe)
Rating: 4 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal

Release Date: August 28, 2008

About the Book: Mina's parents are vampires, only she's not supposed to know that. It's not like she'd say anything. Plus, they're really pretty normal and all those stories you hear about vampires are so untrue. But now the vampire council (yep, there's a council) wants Mina to decide if she's going to become a vampire or not. She even has to take classes and learn about vampire culture. How's a girl supposed to deal with vampires and high school?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: With all the vampire books out there, I found Sucks to Be Me to be such a refreshing change of pace! Mina is a normal girl with normal issues and even though her parents are vampires, they're just like any parent. There was a lot of humor, which I also enjoyed and I loved how author Kimberly Pauley took every vampire myth and turned it around. Because of the normal high school student vibe in the book, I would recommend this to readers who might typically shy away from paranormal or vampire stories. I was excited to read on the author's website that she's working on a sequel!

Comments

  1. This book sounds really unique! To be vampire or not to be - what an unusual question for a teen to answer! I want to see how the vampire myths are turned around!

    Thanks for the review :)

    cecilia

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  2. Thanks for the review. It sounds really good by I am cautious because I think I might be on vampire overload. Vampires are definitely the new black and vampire books are everywhere. Maybe I will put it down at the bottom of the TBR pile and come back to it when I have taken a break from vampires.

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  3. I know! I loved this one--a definite 5/5 for me! I'm so excited about the sequel and agree. It's so different from most vampire lit, so refreshing and unique! (:

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  4. Wow. Hearing all these great things about it really makes me want to read it even more. :)

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  5. From your description it looks like it would be funny. It also reminded me of the old Teenwolf movie with Michael J. Fox. I normally shy away from the intense paranormal/vampire books, so this one sounds like it might be something I would enjoy.

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  6. Cecilia-I really liked how the author changed things around and made vampires so realistic.

    Erika Lynn-There totally is a vampire overload right now. I have to read one and then take a break and not read any vampire stuff for several books. I hope you get a chance to read it!

    Bookworm-I'm glad you liked it! I hope the sequel comes out soon, but from what I read, it's still being written...sigh..I'll have to wait a little longer.

    Steph Su-I hope you get a chance to check it out!

    Alyce-
    I hadn't thought about it being like Teenwolf, but it kind of is! I love Michael J. Fox-he was one of my first Hollywood crushes. :)

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  7. It looks like the vampire market is about to fizzle out. How many series are out right now, like 14? (It was 14 last time I checked, but the number keeps going up.)
    Good thing my as of yet to be revised novel doesn't even have the word vampire in it.
    Time to start a new trend.

    -J.T.

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  8. J.T.-I'm glad your book doesn't have vampires! I hope you can help start the next trend in YA!
    -Sarah

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  9. I have yet to read this one, but Kimberly is soo nice. And Max is soo cute.

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  10. I absolutely loved this book!!!! I want the sequel now! My favorite part was the ending, but this whole book was fun. I loved the misconception/truths about vampires thing at the beginning of each chapter.

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  11. This sounds like a nice, non-angsty look at being a vampire. Fun!

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