Friday, June 4, 2010

Fat Vampire by Adam Rex

Doug is a fifteen year old vampire. The details of the night he was turned are still fuzzy, but he and his best friend Jay are convinced that reading Dracula is the best way to learn about his vampirism. When that turns out not to be enough, Doug is stoked to hear from the local head vampire and is issued a vampire tutor. This is all fine and dandy, of course, but Doug still has to deal with all of the regular trials of high school. He is a major dork, and now that he is a vampire, all hope of turning into something cool is gone. On top of that, there's a new foreign student named Sejal, and Doug is in love. All of a sudden, Doug's life is full of things he never thought possible before!

I totally fell in love with the cover of this book before I even knew what the story was about- a great visual! First and foremost, Fat Vampire is absolutely hilarious. Adam Rex is a very funny writer, and he writes some very funny dialog. I had to read some sentences out loud simply because I had to hear the awesomeness spoken into the air. This is a really cute take on the whole teen vampire trend right now. Some scenes hit specifically close to home for me, especially when Doug and Jay were at Comic-Con in San Diego. So true! My only real complaint is that Doug doesn't really change at all as a character. He starts off as kind of a jerk and at the end of the book he is still kind of a jerk. But the scenes that made me laugh out loud were totally worth it. Another great pick for the reluctant male reader! I'll be looking for more from Adam Rex in the future.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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