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Monday, October 11, 2010

Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Author: Kimberly Pauley
Pages: 293
Source: Purchased from Barnes and Noble
Series or Standalone?: 1st of two

Mina Hamilton's parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They're vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina's more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she's being forced to take. How's a girl supposed to find the perfect prom date and pass third-year French when her mom and dad are breathing down her neck--literally?

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In today’s YA fiction, vampires are the current genre royalty. Ever since the dawn of a series which will remain nameless *cough*Twilight*cough*, vampires have become this overtly and most times clich├ęd and smoke and glam act. But not in Pauley’s novel. Nope, these vampires are as normal as one can get for being the blood sucking dead. Hell, Mina’s dad is an accountant. Does that scream sparkling, seductive creature of the night?

But this aspect is what makes this novel so enjoyable. Instead of focusing so much on the OMGOBLINS IT’S A VAMPIRE part of the novel, it’s more focused on Mina trying to find who she really is. Vampires are really second row in this book. I actually really appreciated that.

That being said, this book is hilarious. Funny enough to make me snort out loud in the middle of a dead silent math class. There are just so many pieces of teenage humor, that it’s kind of hard to believe Pauley isn’t a teenager.

Really interesting and entertaining was that each chapter started out with a little tidbit on vampires, either debunking an old myth, or proving one true, or something cute like that. Also, the little bat drawing were totally adorable.

I liked Mina. She was just trying to be a normal teenage girl, with normal teenage crushes, and normal teenage problems…. Except she had to make the choice to become a vampire. But I think she really made her decisions well.

Pauley wrote fantastically and kept the pace going well. I finished this book in just under a day.

I enjoyed this novel very much, and I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fun read.

Other books in this series:
Still Sucks to Be Me (Sequel)


  1. Aw, thanks! I'm glad you liked it! I hope you like the second one too.

  2. I really liked this novel too. It was quite funny and I loved how down to earth and normal the vampires were. As an extra bonus, I was actually reading Dracula while I was reading this one and got to see all the comparisons in the stories. Thanks for the review!

  3. I've never heard of this book before, so I'm glad I came across your blog! This sounds like my type of book! I also like that the author focuses more on Mina and finding out who she is rather than vampires and the whole omg-fall-in-love-at-first-sight thing.

    Anywhoo, I found you from Randombuzzers and am now a new follower <3 Thanks for the awesome review! :D

  4. I've never heard of this book either, but it sounds interesting and anything that can get a little bit away from the vampire thing is cool with me (even though I still them vampires) I might just have to put this on my ever growing TBR list. Thanks for the review



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