Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley

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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? 

Mina Hamilton has a good life.  A best friend who she can share her secrets and dreams with…even if she is in a Goth stage right now, and loving parents who would do anything for her.  Well, anything except be human.  They’re vampires and have been since Mina was a baby, and now that the Vampire Council has found out that they have a human child it is time for her to decide – stay human or become a vampire.  What a choice to make when you are only 16.

But, she agrees to at least go to the vampire classes and be sponsored by Uncle Mortie – this is a huge sacrifice already, in her mind.  But even though she is creeped out by the teacher of the classes – Vampire Council member Ms. Riley, Aubrey makes it all worthwhile.  He’s gorgeous and he seems totally interested in getting to know her better.  And she also make a new friend in George, a boy that belongs to her high school and who she comes to see as a true friend…or maybe a little bit more.  And there’s always Nathan, a boy she has had a crush on forever and who now seems to be showing an interest in her…or is he?

I really got a kick out of this book and thought it was easy to read and very clever.  I loved the pros and cons lists that Mina makes throughout the book and how each chapter starts with a “myth” about vampires and how she feels about it.   She is a character that I am hoping I will see again.

Kimberly Pauley loves a good book she can sink her teeth into. As her alter-ego, the Young Adult Books Goddess of yabookscentral.com, she has devoured more books than she can count. This is her first novel. She lives in Illinois.

 

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