Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley


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, she has devoured more books than she can count. This is her first novel. She lives in Illinois.


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