FROM THE COVER:
Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen-year-old Finbar Frame never gets the girl. But when he notices that all the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel called Bloodthirsty, Finbar decides to boldy go where no sane guy has gone before - he becomes a vampire, minus the whole bloodsucking part.
With his brooding nature and unusually pale skin, it's surprisingly easy for Finbar to pretend to be supernatural. But when he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he discovers that life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected.
My rating: 3 stars.
A funny, nerdy start that quickly falls very flat.
Finbar is the typical nerd - pasty white, immerses himself in reading, doesn't enjoy partying, isn't cool. He has to deal with his twin brother, Luke, being the typical, all-around liked jock. His dad is clueless, and his mom wishes he was a girl. They're all zany characters with their own matching zany moments, but they're never more than that. What you see on the surface is what you get.
While Finbar's voice is fitting for a sixteen-year-old, it's also cliche. Most of the descriptions are cliches, too. The only fitting thing is the dialogue. None of the other characters stand out; they're incredibly predictable, but in a boring way.
The writing itself is catchy and appropriate; it's evident that you're in the mind of a sixteen-year-old. Unfortunately the writing does nothing to help the faltering plot (which doesn't focus nearly enough on the whole faking-being-a-vampire issue). For most of the story I was confused as to how the plot somehow strayed from what is initially set up. I longed for the humor again.
Bloodthirsty's really not bad, but not so good.