Title: Sucks to be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe)
Author: Kimberly Pauley
Mirrorstone Books, 2008
Genre: Vampire/Contemporary Fiction
Recommended to: Teen girls, 13 and up
Mina Hamilton is your average high school senior: always hanging out with her BFF Serena, hoping that her huge crush, Nathan Able, will ask her to prom, and stressing about school. But there's one not-so-ordinary aspect of her life: her parents are vampires, and they've just broken an important vampire law: keeping a human in the house is strictly banned. As if her social worries aren't enough, now Mina's going to have to make a huge decision: she'll have to become a vampire, too, if she wants to keep her family together. Now she's going to vampire lessons with a teacher that looks like a wolf, visiting "blood bars" with her crazy uncle where the main cocktail is an O negative, and trying to decide exactly what she wants to be!
I simply loved this one. I just picked it up at the library one day with fair expectations, but I was blown away by how creative, funny, and absolutely awesome this book was. Kimberly Pauley has such an imagination that it was just a blast to read Sucks to Be Me. I loved all of the slightly-zany characters, the funny vampire puns, and all of Mina's sarcastic journal entries. Mina has a real voice that is just a ton of fun to read because it's like she's a real person. Her reactions to some aspects of the vampire world were just laugh-out-loud hilarious, and the overall story was fast-paced, moving, and just fangtastic (LOL).
However, I felt like the ending was a bit abrupt, a bit rushed, like the author just wanted to be done with the story. Some events around the ending just felt unnecessary and a bit pointless, to be honest.
Go. Read. It. Now! I hope there will be more from Mina in the future--I'm not done with her wit and humor yet! Brava, Ms. Pauley! (: