Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story Paperback – Jul 8 2011
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The title says it all in this delightfully macabre spoof on the current vampire craze. Rex sustains the wonderfully dry humor and calculated silliness and then surprises the reader with a thoughtful, poignant, ambiguous ending that is bound to inspire discussion. (Booklist)
Horror chills, humor, crisp prose and excellent secondary teen characters make this one fun read. (Kirkus Reviews)
“Surprising, funny, and poignant. The ending hits the reader’s heart like a stake and lingers long in the mindthe best kind of undead.” (Washington Post)
“A rather haunting exploration of what it means to come of age in a media-saturated culture…. An intriguing reconsideration of the vampire theme.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
About the Author
Adam Rex is the author of many books, includingCold CerealandUnlucky Charms, the first two books in the Cold Cereal Saga; theNew York Timesbestselling picture bookFrankenstein Makes a Sandwich; the middle grade novelThe True Meaning of Smekday(now a major motion picture from Dreamworks,Home); and the teen novelFat Vampire. He currently lives in Arizona with his wife.
Top Customer Reviews
When he's not going to conventions dressed as a Klingon or another nerdy character, Doug is trying to woo girls. He still needs to eat, and drinking the blood of a girl is practically having sex with her. Young vampires also need tutors so they can get used to their powers and responsibilities. They are an endangered species, after all, and they need to know how to do things. Despite this, Doug still acts like he did as a human. He goes to comic book conventions with his pals, and he tries to fit in and get a girlfriend.
Senjal, an exchange student from India who has the cyber addiction known as `The Google,' doesn't believe in vampires. Doug believes, however, that Senjal will fall for him, even though he isn't exactly smooth. While Doug is cruising and schmoozing and trying to discover what he can do, a defunct television vampire hunter gets wind of some of his mistakes, and he soon begins to track Doug down. How will things turn out with Senjal, and will Doug get staked before he can get a solid girlfriend?
This book has a lot going for it. The plot is funny, and for people that are tired of the same vampire novels, it can provide a fun escape. Rex knows how to write funny one-liners and references a lot of cool things, so readers of all ages will get a few chuckles out of him.Read more ›
At first I thought Doug was comical. He was certainly someone you could either relate to (as being a social outcast in the school class system) or someone you made fun of (oh come on, I'm sure there are times you DID laugh at them for some reason or another don't be so high and mighty thinking you didn't). Then as the book progresses, you realize some of the reasons why Doug isn't well liked.
Turns out, Doug is...a jerk. His comments towards minorities and other groups aren't that funny at all and it may offend some readers. His treatment of Jay is also why he's a jerk. For a best friend, Jay tends to take a lot in, and although he may seem like a loyal sidekick, Doug treats him like dirt and likes to openly make fun of him in front of other friends to make himself look better. As the book progresses, at first, Doug may seem all right, but then as you turn the pages, you see more of his true colors show, and they're not what they seem. He turns out to be not very likable at all.
The plot in itself is pretty good. At first. Then it just flatlines throughout the second half of the story. I'm not sure why there was such a big mystery behind Sejal and her case of 'The Google'. I don't know why the explanation of it took such a long time to be revealed. In fact that rather annoyed me because she kept on mentioning it and I'm asking each time; 'WTF is that?!' when it was revealed I almost just about gave up trying to figure it out.Read more ›
The book was a complete surprise, and a wonderful new twist on the undead life - a young man in high school just trying to find his way in life, when he finds himself dead. He still goes to ComicCon with his best friend; he keeps feeding on cows because he has not learned how to harness his dark powers. It is a vampire book like none you have ever read before. It is a completely new spin on an old legend.
It will take it's place among my 'favorites' collection in my personal library and I would seriously recommend it to bookaholics that I know! I don't think you'd regret it if you enjoy corney amusing humor.
Not to spoil the ending but I loved the way they decided to do it. It fit the story well and didn't leave the reading going "Why the hell did they end it That way?!"