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Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story [Paperback]

Adam Rex
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July 18 2011

Doug Lee is undead quite by accident—attacked by a desperate vampire, he finds himself cursed with being fat and fifteen forever. When he has no luck finding some goth chick with a vampire fetish, he resorts to sucking the blood of cows under cover of the night. But it’s just not the same.

Then he meets the new Indian exchange student and falls for her—hard. Yeah, he wants to bite her, but he also wants to prove himself to her. But like the laws of life, love, and high school, the laws of vampire existence are complicated—it’s not as easy as studying Dracula. Especially when the star of Vampire Hunters is hot on your trail in an attempt to boost ratings. . . .

Searing, hilarious, and always unexpected, Fat Vampire is a satirical tour de force from one of the most original writers of fiction today.


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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 mind—the 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, including Cold Cereal and Unlucky Charms, the first two books in the Cold Cereal Saga; the New York Times bestselling picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich; the middle-grade novel The True Meaning of Smekday; and the teen novel Fat Vampire. He currently lives in Arizona with his wife.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, humor-filled, easy to read teen angst.. April 2 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book. It was hard to put down, made me giggle, and was well written. Not only are the characters memorable, but it turns the vampire genre on it's head. It was a parody of all the love and lust vampire teen romances - and it did it well!

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?!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not what I thought it would be Feb. 27 2012
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I started to like this book a lot, it was hilariously funny and puts a whole new twist to the vampire theme. However there were just some parts of the book that did not sit well with me and the book suddenly became something that I did not expect. Perhaps it was the author's intention. Perhaps not.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Dec 12 2010
Format:Hardcover
Attacked by a vampire while out on vacation, Doug has become the latest child of the night. He was changed by a guy from school who could not control himself. He tells people he's been changed by a beautiful vampire bombshell to keep his credibility intact. Doug isn't like the other vampires, though. He's not dark and brooding. He's a nerd. Pale and freckled and overweight, most people think he just has a bad skin condition.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny! Aug. 2 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As expected, there was a lot of humour in a book titled "Fat Vampire". It was a well written, easy to follow story and I enjoyed it. There's not much more to say about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new spin Dec 18 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The title and cover of this book grabbed my attention immediately. I have never heard about, read or even seen in a movie with a fat vampire. Vampires are always good looking and often a sort of alpha male or female. Doug does not fit that mold; he is short, doughy, and an outcast at school. And his afterlife is not all he expected it to be. He soon begins wondering if there might be a way out.

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.
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