Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fat Vampire by Adam Rex

Title: Fat Vampire
Author: Adam Rex
Publisher: HarperTeen
Hardcover, 324 pages
Date Published: July 27, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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.…

Leave it to Adam Rex to create a thought-provoking novel that takes on teen angst, sexuality, identity, love, and undeath in ways that break it out of the genre.

The YA market is inundated with vampire stories, but Fat Vampire really stuck out as something completely different. And it is. For the most part. Doug is vampire and he’s fat. He’s not the average dark, sexy vampire, but an overweight 15 year old with glasses and few friends. The other kids at school even call him Meatball. The premise sounds hilarious and fun, which it is, for a while. I’ve seen mixed reviews of the book and I get why. It was good, but not quite as good as I’d hoped.

The good stuff:
It opens with vampire Doug and his best friend Jay in San Diego to check out Comic-con. Vampires. Comic-con. What more could I ask for? Adam Rex kicks the comedy into high gear for the first third of the book. Doug’s vampire troubles, including the inability to attract girls even with his vampireness, are more than amusing. When most people think of vampires, they think sexy and powerful. Doug is neither and that’s what makes this story great. Rex’s writing is witty and had me cracking up laughing.

The not so good:

Doug is a teenager, so he’s bound to be attracted to girls, but I could not see the allure of Sejal, the foreign exchange student from India. She’s nice to him and most girls aren’t, so I get that, but her character was just so flat and dull. She even borders on annoying with her whiny ‘I have the Google’ and her boohooing about Doug liking her. BTW, the Google is a disease/disorder of using the internet and technology so much that your real life pretty much disappears.

This love story aspect was boring and carried on for so long. Nothing seems to happen during the entire middle of the book. Doug likes Sejal, Sejal doesn’t really like Doug, Jay finds some new friends, Doug starts learning more about vampires, but nothing really happens. The comedy all but disappears and we’re left with Doug being quiet and broody (not in any sort of sexy way).

Fat Vampire fell into that slump right in the middle. It starts off really strong and funny, then drops into a lull that seems neverending, only to come back to life towards the end. I liked this book, but it wasn’t as good as I had hoped and expected from the first few chapters. It’s still worth the read though.

Opening line: Doug came to, lying on his back in what felt and smelled like a field. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line(s): “He thinks he’s a vampire maybe.” “I’ve taken blood from a stormtrooper and a Superman and at least three cartoon characters today,” said Kendra. “He can think he’s whatever he want, long as he TURNS HIS ASSFERATU AROUND AND PUTS BACK THAT BLOOD.” ~ pg. 37
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 


Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Aw, that's a bit disappointing about the drag from the middle to the end. Nice honest review, though :)

Melissa said...

Oh, I'm sad this didn't live up to the hype! I bought this one, but I haven't got around to it yet. Great honest review though, Nikki! :)

The Paperback Princess said...

Thanks for the honest review, I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this one, and it's defiantly disappointing that it wasn't as good as most people say.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I had such high hopes for it, so maybe it's a bit of my own fault for thinking it was going to be something different from what it was.

Melissa - I still hope you enjoy when you get around to reading it.

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