Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley: Heather Brewer for Tween Girls

Mina Hamilton’s parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They’re vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina’s more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she’s being forced to take. How’s a girl supposed to find the perfect prom date and pass third-year French when her mom and dad are breathing down her neck–literally?

The impression I get from this book?

Heather Brewer’s Eighth Grade Bites, or The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series for tween girls. In this book, there’s a little less action and a little more contemporary.

I found this book to be a fun, light read. Kimberly Pauley doesn’t go too deep into the whole vampire darkness thing, and puts a light tone on the book that I enjoyed. It was a really great tween read book that introduces the concept of vampires to tweens lightly.

This book made me smile and laugh at times. I loved the characters, especially Mina, and reading her narration. I don’t know why, but she felt a little more middle school than high school… but that was okay. It didn’t throw the book off and I felt that she was a great heroine.

I loved the ending of this story and I’m interested to see what the sequel is all about. A good beach read. 4 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 293

Series: Sucks to be Me



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