Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney. Little, Brown and Company, 2010.
What is it that attracts teenage girls, and grown women, to vampires? They’re pale and brooding, with strange eyes, not tanned and athletic. But they’re somehow also mysterious and sexy. So when a girl on the subway mistakes Finbar for a real-life vampire, he sees it as an opportunity to create a new identity. Time for this bullied geek who is allergic to the sun to finally start to get the girls.
Moving to a new city and starting over at a new school where no one knows him gives Finbar the opportunity to set his plan in motion. At first it works. Hiding behind the vampire persona he has created, Finbar is able to relax and, ironically, be himself. After all, a vampire doesn’t worry about the impressions he makes. Girls like him simply because he is a vampire. He makes friends, finds the nerve to stand up to a bully, and brazenly points out the sexual content of a poem in class. But not everything goes smoothly as freshmen girls start trying to attack him with garlic and he’s chased by vampire hunters at a fantasy convention. And what’s up with Kate, who seems to like him but doesn’t seem to believe the vampire image?
In Bloodthirsty, Meaney creates an enjoyable send up of the vampire craze. But this book is much more than a simple satire. Teens will relate to the themes of peer pressure, fitting in, to party or not to party, and trying to figure out who you really are. Finbar’s not the only one hiding behind a facade in an effort to fit in. All in all, this book is a fun read that explores real teenage concerns in a light-hearted way.
Disclaimer: I received this book as a free Advance Reader Copy from Hachette Book Group.