18) Team Human

By: Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Date Finished: 10.19.13

by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan


All the vampire wannabes and vamposeurs mystify me.  Who would choose the possibility of immortality over chocolate?

Welcome to New Whitby, Maine, a long-time haven for vampires and Mel’s hometown.  Even though vampires and humans have effeceintly co-existed here for decades, Mel decidedly does NOT want anything to do vampires.  Then one perfectly normal day, a vampire named Francis enrolls at her high school as a student and Mel’s best friend, Cathy, is immediately smitten.  Even worse, Francis seems determined to encourage Cathy’s affections.  Mel tries desperately to keep Cathy from going in too deep, but some people can’t help being Team Vampire.

First of all, it’s a parody of the current vampire craze.  It’s off-beat for a reason and is narrated by the best friend rather than the love interest.  Mel is the voice of vampire-groupie skeptics everywhere (which is generally where I fall) and the only logical character to give a parody viewpoint.

Second of all, it’s a mystery.  There’s more going on than just a teen romance and this subplot adds a gravity to an otherwise fluff book.  I appreciated the silliness, but I also appreciated the serious underbelly.

This is a book that needed to be written and this was a good pair of ladies to write it.  Unfortunately, it lacked a certain spark and didn’t dazzle me as much as I had hoped.  Mel is an impulsive and overbearing character — she has good intentions, but it’s difficult to follow her all the way down the path she takes.  It’s also surprisingly repetitive.  At a certain point, I was almost yelling at the book, “I get it!  You don’t like vampires!”  There are a number of redeeming aspects (namely, Kit, a human who’s lived with vampires since birth) but, sadly, Team Human is a brilliant idea that didn’t quite live up to it’s potential.

At the end of the day: Glad I read it, but not for me

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