The Starving Bibliophile

Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).

Fat Vampire

Summary: Doug Lee is undead quite by accident. Unlike most vampires who are drop-dead gorgeous, sexy, and irresistible, Doug is the exact opposite. Overweight, unpopular, and dorky, he seals his fate by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, having been attacked by a desperate vampire. With the support of some local vampire guardians and his friend Jay, the teen must now learn how to live life as a vampire, but 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…

“Sigh. Take a deep breath, Jenna. You can do this without bashing someone’s head in.” This is what I told myself before I started this review. As you can probably guess, what drew me in to this book was the completely kick-ass cover and the idea of a fat, nerdy vampire breaking the vampire stereotypes. I mean come on, what kind of vampire doesn’t sparkle? (I hope everyone got that raging sarcasm.) But anyways, I liked this book. Rather, I thought I liked it until I got about halfway through it. It always works that way, doesn’t it? The book just gradually fell off the face of the earth. The protagonist becomes a popular jerk. He doesn’t get the girl he wants. All characters become mediocre in themselves. Contrary to popular belief, this book doesn’t have the stereotypical gay character (it does have a gay character, though), so the “don’t bash gays” message that this book sends really doesn’t fit or is relevant in any way shape or form; it’s just kind of randomly thrown in there. The ending never comes to a definite close or a solution, but rather lets the reader infer for his or herself. Was it funny? Absolutely hilarious. Did it hold my attention? Yes, very well. Could it have been better? Most definitely. Adam Rex should have worked out the major kinks before it was published. I’d recommend it though if someone was into major satire. Go for it.

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