Fang Girl

Fang Girl

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By (author) Helen Keeble

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  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Format: Paperback | 342 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 23mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 11 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062082256
  • ISBN 13: 9780062082251
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Sales rank: 384,541

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Sure, the idea of vampires is sexy, but who actually dreams of spending eternity as a pasty, bloodthirsty fifteen-year-old? Not me.Unfortunately, the somewhat psychotic vampire who turned me into a bloodsucker didn't bother to ask first. Now I'm dealing with parents who want me to vamp them, a younger brother who's convinced I'm a zombie, and a seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake me or make out with me. Not sure which. Oh and PS, none of my favorite fanfic prepared me to deal with vampire politics--which are looking pretty tricky based on the undead Elder trying to hunt me down.What's a vampire-obsessed fangirl turned real-life fanggirl supposed to do?

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By Andrea Thompson 10 Oct 2012 4

Why I Chose to Read Fang Girl: I first this book at Book Loving Mom. The author left a comment offering a book for review and I quickly hopped on the chance!

A hilarious and out-of-control story of a newly turned teen vamp, Fang Girl is a story that will keep you laughing from cover to cover.

I must start by saying, Fang Girl will not hit the right notes for all readers. Those who take their vampires absolutely seriously and will not stand for a parody will most likely roll their eyes at Fang Girl. I, however, am not that reader. Sure, I take my favorite vampire stories very seriously, but I can also appreciate a comedic take on the genre as well.

When Xanthe Jane Greene wakes up in a coffin, she's understandably curious as to how this came to be. What helps Jane cope is that she is an avid member of the vampire blogging community. She's watched all the movies, reads the books and the fanfic, participates in forums...Jane knows her vamps well enough to recognize when she becomes one, even if she never believed they were actually real. Jane immediately sets out to reconnect with her family, find her sire and why she was turned, and avoid the vampire hunters who lurk in the night. This sets Jane on a action-packed hilarious adventure that will test her new abilities and her loyalties.

What made Fang Girl fun for me, besides Keeble's hysterical narrative, is that there are a lot of elements from other recognizable vampire series. I loved the dhampir vampire hunter Van Helsing (used two HUGE elements in that one character!). Another is the fact that vampires are obsessive-compulsive (much like the WVMP Radio series). I don't know that this was the intention, but I recognized it, and considered the usage as a shout-out.

I will admit the middle of the story did drag a bit, for me. I was also a bit confused as to who was the good/bad guy, the mystery of the two big power players, and, Jane's "creation" defied all logic, which is weird considering that I'm debating the logic of a vampire story. Oddly enough, it all worked.

Funny, inventive, and surprising, Fang Girl is a great choice if you're reading for a change from the norm.

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"Keeble's entertaining plot contains action and suspense coupled with a witty protagonist and a great cast of secondary characters. A funny, refreshing novel."--School Library Journal