Every night I'd lie there in bed and look out at the hills behind our house, listening. I knew there'd be consequences. Actions meant reactions. Sunrises meant sunsets. My fear was too permanent, lasting longer than eyeliner, something I wore every day and didn't wash off. Quinlan Lacey's life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BFF Libby. There's also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed-out coworker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn's whole world turns crazy, Technicolor, 3-D, fireworks, whatever. But with good comes bad and unfortunately, Quinn's new romance brings with it some majorly evil baggage. Now, to make things right, she has to do a lot of things wrong (breaking and entering, kidnapping, lying, you name it). There's normal, and then there's paranormal, and neither are Quinlan's cup of Diet Coke. Staying sane, cool, in love, and alive isn't so easy breezy.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 135 x 203 x 23mm | 286g
- 16 Aug 2012
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, United States
"Bloom debuts with a languid, stylish novel that reads like a love letter to cult vampire flicks like The Lost Boys, the work of Francesca Lia Block, and Southern California in the 1990s." -- Publishers Weekly "Bloom's writing style is unique, blending traditional flowery verbiage with irreverent contemporary dialogue. The plot is also a pleasing blend of friendship, romance, and action with a paranormal twist." -- School Library Journal
About M. Beth Bloom
M. Beth Bloom is a novelist and a screenwriter. Her fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly and Dave Eggers's Best American Nonrequired Reading series. She is also the author of Drain You. M. Beth lives in Los Angeles.
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Not being over the whole vampire theme yet, I really expected to love this one, but unfortunately, that wasn't to be. First off, we have the horrid insta love. Quinlan sees James outside the video store and he follows her home and that's the start of it, just like that, she's can't stop thinking about him and is in love in less than a week with James apparently unable to stay away from her either. Until they do the deed and then he disappears just leaving a note telling Quinlan he'll be back. And we never do find out the real reason why he disappears. With his departure, enter With, James human brother. I thought we might be heading for a love triangle here, but no, instead, we had insta best friends. He apparently knows where James is yet he doesn't tell Quinlan and she doesn't ask!! Then we have the childhood best friend Libby, who Quinlan seems to have very little interest in, until she decides to risk everyone's life to save her from the vampires. But when she sees him sucking on her wrist and Libby nearly passed out, she just goes home thinking "whatever she's into!!" And the guy who crushes on Quinlan for some reason that I can't fathom, she just treats him like crap constantly, taking him for granted, and putting the lives of him and his family at risk too. And she knows she treats him badly because she keeps saying it to herself. The characters in this were very one dimensional. Quinlan is not a likable character at all, she's just selfish and uses people for her own good constantly. Which is why the big rescue of Libby is totally out of character. James, being the vampire, did have his mysterious side, but once you got over that, he wasn't that exciting either, but yet the book took a downward spiral after he left. And he doesn't change his clothes, what's with that. Ok, I get that he's a vampire, who doesn't sweat and smell like humans do, but, surely he'd still get dirty. I'm afraid I didn't like this authors writing style at all and at times I found the dialogue confusing. And there was just far too much use of the word "dude", which just drove me mad. Maybe, in LA, this is how people speak, I don't know? And the ending was just unbelievable. The book just stopped. I don't like open endings, I like a neat finish, but I don't know if I would even call this an open ending, there was just too many things left unanswered, too many ways that things could have went. I asked the author if there was a sequel, and she said there was nothing planned at the moment, but if the fans wanted one, then yes. I feel like she didn't finish this one with the express purpose that "fans" would need a sequel just to get some closure. After speaking about the ending with the author, I've deducted a star because it just didn't feel right. As much as I wanted to know how things were ending, I wouldn't read a sequel.show moreby Suzanne Finnegan
Here is something you need to know about me before I really start my review: I am an unabashed, unapologetic lover of 90's pop culture. It's a hardcore love that I have. I worry that someday I'll end up sounding like a hippie who refuses to let the 70's go, but, whatever. So to be fair, there are many aspects to this book that I loved simply for that reason. Things that may drive other readers insane, but again, whatever. DRAIN ME is about Quinlan (Quinn) Lacey; slacker, would-be rebel, if she weren't so apathetic. She's selfish (or self-absorbed) and lazy, but to me, a representative of a lot of real teens. "It was the first week of summer vacation, and I felt compelled to be a cool slob. It was effortless, really."(eARC, 1%) See?? She's a girl after my own heart. I loved the dialogue in DRAIN ME. It's full of words that I still used (not ashamed) like "dude", "rad", and "whatever". Quinn wears flannel, when she even bothers to wear much clothes, and loves Nirvana. Prompting her friend to say: "Kurt's dead, dude. Surrender the fantasy." (eARC, 2%) And just as I hoped, the title is a nod to the song by Nirvana. So besides my biased towards the story simply based on the pop culture references, I actually did like the story. I will go ahead and say this, the plot had some similarities to Twilight. I'm fine with this, because the stories are told in a completely different manner. And since DRAIN ME has so much ironic humor and a chilled out vibe, I'm not sure if it was a nod to Twilight, a slightly satiric take, or a complete coincidence. But in the end, a good story is a good story and I did enjoy this a lot. As for the romance, Quinn has options. Three to be exact. There's Morgan, who is her friend, cute and sweet, and who she treats like crap. I mean, she's nice to him, but she does use him a lot, the poor guy. He would have been a great choice for her, but what's the fun in taking the easy road? And honestly, Morgan is too good for Quinn. Crushable guy number two is James. James...he has issues, isn't a safe choice for her, which obviously makes him the guy she wants. James is kinda grungy and totally hot.And despite one big drawback, he's a really cool guy. And rounding out the guys is Whit. I adored Whit. He's gorgeous, of course, but his personality is what I loved about him. He's a great balance for Quinn. He gets her, yet can rein her in a bit, keeping her out of trouble and giving her stability. I was rooting for Whit. Does he get the girl? I'm not telling. ;-) While I did enjoy DRAIN YOU quite a lot, I did have a couple of issues with the story. For starters, the parents. There wasn't one responsible, clued-in parent in the entire book. Quinn's parents barely questioned her whereabouts, never acted concerned when she didn't show up for a few days, and she's still in high school, so this was a huge stretch for me. Quinn's best friend's parents were even worse. Libs was gone for weeks, and her parents never acted concerned. These weren't abusive alcoholic parents either. They were professional, together people. I know this is LA, and everyone is supposedly cooler-than-thou, but come on. Another issue was Quinn's non-reaction to what James is/does. This girl just rolls with it. I know she's playing the apathetic angle, but dude, get a clue! Maybe I'm a spazz, but I would have freaked out at least a little bit, and I'm a fairly chilled-out person. Granted, she does begin to realize the ramifications of what James is later in the story, and she is young, but this takes rationalizing to a new level. My last problem was the ending. DRAIN ME was so on it for the first three-fourths of the story. I was loving it, really into everything about it. I was dying to find out how it ends. I was prepared for epic. Towards the end, though, the plot began to feel rushed. I was still okay with it, but then I got to the last few pages, and it just ended. What. The. Heck? I hate to be left hanging. It felt incomplete. I hope there is another book planned because I want to know what happened next! Overall, I really enjoyed DRAIN YOU. I know that I got a bit ranty in the last half of my review, but I think that's because I know it could have been awesome. What I loved about the story outweighs what bothered me by far. I honestly don't think everyone will love it. There will be readers who won't like Quinn, won't like the dialogue. I actually love flawed characters, especially when they gain self-awareness and experience growth, which I felt Quinn did. But for those who, like me, who enjoy a fun, quirky story told with an ironic tone and lots of laughs, DRAIN YOU will be a sure thing. Favorite Quote: " 'It looks good. Your legs are...' But then he stopped. And when I realized there was no adjective coming, I also realized I was holding my breath. It was like 'good' meant more than 'good', which it didn't. It was like 'good' meant 'beautiful' or 'stunning' and had a capital G and was spoken in a low, smoky voice." (eARC, 4%) " 'You're like an ice cube,' he said. 'Is it because you're always half-naked?' 'You just caught me on a particularly half-naked week.' 'I'm into that.' " (eARC, 10%) "Things were still far from okay, but maybe we were getting closer. I drank in Whit's face, dark and quiet in the nighttime, already so precious to me. Already transformed from the strange imitaion I used to see into an original." (eARC, 70%)show moreby Andrea Thompson