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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316102148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316102148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up-Finbar Frame is a shy, awkward, misunderstood 16-year-old who has spent his life in the shadow of his athletic and popular twin brother. He is tired of being seen as a freak and a loser, so when his family moves from Indiana to New York, Finbar decides it is time for a change. He realizes that with his pale skin and wild eyes he possesses many vampire characteristics-even a severe sun allergy. Armed with a new wardrobe, a silver Volvo, big sunglasses, and some attitude, He becomes something he has never been-popular. But he soon finds that being a player is not everything, a lesson he learns the hard way. Bloodthirsty is witty, laugh-at-loud funny, and real. Readers can easily relate to Finbar's trials and tribulations, and his path to self-discovery. This is an original and enjoyable first novel for older teens.-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Finbar is a 6-feet 11-inches, 130-pound 16-year-old whose problems asserting himself—both with bullies and girls—has labeled him a weakling and/or gay (despite his claim that he has “the sex drive of Bill Clinton”). A move to a different school coincides with a newly diagnosed allergy to the sun, which plants in Finbar an idea—a totally insane, totally wonderful idea. Girls swoon over the pale, sickly vampires of novels and movies, so why not pretend to be one? After boning up on his Twilight and True Blood, Finbar debuts his moody new attitude and soon has his first full-fledged “vampire groupie.” The only trouble is that the girl he is falling for, Kate, would not find his deception very funny. There’s not much plot to speak of, but Meaney’s debut is the right book at the right moment, poking fun at the glowering Robert Pattinsons of the world while delivering an occasionally hilarious reminder that, in the long run, being yourself is usually the least-deadly option. Grades 8-11. --Daniel Kraus

More About the Author

Flynn Meaney is the author of Bloodthirsty and The Boy Recession. She is an alumna of the University of Notre Dame and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. To learn more about Flynn, visit her website:

Customer Reviews

He was a great character and very likable.
I kind of cringe describing it this way, because it was laugh out loud funny too, but Bloodthirsty was a really sweet book.
Extremely funny parody of the recent spate of vampire/werewolf novels.
M. Knapp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen VINE VOICE on December 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bloodthirsty is the story of a boy who turns life's lemons into lemonade or more accurately; a tale of a boy with a sun allergy who turns himself into a brooding vampire.
Finbar Frame is 16, intelligent, thin, pasty and unpopular. He watches romantic comedies with his mom. He's definitely not a chick magnet despite that all the rom com movies say the nice guy always gets the girl. Nope, not in real life. Instead Finbar is routinely beat up by the school bully.
After a day at the beach with his parents, Finbar develops a sun allergy and has to cover his blistering skin and stay out of the sun. When a girl on the bus interprets this as Finbar possibly being a vampire just like in the vampire romance book she is reading he goes along with it. After all this was the time to strike - smart, pasty and puny are in!
There are quite a few things to love about Bloodthirsty. One is Finbar himself. He's smart, funny and just a normal teenage boy trying to be noticed and get a girl. Because he's a teenage boy however, he is easily distracted by his hormones so expect many references to boobs and the like. This didn't really bother me though. I think we have come to think of teenage boys as almost asexual once they find the girl they love. Somehow all the hormones go into hibernation while they wait patiently for their true love to reciprocate. That just doesn't seem very realistic and Finbar's personality rang true for me.
I also enjoyed all the pop culture references. Twilight, True Blood and Buffy references abound. One of the funniest scenes is when Finbar is chased down by a pack of slayers and Jacob werewolf wannabes at a Fantasy Fest. Some of the references may seem out of date to future readers but they do add to the humor and charm of the book now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brooke (Brooke-Reports Blog) on June 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was so witty and clever! There were so many pop culture references, from the Jonas Brothers to Edward Cullen's Volvo. The idea of becoming a vampire to get girls was a genius. So the main character Finbar decides he is going to act the Chauncey Castle a heart-throb vampire from the hit novel Bloodthirsty. I was expecting the book to go a different way, but I am glad it didn't! It kept me laughing all the way through. The ending was very cute. Just an over all fun read, if you need a laugh pick it up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
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Finbar Frame is that guy. You know, the awkward, gangly kid that girls never notice and guys like to pick on. When Finbar moves to New York, he realizes that all the girls are obsessed with vampires. And then he realizes that for all they know, he could be a vampire too. After all, he's got the pale skin, lanky body, and antisocial attitude and avoids the sun like the plague. So what if it's because he's allergic to the sun and his oh-so-brooding demeanor is newly cultivated? No one will ever know who he really is. And for a while, it really works. All the girls are positively dazzled by Finbar the vampire. Well, all the girls except one, the one that Finbar wants. Kate Gallatin is probably the only girl in the world who thinks the notion of vampires is silly. What's a fake vampire to do?

Bloodthirsty is an absolutely hilarious and very unique tale of guy gets girl. Finbar's method of attracting girls is unusual to say the least. Who would have thought that pretending to be a paranormal creature could be so effective? While Finbar's success at masquerading as a vampire is in a way completely unrealistic, because I have difficulty believing so many high school girls would genuinely believe that their classmate was a vampire, there is still something so lovable about this story. Finbar's social awkwardness and timidity will be easy to relate to for many teens, which only makes the happy ending more sweet. I applaud debut novelist Meaney for incorporating so many hilarious pop culture and YA vampire book references to make for an engaging and genuinely interesting read.

Bloodthirsty is sure to be enjoyed by fans of Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern and Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StarReviewer VINE VOICE on November 14, 2010
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Vampire fans and people who are totally sick of the vampire craze will all love Bloodthirsty, a hilarious parody featuring teenager Fin, skinny, pale twin brother of a popular jock. Fin tries to be sensitive, has watched a few too many chick-flicks with his Mom, and despite his best efforts, can't get a date. While not macho, Fin is a believable character. Realizing that girls love vampires, Fin begins to imply that he is one (having an allergy to the sun helps!) and hilarity ensues. There don't seem to be a lot of funny growing up stories about teen guys; this book was perfect because the vampire theme kept it funny, light, and original. It reminded me of Diary of a Part Time Indian, which is a more serious, but excellent, novel. There are a lot of movie and book references, which could be tedious, but I understood them all and thought they were funny and descriptive (I read a lot, but don't see as many movies).
FYI, there is bad language, but not a lot other than the D and S words. This is narrated by a teen, so of course there are sexual references, most of which are humorous. Personally, I thought language was handled well, could have been milder, and that the author's humor was good without getting carried away.
I recommend this novel for highschoolers and adults who want a good laugh (or fifty). There aren't many books that make me laugh out loud more than once or twice, and this is one of those novels that shouldn't be read in public, lest people think you're nuts!
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