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Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 1) Paperback – March 13, 2008
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Also - I gave this book to my two teen (11 & 12) nephews and both of them really loved it - which is a miracle, because getting them to read ANYTHING is difficult. So - if you know a reluctant reader, this might be the perfect book for them.
I like what Brewer tried to do with the humour, and I admit I did appreciate all the vampire jokes and references. There's something about a teenage vampire with a garlic allergy that made me laugh, and the fact that Vlad takes it all in his stride just added to the over all tongue-in-cheek feel of the story.
The characters are where my problem lies, which is a shame, because they had the potential to be really good. For me, they lacked any real depth, and I didn't come away from the book feeling like I really knew them. Maybe this improves in later books, which I am still planning to read at some point in the future.
The great ideas were there, I just don't think it was executed as well as it could have been. Still, it was interesting to hear about vampirism from a teenage perspective, and Vlad's father's journal entries interspersed throughout were a nice touch. Although Eighth Grade Bites was slightly disappointing, I'll give the next book a chance, and hope I enjoy it a bit more than this one
This book has a lot of faults. I found it shelved in the Teen section of the bookstore, which later surprised me. Despite being about teenagers, I'd decrease the reading level to maybe middle school or even elementary. The writing is very simplistic, the plot line reduced to a very basic form. EVERY character fits a stereotype so perfectly it's almost boring--the sidekick, the motherly figure, the evil villain. Everything a character says or does seems cliche, typical. As a teenager myself, I found Vlad and Henry and his friends all very flat, like sitcom characters.
Also, one thing that I thought hurt the plot was that, in Vlad's world, if someone says something, then it MUST be true. There is no explanation. If a bad guy says he's actually a good guy, then he's good. There are quite a few events in the story that don't make sense, especially the prologue.
BUT, DESPITE all that...I enjoyed the book. This book is FUN, and so if you don't analyze it too much, if you don't focus on whether the plot makes sense...then you CAN enjoy this book. I like Vlad. I like the idea of a character like Vlad. It's actually kind of refreshing that the book isn't very serious, because I know I can read it quickly and just have fun with it. I can laugh at the characters and their stereotypical dialogue, and I can laugh at all the quirky puns Vlad makes about being a teenage vampire (like the Smiley Fanged T-Shirt).Read more ›
I wish I could give this book two reviews - one for how I think it should be viewed in the eyes of parents and teachers looking to recommend it and one for how it stands up on it's own. For adults looking for good vampire fiction for kids, this does make a very good choice. And with so much vampire fiction on the market being targeted at young girls its nice to see a male alternative pop up. I suspect this book would also make a good selection for reluctant readers at a middle school level - the book keeps it's page count low and the writing styling makes it easy to follow along with for younger teens who aren't yet doing so well with longer chapter books.
However for anyone outside of it's target demographic this book is a hot mess - it's biggest flaw being how both characters and plot are woefully underdeveloped - after finishing this book I could tell you a host a facts about the people populating its pages and yet I couldn't tell you why they felt the way that they did or even how they came by such a decision. We know that Vlad has a crush on a girl in his class but she seems to not function at all out side of this role - other than the fact that she had blue eyes we know nothing about her other than Vlad loves her. What is her personality like? Why does Vlad like her so much that he's rendered speechless in her presence? Is she kind? Smart?Read more ›
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