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Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story Hardcover – July 27, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2010: Both fans and foes of the ever-expanding genre of vampire novels will get sucked into this hysterical send-up of those angst-filled, vampire-meets-girl high school dramas. Doug "Meatball" Lee is no Edward, he's just a 15-year-old dork trying to land a date with a real live girl, any girl. But when you're a weight-challenged, newbie vampire, finding a Bella to call your very own presents some real challenges. The multi-talented author Adam Rex uses offbeat humor and outrageous scenarios to position this underdog for paranormal greatness. --Lauren Nemroff
From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up 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 and as a result was attacked by a starving, newly made vampire. Now he must spend the rest of his immortal life as an unattractive 15-year-old, feeding off cows to satisfy his need for blood. With the support of some local vampire guardians and his friend Jay, the teen must now learn how to live life as a vampire. If events aren't complicated enough, he falls for the new girl at school, and has the star of the TV show Vampire Hunters hot on his trail, trying to expose him to the world. Rex's story falls flat. The back-and-forth narration between Doug and Sejal is confusing and slows down the plot. There are some promising moments, funny scenes, and intriguing themes that unfortunately just don't pan out. Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, Doug has a very repellent personality. He's extremely hard to care about. At first he seems too nice to be able to survive as a vampire, but slightly farther into the book we see that the niceness is a front for his insecurity. As he becomes more self-confident, he becomes more on an obnoxious, self-important jerk.
Senjal, an exchange student that Doug finds himself attracted to, has the Google - something like an addiction to the internet. A vampire hunter reality TV show starts hunting Doug. He's let into San Diego Comic-Con early because the sunlight is making him sick, which is taken as a normal occurrence because the security people believe anyone who would attend Comic-Con would be sickly and not go out in the daylight much. Many small but wonderfully quirky little ideas helped the book along.
I truly wanted to love Fat Vampire. I love the cover, I love the premise and the writing was very good. The book just didn't work for me. Nothing clicked. I could not care what happened to any of the characters in the book. Doug was so deeply unlikeable that the character himself brought the rest of the book down for me.
Well, they say don't judge a book by it's cover, and this is one of the reasons why. The story started out humorous enough - a geeky, clumsy, overweight kid who finds himself accidentally turned into a vampire attends Comic-con with his best friend. Their initial struggles are entertaining.
You also meet Sejal, a girl from India who has been sent to America because she has 'the google,' a disease where people become so immersed in their internet persona that they disregard their actual, real lives. This was a very interesting concept that I found fascinating, and I applaud Adam Rex's creativity in bringing such a thing into the story.
Unfortunately, that's about all the book really had going for it. Once the initial slew of nerd jokes are done, the book becomes considerably more serious. The main character, Doug, turns into a jerk. It's almost never mentioned again after this point that he was the geeky boy that we entered the story with. The Vampire Hunters show seemed like another interesting premise that just fell flat. The characters were all fairly one-dimensional and never really developed much. I really wanted to like Sejal's character, but her actions were all very irratic and difficult to follow, and I felt like I never really got what she was all about, or even a glimpse of what she was really about. The vampires weren't especially well-explained.
The most disappointing part of this book was the ending. For those who don't like spoilers, please ignore this paragraph! At the end of the book, Doug ends up getting staked. Instead of giving an actual ending, there is simply a list of potential outcomes: Doug removes the stake and lives, Doug can't remove the stake but isn't killed and instead files the stake down to a nub and lives with in for the rest of his immortal life, Doug takes Sejal as his vampire bride, Doug dies. It almost feels like the writer had made this list of potential endings as he was still brainstorming the outline, ran out of time as he approached the deadline, and just threw in this list because he didn't actually finish the book.
Fat Vampire had some interesting concepts, but overall was a very disappointing and boring read. I would not recommend it, especially if you're looking for a humorous take on vampires. This book does not deliver.
I picked this book up at a used bookstore. I read the first half in one sitting and thought it was going great. The second half of the book felt so rushed, like an editor had slashed 200+ pages out and rewritten the end for the author of the first half without ever speaking. The final few chapters had me asking what the heck was going on, and wondering if I'd missed a few pages. The motivations and emotions of the characters suddenly turned 180 degrees and random plot lines were started and ended without reason. Half-way into the book I also was questioning, like many others, the whole point of Senjal's character. Reading from her perspective was interesting, but in the end, I didn't like her or any of the other characters.
Also, starting the book with an ending death scene? Really? Maybe it's a play on Twilight, but Stephanie Meyer should not be anyone's writing inspiration.
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