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Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story Hardcover

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The title says it all in this delightfully macabre spoof on the current vampire craze. Rex sustains the wonderfully dry humor and calculated silliness and then surprises the reader with a thoughtful, poignant, ambiguous ending that is bound to inspire discussion. (Booklist)

Horror chills, humor, crisp prose and excellent secondary teen characters make this one fun read. (Kirkus Reviews)

“Surprising, funny, and poignant. The ending hits the reader’s heart like a stake and lingers long in the mind—the best kind of undead.” (Washington Post)

“A rather haunting exploration of what it means to come of age in a media-saturated culture…. An intriguing reconsideration of the vampire theme.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The title says it all for this indulgent and delightfully macabre spoof on the current vampire craze. Doug Lee is 15 and overweight—and will be for eternity. He may be a vampire, but he is not a romantic figure by any means. An opening scene at the San Diego Comic Con neatly captures the event's unabashed geekiness, while Doug's efforts to get some blood from a panda in the San Diego Zoo bring him to the attention of a reality TV show, Vampire Hunters. Back home in Philadelphia, Doug is smitten by a new exchange student from India, Sejal, who does not return his affection and tries to let him down easy. When he is not busy trying to win Sejal's affections (or at least suck her blood) or fending off the TV show host, Doug gets tutored in vampire ways by a most unusual mentor. Rex successfully sustains the wonderfully dry humor and calculated silliness and then surprises the reader with a thoughtful, poignant, ambiguous ending that is bound to inspire discussion. Grades 9-12. --Debbie Carton --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057DAP5K
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,312,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on July 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It was refreshing to read about a vampire that wasn't physically perfect. All too often, the people who are turned into vampires already possess unearthly beauty. The only outside flaws they exhibit result from some horrific torture years after becoming vampires. In Fat Vampire, Doug is an outcast, overweight teen. When he is turned, nothing changes. He faces being unattractive forever. Seeing a vampire character deal with this type of reality was definitely intriguing.

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.
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Like many others that gave this a poor review, I felt that this book had AMAZING potential. I've been to SDCC, I know members of the 501st, and like many girls in their teens to twenties, I've read the Twilight series and have a love/hate relationship with it.

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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I worked at a Borders bookstore, so I saw this book when it first came out. I'm a long-time vampire fan, and the title indicated that this would be a humorous twist on the frequently overdramatic typical vampire story. The cover design was brilliant. The book looked like it was going to be hilarious and I was really excited to get a copy for cheap when my store closed.

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.
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This is like one of those "series" books, where different authors take turns writing chapters.

It starts with a witty dorky kid who gets stuck as an immortal vampire while still a chubby teen doofus. He and his buddy cope in what is basically a high school comedy.

But then, our hero becomes a shrewd, cruel conniving anti-hero. The sidekick goes through multiple implausible changes and then drifts out of the book. Then we drift into some awkward gay bashing. Then we drift into hyper-violence. Then the book really starts to fall apart, and morphs into multiple meta-fictional endings.

Maybe Rex was trying to goof on the whole genre; maybe he just got bored at points and switched gears to amuse himself; maybe something deeply creative is going on that I'm just missing. But, the upshot is that this is a deeply unsatisfying book, and doesn't really work in any of its various forms.
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