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Team Human Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad and fist-pump-in-the-air triumphant, this sparkling gem proves that vampires, zombies and even teenagers … at heart, we’re all on Team Human. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
The authors both uphold the conventions of the contemporary vampire romance and comment on it. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))
Smart and entertaining. Themes of honest friendship and freedom of choice mix with zombies, accidental romance, a diverse and complex cast, and sharply funny dialogue to create a thoroughly enjoyable read with a core of unexpected depth. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Team Human is both fearsome and funny, a fresh entry in the popular genre. (The Horn Book)
A witty, comedic parody that adds a fresh idea to the teen vampirenovel trend. (Booklist)
The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills. (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
A witty story of friendship that has a poignancy that is rare, coupled with a dry humor that is truly laugh-out-loud funny. (School Library Journal)
Funny, scary, touching, and thoughtful in ways you’d never expect: if you love vampire books, this is the book for youif you hate vampire books, this is also the book for you. (Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Star)
No matter what team you’re on, there are characters here you’ll cheer for. Suspense, humor, and romance: Team Human has it all! (Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Evernight)
Incredibly fresh and originaland absolutely charming. (Cory Doctorow, New York Times Bestselling author)
From the Back Cover
Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity!
On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.
Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.
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Still unsure at this point if I enjoyed this book or not.
The humor was alright, storyline was great, the characters eh, I do love the cover though.
Kit was my favorite character. He was so cute, and so funny. I think he had the most personal growth.
No love triangles so if you have an obsession with love triangles I would not suggest this book.
Mel as a character was just not likeable to me. I mean I completely understood why she would be protective over her best friend Cathy, but after a while her personality became annoying to me.
My favorite character was definitely Kit. I loved his personality, and how funny he was. I kind of wish he had been the main character.
Team Humans take on vampires was very true to origin. The can't eat, they're cold, sounds like they don't reproduce or have...the sex, can't go out in sunlight, etc. They aren't blood sucking fiends, but you get the idea. Oh and I just love how this book mocks vampire human relationships. It's so very true that in most books the character who falls in live with the vampire, ditches her friends, and wants to become a creature of the night right away.
However, despite all this I really loved the story line, and plot. There was so much going on with trying to get Cathy to stop seeing her vampire boyfriend, to reading about zombies. The mystery surrounding the characters lives was absolutely amazing, and kept me reading until all hours of the night. I also loved how all the characters were different for the most part. The main character wasn't white for once (I have nothing against white people just most books are set in a white world). And there was even an African- American in the book which was very exciting. Like I said nothing wrong with white people: half of my family is white, my boyfriend is white, many of my friends are white, you get the picture. I just enjoyed the change up!
Favorite Quote: So true, except it would be peanut butter for me!
"Also, vampires don't eat food. You never get to eat chocolate again. Ever. I'd rather die.
Many many many people loved this book, it just wasn't one of my personal favorites. I hope you do pick up a copy for yourselves so you can decide for yourselves whether you like it or not.
Take the same premise and two writers, and you'll get fifteen variations. I adored this novel, and as a snarky sort myself, I felt like Mel was my long-lost baby sister. One thing I should note about Larbalestier (having since read a number of her other stories) is that she writes multicultural characters, and not in a token way either. For once, the publisher didn't white-wash a main character who isn't European-descended, and the choice of models really worked well; I actually pictured these folks in the movie that unrolled in my head as I read.
(Oh yeah, and I'd totally pay money to go see the movie, if they didn't butcher the casting by making everybody white.)
Hilarious dialogue, and really skillful interweaving of the dark, the comedic, and the heart-breaking. One thing I particularly liked in the world-building here was the subjective experience of vampires, who live in a sort of half-world (yes, I'm trying to avoid the word 'twilight,' even though that's what first comes to mind). The transition to vampire is not risk-free either, so even though vampires have become part of mainstream society, there are very strict discussions of the consent involved. One either becomes a vampire or goes zombie; this cranks the horror aspect a notch higher. It's unconstitutional to write vampires without reference to horror, and this story does not disappoint.
Reader-self had a marvelous time, did not regret buying the hardback edition, and has been word-of-mouth recommending this one to anybody who likes vampires, comedy, vampire comedy, stories with snarky hilarious romance, or well, just good stories.
Writer-self walked away with a whole pile of shiny new ideas, including what sort of people would enjoy 'life' ('unlife'? 'undeath'?) as a vampire.
Twilight was a game-changer for the vampire genre, and this novel stands out as an example of how to deal with the aftermath of The Sparkly Ones, while tipping the hat to all the vamps that went before and what makes the undead so freaking scary.
Team Human co-written by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan is a very unique vampire book. It pokes fun at all the books and movies that have come before, but in an endearing way (somewhat like Enchanted the movie did for fairy tales). We are introduced to a fun protagonist, Mel, whose best friend, Cathy, falls in love with a vampire. Mel is completely against this union, but other sinister happenings come to light with their other friend Anna and her missing father. While this book pays homage to all things vampire, it is not only that-- it is a complete novel in its own right.
I laughed so hard through the first few chapters-- and I don't normally do that. Mel is such a fun character-- and yet, she is also flawed, and has to come to an understanding by the end. This makes it a good YA book. I loved the character of Kit, and that of the police vampire woman Camilla. Some of the plot lines were obvious, but I welcomed these twists and enjoyed reading every page.
Terrifically funny, moving, and enlightening YA novel. A must read for vampire lover and hater alike.
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