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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 you—if 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 original—and absolutely charming. (Cory Doctorow, New York Times Bestselling author)

I could not be more a fan of this book than if I had a TEAM HUMAN cheerleader outfit ... brilliant, funny, sharply emotional! (Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampire)

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (July 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062089641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062089649
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,037,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My sister recommended this book as we are both huge fans of Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon Lexicon trilogy. I read the first chapter on Justine Larbalestier's blog and was hooked.

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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Well, another 300 page book that I disliked. I have a feeling I should avoid those for a while...

Anyway, here is the synopsis of the book!

The main character's best friend falls instantly in love with a vampire who has just transferred into their high school! But this guy is rude, smug, and is quite suspicious... Will the main character be able to save her friend from being turned into chow, and potentially lose her mind in the turning?!

What I really didn't like about the book is the best friend's love interest, Francis. He's the embodiment of jerk boyfriend, acting all sweet and happy with the best friend, but instantly turning around and acting all high and holier-than-thou towards the girl's friends. Besides the fact that they "instantly fall in twu wuv", something that has already been put down as unethical by critics of the early Disney canon, there's a high risk that the best friend will become a literal zombie if the turning is not properly executed. And she's only known this guy for a month.

What's that teaching young girls and boys who read this book? "It's perfectly fine to throw yourself away for someone who poses a potentially life-threatening situation for you"? What about all the work that we have exhausted to make sure this DOESN'T happen?! Besides the fact that it's been known in the past that the vampires whose humans have become zombies usually leave them, like, "Whatever, not my problem. Ooh, look, another shish kabob for me!"

I read other reviews where the main character's main thoughts were potentially seen as racist, if you substitute the word vampire with other races. But honestly, I didn't see it.
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First Impressions: It is no big secret that I can't stand the more modernized vampires, like the kind you can find in Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I read all of the books when they were released and I wasn't impressed by the writing or the vampires. My kinds of vampires are the ones that Anne Rice came up with. I love me some hardcore, gritty, dirty monsters. I'm totally not into sparkle-like-a-fairy vampires. You get my point. Team Human is a parody of vampires, not Twilight in particular, but it might as well be. If you have ever questioned why humans are so fascinated with vampires or why a human would be attracted to a vampire, this is the book for you. Not everyone loves parodies, so I have a feeling some people will love and some people will hate this book. I personally think that parodies are hilarious if they are written by the right author. Team Human has two amazing, hilarious authors that have already proven themselves to be worthy of tackling a vampire parody. Needless to say, I had extremely high hopes for this novel.

First 50 Pages: I think you have to have a sense of humor to read this book. Right away I noticed that the writing style is humorous, sarcastic, and has some hilarious one-liners. I have no idea which author worked on what part of the story because everything flowed together so nice. I was a little bit worried, like I am with all books that have multiple authors, that the writing would seem stilted or that it wouldn't be in sync. Not only is the writing fantastic but the whole book is so incredibly creative and fresh. It is completely unique in every way even though I found some parts to be a little predictable. Who cares? This book is so, so funny! Oh, and it has a ton of drama llamas, so just be prepared for that.
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When Mel's best friend, Cathy, starts falling in love with the new vampire at school it's up to her to nip that romance in the bud. Vampires might be an everyday--or night--part of life, they stick to their part of New Whitby and the humans stick to theirs. Cathy shouldn't be roaming around at night looking for her crush and Mel's got enough on her plate already. The school's principal, their friend Anna's mom, has been acting weird ever since her husband left them for a vamp. For Anna's sake Mel's going to get to the bottom of the weirdness. But getting tangled up in the romantic affairs of friends, avoiding one of her own, and a little bit of 'B and E' just seem to be par for the course when you're TEAM HUMAN.

Truth be told I didn't want to like this book and in the end found the one issue I really had over-shadowed all of what I did like. As funny and odd and somewhat parody-ish as it is it has one glaringly tough obstacle to overcome. I really didn't like Mel, as I dislike all protagonists who think they know better than their friends/parents/etc. In a weird way she's essentially racist which bothered me. She's also rude to everyone and almost a bully to Francis (the vampire). I honestly wondered why she had any friends at all when she was so snarky all the time.

The saving grace of the book was the mystery element and humor. If you like quirky set-ups and first person narratives it's told in an amusing way. Without going into spoilers I feel like I can't say too much regarding the plot. Astute readers will likely guess the outcome long before it happens. The secondary characters are enjoyable and odd. I couldn't help but adore Kit and relate a lot to both Cathy and Anna.
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