A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This is mostly silly stuff (with some big battles) and may appeal to kids who don't exactly consider themselves readers.
Basic good versus evil stuff, though it's hard to take too seriously here.
Positive Role Models
She may be campy and shallow, but Gina is a strong character: When she finds out that an evil vampiress is recruiting unsuspecting high school kids into her own blood-sucking army, she decides to take charge.
Violence & Scariness
These Vamps get doused with Holy Water, impaled on stakes, etc. Gina describes arriving at one of the final battles to find "blood trails, the occasional body part or hank of hair yanked out by the roots..."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Gina becomes a vampire after some serious prom night necking, and later she spends the night with Bobby. Although they don't have sex, she wakes up in her "Victoria Secret bikini briefs and demi-cup" and "teased a finger along the edge of his boxers."
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Products & Purchases
Some brand-name products mentioned (like iPhones) and Gina talks a lot about fashion and her desire for "retail therapy."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is certainly a lot of gore in this vampire book, but the narrator's a bit of an airhead, which makes the violence seem more yucky than horrific. The main characters do share some smokin' kisses -- and even wake up together half-clothed after spending the night together.
Is It Any Good?
Teens will appreciate Gina's unique stake, or uh, take on vampirism -- she worries how she will survive eternity without being able to check herself out in the mirror, for example. In the end, though, the campy vamp protagonist is really all this book has going for it. The plot is slow to unfold, and readers will likely have lost interest long before the heated battles for vampire dominance begin.
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