I know it must seem like Not Your Mother's is sort of a "girly"
group, what with the pink blog and all, but really, we have a healthy
number of fellas who are regulars at our events. Contrary to popular
opinion, there ARE dudes who read YA!
Here are a
couple of brand-new titles that are both funny and fun to read, and
will definitely appeal to anyone who wants a dose of summer escapism.
FAT VAMPIRE by Adam Rex
is a regular guy, but he has a rather unusual problem. See, he got
bitten by a vampire, and now he is one. But he ISN'T hot, sparkly,
fashionable or rich. He DOESN'T have a hot car or a bad reputation. He
is, in fact, a chubby dork without a gift for seduction or anything
else. And it seems he'll be this way... for eternity. To add to Doug's
problems is the fact that he's being chased by a crossbow-wielding TV
host, that blood is not just available on tap at 7-11, and that the
girl of his dreams might prefer her guys on the mortal side. Sucks for
FAT VAMPIRE is a breezy romp that pokes fun at
many of the characters and tropes that all readers of YA will
recognize. I loved the humor, I loved the main character and his human
sidekick, and while I am still not sure I am satisfied by the ending...
I am still thinking about it! And that is a good thing. Rating: Four
out of five vampire bites.
For more, check out this lively interview with the author.
SETH BAUMGARTNER'S LOVE MANIFESTO by Eric Luper
thought getting dumped by his girlfriend in an Applebees was bad
enough. But when he sees his dad having a clearly not-business related
lunch with some random short-skirt-wearing, not-mom woman, he totally
loses his cool. Oh, and his job. He decides to do some detective work
to find out where The Other Woman lives, and to document this search
and get over his post-breakup heartache by venting his problems on an
anonymous podcast that (naturally) does not stay anonymous for long.
is nothing mind-bending about this book. There is no magic or danger.
What there is, though, is lots of heart and a TON of humor. Seth is
charming but far from perfect, and his frustrations and joys (and
often, complete cluelessness!) really ring true. The guys in this book
seem not only like real guys, but like guys you'd have fun hanging out
with. Um... provided they didn't start podcasting about you! Rating:
Four and a half out of five MP3s.