Review: Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story

Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story
Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Adam Rex fest continues.

If you become undead while chubby, pale, dorky, and too young to drive or get into freaky fetish nightclubs, well, you stay that way forever. Instead of feeding on mesmerized and grateful beauties of the opposite sex, you’ll be sneaking into zoos and farm pens, sucking blood from whoever you can catch. You’ll probably also have to still go to school.

Fat Vampire is a great concept. Not as crazy good as The True Meaning of Smekday (because, what could be?) but, oh, it’ll still take your mind off of stupid grown up problems you can’t quite solve.

One thing that was hard to get past was Doug and Jay’s relationship. They are supposed to be best friends, but, who would want that friendship? They are kind of jerks to each other all the time. (Or, maybe, Doug is always rotten to Jay.) Rex does cover this — The other new vampires notice that they are mean or unfeeling towards people they used to love — Doug, however, was kind of crappy to people before, able to hide it behind the mask of unpopular comic book dude. Maybe becoming a vampire is the unmasking of his true self?

Anyway, I agree with other readers who expressed annoyance over the ending. Choose your own adventure? If I get to choose, I’d choose a whole book centered on Sejal, who not only is the star of her own life but should be the star of her own book.

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