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Thirsty

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  2,843 ratings  ·  374 reviews
All Chris really wants is to be a normal kid, to hang out with his friends, avoid his parents, and get a date with Rebecca Schwartz. Unfortunately, Chris appears to be turning into a vampire. So while his hometown performs an ancient ritual that keeps Tch’muchgar, the Vampire Lord, locked in another world, Chris desperately tries to save himself from his own vampiric fate....more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Candlewick (first published March 3rd 1997)
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karen
i read this because i was surprised that i liked feed so much when i read it for class. and as a teen book, its really good. but to a grown-up reader, there are an uncomfortable amount of unanswered questions regarding characters motivations and chronic gullibility and not enough history of the town that would make their responses and beliefs plausible... but as a fun, day-off, all-you-can-eat-buffet-made-me-too-sleepy-for-proust book, it was perfect. i am going to carefully say here that, unlik...more
Sharrol
Nov 05, 2008 Sharrol rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No
I found this book in the glbt section of my library and was confused by the back of the book.. but then it all makes sense. The book is just an allegory for a gay male teen and dealing with homosexuality. Christopher, the main character, is labeled as a vampire in a world where they are shunned (a gay male in a world which is predominantly straight). The story picks up when Christopher is going through puberty, at which point the vampiric traits suddenly take place. The book goes on to tell Chri...more
The
This book was a good book but i didnt like it. I kept waiting for it to get good, but it never happened. I hate that this book left so many spots open. He is left without any choice without any course of action to make things at all better.

In this book when Chris hits puperty he doesn't just get zits he starts turning into a vampire. He lives in a society where vampires are common and people hunt them down. I really like vampire books but this one was just a little to slow and kept leaving spot...more
Rachel
This book was a waste of my time. I did not enjoy it. I kept waiting for it to get good, but it never happened. I hate that this book left the protagonist in a horrible situation where nothing he could do would change anything. He is left without any choice--without any course of action to make things at all better.

In this book, when the protagonist, Chris, hits puperty, he doesn't just get zits--he starts turning into a vampire. And he lives in a society where vampires are common and people hun...more
Thanh
May 08, 2009 Thanh rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thanh by: This one book website whose name I do not remember.
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Sandra Strange
OK, so I'm looking for vampire books I can actually have on my shelves for students to borrow. So far, I haven't found enough good additional reading for fans of Twilight. So I see this book, winner of a national book award, recommended in various publications as a good blend of adolescent angst and horror. Well, I really didn't like it at all--mainly because of the ending. If you don't mind the triumph of evil, mixed with the crude language of typical teenage boys, if you can identify with a pr...more
Ealaindraoi
An interesting take on the whole vampire legend. In Chris's world, vampires have always existed. People are wary of vampires, and lynch them when they find them. As his hometown prepares for the annual Sad Festival of Vampires with an ancient ritual (held in a Whitehen Pantry) that keeps Tch'muchgar, the Vampire Lord locked into a prison world, Chris seems to be turning into a vampire. Can he trust his friends and family NOT to lynch him, if that happens? Should he trust Chet a self described ce...more
Rachel Brown
Bleak contemporary horror-satire about a poor shlub of a teenage boy who is slowly turning into a vampire.

There's some good writing and an excellent use of an unusual tone which I can only describe as Raymond Carver meets Joss Whedon. The world is intriguing. But the emotions are just realistic enough to make it excruciatingly depressing. In fact, it concludes with my least favorite depressing trope ever:

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Destinee Sutton
Can I say how much I enjoy M.T. Anderson's writing? Soooo much. His books are sophisticated and intelligent, and very refreshing after reading a lot of exciting but cliche-ridden YA bestsellers.

Thirsty does not romanticize vampires. It starts off pretty funny and you think this is going to be some camp novel that makes fun of anything that takes itself too seriously. But then the story gets darker and darker and pretty soon you realize that Anderson has a lot more going on than you thought.

This...more
Crowinator
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I was just talking about this book with Catie (sorry, I don't know how to add a GR user to my review) as an example of MT Anderson's under-appreciated skill at crafting disturbing tales, so I reread it this morning. It took me two hours, so it's a quick read, though the unsettling feeling it leaves lasts longer (even knowing what was coming, I still got uneasy). The last time I read this was probably in early 2000s (I even forgot that I own this book!), and it held up to...more
Rachel Craig
Seriously?!? This book won The National Book Award?!?!?!? This is one of the most poorly written books for young adults I've read in a long time. This is also the worst book I've finished in recent memory.

What a whole lot of nothing building up to...a whole lot of nothing. Rather disappointing. The characters are stereotypical and the story is boring. The 'humor' was not only unfunny, but terribly mean spirited, even for a vampire novel.

The only scene which sort of stood out is when Chris, the...more
Tanya
This was another thrift store find. I had it marked as Read on here, but I don't remember reading t, so I decided to actually read it/read it again. This is an odd book. Not really bad or good, just odd.

The book is about a boy named Christopher who lives in Massachusetts with his family. Vampires exist there along with a few other creatures. In this place, you don't have to be bitten to be turned into a vampire. It just happens sometimes.

Chris is basically an outcast at school. He has two friend...more
Lisa Rathbun
My hometown was mentioned on the first page of this book! I grew up in area code 413, so that always makes a book strike home in a special way when its setting is a place you know well. It was a strange world though, similar to ours in every way except that people freely acknowledge that vampires and fairies walk among us. Every year the town council has to do a special ceremony in order to keep the evil Vampire Lord defeated and unable to enter our world. It was a strange dichotomy between hear...more
Ghoule
*English follows*

Thirsty est un roman à éviter pour les raisons suivantes :

1. Le personnage principal est une épave à la dérive, incapable de réagir correctement à la moindre des situations.

2. L'opposition est rusée, bien équipée et invicible.

3. Tous les personnages du récit sont ternes, creux et insignifiants.

4. Le territoire et la municipalité dans lesquels le récit se déroule est d'un ennui mortel.

5. La voix du narrateur est cynique, superficielle et moqueuse.

6. La petitesse du milieu et du p...more
Nancy O'Toole
High school freshman Chris is going through some changes. He’s become prone to mood swings and finds that he’s hungry all of the time. No, it’s not just puberty. He’s actually turning into a vampire. Chris knows what this means. Eventually he will starve to death from lack of blood, or the thirst will drive him to kill someone, and he will be executed as a result. So when Chet the Celestial being offers to cure him of his vampirism, he can’t say no. In return, all Chris needs to do is infiltrate...more
Adel
Okay, so. I like it, but it could not keep my attention. Well, I suppose it could, but definitely not for 40-page chapters. At first it was hard to even read because of Anderson's tendency to not use contractions ... at all. It was just weird. As I kept reading, it got easier to read. The only thing was that nothing really super duper in-your-face exciting happened. I don't know. Maybe it's just me, but it was not as good as I had thought.

Although, the ending was fantastic! I love how it didn't...more
Katie
I was so excited to read this, but I was really disappointed.

I could write a full length review on this, but there isn't much to say. I know that M.T Anderson isn't a bad writer, but this is definitely not one of his finer pieces. Chris, the main character, seems like a normal teenager. But I just couldn't like him- at all.

As for the plot, it just comes really confusing and rushed. And then it simply ends. There could've been so much more included, but there wasn't. I found myself checking pag...more
Lindsey
Aug 17, 2008 Lindsey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenage boys and to fans of vampire and/or fantasy reads
As if puberty weren't bad enough ... imagine discovering that you turning into a vampire! This book is a very dark look at a teenage boy turning into a monster. The author does not romanticize vampires in this book, unlike most of the other vampire novels out there, and gives readers an interesting new look at the "dark side". It is well written and contains beautiful descriptions of everyday thoughts and feelings that make the main character very relatable. It had me sold until around the middl...more
Tessa
I love M.T. Anderson. I want to shake his hand very firmly and look him in the eye and properly thank him for being one of my favorite writers.

This may be my 2nd favorite book of his, next to Feed. Oh, is it good. Of course, there are funny moments and the narration has his signature deadpan delivery, but this was sadder and darker than I'd expected, and more dangerous.

As with the other YA books of Anderson's, there's an exposed, nervy core of raw emotion running under the events, much like the...more
Spencer
Jun 08, 2014 Spencer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love YA vampire books
Recommended to Spencer by: John Green
Thirsty by MT. Anderson is damn depressing

the character are kinda flat and the believability of the universe is…meh

That being said, It was a decent book and I don't regret reading it.

I see Anderson tried with the morality approach, but the brutality of humanity vs “monsters” should have expanded past the lynching of these outcasts. When it’s only halfway done, I am left feeling like there will be more plot development where Chris joins the vampires and they're not so bad—or he joins the humans/f...more
Yaneira Lacayo
This book I read maybe twice before forgetting in a classroom in high school, and having the book stolen. I tried to buy this book in the barns and noble of where I've live, but they did not have the book. I remember, this was a good book; but not a great book. Let me explain why do feel this way, well lets start off with the main character Christopher, I did not hate Christopher in the beginning; because in the in the beginning in the book, Christopher starts off as a regular teenager, go to sc...more
Tracey
Excellent portrayal of teenage isolation & using metaphor of becoming a vampire = passing thru puberty.

Poetic language throughout, with touches of humour:
"My father claims we have them [vampires] this year because it was a mild winter, but he may be thinking of tent caterpillars."
"You have to earn the right to call my mother a condiment."
"I've never fought with the Forces of Darkness before. That was a Cub Scout badge I seem to have missed."
Kathy
There was only one halfway likable character, a minor character at that, the plot was terrible, and the attempt at wit or humor fell flat for me. There's nothing I like better than a witty vampire story. This novel wasn't one. I can't remember the last time, if ever, I've given a one rating. I just was bored to tears and was so glad it was over at the end.
Rebecca
I picked up this book mostly because 'Feed,' M.T. Anderson's other YA novel, was a world-changing, brain-altering masterpiece, so I'm willing to read almost anything he writes. I knew going into it that it wasn't going to be cheery, uplifting, or reverent.

It was, however, good. And funny, in places, and depressing, and interesting enough, I guess. It just suffers from not being as good, or edgy, or epic, as 'Feed.' It made me laugh a little, and it made me sigh a little, but it didn't make me cr...more
Ayla
Oh my goodness, I read this book back when I was in sixth grade. It was right after Twilight (again, I was a pre-teen girl. Keep that in mind) and I just wanted vampires. So I read this book. It was good! It really was. A part of me wishes that there was a sequel. None-the-less, I was sick while I read this book. When I sick, I tend to have delusions. Now, the author did such an amazing job describing the feeling of the vampire teeth coming out of the gums, that I had a delusion that I myself wa...more
Jenny Rebecca
The first time I read this, I thought it was the greatest book ever, after rereading it a second time I thought, 'Meh'. I wish it had a more satisfying ending, or at least a sequal.

Reread 2/08
Chris
What can I say? This is how teen vampire novels should've been done, with metaphor and meaning--not sparkles and unhealthy relationships. It's too bad this didn't take off with its publication back in '97.

I love M.T. Anderson. I really do. His balance of popcorn concepts and emotionally resonant moments is nothing short of astounding. Even buried in the ridiculousness that this story encapsulates, it's a true-to-life story of what it means to grow up, to become something unrecognizable--even to...more
Freddie
I was addicted to this book after reading the first page. I loved the narration, it was comical, satirical, and entertaining. I adored Chris and his thoughts. This book is meant to be cheesy, and it gives an unique view on the vampire genre. Don't expect good vampires in this book that can keep their thirst at bay and keep from attacking humans. That isn't how Chris' world works. And I guess I should have seen the really sad ending coming; but I was hopeful until the very end.

Chris isn't a hero,...more
Kristine Pratt
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Matthew Tobin Anderson (M. T. Anderson), (1968- ) is an author, primarily of picture books for children and novels for young adults. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His picture books include Handel Who Knew What He Liked; Strange Mr. Satie; The Serpent Came to Gloucester; and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World. He has written such young adult books as Thirsty, Burger Wuss, Feed, The...more
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“People talk about the beauty of the spring, but I can't see it. The trees are brown and bare, slimy with rain. Some are crawling with new purple hairs. And the buds are bulging like tumorous acne, and I can tell that something wet, and soft, and cold, and misshapen is about to be born.

And I am turning into a vampire.”
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