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Thirsty

3.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,307 Ratings  ·  414 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
Aug 10, 2009 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
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 did not like it  ·  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
Nov 17, 2010 The rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Liz Janet
May 03, 2016 Liz Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Does no one think this is a metaphor for something? Like maybe sexuality or gender identity?
This is a social issues book, it is an allegory for homosexuality and how it is seen around the world. Maybe I am just reading too much into it, but per example: it is said he was bitten as a child and as he hits his teens the traits surface, which is similar to people are born with a sexuality and tend to express it in their teens.
Apart from that, the question of what makes a human is made, and this is
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Michele
Mar 22, 2015 Michele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, ya
I read this because I enjoyed Feed immensely, but I was very disappointed. This is one of the most depressing books I've read in a long time. On the plus side, the dog doesn't die. That and the charming bizarreness of the novel's world ("Would you like some of Jennifer? Or some of Dave?"; the dilemma posed for parents by Boston's lottery for virgins) saved it from getting only a single star.

Like Feed, the book opens with a light-hearted tone but descends into darkness. The main character, Chris,
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Rachel
Jun 14, 2010 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-420
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
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Thanh
May 08, 2009 Thanh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thanh by: This one book website whose name I do not remember.
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Sandra Strange
Feb 12, 2010 Sandra Strange rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
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
Jun 13, 2008 Destinee Sutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, vampires, guy-reads
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
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Wealhtheow
Feb 12, 2016 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Chris is an ordinary suburban boy. His biggest concerns are that he doesn't really like his friends any more, and he has a huge crush on a popular girl in his class. But with puberty come changes, like the unbearable thirst that comes over him whenever he gets angry, or the way his reflection has started to disappear...Chris begins to suspect that he's turning into a vampire.

The narration and dialog sounded very true to life of my memories of suburban teens, as does Chris's personality, still c
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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
Ealaindraoi
Mar 13, 2008 Ealaindraoi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2008
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
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
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Tracey
Jul 08, 2011 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
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
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K.D. McQuain
It was okay, I did finish it. If M.T. writes a sequel I don't know if I will continue with the story. There wasn't much action to help move the story along but the character development was done well.
Tanya
Sep 24, 2014 Tanya rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
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
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Kristine Hansen
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Ghoule
Mar 27, 2011 Ghoule rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*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
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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
Kate
Feb 16, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how this book balances playfulness and despair, quirky worldbuilding and morbid rituals... Chris's world feels tangible and easy to relate to, even while we know it's haunted by ancient vampire gods and other creative, interesting supernatural shenanigans. Changelings and swamp "beasts" on the news, doctors that can figure out if you're undead or cursed or what have you - I absolutely love the feel of this novel's universe. The story's take on vampire lore is amazingly fun, too (particula ...more
Adel
Mar 15, 2010 Adel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, teenage
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
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Katie
Sep 02, 2009 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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Lindsey
Aug 17, 2008 Lindsey rated it it was ok  ·  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
Sep 27, 2011 Tessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yyay, speculative
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
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Rodrigo
May 01, 2016 Rodrigo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-reading
Many, if not most novels for young adults seem to appeal to the awkward teenager as the main character. Not "an awkward teenager" but "the awkward teenager", because it's basically the same character in every book. This lack of distinctive traits, tastes or intentions, the lack of personality most of this characters show may work as a way to let teenage readers to relate easily with them: you give the reader an empty vessel and the reader fill it with his own traits, tastes and intentions. The p ...more
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
Sometimes there really are no happy endings possible, and you really are just screwed. I am wondering whether MT Anderson just doesn't write happy endings, or whether maybe he thinks the mixed endings and the sad ones are more realistic. In any case this is the sort of story where from the very beginning the main character is screwed. Imagine if Harry Potter, with all his annoying flaws (he never, ever actually talks to the grown-ups about what is going on until after things pass critical, no ma ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 10, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts off with the legend of an ancient Vampire Lord who brought vampirism to the area, and who was banished by the Forces of Light into another world. There is a Sad Festival of Vampries to honor the rituals. It takes place in Massachusetts.

Vampires, though, still exist.

Chris is the boy's name. He has an older brother who plans to take him to a vampire lynching. He says that vampires are not given a trial; they are assumed guilty of murder because they are vampires. It's a young fema
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Ly
Jan 26, 2016 Ly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a wonderful break. In the sense that people turn to harlequin romances to take a mental break from heavy/dramatic fiction, this book provided just that in the horror sense. Not to be taken too seriously, the story of Christopher and his sudden turning into a vampire (in a world where vampires are hunted and executed) is an entertaining romp. All Christopher is concerned with is fitting in, spending time with friends, and talking to his crush, Rebecca. Chris soon finds himself getti ...more
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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
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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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“And I realize that the decision to be human is not one single instant, but is a thousand choices made very day. It is choices we make every second and requires constant vigilance. We have to fight to remain human.” 13 likes
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