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Team Human

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  2,753 ratings  ·  672 reviews
Readers who love vampire romances will be thrilled to devour Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. Team Human celebrates and parodies the Twilight books, as well as other classics in the paranormal romance genre.

Mel is horrified when Francis Duvarney, arrogant, gorgeous, and undead, starts at her high school. Mel’s best friend, Cathy, immediately falls...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by HarperTeen (first published July 1st 2012)
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The Holy Terror
I feel bad about giving this two stars, but about halfway through it really lost some steam. Larablestier and Brennan wrote this story as a satirical take on young adult vampire romance and it was funny and biting (haha) in the beginning, but many of the elements that I enjoyed when I first started reading became increasingly annoying.

I liked the main character, Mel, throughout most of the book, though at times she was unnecessarily violent, prejudiced, and rude. There was one scene where she pu...more
Hate vampires. Hate love triangles. Hate teen paranormal romances. Hate this cover.

But you know what? I absofuckinglutely cannot WAIT to read this book because if SRB wants to remake twilight, you can bet your ass it will be better than anything you ever imagined a vampire story could be.

It was as fun and cleverly written as I hoped. Somewhat more thought-provoking than I expected. And I am happy to report that there are no love triangles or annoying teen angst! But...more
Final rating: ★★★★☆/★★★★★

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I am totally team vampire oops, i mean, team human . This was so hilarious. I really mean that. I laughed a lot, and it was highly entertaining book. I love Sarah R. Brennan, and i had to read this book as well, since i love all of her books. I think i might also check out Justine Larbalestier now, because she really is good writer :D (and i think the collab between the two was high amount of epic win :D). I actually didn't know that this was a parody of Twilight, no...more
curious little beastie
This review is also available over at my blog.


Picture Twilight, but imagine that the Bella character has a best friend—who just so happens to be a badass bitch—and the book being told from her point of view instead of Bella's.

That's what you'll get with Team Human.

New Whitby, Maine, is a city founded by vampires, with the humans and vampires living separately. Mel is perfectly fine with that, until a vampire enrolls in her school, and immediately sweeps her best friend Cathy...more
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Team Human surprised the hell out of me. I was expecting it to be a good satire but it manages to be much more.

Mel is not a huge vampire fan. I mean, it’s not like she goes out of her way in her dislike but neither does she think a lot about them. In her town – New Whitby – vampires stay in their part of town, she stays in hers. But then worlds collide when a vampire enrols at her high school and her best friend Cathy (who would have been a vampirologi...more
Sherwood Smith
Mar 26, 2013 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which obviously began as a satire of Twilight but then seems to have taken on some gravitas, with its look at prejudice and gender expectations. Mel. who rather bulldozes her best friends in 'taking care of them' is horrified when her besty Cathy falls for a vampire who begins attending their high school. Francis the vamp may look seventeen, but he's over a century old, so why is he at high school? Mel quite reasonably figures he can't be up to any good.

As Mel unr...more
Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...)
At first I laughed at this, because I didn't know it was a parody. Since being informed (I've now decided to actually change me pre-review) and so I might actually seriously consider it now! I'm interested in reading a parody about Twilight, or vampires and whatnot because alot of the parodies aren't actually that funny. I've actually heard Justine is a brilliant writer and I actually have a lot of respect for her since learning more about her and since I came across this blog post. So whilst I...more
Dec 07, 2011 Calembour marked it as to-read
This book sounds almost as hilarious as the reviewers who haven't figured out that it's supposed to be a parody of all the other vampire books out right now.
jo mo
everything is fine and dandy for mel. she has good grades, a supportive family and two best friends to share everything with. that is, until a vampire --the first ever-- decides to attend their school. everything changes and there is nothing mel can do about, or is there?

where vampires and mel are, disaster follows and hilarity ensues thereafter. as a rule the sidekick character most commonly fills out the goofy and/or supportive role for the main lead. in team human the american born chinese (!...more
{I posted this mini review on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}
Also, vampires don’t eat food. You never get to eat chocolate again. Ever. I’d rather die.

Team Human is one of the smartest novels I’ve read in a long time. Linsey, who’s in the same subversive book club as Laura, Renegade and I are (we’re part of a larger club, but we don’t really read their choices), suggested that we read this satirical take on the teen vampire novel for our September book, and I am so glad she did.

I love satire, but I...more
This book was not what I thought it would be. Rather than just a snarky look at the current vampire mania, this book explored not just the pros and cons of dating/becoming undead, but also explored the idea of friendship and of family. I loved Mel, with her shouting and her need to fix things, and the dialogue was quotably hilarious. But I also loved the various plotlines, one of which was a moral dilemma, while another was a mystery worthy of the Scooby Gang. (The original or Joss Whedon's.)

Nov 21, 2011 Sarah marked it as to-read
Guys. Honestly. It's being written by Justine Larbalestier. Get your Cullen undergarments out of a knot and realize this isn't supposed to be taken seriously. FFS.
Oct 17, 2012 Lynne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who don't take themselves too seriously
Shelves: ya, paranormal
How can one resist a book with the tagline, "Friends don't let friends date vampires"?

Larbalestier and Rees-Brennan's seriocomic treatment of the vampire love story is refreshingly original, spoofing vampire romance while paying homage to it at the same time.

These writers must have read just about every vampire story produced since the 1840's. They did leave out John Polidori's 1819 short story "The Vampyr,"and an 1870's novel called Carmilla (featuring girl-on-girl vamping), but I digress.

This is the vampire story you never knew you always wanted. It's hilarious and touching and romantic and serious and . . . just everything. I loved it. Its tagline is "Friends don't let friends date vampires." What more do you need to know? There are Wuthering Heights jokes and awesome kissing scenes and a girl sleuth with her trusty sidekick and very real-feeling sibling and friend relationships. There's a "deeply amicable breakup." There are diverse characters (in a variety of ways) and it isn...more
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I liked quite a few things in this book, but I didn't connect that much with the MC, Mel was acting like a spoiled brat for a lot of it, and she thought she was helping her friends, but really, she was looking out for number one.

Sep 20, 2011 Dinjolina marked it as avoid

It's raining men, haleluyah
It's raining meeeen....I mean vampires. Because humans are so not cool any more.
Starts off in high snark, as Mel and her best friend, Cathy, observe the arrival of a new boy to their high school -- the eternally 17-year-old Francis.
He looked beautiful and bored. He also looked like a crazy astronaut suit full of trouble.

As the story unfolds, the tone gets more serious as we watch Mel respond to the many changes her friends are experiencing--the disappearance of Anna's father and the bizarre behavior of her mother, Cathy's decision to become a vampire so she can be with Fran...more
2.5 stars.

Although entertainingly written, Mel was just too much. Granted that the parallel between vampire hatred and racism is intentional--well, it's not really fun reading about a racist protagonist who doesn't have much depth to her unwavering loathing of vampires except that they're creepy. Mel was just too hyperbolic and crazy every time she started trying to talk her friend out of vampire romance, all metaphorical capslock and Intense Rage.

The book reads like Mel is a side character watc...more

Mel Duan tries to save her best friend, Cathy, from falling in love with the new guy at school who much to Mel's annoyance is a centuries old vampire.

-I adored the concept of a protagonist who hates vampires and that goes on a mission to keep her best friend from dating one. Its pretty much guaranteed that every YA vampire book will be filled with cliches and this is no different, however this book is really only filled with cliches for the purpose of pointing out how ridiculous those c...more
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Love it! I love how the models each represent a character in the book. The Asian girl in the cover represents Mel, the 'pale' guy is Francis the Vampire and the other girl is probably Cathy, Mel's best friend!


Team Vampire or…..Team Human?

Welcome to New Whitby, a beautiful city where humans co-exist with vampires. Vampires are cool, humans are cool but vampires live in an area called Shade and humans don't mingle the...more
Lisa (Badass Bookie)
Rating - 3.5

The Short Story? - Team Human is a highly original YA novel! Two of the most brilliant YA authors have come together to write one heck of a novel! A brilliant plot that antagonises vampires ( hey! that's different!), a romance tagline that's completely adorable and a feisty protagonist that really grows on you with her lack of grace and fierce loyalty. Team Human is the ultimate juxtaposition to YA paranormal mainstream. Brennan and Larbalestier are bringing back the human glory!

Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

Team Human caught me by real surprise. After my initial hesitation at reading a vampire book that sounded heavy on the romance, I realised it was actually a parody of the paranormal insta-love that's not unusual to find in YA these days! We've all seen them before… And you know those awful books which try to be funny but fail? Well, Team Human certainly doesn't fall into that group. It had me in stitches and I was shocked by how witty Mel was! Full...more
Pretty simple set up here. Girl meets moody vampire. Moody vampire realizes girl is very very very very special. They want to be together 5ever. She must become a vampire immediately because of reasons. Except, in this story, the main character is not the very very very very special girl, but her fiercely protective best friend who is not buying any stockholm syndrome today.

This is one of those books that as you close it makes you glance up wistfully at the sky and nod slightly to yourself. That...more


Still weird.

Mel is one funny character. In fact I rather disliked moments where she had to restrain herself. The cover really doesn't do this story justice. Yes, the cover is beautiful and eye catching. It really is nice to have a picture to go along with the character of Mel but I am not sure the serious look fits her. The cover is far too serious for the book. The best comparison I can think of is a comedy show. They always try to have some theme among all the skits but come the en...more
Oh, book.

I WANTED to give you three, maybe even four stars! (Which may not sound like much, but check out my shelves -- I am super picky.) I loved your voice and verve, even if some of the dialogue and world-building made me wonder if your authors were better suited for writing middle grade, rather than the more complex world of young adults.

But then then last twenty pages. (view spoiler)...more
I was pumped for this release long before I got my hands on it. A book by Justine Larbalestier and the divinely hilarious Sarah Rees Brennan? And in a world where taglines exist mostly to be made fun of, "Friends don't let friends date vampires" is a winner.

At first I was totally on board with Mel Kuan. She thinks the vampires are boring. Most of them don't have jobs, aside from modeling perhaps. They just sort of go about being vampires. And that means never enjoying a sunny day . . . or laughi...more
Sarah (saz101)
You know the story: girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a vampire, girl/vampire romance ensues and girl’s best friend stops at nothing to split them up... hang on. Team Human is a fun, satirical romp in a world where vampires and humans peacefully co-exist, but not everyone believes inter-species romance is quite so romantic...

The Story:
Mel Duan is staunchly Team Human. She doesn’t hate vampires, she just doesn’t understand why anyone would want to be one. Risks of dying in the process—or turnin...more
Ashley Gafford
I love vampire books. Love'em. I did not, however, love Team Human. I was really excited about this book because everyone was saying that it was a great book even if you did love vampires. Plus, I thought it would be an interesting take on a story that's been done over and over. Unfortunately, it just wasn't for me.

I think my biggest issue with this book was the fact that it was told from Mel’s perspective. Given the fact that I found her character to be rude and opinionated, it was difficult to...more
Grace Kao
This was an incredibly charming read. Parodies work best when they retain affection for the material they're parodying, and Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan definitely love their vampire novels. There's no cheesy love triangles (honestly, how many of those can we have nowadays? I have love-triangle-fatigue), but there is a choice that has to be made, and as the title itself indicates, the root of love triangles isn't choosing between two people - it's choosing between two lives. Team...more
Lina (From the Verge)
I needed a vampire book to finish my April's quota for my 5 vampire books per month challenge. I was expecting that Clockwork Princess had more than a couple of mentions about vampires to cover it, but I was wrong, it didn't. So, in my desperate quest I had on my radar Sarah Rees Brennan's and Justine Larbalestier's book, Team Human. I had seen the book in my local bookstore and found the name intriguing. I had also read Brennan's Unspoken and loved it. With such a big task in mind, I dived ha...more
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Justine Larbalestier is an Australian young-adult fiction author. She is best known for the Magic or Madness trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic Lessons and the newly released Magic's Child. She also wrote one adult non-fiction book, the Hugo-nominated The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (Best Related Book, 2003), and edited another, Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentiet...more
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