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Team Human

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  3,541 Ratings  ·  744 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
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
Oct 04, 2015 Kristalia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who wants good laughing with vampires :D
Final rating: 4.75/5 stars

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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, n
Jul 06, 2012 Serenity rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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
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
Jun 26, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 14, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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.)

Ana Maria Rînceanu
This past year has been a rocky year for me when it comes to young adult and I've come to separate all of YA into two categories: the one that teenage Ana could enjoy and the ones adult Ana likes. This book was not the later.

There is nothing wrong with the book, Sarah Rees Brennan's humor shines, the concept was really interesting and the plot was engaging. It's just that I can't see any difference between her characters in this book and those in Unspoken, especially when it comes to the heroin
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 (!
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.
Oct 17, 2012 Lynne rated it really liked it
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.

Sep 18, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
{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
Jan 04, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
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
The cover kicks ass! If people are missing this book because there's an Asian girl prominently featured, poor them. For those of us just so DONE with vampire/paranormal romance (especially in YA), this book is a humorous infusion of fresh blood.
Mel lives in New Whitby, Maine, the first town in the New World to have been settled by vampires. But Mel isn't a vampire: she lives on the human side of town, doing human things like going to high school, hanging out with friends, and laughing and crying. Her contact with vampires has been pretty much zero -- until the day a handsome teenage vampire enrolls at the high school, and Mel's best friend falls for him. Hard. Cathy wants to become a vampire, while Mel is firmly "Team Human." Meanwhile
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
Mar 01, 2016 Lobo rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantastyka
Powieść o wiele bardziej intensywna niż się spodziewałam. Okładka wygląda tak jak wygląda, ale fakt, że napisała ją autorka „Draco Malfoya, zadziwiająco skocznego szczura” mówi sam za siebie. To nazwisko jest gwarancją jakości. Jeśli po tylu latach odkąd weszłam do fandomu Pottera i zaczęłam czytać fanfiction „Draco Malfoy…” wciąż pozostaje tekstem, do którego wracam i który wciąż mnie bawi, chociaż znam wszystkie zawarte w nim dowcipy na pamięć, to jest najlepsza komedia, jaką czytałam. I czeg ...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.
Oct 19, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
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
Sep 11, 2012 Ferdy rated it liked it

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
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!

Jul 04, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2012 Mada marked it as to-read
I think it's gonna be great.It sounds so funny and I love the cover.Can't wait to read it.
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
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As soon as I read the description to this book I couldn’t help but add it to my list of books to buy. A book that pokes fun at vampires? Hell yes!

Team Human is a delightful read! I was laughing at some of the jokes out loud, and didn’t even care when I got weird looks. The book is cute and laugh-out-loud funny! When you think of vampires, you think of cre
Ashley Kempkes
This book was utterly fantastic. I know what many of you are probably thinking that the title is silly and this book is probably a Twilight parody, which is not true. Apparently Scott Westerfield gave Justine and Sarah Rees the title for this book. And since I am already a fan of his, I'm letting "Team Human" slide (after all, it probably interested people who might not have read the book otherwise).

First off, I enjoyed the main character, Mel's POV and reading about both her and Cathy, Mel's b
Mel and her friends live in New Whitby, which is basically Las Vegas except for vampires instead of gambling. What a genius idea, right? I've already read this book twice - that's how much I like it. Basically, all my objections about Twilight, Mel agrees with.
"A vampire who wants to go to high school?" I said. "That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard." - page 8
Then there's Mel herself, who, besides being wonderfully snarky and objectionate to the idea of her best friend becoming a va
Jun 24, 2012 Kris rated it it was amazing
I'm in love this book. I do love a book that pokes fun at something with good humor just as much as I love a nice, dark paranormal read where the characters must protect the world and themselves from something big, bad, and terrible. From the first pages, the humor is apparent in this book. You know there's going to be humor and fun when you recognize a vampire in the first chapter because its walking in broad daylight in a Hazmat suit. This novel is a parody of all things vampire and team-relat ...more
Jun 28, 2012 ephrielle rated it liked it


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
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Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog,, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.
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