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Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A hilarious take on the paranormal trend--Twilight meets The Breakfast Club!

When former good girl turned rebel Josie Griffin gets busted for what was in her mind perfectly acceptable revenge on her cheating dog of a boyfriend, she lands herself in anger management therapy. It could be worse: it could be juvvie, or she could be a zombie cheerleader like the rest of her form
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Speak
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Let's face it, many would agree that the vampire genre has been done to death (sorry, couldn't resist!) and I am sort of in agreement with them. But, if it's written well, and doesn't feature the same tired storyline but instead offers something new and inventive, then I am all about THAT kind of vampire book. The premise of Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire, a rebellious but totally human teenage girl who winds up in an anger management suppo
Apr 24, 2014 Nafiza rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. Slut-shaming and the use of ableist terms (spaz) and the predictability of the narrative were reasons I couldn't. Also, the romance occurs at a super fast rate. Meh,
love this book.
great as a parody, but also great as a non parody.
the references,the lines the plot. it does not get much better than this :D
Josie Griffin is a good kid. She's got straight As and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. She edits the school newspaper. But she took a bat to her boyfriend's classic car when she caught him cheating on her with her best fried. Now, Josie Griffin is sentenced to anger management and community service.

But there's something strange about her anger management class. All of the kids think they are some sort of magical being. Vampires, werewolves, pixies, Greek gods . . . and there's something wei
K.C. Shaw
The book actually started off interesting, even fun. Unfortunately, after a chapter or two it nosedived. The plot is not very complicated, but it takes forever to resolve because the main character can't put the clues together. She can't, in fact, do anything at all. She's there to observe and get in trouble so her friends can rescue her.

If the book were funny, I'd forgive all that. But there isn't much humor unless you like spoonerisms and badly written slapstick. The writing is clumsy, the cha
This books takes place in Indiana with the main character, Josie Griffin. Josie gets in big trouble for seeking revenge on her cheating ex boyfriend and coincidentally gets put into an anger management therapy because of it. She soon realizes that the people in therapy with her are not normal kids. They all fall under certain stereotypes, but not the normal ones that she is used to and all of them talk about certain "powers" that they have. Soon, strange things start to happen that she can't rea ...more
So, I caught the snippet about Josie being a "werepire" and from that, I thought this book would be more funny/amusing than it Towards the end (around Ch 15), it started to get pretty boring. The blow-by-blow about checking her blog, her email, who and what she was texting, etc. The romance (if you can call it that) with Helios was pretty thin and superficial. The "mystery" was pretty lame.

Also, it annoyed me how dumb she was to even blog about the paras in the first place! Hello, the
I cannot for the life of me remember why this book was on my TBR list. I think I may have entered a giveaway waaaaaaay back when to win an ARC and then I just sort of left it there. Anyways, flash forward six months and I see this sitting at the Cupertino Public Library (aka the best library ever, but more on that later). So I see this book. I grab it in my frenzied collection, check out, and bring it home. It was on the top of the pile so I read it first. Lil' guy literally took me 90 minutes t ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Josie Griffin had the perfect boyfriend, great best friends and was living the teenage dream as a popular high school cheerleader. Than she found her boyfriend kissing one of her BFFs - and found out the other supposed best friend knew and didn't say anything. So you can't really blame a girl for busting out his windshield...right? Except now she's court ordered to attend anger management therapy and do community service. Not so bad, except when she lands in a group where everyone believes they' ...more
The review will begin in a few short sentences, but first I wanted to take the time to appropriately appreciate this cover. It is an odd little thing in a sea of covers and I just look at it and laugh. It is absolutely awesome.

Onto the actual book. After reading the synopsis of Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire and being lured in by the quirky cover I just had to buy the book. Josie is a character I could see myself being friends with. She was spurned by her boyfriend and reacts like many girls wou
Heather Swain's latest novel, Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire should really be called Josie Griffin Is an Angry, Angry Girl. Coming to terms with her boyfriend and best friend's betrayal (they were hooking up behind her back), the humiliation of everyone else knowing about it before her, and dealing with her anger at the situation and practically the world has been made slightly easier through Josie's favorite outlet: her blog. Sharing her stories and feelings is therapeutic and some of her reade ...more
Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder
This book isn't a book for me. I honestly thought I would love it, it sounds funny and like a very interesting, lighthearted read. Instead I got a disorganized book that is full of dumb and boring things. In the beginning, everything was going great, it was interesting and even a little funny. That quickly changed once I reached chapter four or five. The characters are all stiff and seem like complete jokes. Nothing interesting happens in this book that really caught my attention. It really anno ...more
Carrie Ardoin
Josie Griffin has been sentenced to anger management classes after destroying her cheating boyfriend's car with a baseball bat. Once she gets there, she finds out that the other kids in the group are a bunch of wackos--claiming to be vampires, faeries, and oh yeah, Greek gods. But Josie is determined to get through the course and the laborious community service she has been assigned to.

As Josie gets to know her group mates, she realizes that as far out as it sounds, they were all telling the tru
This book was definitely interesting. It was a fun enough read but not enough to want to read it again. The main character, Josie, was bland and the other characters almost tried to be completely stereotypical of their "species". It was very hard to relate to any of the characters and therefore hard to like any of them. The storyline itself was original though I found it to be completely ridiculous. I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone.
Nur Husna Ateera
Where do I begin?

The covers got me there. And, I have to agree with everyone else. The first chapters were enjoyable and hilarious. But, Josie fell in love quickly with Helios. The relationship isn't that fluff enough. But at Chapter 15, I realised that the story were too slow, I urged myself to read as fast as I can.

Overall, it was pretty decent. I wouldn't recommend because the author's writing were confusing.
Jordyn B
This was a little to trying to be somewhat like " Twilight" It was boring and just a slow, painful read. I only finished it because it was a short read to begin with. The characters are bland and at best "somewhat funny". It didn't really have a plot either. It was constantly everywhere at once. SPOILER ALERT: What the hell was the point of writing about Josie and her new crushes fling?? He was a jerk and the author didn't even really run with the love side of it. Josie went from being this girl ...more
It's a pretty cool, easy read. Too short for my liking though.
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Was hilarious!!
Not at all what I expected. There were some sleep worthy parts. Not awful but I would not be hurried to read a sequel if there were/is one.
Josie was a good kid. Habitat for Hummanity. On the Cheerleading Squad. So what led her to anger management with Vampires, Faeries, and Shape Shifters? In this book Josie became more loyal, and really started to undersand what she wanted to do with her life. So cheerleading wasn't her thing anymore. Anyway's now she can focus on journalism which is another thing she got better at during the book. Snooping is how she found out about everything anyway...
When I first began this book, I had an open mind. I wasn't expecting something amazing, but I thought it might be cute and/or funny. Unfortunately, it was neither of those things. The first to chapters were almost really good, but then suddenly the plot began to get tired and cutesy, and the portrayal of mythological creatures was stereotypical and overly modernized. I put the book down about halfway through and didn't pick it up again.
The weird mix of vampires, fairies, and other creatures was amusing and Josie's voice was realistic and relatable.
Bree Hodges
It was a funny read, it was slow at points but I really enjoyed myself
Emelie Johansson
I really enjoyed this book. It is very funny and Josie is a great main character. This book har very many different supernatural creatures, and they are really interesting. They are fun and different and I really liked theme. If you want a fun and short book you should read this one :)
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This book was exactly what I needed. A light read that was funny and feel good. I love the characters and the entire concept. Full review coming soon.
Melissa Wehunt
I really enjoyed the first 2 chapters. I had total hope for the book, but it just didn't do it for me as I kept reading... So, maybe for teens and preteens this would be a fun urban fiction lite...but not for me and probably not for most adults...
The only reason I read this was because it took place in Indianapolis and the main character lived in Broad Ripple. Besides that, it seemed pretty run-of-the-mill book w/ no explanations about why these kids were (or wanted to be) these characters.
Truthfully, I read this book because I had nothing else to read and needed something to pass time. It was a good book, I guess. I wish there had been more romance, but otherwise it was okay.
This book was hilarious!! I loved the story, though I wished our main lead would have confessed sooner to the I am not a monster part. :)
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Heather Swain lives in a crooked house in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, two children, and a barkless dog. She is the author of novels for adults and young adults, craft books, and numerous short stories, personal essays, and non-fiction articles.
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