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3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,995 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
Lucy Szabo thinks she knows where the myth of vampires came from. She's sure that that the first vampires ever were dying diabetics. And she should know. She's diabetic herself. When she gets involved with Draco, a self-proclaimed "real" vampire she meets in a Transylvania chat room, her world starts to crash down around her. Soon, her whole life--grades, relationships and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 2003)
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Aug 28, 2007 Kasia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult

I read this for a project in a young adult lit class. I thought this book sounded like it could be great, I liked the vampire/diabetes theory. However, I was disappointed in the one-dimensional way it portrayed the gothy kids and it's moralistic tone. The ending was a little too "go comformity!" for me.
Aug 20, 2010 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, realism
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Denys L.H.
Feb 17, 2009 Denys L.H. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire-maniacs with diabates
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Charles Michie
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Sep 11, 2010 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book when I was in Middle School, and I re-read it recently, expecting a great story and fond memories.

Didn't get either. Instead, the portrayal of the goths in this book annoyed me, as did the ending. The whole idea of conformity=happiness was a little too much for me, not to mention how all her problems seemed to come from Lucy being 'different', and how they all fixed themselves after she started dressing 'normal' again. It reminded me too much of the ending of Speak. I p
Jan 20, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
There are many components to a book. Plots, settings, and characters are all complex parts to the puzzle. Genres are also a large component when it comes to any book. There's an abundance of different genres out there. From Autobiographies to Science Fiction novels, each and every book has a different category. The book that I just read by Pete Hautman, was "SweetBlood." It fits into the category of "Teen Fiction" with a morbid twist. The girl in the story has a perception of life that can be vi ...more
May 17, 2013 Zora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After enjoying his newest book, I grabbed this off the public library shelf and glanced at the first page, only intending to see what it was about before I lined up my library books for reading, and I got swept up by his prose, once again deftly transparent. I was lost in the story within seconds. This is a YA novel about a angsty girl with Type I diabetes who is flailingly angry about it and not sure where to put the anger. Add a vampire chatroom, a creepy stalker guy who throws goth parties, a ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, vampires
A rather fantastic book about being a pissed-off diabetic teen, in some ways a bit like reliving high school (except I didn't have nearly as many quality snarky comments as Lucy does and at no point did vampires figure into my life). And at one point while reading my blood sugars went low while her's were also low so everything got a bit trippy.

Some notes: This is not actually a vampire book, if you want blood-sucking fiends you should read something else. As far as reading quality goes this boo
Sep 30, 2011 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was kind of entertaining although I couldn't really relate much. Lucy Szabo is a sixteen year old girl with diabetes and has her own theories on vampirism. She meets some pedophile online whom never grew up and proclaims himself to be a vampire. Lucy starts losing grip of her grades, relationships and health. This book burns a few hours; it's only 180 pages. It also gives us these patronizing life lessons of not meeting strangers online, having to respect your elders, avoiding drugs ...more
Oct 27, 2008 Zach rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like vampires and mysterys
Shelves: book-club
This was a very interesting book. It was about a girl named Lucinda who happened to be a diabetic. She had a theory that diabetics were the real and original vampires. She talked on vampire chat rooms and thought the "poser" vampires were so annoying. No one would believe her theory. She even wrote a paper about it for english and her parents and teacher wanted her to see a shrink. Then one day she went to a "goth" party where she met an interesting but strange guy. He understood her very well. ...more
Oct 01, 2009 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For all the vampire lovers out there, here's another one. I would give it to those blood-sucking students though it lacks a little bit of depth. There isn't much plot and the main character, Lucy, isn't too memorable, yet it scrapes by with just enough vampire lore to qualify. Vampires aside, Lucy's character fights diabetes, which is why she is so stuck on vampires. Hautman paints the picture of kids living with diabetes and how much is rules their lives. Pick it up just for the education on di ...more
Jan 21, 2010 Judy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Taylor Findlay
Jan 27, 2015 Taylor Findlay rated it liked it
I won't write much here because I'll be doing a review video of this book on my youtube channel. however, ALL TEENAGE DIABETICS SHOULD READ THIS. This book - albeit it has its problems - described perfectly how I felt as a teenager with my diabetes and sometimes how limiting it can be. On that level, hats off to you pete hautman, you definitely did your research.
Jan 24, 2015 Brandi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
12 year old me was in love with this book. In what some would call my "goth" phase, Lucy was someone I related with to a T, minus the diabetes.

Yesterday, while browsing the Young Adult section of the library, the familiar spine caught my eye, and I couldn't resist a read through of a book so important to my adolescence.

I got to chapter 6, which is on page 27 in my edition, and put it down. I think I will let this book stay immortalized in my memory as a great book of my adolescence, rather tha
I found this book much more enjoyable when I was just starting highschool, because that's right around how old the main character is, and so it's easier to relate to her. In general I always have a love/hate relationship where I dislike the main characters personality. It's fascinating to me to make a fictional character seem so real, they are really annoying. But I did really enjoy the intelligence of the book, and the interesting theories on vampirism and where the myths came from. It was only ...more
Isabella Sanchez
Oct 10, 2014 Isabella Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost all books I have read are because of the fact that someone whose opinion I trust told me the book was good. For "Sweetblood" I didn't think it would be great because I had never heard of it or seen it before in my life until I found it in my teacher's classroom. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I started the book and in the middle of it I couldn't even put the book down. Unlike most teenage vampire novels, this one shared a perspective view on the life of vampires in a sophisticat ...more
Oct 18, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, ya-fiction
When Luzy Szabo was six-years-old, she found a dying bat in her yeard. Not knowing what it was, other than a small critter, she picked it up and brought it to show her mother, who quickly beat it to death with a broom and threw it in the trash. When her father arrives home, he’s angry, and worried, as Lucy’s hands are covered with scratches. She knows they’re from berry bushes, but doesn’t want to get in trouble for being someplace she wasn’t stupposed to be, so she doesn’t say anything. And off ...more
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Mar 28, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8th-grade
Have you ever felt different, like no one understands you? That's how Lucy feels in the book Sweet Blood by Pete Hautman. Lucy is a sixteen year old girl suffering from diabetes. She has done a lot of research on diabetes and now believes that in the olden times "vampires" were really just people showing signs of diabetes. She writes a paper, explaining her theory, for a class and it gets her in trouble with her parents and school. Her parents begin to believe that maybe she is getting to weird ...more
May 12, 2009 Sanura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Lucy Szabo is a diabetic that believes the first vampires were just like her; however everyone else around her seems a little hesitant to accept her ideas. Lucy has what her family like to describe as “social” problems and therefore sees a psychiatrist who she believe doesn’t understand her at all. With her black hair, fishnets, army boots, and all around “goth” look she doesn’t have many close friends accept for her childhood friend Mark. But then she gets drawn in by the Transylvanian chat roo ...more
Sweetblood follows teenager Lucy Szabo as she deals with her diabetes and various people in the Goth subculture.

I was prepared to give Sweetblood 3.5 stars at the penultimate chapter. It was a decent story, well-written; I found the theory about vampire legends being inspired by untreated diabetics to be fascinating. Overall, I liked it and would read it again.

But the ending. The last chapter. Ugh. Really? Lucy (view spoiler)
Christina Nash
Oct 23, 2012 Christina Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Blood Review Christina Nash

Lucy Szabo is a teenage girl with diabetes. Lucy has gotten A’s in school before this year but for some reason now her grades are dropping and she is having trouble regulating her blood sugar. Lucy has been getting into lots of arguments with her parents lately and she thinks it’s no big deal until she gets her computer taken away. A new boy starts going to Lucy’s school one day who invites Lucy to a party at an old building called to carfax. Lucy meets a strang
Mar 01, 2011 Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I was thinking "oh, just another stupid vampire novel." I didn't notice the published date, of course, nor the author. I picked it up because of the cover. It looked interesting, even if it WAS about vampires. Well, upon reading the back, it's not about vampires at all, but diabetes, Goth culture (sort of), and being who you want to be. I also picked that up from reading the book, too, of course, but usually I would have put it down before getting to that. Thankfully, I noticed the aut ...more
Jan 17, 2010 AnnaBnana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Lucy is an angry teenage diabetic who longs to be "normal," but nonetheless has a habit of dressing in black and haunting vampire chat rooms on the Internet. She's got some unique theories about how vampire lore likely originated from people seeing the affects of untreated diabetes. When she writes a paper for her creative writing class outlining her theories, all of the adults in her life become maddeningly concerned. Her parents confiscate her computer, which sends Lucy into a self-destructive ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lucy is an angsty teenager who has diabetes and is certainly not okay with it. She feels that it controls her life and rebels in the usual ways - grades slipping, breaking rules, delving into topics that make her parents uncomfortable. Her parents and teachers react in a way that is in its own way over dramatic by making her see a shrink over a paper she wrote about historic vampirism.

I remember reading this book very quickly in high school and thinking that theory that the main character has a
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Lucy Szabo is diabetic, and that's led her to think up some interesting theories about vampires. Lucy believes that vampire legends were inspired by dying diabetics--the uncontrollable thirst, the deathlike appearance.

When Lucy gets involved with an interesting crowd--including a "real" vampire, a cute boy from school, and a bunch of burnout Goths--she starts to lose control of her life. She's sneaking out at night, her grades are plummeting rapidl
AJ LeBlanc
Dec 17, 2008 AJ LeBlanc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
One of my former 7th graders has diabetes (and claimed to hate all books) so I grabbed this one thinking she might like it. I read it before giving it to her and loved it myself. What I really liked about it was that in many way it was a 'typical' teen book. Lucy's parents drive her crazy, school is a pain, boys take turns between being wonderful and jerks, and life can really suck. On top of all of this Lucy has diabetes and has to add dealing with blood sugar levels to everything else.

This boo
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Helena Ison
May 12, 2015 Helena Ison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book in so many ways. Lucy was such a relatable character that I truly adored. She reminds me of myself in ways, which makes me feel a little less like a loner. (Which is a welcomed change... )

This isn't so much of a vampire story... it's a coming of age story about a girl with a fascinating concept about vampiric lore.

A perfect book for those of us who are still trying to figure ourselves out...
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Pete Hautman is the author of Godless, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including Blank Confession, All-In, Rash, No Limit, and Invisible. Mr. Was was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at
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