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Suck It Up by Brian Meehl
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Jul 26, 2011

Morning McCobb is a teen-aged vampire with a difference. He has never tasted blood, human or otherwise. He is a vegan vampire and drinks Blood-Lite, a soy-based blood alternative. With that as a premise, the book only gets better and better.

I loved this book, but then I love Christopher Moore's "Bloodsucking Fiends" and "You Suck" and of course Terry Pratchett's many vampires. The humor in this is great as Morning, a bit of an outcast, tries to graduate from Leaguer school and fly under the radar. All of the Leaguers take a pledge to manage their blood lust and only drink blood alternatives from "milked" animals. Because of his somewhat unique status of never having tasted blood, he is recruited by the head of the IVLeague (International Vampire League) to become a poster boy for Worldwide Out Day. The dream of Luther Birnam (IVL president) is for the world to see that vampires are just another minority who deserve to live among Lifers (people who are not immortal like vampires) in peace and harmony. Luther puts Morning in the hands of Penny Dredful, a PR expert, to present Morning to the world. This is a test run preparing people for Worldwide Out Day. Morning meets Penny's daughter, Portia, who's opinion of teenage boys is a bit negative, and the humor goes into full gear.

As one would expect, there are older vampires (loners) who want to stick to the old ways. They want to drink blood from victims, stay hidden and keep up all the old stereotypes. There is the inevitable showdown between the old and new vampires and of course good must prevail.

For all of you who have had it up to here with the teen angst of vampires in Twilight and other "serious" books, this is a great antidote.
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