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Life Sucks by Jessica Abel
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Nov 27, 09

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Read in November, 2009

Would you drink human blood to become a vampire? Does a chance at eternal beauty with silky, smooth (and shimmering) skin, luscious red lips, and “gold and butterscotch” eyes sound enticing? In the recent world of vampires, whether it’s Twilight’s Edward, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Angel, Vicki from Vampire Diaries, Eric or Deborah from True Blood, vampires are hot.


And then there’s Dave.


Dave from Life Sucks prefers to steal his nutrition from the blood bank rather than kill humans. And the fact that his life will drag on to eternity does nothing to improve his mood. Pretty much deemed a loser as far as bloodsuckers go, Dave endures his wage slave status working the night shift at a convenience store and kow-towing to his master Vlad. His friends call him a “wuss.” Dave is smitten with cute goth girl Rosa, though she doesn’t even know he exists. When Dave finally gets her attention, she wants to let the sunlight into his tiny apartment, or go outside with him in the daytime. The last person Rosa suspects of being a vampire is Dave. She’s too busy glamorizing the world of vampires and is desperate to be bitten. Given Rosa’s highly idealized vision of vampires, how could Dave possibly fit the bill?


"I picture this vast network of dark, beautiful, intellectual, artistic people, living forever with only the best things, the best food, the best clothes, beautiful homes…it would just be a better life, living amidst beauty and with all the time and energy in the world to concentrate on the finer things…"(Rosa, Life Sucks: p. 139)

Dave wants to protect Rosa from the realities of vampirism as he knows them, but then there’s surfer dude and vampire Wes, Dave’s archenemy. Wes is hot, hot, hot – unscrupulous, lives in a mansion, and wouldn’t think twice about the kill and ”becoming Rosa’s Master.”


Sometimes, life sucks. But the book definitely doesn’t! This new and witty spin on the vampire tale is complimented by Warren Pleece’s striking drawings and Hilary Sycamore’s vibrant colors.
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