Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret fo...more
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 ...more
I am totally team
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.
Edit - THOUGHTS AFTER READING:
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Remember when TWILIGHT was the Big Thing in publishing and teen paranormal romance was coming out by the dozen? Dragons, mermaids, ghosts, faeries, werewolves - oh my. If it existed, it was fair game, and would be turned into a romance.
TEAM HUMAN was a reaction to all that nonsense, and at the time many of my friends were calling it a breath of fresh air. Even though TEAM HUMAN is a teen paranormal romance, it's also a parody - of TWILIG ...more
As Mel unr ...more
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 (! ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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.
✔️ It's a parody of Twilight, so there are some great snarky lines, e.g. about the ridiculousness of falling in forever love at age 17.
✔️ The heroine Mel is Chinese-American and actually comes from a loving family and has a great relationship with her parents.
✔️ Mel is super funny and there are ...more
I WANTED to give you three, maybe even four stars! (Which may not sound like much, but check out my shelves -- I am super picky.) I loved your voice and verve, even if some of the dialogue and world-building made me wonder if your authors were better suited for writing middle grade, rather than the more complex world of young adults.
But then then last twenty pages. (view spoiler)[
It's interesting to see the confusion on GoodReads and who falls into which camp: those who fall into the "a ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
Team Human stars Mel Duan, a regular 17 yr old human girl, who with her BFFs, Cathy and Anna live in New Whitby, Maine a city founded by vampires. Unlike Sookie Stackhouse's world, the vampires here have been living as citizens since the founding of the USA, and live separately in their own community called The Shade.
Mel herself has never met any undead and likes it that way. Bu ...more
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 ...more
|Madison Mega-Mara...: #100 Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier||1||3||Aug 05, 2015 09:16PM|