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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  3,963 ratings  ·  795 reviews

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

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by HarperTeen (first published July 1st 2012)
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I feel bad about giving this two stars, but about halfway through it really lost some steam. Larablestier and Brennan wrote this story as a satirical take on young adult vampire romance and it was funny and biting (haha) in the beginning, but many of the elements that I enjoyed when I first started reading became increasingly annoying.

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
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who wants good laughing with vampires :D
Final rating: 4.75/5 stars

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I am totally team vampire oops, i mean, team human . This was so hilarious. I really mean that. I laughed a lot, and it was highly entertaining book. I love Sarah R. Brennan, and i had to read this book as well, since i love all of her books. I think i might also check out Justine Larbalestier now, because she really is good writer :D (and i think the collab between the two was high amount of epic win :D). I actually didn't know that this was a parody of Twilight
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Hate vampires. Hate love triangles. Hate teen paranormal romances. Hate this cover.

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.

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
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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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

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
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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
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Mar 26, 2013 added it
Shelves: fantasy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which obviously began as a satire of Twilight but then seems to have taken on some gravitas, with its look at prejudice and gender expectations. Mel. who rather bulldozes her best friends in 'taking care of them' is horrified when her besty Cathy falls for a vampire who begins attending their high school. Francis the vamp may look seventeen, but he's over a century old, so why is he at high school? Mel quite reasonably figures he can't be up to any good.

As Mel unr
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I thought it would be. Rather than just a snarky look at the current vampire mania, this book explored not just the pros and cons of dating/becoming undead, but also explored the idea of friendship and of family. I loved Mel, with her shouting and her need to fix things, and the dialogue was quotably hilarious. But I also loved the various plotlines, one of which was a moral dilemma, while another was a mystery worthy of the Scooby Gang. (The original or Joss Whedon's.)

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Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: laugh-out-loud
everything is fine and dandy for mel. she has good grades, a supportive family and two best friends to share everything with. that is, until a vampire --the first ever-- decides to attend their school. everything changes and there is nothing mel can do about, or is there?

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 (!
This past year has been a rocky year for me when it comes to young adult and I've come to separate all of YA into two categories: the one that teenage Ana could enjoy and the ones adult Ana likes. This book was not the later.

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
Dec 07, 2011 marked it as to-read
This book sounds almost as hilarious as the reviewers who haven't figured out that it's supposed to be a parody of all the other vampire books out right now. ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Interesting enough to finish but overall just "okay"
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who don't take themselves too seriously
Shelves: paranormal, ya
How can one resist a book with the tagline, "Friends don't let friends date vampires"?

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.

Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
{I posted this mini review on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}
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
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
2.5 stars.

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
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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.

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The cover kicks ass! If people are missing this book because there's an Asian girl prominently featured, poor them. For those of us just so DONE with vampire/paranormal romance (especially in YA), this book is a humorous infusion of fresh blood. ...more
Sep 20, 2011 marked it as avoid

It's raining men, haleluyah
It's raining meeeen....I mean vampires. Because humans are so not cool any more.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
3.5 stars, and I really wanted to round up because the good outweighs the bad, but it was just missing that 'spark' for me that would have convinced me rounding up was the right thing to do.

The Good

✔️ 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
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Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, book.

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)
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

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
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating - 3.5

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!

Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Team Human - Sarah Rees Brennan,Justine Larbalestier   Parodying Twilight is incredibly easy, but also, very quickly it becomes tiresome. Once you point out the oddness of anyone more than a hundred years old voluntarily going to high school, and the awkwardness of dating someone old enough to be your great great grandfather, what's left? Plenty. For one thing, there's a mystery to solve. For another, the authors take time to explore the prejudices that develop in segregated communities, and the ...more
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Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A paranormal book that doesn't feature a hot supernatural stud and/or a girl with hidden super powers? How refreshing!

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
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Starts off in high snark, as Mel and her best friend, Cathy, observe the arrival of a new boy to their high school -- the eternally 17-year-old Francis.
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
Oct 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
I think it's gonna be great.It sounds so funny and I love the cover.Can't wait to read it.
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Justine Larbalestier is an Australian young-adult fiction author. She is best known for the Magic or Madness trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic Lessons and the newly released Magic's Child. She also wrote one adult non-fiction book, the Hugo-nominated The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (Best Related Book, 2003), and edited another, Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentiet ...more

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