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The Good Ghouls' Guide to Getting Even

(Beth Frasier #1)

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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  954 ratings  ·  84 reviews
High school junior Beth Fraiser thirsts for revenge against the star quarterback, who turned her into a vampire. Only that’s easier said than done, what with the interference of two fearless, attractive vampire hunters, who are convinced that she’s a candidate for slaying herself.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Ace (first published April 3rd 2007)
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Nancy
Feb 15, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not recommending this
Shelves: 2008
As much as I like vampire stories, this is probably the most uninteresting, under-developed, and uninspiring one of the decade. Seriously.

Beth Fraiser’s life was all planned out and ready to go—awesome grades, early admission to college, and guaranteed valedictorian—until she discovers a shocking secret about famous football player Stephen Wills. He and the other star players are actually vampires. When he turns Beth into one of the “undead” she’s ready to do whatever it takes—i.e. kill him
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Diane ~Firefly~
First off, the title is mis-leading. Mention ghouls and I expect ghosts, not vampires. But vampires it is. Teenage vampires who somehow manage to attend school in Texas. Basically the characters seemed a bit too one-dimensional and stupid.

What I enjoyed:
* The friendship between Beth, Jenny and Clayton.

What could have been better:
* Really, you're over two hundred years old and you want to play high school football???
* And you expect this newly turned, teenage vampire to solve an ages old problem
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JenniferJ
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the funniest vampire stories I have ever read! Basically Beth gets mad and then she gets even with the help of her trusty sidekicks. She is so book smart but yet kind of dingy all at once but wow she is full of personality! A fun, quick, and light read.
Tapasya
Wow...I loved this book. And I'm so happy that I didn't fall for the 'not so nice reviews' of this book.
The heroine is awesome. At times it's little too kiddish but after having been read stupidest books than this it's fine. Can't wait to read the second book.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Beth Fasier should have noticed all the signs that were around her. She should have trusted her gut that something was wrong, but instead she just ignored it.

Beginning her junior year, Beth had everything she had worked for. From the possibility of being valedictorian of her class to getting closer to being able to go to school at NYU. But if only Beth hadn't worked so hard, then maybe, just maybe, she wouldn't be where she is
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Sherri Bryant
This was a very fast read told from Beth’s point of view. The ending left me hanging which didn’t come as a surprise as I knew there is a second book. Unfortunately, I can’t help but think that this story could have been done in one entire book instead of being separated. At any rate, as I said before, this was a very fast read and entertaining for the most part. Beth doesn’t waste a lot of time in “setting the scene” of what happens to her. My first impression of Beth is that she is your ...more
Kelly
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, vampires
Many problems I found with this book is mainly to do with plot, the lack of depth, the shortness, the predictability.

Beth is a valedictorian, the keeness can be seen. But this girls morals are so weak. Would she really want to become a cheerleader? Would she really think the hottest guy lusts after her? Well maybe, but she'd know they are dreams and not reality, she'd think a prank is just about to be pulled and avoid them entirely.

Kenner has a habit of the lead charachter whinging on and on
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April
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Nice, quick, fun, fluffy read.
Tania
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A quick and light read. Unfortunately, there wasn't much substance to it.
YoSafBridg
May 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read
Austin, Texas is a pretty hip, happening and interesting place (all my friends have told me so~and hey, MTV filmed a Real World there so how can you go wrong with that?!?~okay, so sarcasm doesn't play so well in print.) Did you know Austin has the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in the world? (i didn't until i read The Good Ghouls Guide to Getting Even by Julie Kenner and tho you can't always believe everything you read this is apparently true.) It is also home to Beth Frasier ...more
Drebbles
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
Sixteen year old Beth Frasier is a junior in high school and has one goal in mind - to get into a great college and become a Hollywood director. She's already gotten early admission to one college, but her goal is the Tisch School at NYU. To get in she needs a perfect college application. She already has the grades, but she needs some more extra curricular activities. She aims for the drill team, but the cheerleading squad wants her to join. Not only that, but the star quarterback, Stephen Wills ...more
Jennifer
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading about vampires, so I got this book used and very cheap. Its about a girlnamed Elizabeth Fraiser who's valedictorian who's very smart. She's a pure nerd through and through. Always helping out her friends with things if they should need it.

She was having a good year as a junior when all of a sudden, she gets turned into a vampire by a jock that is rather hot. A jock that she particularly likes. She tries out for the drill team to help pad her high school transcripts. She wanted to
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Karin
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, vampires
Beth Frasier is on the right track. She is editor of the school newspaper, has a great best friend, and is lined up to the be valedictorian of her senior class. Her life has been so focused on academics though that she doesn't feel like she has enough variety on her transcript to attract the great film schools that she wants to be accepted to. In order to remedy this she trys out for an empty spot on the drill team. She is devasted when she finds out she doesn't get the spot. She is totally ...more
Stacey
Believable? Nope, not even as far as vampires go. Quirky? Yup. Funny? Yup. Entertaining? Yes,every bit of this quick and light read is wholly engrossing.

Yet, there isn't much to this YA book from Julie Kenner. It reads a lot like her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom books. The main character, Beth is a sixteen year old borderline geek who gets bitten by a studly vampire and made into a cheerleader type overnight. Beth doesn't take too kindly to this messing up her grades and possible college
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Cathy
Cute for the teen set or those who enjoy really silly teen style writing. I read a lot of teen lit, but this was almost too much for me. On the other hand, it also had some stuff that made me (a pretty darn liberal lady in most ways) not too keen about recommending it to younger teens, with many casual references to teen drinking and sex. Yes, I know they almost all do it. But when it's in books written by adults for teens it feels like saying that it's OK to do it, go ahead, have fun! Of ...more
kari
Aug 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya
This is a cute little book and a very enjoyable story.
Beth, class valedictorian, is lured by the members of the popular social clique to a fateful cheerleading tryout. Unaware of what is going on and caught up in the moment, she is turned into a vampire. The story is about her attempt to get even for this, stop the vampires from preying on their less popular fellow students and, hopefully, get her life back.
Beth is clever and her voice tells the story, with fun and sarcastic comments. She is
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Jan
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beth's life is going pretty good, if you don't include the parental portion, she is set for the college of her choice. But just to be sure she needs that special extracurricular activity. That is probably why she really did not take the time to really analyze that invitation to become a cheerleader. And when the offer was sweetened by the presence of Steven Wills, her secret crush, well she just could not resist. But, when she wakes up dead the next day. Well, let's just say she is not pleased. ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beth Frasier goes to Waterloo High School and wants to be the school's valedictorian. She's 16, and she's been turned into a vampire.

There's a reference to homophobia in the second chapter.

Some girls convince Beth to get on the cheerleader squad, and she agrees since she has a crush on a guy on the football team.

Beth is warned by another student not to go to cheer-leading practice.

She gets turned into a vampire and wakes up buried (not in a coffin), and realizes she has been turned into a
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Sammee (I Want to Read That)
This is just great fun! I loved Beth's witty narrative and her banter with her best friend Jenny and Clayton. It was also a new take on vampires - which is always good:) - and is enjoyably fast paced.


I will admit there are a few plot holes and there are certain things that don't ring true (a hospital giving blood to a student for a project?) but it was easy to forgive this as the story is just fun and doesn't take itself too seriously.


It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, so if you decide to
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Ana
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ana by: ACSilva
Podem ler a minha opinião completa no Floresta de Livros.

A midly amusing book, perfect for teens (in its tone), but lacking depth and plot sense.
The story is full of black holes and the characters are insanely stupid. How are we suppose to believe both Elizabeth and Claytoon are supposed to be the smartest in the school?

Really, there were too many crazy things going on, and not in a way that made sense. (Now I'm the one not making sense)

All in all, it was an amusing read, but definetly not a
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Crystal
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun look at what happens when the school good girl and future valedictorian gets turned into a vampire.

I loved Elizabeth as a character. Loved her humor and snarkiness as she tells the story of how she became a vampire and what happens next. It's an interesting story full of the usual high school characters, but I love all of the different personalities shown. From the jocks and cheerleaders to the brainy ones, all are shown as typical high school students. Throw in some are vampires and you
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Ingrid
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was fun and witty, but ultimately just fluff. It lacked complex characterizations, original plot points, or anything else that would make it stand out from the legions of paranormal teen romance novels (who knew that would become a genre all its own?).

In addition, I didn't find the protagonist appealing. She spends a lot of time grade grubbing and complaining and snarking about grades. I was that kind of teenager and don't particularly feel like reliving that part of my past, so I
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Nan
Apr 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Kenner has written another fun title about the supernatural coexisting with the real world. Her "Demon" series features a soccer-mom who's been fighting demons since she was a teen. In this book, she explores what happens when a normal teen geek becomes a vampire.Once again, location is terrifically important to Kenner. The "Demon" series is in Southern California, set against a backdrop of sunny days and dangerous facades. In this book, the protagonist is a geek in Texas. The hot, sunny days ...more
Bitten_by_Books
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lori
In The Good Ghouls’ Guide to Getting Even, Elizabeth Frasier is happy with her life. She isn’t one of the popular people, but she gets amazing grades and has even been granted early admission to college. She dreams about going to the Tisch School at NYU and becoming the next Steven Spielberg. All that she has to do is add a few more extracurricular activities to round out her application...

For the entire review please go to the Best Paranormal Review site on the web, Bitten By Books for the
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Allen Garvin
Beth Fraser is at the top of her class in Waterloo High in Austin when one of the jocks on the football team turns her to a vampire. Now she wants to make them all pay. Kinda fun. Annoyingly, there's no resolution, just a setup for more books in a series. Not worth pursuing.

He laughed. "Oh, yes, I've been a vampire for quite a long time."
"How long?" I asked, suspicious.
"Two hundred and thirty-three years," he said, as if I was talking about the weather.
"Oh. So why does a
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Julie
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Twillight dislikers
I really liked this book. It was very funny and stuff, but I didn't like the constant 'woe is me I'm dead type' attitude going on. but I didn't expect the ending.

I really liked the sub plots as opposed to the main plot. I liked how nerd Richie was able to take a blow to the Vamps, and I liked the Chris sub-plot where he turns good. I didn't really like the main plot.

Another reason I liked it is because this is opposite of Twilight in tons of ways, so this isn't the average vampire read.

I am
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Bailey
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i didn't like this book until After Beth woke up from being turned. After that, i thought it was a good book, but i DID NOT like it enough to read the second book,. BUT then i read the last page of this book, and decided that i HAD to read the second book. So yes, i WOULD recommend this book.
Actually, i just remembered now that the reason i hadn't liked this book all that much was because of the author's writing style. The book's storyline was good, i just didn't like the way it was written
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Kelsey
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oh-heck-no
I hate to say it but... I was very disappointed in this book! Personally, I thought the cover was very misleading. It promised mischief, mystery, danger, & possibly a little romance but I didn't really find any of that. Sure, there are unanswered questions but it wasn't very hard to figure out what Beth would do before she did it. Plus, she didn't even get to carry out most of her "acts of revenge" anyway... I mean, c'mon where's the satisfaction in that??? Don't get me wrong, it's a good ...more
Eshusdaughter
When Elizabeth Frasier is turned into a vampire against her will she decides to get even with her new master and try to win back her mortality.

This was just an okay book, very much true to genre and a major buffy-wannabe. The characters were two-dimensional with little thought or background. No big plot twists or surprises and just very, very predictable. It's a cookie cutter teen vampire novel in an already flooded market and doesn't stand out at all. The romance aspect felt forced and false,
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Katrina Knittle
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an adorable teen book. The writing style is very silly and makes you want to keep reading. The book is pretty fast paced, about a 5 to 6 hour read maybe. The one thing that may tick someone while reading this is the whole part of the oh no I'm dead. Other then that Beth and her friends are a fun group to be around. Also, the vampires in this book are more leaning toward the traditional type of vampire.
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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York
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