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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  688 ratings  ·  114 reviews
One of the strangest (and funniest) love triangles ever to hit YA fiction, when a pair of twins (one boy, one girl) both fall for the boy who moves in with them…who may or may not be a vampire.

Judy and Kyle Renneker are sixteen-year-old fraternal twins in a rambling family of nine. They have a prickly history with each other and are, at least from Judy's perspective, const
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published February 24th 2011)
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jv poore
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Gemini Bites
by Patrick Ryan

Kyle Renneker is experiencing serious growing pains in Gemini Bites. Being a sixteen year old boy, recently out of the closet, is challenging enough. Add to that, a blatantly despicable twin sister and the freak of the school moving into the family home, you have one “mixed up, muddled up, shook up world”.

A relatively intriguing and somewhat promising premise turned into a disappointing read for me. I expect that my opinion will be in the minority. I fully believe th
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Thomas
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Overall, a cute, funny, not-so-serious story about two siblings fighting for a mysterious guy who might have supernatural abilities. Here's a quote I liked:

"I stared out at the dark orange field surrounding us, and my heart was in my ears now, whump, whump, whump, and I had this totally moronic sequence of thoughts: Something gay is about to happen here. This spot will forevermore be the place where you had your first gay encounter. People will live here one day, in a nice big house, and never k
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Matthew Stefan
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everything about this book was charming and quirky, except for Judy. Ugh, it has been a while since I met such an unlikable character.
Vanessa
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is actually more of a 3.5 star book, but since there is (sadly) no option for that and I rated several similar books that I enjoyed less 3 stars, I'm going with 4 stars.

I think if this had around 50 pages more of character growth and relationship development, I'd have given the 4 stars without a second thought. This book is very short. I read it in less than half a day.

This is a character driven story and their development and relationship chaos is the plot. The story is told from two POVs
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Mark
"In our family, competition is the rule. It has to be.

If dinner is pork chops and there are nine pork chops on the serving plate, one of them, according to physics, is the smallest - but it isn't the smallest kid who gets it; it's the slowest. On Christmas Day, it isn't the most well-behaved kid who gets the best presents; it's the one who's been the loudest about what he or she wants in the months leading up to the holiday. And Monster was the worst of all - especially when it came to competing
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Ann
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slis-5425
The only problem I had with this book is that there are too many people. There are seven Renneker siblings, too many to easily keep track of, especially when they don’t add anything to the story. Trisha, as the youngest at four, does not add much to the story. Dexter and Tommy seem almost interchangeable as the older brothers, and Dawn and Suzie are both younger sisters, again nearly interchangeable. But it is because they don’t add much to the story that it is easy to ignore them. Especially as ...more
Rachel
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.

I've rewritten this review a dozen times and only been able to keep that one word--brilliant. Ryan is a genius writing from both a male and a female perspective as the twins navigate the murky emotional waters of high school relationships. The characters, whether they are featured or merely secondary, are richly realized and read as absolutely authentic and endearingly flawed. (Including, thank all the gods, some gay characters (plural!) who are neither distressed
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Novel Novice
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
t was the copy on the back of the ARC for Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan that initially convinced me this was a book I wanted to read:

Boy? Girl? Vampire?

Gay? Straight? Twisexual?

Prepare to be seduced.

But what I found inside these pages was less about whether or not mysterious loner Garrett was really a vampire — and more about the relationship between a brother and sister during their tumultuous teenage years. And this is a very good thing.

Because as much as I love a good vampire story (and I r
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Grace
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. Couldn't stop reading it!!! Of course, I dreaded reading Judy's POV but as the book progressed she really grew into a character that's actually likable. I love Kyle! He's was a very charismatic character and I was always anxious to dread his chapter. The only problem I have with the book was the title. "Gemini Bites". I get bites was for Garret pretending to be a vampire(not much vampire in the book), and gemini is for twins, but this book has only like one sentence to d ...more
Daneil Newcomb
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer-fiction
When I started the book I wasn't sure I'd finish it. The story gets better as you read, but it's definitely not on my "must reads" suggestion list. It's a fast and flirty read with enjoyable dialogue. Though the characters are somewhat lacking in dimension, I enjoy the blatant talk of sex.

The best part of this novel are the parents, imho, who are incredibly supportive and respectful of their children's growth and privacy.

Favorite quote from the novel:

Then he asked, "How can you be all religious
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Autumn
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's about time for a YA book about a bisexual vampire who sets out to seduce a pair of twins. This book is just outlandish, but in a very pleasant, arch and knowing way. I will admit to loving the satirical beginning more than the tidy YA-style ending, but some crazy great stuff happens at the end as well. Plus, they all go to Colonial Williamsburg.
Morgan J Cooley
Ha ha not sure what to think about this book
Jess Maggio
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a cute and fun little romp.

I picked this up at the public library (*gasp!* A library?! Who is she?!) and was a little bit nervous about it.

For one, the book is a little old. 2011. I was still in high school when this book came out. Which? Wild.
And older YA books don't always handle the LGBT thing the most respectfully. Glee had only been on for like a year and a half so the whole 'gay' thing was new and exciting but still a wild unknown to most people.
So: nervous.

Also this book is vampire f
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Christian Fisher
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would give this book 4 stars because it was a great read and it kept the reader interested. I liked the book because of how relatable it was for me as an individual. Gemini Bites is about this big family and they get a house guest who claims he is a vampire. Both Kyle and Judy during the book fall for this house guest. Reasons why i like this book is because of how interesting the book was and how it was able to be relatable to a wide range of individuals. Also I liked this book because I had ...more
J.J.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book left me very surprised, in a good way. Each character was very original, with their own unique personalities. Being the oldest of six, I automatically identified with the nine family dynamic. My favorite character, Kyle, seemed to have it rougher than everyone else in the story, but it turns out that his mysterious crush, Garret, does. My least favorite character was Kyle's 16 year old twin, Judy, but after learning why she was so mean, she became my third favorite character, Garret be ...more
Lorraine
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is a really fun read. Kaleecat gave me the uncorrected proof of this book to read, so there might be some small discrepancies between the copy I read and the final version.

First, this is really funny. Excellent narrative voice. Really nicely drawn characters.

It's a quick and easy read, but I think it will appeal to readers of all ages, not just teens.

It alternates between POV chapters from Kyle and his twin Judy. Kyle is struggling with being gay without a gay community; Judy is struggling
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Kelly
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is simple and complex, much like teenagers. It does a great job of showing just how complicated and confusing a time being a teenager is. Between people telling you what to be, thinking you're one thing, and trying to figure it all out on you're own; Gemini Bites displays this and more rather nicely.
Bella
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lambda-books
Sometimes I wonder if very young and flighty sounding books would have appealed to me when I was in the target demographic for YA. But I do genuinely think a book like Gemini Bites is just a little too simple, and doesn’t trust its readers with nuance, which makes it less fun to read.
Linda Lorentz
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Knowing what I now know I probably wouldn' t read this book.
Ashley
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
IT'S SO GOOD!
TheBookSmugglers
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on The Book Smugglers: HERE

Judy and Kyle are 16 year-old fraternal twins in a noisy family of nine. They have a bumpy relationship ever since their parents had a trial separation years ago and are always competing against each other, trying to best the other while they go about their lives. Kyle has recently come out to his family and close friends and is the self-proclaimed biggest exaggerator in the history of the universe and will tell you that his sister is a Monster
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Michael Prier
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-pinterest
Reading Challenge 2018 - Pinterest: book from the library. Judy and Kyle are twins. Twins that do not like each other due to a misunderstanding when their parents split up. Add Garrett, a strange, vampire-like boy who moves into an already full house, and you have a hilarious love story. Told from alternating chapters by each twin, we get to see what each is thinking and how their lives are affecting differently. The twins question whether or not Garrett is truly a vampire while dealing with a f ...more
MiKayla Fredrickson
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The book wasn't what I was used to, and I didn't really get into it right away, which was the downfall. Otherwise the book was very good, and I would still recommend it to others.
Monique
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. Having the perspectives switch each chapter between the twins was fun. Both protagonists are almost unbearable in their self-centeredness but see real growth by the end. And of course the romance is silly, dramatic, and enjoyable.

Basically my favorite type of book to read for fun.
Jennifer Wardrip
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.com

While it's not certain if Garret is gay or straight - or even bi - Kyle is out and pretty much proud of who he is. He's never dated anyone, but had some experience with guys, and his best friend happens to be gay, as well. Kyle is pretty amusing, as he's a huge exaggerator and yet he finds himself starting to become more and more interested in Garret, who swears that he's a vampire. Well, one of their fellow classmates seems to believe it, and he'll
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Tim Evanson
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Ryan just gets better and better. This young adult LGBT novel may not have the intricate plot twists of Ryan's Saints of Augustine, but I think it's better written than his last novel, In Mike We Trust. Getting the hang of young adult fiction is difficult because you can't "write down" to teens as if they were stupid. But teens aren't going to be interested in the turgid prose or 100-foot-deep characterization of an adult novel.

Yes, In Mike We Trust was a Lambda Literary Award finalist a
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Damaris Huerta
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Honestly I found the love triangle in the beginning was kind of pointless. I was glad the book ended with the both boys loving each other because they had the most chemistry. I felt like the love triangle was not need because there was no real chemistry when it came to the sister.
Jenni Frencham
Judy and Kyle are twins in the middle of a nine-member family. They have been at each other's throats for years, in spite of Judy's recent supposed "conversion" to Christianity. Then their parents decide to take in one of Judy's and Kyle's classmates, Garret, whose family is moving one month before school gets out. Garret is a strange boy; he wears nothing but black, changes out his bedroom light bulbs for red ones, and refers to the rest of the family as "mortals." With both Judy and Kyle crush ...more
Sarah Sammis
I read Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan because I had enjoyed In Mike We Trust. Plus the vampire love triangle parody caught my attention.

Although it's a short book, there's a lot going on. In all honesty, there's probably too much going on. First there is the long time rivalry between fraternal twins Judy and Kyle Renneker. In the last few years Judy's taunting has turned cruel. Kyle has recently come out to his parents and best (and also gay) friend. Judy, meanwhile is pretending to find religion
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Kira Harp
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, glbtq-m-m
This book began very well, with the tale of a gay teen boy, Kyle, and his straight twin sister, Judy. Told in alternating first person POV's, the twins deal with crushes, family issues, each other, and the unusual kid who comes to live in the room in their attic, who may or may not be a vampire. Kyle is a likable character with an engaging voice. Judy is a little more shallow and self-centered, and it is harder to sympathize with her. And for the first 5/6 of the book that was the only thing tha ...more
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