REVIEW: The Good
Girls’ Ghouls’ Guide to Getting Even by Julie Kenner
Dear Ms Kenner,
I grandly announce that I’m tired of vampires and don’t intend to read many more books featuring them just at the time when you so kindly sent me some books and arcs, one of which was about a vampire. Oh dear what do I do now? Read it of course! And get sucked (no pun intended) straight into the world of newly turned teenage vampire Beth Frasier.
Elizabeth Frasier’s ticked off. Her junior year of high school was going just fine. Amazing grades. Early admission to college. And a date with the star quarterback. But no. But thanks to a bunch of jerkwad vampire jocks, she ended up dead. Or rather undead, and with a thirst that a thousand Diet Cokes couldn’t quench.
Now she’s out for blood-and revenge. And she knows exactly what to do…Elizabeth’s read Salem’s Lot. Just wipe out the crowd that did her in. But with so many creeps in high school it’s hard to separate the good vamps from the bad. On top of that, she’s got to figure out how to be mortal again-unless universities start accepting dead girls…
This YA book took me straight back to high school. Well, not the vampire part (and thinking back I can’t honestly say I had any vamps in my graduating class waaaaaay back when) but the cliques and the grades and the cliques and college admissions transcripts and the cliques and who’s hot and who’s ignored and crushes on boys and nasty cafeteria food and best friends….oh yeah, all that. Some things don’t ever change, do they?
But I like that you did something different with the standard current vampire plots. The old vamps are horrible instead of sexually attractive and Beth is horrified at what’s happened to her. She doesn’t want to change and is very interested in finding out a way to change back. Her main worries are that she won’t be able to go to college at all much less college of her choice. Or be able to date. She sees things through a teenager’s perspective which I’ve noticed you do well both in this and the “California Demon” series.
When reading paranormal books, I tend to notice little details and wonder about them and I love that you take care of the practical aspects of her sudden change (how to stay awake in the day, how she gets to school before sunrise, her blood source, etc). And as smart as Beth is, I can see her getting involved with this group for the reasons she did. After all, who hasn’t joined some group just to pad out their extracurricular activities a little? And this is cheerleading in Texas we’re talking about. I liked Beth’s relationship with her best friend Jenny and adored Jenny’s IM id.
But even with all my likes, there’s a few niggles. About the blood. If Beth’s blood was drained when she was turned and she consumes blood bank blood, what is she using during her experiments? Wouldn’t she be squeezing out whatever BB blood she just consumed so it’s not really “vampire” blood she’s comparing to Jenny’s?
And Beth’s mother is definitely a stretch for me to believe. But that might just be me and other’s wouldn’t have a problem with her. And why didn’t Clayton make a little more of an effort to stop Beth? Sure it would have ended your book after 36 pages but if he knew what was happening…that bit just bothered me a little.
But you’ve so pulled me into this world and these characters. What happens next? Will Beth get to go to the prom? Will Austin’s supply of Vivarin be enough? Will Beth be able to get extra credit for her science project? I guess I’ll have to wait til October to find out. B for “The Good
Girls’ Ghouls’ Guide to Getting Even.”