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SWEETBLOOD by Pete Hautman


by Pete Hautman

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-85048-4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

A gripping, painful, and well-written coming-of-ager with a twist. Diabetic Lucy Szabo’s world is populated by legions of the Undead: those, like herself, who are only alive due to modern medicine. Untreated diabetes, she believes, is the true source of vampire legend, which makes her a potential vampire. Though she wears mostly black, reads Anne Rice, and spends time on vampire chat rooms, Lucy is adamantly “not goth.” She is, however, 16, angry, and flunking out of school, and her worried parents confiscate her computer. Bitter and lonely, Lucy lets her health deteriorate as she befriends those who, while potentially dangerous, seem to understand her troubles. To survive, she must learn to preserve her individuality without building a personality centered on despair. Lucy is richly drawn: smart and likable, with wit and a knack for language. Despite a cast of characters straight out of a formulaic problem novel, an original and powerful tale. (Fiction. YA)