Why It Still Sucks to Be Me
- My parents and the stupid Vampire Council are still ruining my life unlife? death (ugh, whatever).
- Not only did they make me fake my death and funeral (I didn’t even get to go!), but I had to leave behind my BFF Serena and move. Really far away.
- Meanwhile my boyfriend George is off “reconnecting with his parents” in Brazil. Land of beaches, bikini babes, and the biggest party in the world. He’s probably going “Mina, who?”
- Grady asked me to Homecoming and won’t take no for an answer.
- Did I mention cute but oh-so-complicated Cameron, the only other bloodsucking teen in town? That’s because I’m trying not to think about him, thank you very much.
- And ugh, Raven. Is she seriously stalking Serena?
- But the absolute worst thing is that here I am, some all-powerful (ha), all-knowing (yeah, right), in-control (totally not) vampire and my parents still get to dictate everything I do.
From VOYA: Mina is back in the sequel to Sucks to Be Me (Mirrorstone, 2008/VOYA October 2008) and still full of teenage angst. After her decision to become a vampire, she now deals with the negatives (and a few positives) of her undead life. Her family is relocated to Louisiana by the Vampire Relocation Agency, and she has to leave almost everything of her old life behind. Serena, her best friend, knows all, but they must keep their human—vampire friendship a secret. But in Cartville, Louisiana, the Carter vampire clan is stirring up trouble, and Mina’s family becomes intertwined in the drama. Is Mina’s new vampire friend, Cameron Carter, part of the evil Black Talon clan? And Raven, the trouble-making human from the first book, is back and trying to hurt Mina, too. Mina’s story rings true to the first book of the series, so Pauley fans won’t be disappointed. Each chapter begins with a vampire myth, and Mina’s texts, emails, and handwritten lists are interspersed throughout the book. Mina’s battle with being vampire-perfect is entertaining and a dream-come-true for most teenage girls. Cameron Carter is an Edward Cullen-ish vampire that Mina can’t help but be attracted to. The humor is light and fluffy, yet needed in a plethora of dark and gloomy vampire titles in young adult literature. Reviewer: Sarah Hill
From ALAN: Being a teenager is difficult! Parents don’t appreciate you. Friends flip out on you for no reason. Your boyfriend is in Brazil, and there is a cute guy in town who is more like you than anyone else. To top it all off, you are moving to LA . . . that’s Louisiana! Mina “Smith” is a teenager and is now a newly turned vampire. Being a vampire was supposed to make things easier, but unfortunately, Mina finds out that being all-powerful and all-knowing doesn’t stop her from still being a teenager. She must use both her vampire powers and her teenage qualities to fix the train wreck that is her life. This hilarious sequel is wonderfully written and a refreshing novel within the vast vampire genre. Being a teenager still sucks, but the vampire thing is something worth getting used to. Reviewer: Kim Coyle
Quotes & Blurbs from Authors
“Of all the Vampire novels I have read, Sucks to be Me was my absolute favorite. It was smart, original, with a lovely, honest heroine, and it was laugh-out-loud funny. I almost fell out of bed laughing at one point. I couldn’t wait to get a hold of the sequel, Still Sucks to be Me. When it came out, I devoured every page. For those who love the genre, yet are tired of tragic, Byronic lugubrious vampires, this is truly a unique and hilarious read.”
—Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon
“A real treat for those who are already fans, STILL SUCKS TO BE ME is a perfectly good starting point as well. The basics of the first book are distilled painlessly, leaving the reader an opportunity to get to know the new, more vampiric Mina in her brand new home town. I thoroughly enjoyed this!” … read the rest of Saundra’s review.
—Saundra Mitchell, author of Shadowed Summer and The Vespertine
“Kimberly Pauley’s sequel to Sucks to Be Me continues what is perhaps the most unusual vampire series out there right now for young readers.” …read the rest of Alan’s review.
—Alan Gratz, author of Samurai Shortstop and Something Wicked