Sweetblood❰Reading❯ ➸ Sweetblood Author Pete Hautman – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Lucy Szabo thinks she knows where the myth of vampires came from She's sure that that the first vampires ever were dying diabetics And she should know She's diabetic herself When she gets involved wit Lucy Szabo thinks she knows where the myth of vampires came from She's sure that that the first vampires ever were dying diabetics And she should know She's diabetic herself When she gets involved with Draco a self proclaimed real vampire she meets in a Transylvania chat room her world starts to crash down around her Soon her whole life grades relationships and health are spiralling dangerously out of control Lucy needs to make some important choices to take back control of her life but is it already too late. I read this for a project in a young adult lit class I thought this book sounded like it could be great I liked the vampirediabetes theory However I was disappointed in the one dimensional way it portrayed the gothy kids and it's moralistic tone The ending was a little too go comformity for me Lucy is a bright teenager who is angry about having diabetes dominate her lifeI thought Hautman did a good job balancing a realistic portrayal of Lucy's angst with the reality that both she and her parents were partly responsible for the problems hard feelings etc At least I thought thought this until the ending where the author pulls this ridiculous parental fantasy bait and switch and oh yes just stop wearing black and dying your hair and do well in school and conform with what your teachers and parents want and everything is fine This especially pissed me off because Hautman had clearly shown throughout the book that her parents were not not very sensitive and handled issues with their daughter poorly Her teachers seemed to over react in unrealistic ways a historical research paper about vampire is grounds for your parents needing to meet with the principal and the student having to see a shrink? In my school that was for kids who had drug problems not goth tendencies That's why I use the phrase parental fantasy I just don't understand my teenager But it is totally her fault because she won't dress and do her hair the way I want like she did when she was little She gives me attitude But someday she will straighten out and wear dorky sweaters with hearts on them and have blond hair and do all her homework And we will live happily every afterUm no Your teenager is not going back to being an obedient little kid If you want a good relationship with her you are going to have to accept that and try to understand the adult she is becoming preferably before she actually grown up and leaves home and it is too late for you to offer guidance Other than doing badly in school it didn't seem like Lucy was behaving badly until her parents started freaking out If they had a better relationship with her she could have called for a ride when needed one to get home from the creepy party instead of trying to walk and almost dying This book sucks Hated all of the characters in the book Definitely hated the main character Hated the fact she was a goth oh no wait she isn't right and hated the fact that it was another shitty vampire novel Why can't I ever read about good vampire novels these days? What's with all the horribleness that takes away the mystiue vibe from vampire theme books? I really want them to burnLucy Szabo is a 16 year old with diabetes She is another angsty character that you CAN'T relate to She's got an attitude problem and dresses in gothic wardrobe however she isn't GOTHIC If you even dare calling her that she will think you're stupid Stupid is what stupid does LucyAnyways in the novel she proclaims herself as a vampire because she has diabetes and needs machines in order to live She thinks of herself as the undead and brags about how she knows all this vampire history on internet chatrooms She says people tells her she's smart I say she needs therapeutic helpThere's this one loser over the internet chatroom that she has been speaking to awhile and considers him a smart knowledgeable vampire crazed being just like her Draco I know sounds lame and laughable is his name Vampires and catching little girls over the internet is his game With all the vampire madness Lucy's social life falls She starts to suck at school she's being a total bitch to her parents and her diabetes starts to become a real problem Her friend is annoying and throughout reading the novel I just wanted to punch the both of themLater on however she meets Draco at some gothic tarot party And then her whole aspect of herself changes in the endWhat a stinker Don't pick this novel up if you don't want to be educated on bullshit about true vampires So if you have diabetes you must be one eyeroll A rather fantastic book about being a pissed off diabetic teen in some ways a bit like reliving high school except I didn't have nearly as many uality snarky comments as Lucy does and at no point did vampires figure into my life And at one point while reading my blood sugars went low while her's were also low so everything got a bit trippySome notes This is not actually a vampire book if you want blood sucking fiends you should read something else As far as reading uality goes this book would get 4 stars from me it's 5th star is purely due to my connection with the character which if you aren't diabetic you might not haveI would say this is one of the most realistic depictions of diabetic teen life but aside from this I can only think of 2 books really series because I think the characters both appeared in multiple books that had a diabetic teen I can't think of any books with diabetic adults in them Of the books I can think of I believe this is the best as far as both book uality and the realism of the characterBooks I can think of with diabetic teens if anyone is interestedThe series were kids are always dying by Lurlene McDaniel had a few books with a diabetic girlStacy from the Babysitters Club is diabeticthis book After enjoying his newest book I grabbed this off the public library shelf and glanced at the first page only intending to see what it was about before I lined up my library books for reading and I got swept up by his prose once again deftly transparent I was lost in the story within seconds This is a YA novel about a angsty girl with Type I diabetes who is flailingly angry about it and not sure where to put the anger Add a vampire chatroom a creepy stalker guy who throws goth parties and a rebellion that entails her ceasing to check her blood sugar and you have uite a Disaster Stew It threw me back to being a bright angsty teen he really nailed the emotional state Don't believe the mediocre rating here; a lot of the low ratings are by angsty rebellious teens who are saying in effect adults don't know so much Actually sometimes they do and Hautman knows than most After having read only male POVs from him I was impressed at how he handled the female point of view here A few hours later the book was done I lifted my head and came back to the real world surprised to find myself in the same position and this world don't you love it when a book transports you that well? Realistic YA; don't let the word vampire on the cover throw you The novel entitled Sweetblood by Peter Hautman is about a diabetic teenaged girl named Lucy who throughout the book goes on a uest of self realization Lucy is introduced to us as a vampire obsessed goth whose main goal is to show as little warmth as possible to the people in her community For example at one point in the text she says that she wants to go throughout the whole day without smiling or saying anything to any one She also uses her interest in Vampirism to isolate herself from her teachers and parents We see this happen when Lucy makes a rather dark and disturbing self portrait in art class and when she writes a very violent essay on the myths of vampires that make her teachers and parents very uncomfortable What all of this shows is that Lucy takes a very negative approach on life Because she has diabetes she often feels trapped under monitoring her blood glucose level and eating sugar or injecting herself with insulin This makes her very mad at the world and so she indulges in goth cultureLater in the book Lucy ends up going to a goth party where she meets someone named Wayne who claims to be a real vampire She is frightened but amazed at this man who seems so insightful and dark and has an incredibly pessimistic view of life On the way home she has a horrible insulin reaction and dies for a short amount of time only to be saved by her friend who calls an ambulance She meets with a shrink to talk about how she feels and comes away with a realization that people like Wayne waste their lives with such child like vampire games that make them see the world as a bad place much like how Lucy saw the world before After this Lucy stops dressing in complete black and starts to hang out with her best friend whom she has neglected for years I think that the main idea expressed in the book is that Life is too precious to brood about The author shows this when the main character nearly dies and uits her pessimistic views of the world Have you ever felt different like no one understands you? That's how Lucy feels in the book Sweet Blood by Pete Hautman Lucy is a sixteen year old girl suffering from diabetes She has done a lot of research on diabetes and now believes that in the olden times vampires were really just people showing signs of diabetes She writes a paper explaining her theory for a class and it gets her in trouble with her parents and school Her parents begin to believe that maybe she is getting to weird and they seek help for her Lucy think that vampires as i meantioned before people with diabetes but the thing is she want to be oneHere parents takes away every teens life her computer Now so she is no longer able to get on a Transylvanian chat room where her name is Sweet Blood In the chat room she talks to many people who have an interest in vampires One is a man named Draco who is a self proclaimed real vampire At school Lucy becomes friends with a guy who takes her to a Goth party Where she meets a man who shares her interests in vampires He seems to know way too much about her he seems to be the only one who understands her and she begins to wonder if he may be a real vampire Lucy continues coming to these parties and before she knows it her life is spiraling downwards and she can't control it It almost ends in death I'm not much into the vampire and gothic culture but Sweet Blood is an amazing novel in its own way At first I thought that this book was creppy and i would not read it again But now thast i finnished my mind changed I really enjoyed reading it It was a easy book to read that I recommend to teens who may feel a little different from everyone around them and whom may feel like no one uite understands them I really loved this book when I was in Middle School and I re read it recently expecting a great story and fond memories Didn't get either Instead the portrayal of the goths in this book annoyed me as did the ending The whole idea of conformityhappiness was a little too much for me not to mention how all her problems seemed to come from Lucy being 'different' and how they all fixed themselves after she started dressing 'normal' again It reminded me too much of the ending of Speak I personally think this is Hauntman's worst book As a type one diabetic who was diagnosed when I was five now nineteen it was so refreshing to read a book that I could relate to I went through a similar mentality albeit much younger when I was ten Before reading this the only media representation I’d seen of diabetics were completely inaccurate portrayals in doctor or police shows that get all the facts wrong With Lucy as narrator it gives everyone an inside look and feeling of what it is to be a diabetic the highs and the lows The ending was a little too cheesy for me the typical makeover scene but it hit a little close to home as I did the same thing when I felt this way I cut it off and let it grow back out dying it every color changing what I wore and how I acted desperate to figure out the key to what I had to be to make people think of me of something other that the sick girl the reason I tried out for basketball and cheerleading until my senior year that I stopped caring showed up to school in yoga pants most days because I don’t owe anyone anything and what mattered most was that on the days I could be at school I was and the others I was at home curled up in bed because of my health was for me too Screw if people thought of me as the sick girl I was going what I needed to do to live and I shouldn’t be judged for that I think the idea was good and the characters were okay they could have been fleshed out way I felt it needed bigger build up to her life crashing down

Sweetblood Epub ¼ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Sweetblood
  • Pete Hautman
  • English
  • 17 June 2014
  • 9781442407558