This book started off okay (if you discount chapter 3) and as I read I thought to myself, "Yes! Finally a Bonnie pick that I can give at least 3 stars!" But nope. Maybe it was because the last book I read was so terribad that this one actually seemed funny for a while. This 'thinking it was funny' made a 180 when I reached chapter 16.
I mulled over all this last night while I was trying to fall asleep. I skimmed the chapters again before starting this review just to make sure I wasn't overthinking things. I don't think I am. There was just too much reference to child abuse and rape (in a light-hearted way) that I could not accept this as funny. There were also racial and homophobic references that left me feeling irritated. The racial stuff wasn't that bad. This, to me, seemed like she wrote in a character of colour just so everyone wasn't white and very rarely have I read a book in which this is handled well. I can let that pass. But the homophobic stuff... ungh! This started at chapter 16 and came to an almighty crescendo at chapter 19 with this line:
"I bet you say that to all the girls, you overly-moussed nancy boy."
This homophobic shit went on for four chapters and then the topic was dropped like it went out of style. This left me wondering WTF was that all for? WHY? WHY?!?!?! I probably wouldn't have hated this book if those four chapters hadn't made it to publication. Chapter 17. This chapter was rage inducing. It was DISGUSTING.(show spoiler)
I probably should have just walked away from this train wreck right then and there. *sigh*
The romance was lame. The guy she was supposed to get it on with was LAME. Not attractive, not likable, not even interesting. Most of the characters weren't interesting. The ending was obvious and then... just... ended. Bleh.
I usually don't add these because my chapter notes are just random thoughts and probably shouldn't see the light of day they are written so bad... but I found these interesting just to see how it went from okay to terrible so fast. And it was fast. This book had tiny chapters (often under 2k words) and was probably, roughly, 45k words total. I still want the time I spent reading this back. *grumble*
Oh, before the spoilers I would like to say.... had I read this book when it first came out I probably would have liked it more. I think I was a little more open to funny stuff then and not so serious about many things... today I feel like I'm on my porch with a cane telling all the kids to GTFO(ff) my lawn. :|
A week ago I was still installing Netscape Navigator!
Were people still using Netscape in 2004? O_o or was this book written in 1997 and didn't reach publication until 2004? Hmmm... yep, I think 17 year old me would have liked this better. Anyway, chapter notes below in the spoiler tags, they are spoilers so beware if you plan to read this.
Might have noticed I don't mention any names in my notes or the review. The MC had 3-4 names, the vamp interest had 3-4 names, the villain had 3-4 names too. The only names I remember in this book are 1) Jessica her best friend, and 2) Tina, the chick vamp. Shitty character development. No world development, either.
2 1/2 stars only because it was well written and kept my attention and I am well aware that if I wasn't such a grinch I might have enjoyed this for what it is, a quick 'wanna-be funny' read with vamps. -edit- took off 1/2... it really is just a 2 and that's being generous. v_v;