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Life Sucks Review

Life Sucks cover art

Life Sucks cover art

 Abel, Jessica, Gabe Soria, and Warren Pleece.  Life Sucks.  First Second Books.  2008.

192 Pages

3Q – 4P – S – G

Grades 9-12

There are two types of people in this world: Goths and people who make fun of Goths.  This book appeals to both groups.  A subculture of real vampires rules the southern california nights.  They murder, steal and help run a 24 hour convenience store during the night shift?!  Yep, even the immortal undead need to make some cash to keep up appearances.  And for the novels main protagonist, Dave, “working for the man” has a whole new meaning.  He is a “wage slave” working to keep the vampire who “made” him in the bucks.  When he falls in love with a goth, but lovely Latina human named Rosa, the story takes all the relationship twists of a teen romance, but being a vampire only complicates things for Dave and eventually Rosa.  Dave meets her night after night and vies for her affection with another vampire named Wes.  Wes, a self-obsessed “rich-boy” surfer type, is a vampire with a mean streak.  Wes’ infatuation with vampiric powers and outright cruelty lead to his eventual reprimand by his (and Dave’s) own master, Radu, but only after a violent encounter with Dave where all of Dave’s friends come to Dave’s aid; including a mysterious Harley Davidson riding loner vampire who has befriended Dave and pops up occasionally to offer Dave “life” lessons.

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