Still Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley (Book Review 2010-56)
Still Sucks to be Me: More All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton Smith, Teen Vampire
by Kimberly Pauley
With vampire boyfriend George and best friend Serena by her side, Mina thought she had her whole life—or rather afterlife—ahead of her. But then Mina’s parents drop a bomb. They’re moving. To Louisiana. And not somewhere cool like New Orleans, but some teeny, tiny town where cheerleaders and jocks rule the school. Mina has to fake her death, change her name, and leave everything behind, including George and Serena. Not even the Vampire Council’s shape-shifting classes can cheer her up. Then Serena shows up on Mina’s doorstep with some news that sends Mina reeling. Mina may look a lot better with fangs, but her afterlife isn’t any less complicated!
In this eagerly awaited sequel to the popular Sucks to Be Me, Kimberly Pauley addresses many of her fans’ most pressing questions (Will Serena become a vampire? What happened to Raven? What’s next for Mina and George?) with signature humor and breezy bloodsucking style.
About the Author
Kimberly Pauley loves a good book she can sink her teeth into. As her alter-ego, the Young Adult Books Goddess of yabookscentral.com, she has devoured more books than she can count. This is her second novel. She lives in Illinois.
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Mirrorstone (May 11, 2010)
SOURCE: Around the World ARC Tours / Publisher
First off, you best read the first one in the series first: Sucks To Be Me. This one, Still Sucks To Be Me builds upon the first one and continues the story of Mina who is now a fledgling vampire. The story is just adorable and told with a lot of wit and snarky comments from Mina in the form of To Do lists and journal entries as well as normal chapters. I found the posts at the top of each chapter just hilarious and filled with "true facts" about vampires as Mina knows them.
This story can be enjoyed by younger teens since there is just a few kisses and a few cuss words. Nothing in my opinion younger kids haven't seen or heard. There is enough romance and adventure to keep the pages turning. I know a lot of "older" teens that will love this story as well. I sure did!
If you enjoy Marlene Perez and her Dead Is series (Disney has optioned it) and Kelly McClymber's Salem Witch series (another good pick for a TV show), this is a great series to get started on. I hope there are lots more in the works for Mina!