Fang Girl

Fang Girl

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by Helen Keeble
     
 

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Sure, the idea of vampires is sexy, but who actually dreams of spending eternity as a pasty, bloodthirsty fifteen-year-old?

Not me.

Unfortunately, the somewhat psychotic vampire who turned me into a bloodsucker didn't bother to ask first. Now I'm dealing with parents who want me to vamp them, a younger brother who's convinced I'm a zombie, and a seriously

Overview

Sure, the idea of vampires is sexy, but who actually dreams of spending eternity as a pasty, bloodthirsty fifteen-year-old?

Not me.

Unfortunately, the somewhat psychotic vampire who turned me into a bloodsucker didn't bother to ask first. Now I'm dealing with parents who want me to vamp them, a younger brother who's convinced I'm a zombie, and a seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake me or make out with me. Not sure which. Oh and PS, none of my favorite fanfic prepared me to deal with vampire politics—which are looking pretty tricky based on the undead Elder trying to hunt me down.

What's a vampire-obsessed fangirl turned real-life fanggirl supposed to do?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Gwen Amborski
Fang Girl is a fun teen read. Jane Green's voice is modern and real. Keeble takes every vampire stereotype and rips it apart in a hilarious way. The main character will have readers growing attached to her due to her bravery and quirkiness. This debut will appeal to vampire fans or any teen girl looking for a fast, amusing read. Reviewer: Gwen Amborski, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Adrienne Amborski
Quirky and fun, this debut is a humor-filled twist on the teen vampire-romance craze. Fifteen-year-old "Xanthe" (Jane Green) awakes from her death to discover she has been turned into a vampire. Always on the fringe of fitting in due to a nomadic family that moves every two years, Jane finds comfort in Fang-Girls.net, a fansite. Becoming a vampire is a dream come true. When Jane returns home in her vampire state, her family is overwhelmed by the reappearance of their daughter. Adventure and laugh-out-loud antics ensue as Jane tries to find her vampire sire. Jane's authentic teen dialogue is refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison's Confession of Georgia Nicolson series. Once Jane meets her vampire sire, Lily, she awaits instructions concerning her vampire future. In the meantime, twists and turns erupt as dashing and attractive vampire Ebon and a young hot vampire hunter, Van, enter the story and further confuse Jane about the direction of her new life. On the run from Hakon, an ancient vampire leader, Jane must form allegiances to save her family. Uproarious situations and references to vampire popular culture are fun to catch while reading this story appropriate for high school readers and adults looking for an amusing alternative to the serious vampire genre. Reviewer: Adrienne Amborski
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Even though British teen Xanthe Jane Greene has read practically every vampire novel published, can recite lore, and pens fan fiction on Fang-Girls.net, nothing prepares her for the moment when she wakes six feet under in a coffin. Luckily, her superhuman vampire strength, along with being partly dug up by her sire before she was chased off, allows her to escape. The 15-year-old returns home to a quirky but supportive family and embarks on a bizarre undead existence that includes an evil vampire Elder, her powerful creator, a hot vampire hunter, a snarky orphan tween, and a romantic Victorian vamp guy all vying for her allegiance. The plot thickens as Jane tries to avoid being killed all over again and to determine whom she can trust. Keeble's entertaining plot contains action and suspense coupled with a witty protagonist and a great cast of secondary characters. A funny, refreshing novel that will leave readers looking for a sequel.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062082251
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
1,284,791
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Helen Keeble is not, and never has been, an angel. She has, however, been a teenager. She grew up partly in America and partly in England, which has left her with an unidentifiable accent and a fondness for peanut butter crackers washed down with a nice cup of tea. She now lives in West Sussex, England, with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a variable number of fish.

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You know a book is going to be funny when the tagline is, "You know something is seriously wrong when you wake up in a coffin...." I was cracking up over that line for a good hour or so. The rest of the book is even better. I started this book kind of late, thinking to get a head start on it. Bad idea. (I mean, good idea. What better time to read a story about the undead than the time they're awake and out for blood?) Jane is a surprisingly compelling heroine. I was expecting a fangirling, silly vampire-obsessed girl, but she's pretty intelligent. Yes, she dissolves into a sobbing mess when she's reunited with her family. Given that she woke up in a coffin and was soon deserted by her sire, I think she has the right to regress into a little kid. She also doesn't blindly trust dashing saviors. She tells them to meet her parents. I love that smartypants. While she may be having some fun with her new vampiric abilities, she also knows how to trust in the wisdom of her elders, but she also doesn't blindly follow them. She knows better than to turn her parents into vampires (I mean, who really wants to have your parents nagging at you for centures, kind and caring as they may be?) She also doesn't fall head-over-heels in love with the ripped vampire hunter (in fact, there isn't really as much going there romance-wise as you'd think from the synopsis.) There's potential for a romantic development, but they recognize each other as enemies and are just beginning to trust in each other towards the end of the book. I'd also like to give special note of the attentive, supportive family that Jane has. They take their daughter's transformation pretty well given the circumstances. Afterwards, they devote much time to researching vampires and figuring out how to care for Jane's new needs. Rarely is the family given so much focus in YA books nowadays. It's typically all about hiding things to protect them. Here, Jane needs her family--for their emotional support, to protect her, and as mentors. She trusts them enough to know that they'll take care of her and, though she wouldn't want them to do so, she also knows that they'd be willing to sacrifice themselves for her if necessary. Jane has such a wonderful support system within her family, and it was wonderful to see. There are so many things in here that cracked me up. I haven't been in as much danger of ROFLOLing since The Boy Recession. My absolute favorite? The vampire goldfish. Seriously. Funny. And adorable. Helen Keeble has a gift for delivering seriously true, but seriously funny lines that poke fun at vampires. (And some pretty funny incidents come about through the goldfish.) While I may love me a good vamp book, I do see their inherent flaws as well, and I'm not afraid of laughing at some of these. I am someone who likes to poke fun at things I love, all in good humor, so I appreciate a book that can pull off some good satire. This is a book that I can safely recommend to middle school students. There is a lot of humor, which will hold the attention of younger readers, and there isn't anything I wouldn't want them seeing. In fact, if they're already vampire-obsessed, bordering on psychotic, this might tune them down a few notches. (Or maybe crank it up if they really swing that way. You never know.) Jane is a smart girl despite being slightly vampire-obsessed. (She does believe in soulmates; she just has a hard time figuring out how to recognize one....) However, she makes the right decisions and doesn't blindly trust anyone, even her own parents, who for all their good intentions do suggest some silly ideas, except under powerful vampiric suggestion. And even then, she'll fight to maintain her free spirit, so it all balances out. I recommend this to those who love a good satire and humor. I do not recommend this is you are super in love with vampires and would be offended by jokes made at their expense!