Suck It Up and Die

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Nearly two years after Suck It Up, all Morning McCobb wants is to complete his training at the NY Fire Academy and to stay head over heels in love with Portia for as long as the chronology-crossed lovers can, given that she's now eighteen and he's stalled at sixteen.
It's nearly the first anniversary of American Out Day, the historic day on which the Leaguer vampires of America began going mainstream without going bloodstream on their fellow ...
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Overview

Nearly two years after Suck It Up, all Morning McCobb wants is to complete his training at the NY Fire Academy and to stay head over heels in love with Portia for as long as the chronology-crossed lovers can, given that she's now eighteen and he's stalled at sixteen.
It's nearly the first anniversary of American Out Day, the historic day on which the Leaguer vampires of America began going mainstream without going bloodstream on their fellow mortal citizens.
The tension between Morning's wish for a simple, out of the spotlight life, and Portia's cinematic obsession with historic events escalates to the breaking point when a super-sinister vampire rises from the grave with a powerful thirst, for revenge.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Mary Ann Harlan
In this sequel to Suck It Up(Random House, 2008/Voya October 2008), Morning McCobb is back a year after he came out to the world as a vampire. The Vampire Rights Act (VRA) is being debated in Congress; Morning is in the Fire Academy; and his girlfriend, Portia, just suggested he was her eternal beloved. But all is not well in the world. The Mortals Only Party (MOP) is making things difficult for the VRA, and the League of Vampires. Portia is caught up in filming her documentary. Luther Birnbaum is hardly available. And now, there is another threat, a mysterious vampire with an agenda of his own. One need not have read Meehl's first book to follow the characters and plot of Suck It Up And Die, but it would help, particularly since Meehl builds a world of vampires and humans living peacefully through the language of the story, and the acronyms and terms can be confusing. The glossary in the back helps but there is missing background. For readers not familiar with the first book, the story starts slowly. For readers who read the first book it will be nice to return to old friends; Morning, Portia, Rachel, and Zoe make early appearances. This is a tongue-in-cheek take on vampires, and a critique of the current social and political environment. For readers who cannot get enough vampires, this is a light-hearted read. Reviewer: Mary Ann Harlan
Children's Literature - Caitlin Marineau
The sequel to Brian Meehl's first comic vampire novel (Suck it Up, 2008) follows young vampire Morning McCobb a year after vampires have revealed themselves to the world. Morning simply wants to lead a normal life, pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter, and spend time with his mortal girlfriend, Portia Dredful. However, anti-vampire activists are set on pushing the blood-suckers back into their coffins, even as vampires and their allies fight for the passage of the Vampire Rights Act in Congress. Soon, an old foe of Morning's reappears; he is disgusted with vampires who want to live among mortals and eschew human blood, and he is also bent on revenge. Fans of the first book will enjoy the sequel, and even those with vampire-fatigue may find themselves drawn into Meehl's quirky take on the supernatural. Though Meehl can occasionally over-rely on puns and cheeky slang, teens will enjoy this spirited and largely bloodless treat, featuring comedy, action, and a dash of romance. Reviewer: Caitlin Marineau
School Library Journal
A year has passed since the historic America Out Day, the day on which awkward 16-year-old vampire Morning McCobb led other vampires in their quest to integrate peaceably into everyday human life. Now, with Congress's vote on the Vampires Rights Act just days away, most vampires (sanguivores is the PC term) are on their best behavior. In this relatively gore-free, stand-alone sequel to Suck It Up (Delacorte, 2008), Morning wants out of the spotlight. He just wants to spend time with his human girlfriend, Portia, and focus on training to be a fireman for the NYFD. The advancement of vampire rights and Morning's desire to lead a quiet life are jeopardized when the evil vampire he and Portia killed in the first book comes back to life bent on revenge. It does not help that Becky-Dell Wallace, an outspoken and powerful anti-vampire congresswoman, is doing all she can to fan the flames of vampire phobia. It is up to Morning, Portia, and a few of their friends to fight back before the nice vampires lose the political ground they have gained. This book defies any efforts to give it a genre label. Action and suspense abound, with a little romance thrown in for good measure. In addition, between the soy-based blood substitute favored by vegan vampires and faux terms such as "dentis eruptus," Meehl fabricates a vampire experience that is not only laugh-out-loud funny but nuanced as well.
Kirkus Reviews
The sequel to 2008's Suck It Up fails to match its predecessor's charm. Now that vampires have come forward and learned to walk in the sun, it's time to campaign for equal rights. But Morning McCobb, geeky vampire spokesperson, just wants to hang with his EB (eternal beloved) Portia and work on his Lifer (human) dream of firefighting. Sadly, there's no rest for the immortal; villain Ikor DeThanatos is back, teamed up with a Palin-esque politician who hates vampires. Chock full of bad puns, a tensionless love story and underlying messages that come across more pointed than a hawthorn stake, this won't garner new fans (and there's almost no recap to orient newcomers, anyway). Messy mythology (the oldest vampires can sustain themselves by transforming part of their body into a creature they can then drink from) and unexpected shifts in character don't help (tough-girl vamp Rachel Capilarus becomes a daffy hippie). Meehl's wordplay (there's a glossary for the acronyms, initialisms and made-up words) and humor are out in full force, and there are moments of genuine sweetness packed into the campy, inconsistent story. Fans of the first may appreciate the happy ending, but most will wonder why the lily needed gilding. (Comic horror. 12-16)
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School Library Journal
"A year has passed since America Out Day, the day on which awkward 16-year-old vampire Morning McCobb led other vampires in their quest to integrate peaceably into everyday human life. This book defies any efforts to give it a genre label. Action and suspense abound, with a little romance thrown in for good measure. Between the soy-based blood substitute favored by vegan vampires and terms like 'dentis eruptus,' Meehl fabricates a vampire experience that is not only laugh-out-loud funny but nuanced as well."
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—A year has passed since the historic America Out Day, the day on which awkward 16-year-old vampire Morning McCobb led other vampires in their quest to integrate peaceably into everyday human life. Now, with Congress's vote on the Vampires Rights Act just days away, most vampires (sanguivores is the PC term) are on their best behavior. In this relatively gore-free, stand-alone sequel to Suck It Up (Delacorte, 2008), Morning wants out of the spotlight. He just wants to spend time with his human girlfriend, Portia, and focus on training to be a fireman for the NYFD. The advancement of vampire rights and Morning's desire to lead a quiet life are jeopardized when the evil vampire he and Portia killed in the first book comes back to life bent on revenge. It does not help that Becky-Dell Wallace, an outspoken and powerful anti-vampire congresswoman, is doing all she can to fan the flames of vampire phobia. It is up to Morning, Portia, and a few of their friends to fight back before the nice vampires lose the political ground they have gained. This book defies any efforts to give it a genre label. Action and suspense abound, with a little romance thrown in for good measure. In addition, between the soy-based blood substitute favored by vegan vampires and faux terms such as "dentis eruptus," Meehl fabricates a vampire experience that is not only laugh-out-loud funny but nuanced as well.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385739115
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 563,934
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN MEEHL's witty "vampire lite" story is unlike any vampire tale ever told.
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  • Posted September 18, 2012

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    THE vampire book to read!

    Suck It Up, the first story about these fabulous characters was a ‘showstopper’ when it came to YA fiction, so it was an absolute thrill to see the continuation of Morning McCobb’s new life. Morning made the news a while back and has become the poster child for the International Vampire League. The IVLeague (isn’t that cute?) are the ones who brought vampires into the public eye and made sure that they were seen as ‘a minority with special needs’ instead of actual killers that one had to run like heck from. But it’s been one year since Morning was carrying all this on his shoulder - one year since vamps came out of the closet - and he now wants the fame to go away so he can live a normal life. His true love - EB, in fact, eternal beloved - is Portia Dredful. She is an up and coming documentary-ist. Her mother is extremely obnoxious and also the agent for Rachel, who was a major vamp warrior and is now the top TV personality in the world with her reality show, “The Shadow.” The U.S. is about to pass a law that gives vamps equal rights. Now, there are major anti-vamp protestors who are staging a protest at the vamps parade in the City. One protestor is a strict ‘for the people’ woman who sides with the MOP (Mortals Only Party) and joins up with a fanged one in order to get the vamp rights bill shot down. As far as she’s concerned, vamps should be put into internment camps because they’re the enemy. Well…this certain stranger is not only there to ruin vamp rights. In fact, he’s there to avenge his very own hate crime and has his mind set on destroying Morning. He puts together a very artful way of taking Morning down; by turning Portia against him, getting him kicked out of firefighter school which is Morning’s big dream, and basically claiming everything Morning loves. In addition, the president of the IVLeague has disappeared, handing the whole enchilada over to Morning. Why? Because he has found out something that may just change vamps forever. This writer is beyond hysterical; this whole world he has created with the poor vamps having to drink only artificial blood substitutes or properly milked animal blood; the extremists who are actually called ‘wanna-bleeds’ who are all for consensual bloodlust happening in the back rooms where the law can’t find them - each and every page has something new, interesting and laugh-out loud funny. All this reader wishes is that Morning could have a new adventure every single month! Quill Says: Forget Bella and Edward…THIS is the vamp book to fall in love with!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    love love love Suck It Up and die. Been waiting for the sequel t

    love love love Suck It Up and die. Been waiting for the sequel to Suck
    It Up and it was totally worth it. Suck it up and get it now! 5 stars

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