Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe)

Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe)

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by Kimberly Pauley
     
 

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Mina Hamilton's parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They're vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina's more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she's being forced to take. How's a

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Mina Hamilton's parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They're vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina's more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she's being forced to take. How's a girl supposed to find the perfect prom date and pass third-year French when her mom and dad are breathing down her neck—literally?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amy Luedtke
In this light-hearted romance, sixteen-year-old Mina struggles with the unusual choice of whether she should "turn" and become a vampire like her parents. Mina's parents are pretty normal and boring, so she has never really given the whole vampire world much thought. Mina's happy complacency abruptly ends when her existence is discovered by the Vampire Council. She realizes that her parents have been hiding her from the Council because it is against the rules for vampires to live with human relatives. Now that the Council is aware of Mina, she is forced to go to weekly vampire classes so that she can make an informed decision by her seventeenth birthday. Although having vampire parents may suck, Mina is having unusually good luck in her love life. Surprisingly Mina meets two promising boys in vampire school, and finally starts a friendship with popular Nathan, on whom she has had a crush for as long as she can remember. Luckily Mina has her best friend, Serena, to help her deal, although she cannot tell Serena the truth about her vampire problem. Mina is an appealing character with a humorous voice, and this story focuses on friendship and romance rather than vampires. The most unbelievable element is not the existence of vampires but how wonderful and kind Mina's family and friends are. This breezy book will be more satisfying to chick-lit fans looking for a quick, fun read than to teens looking for a rich and atmospheric vampire story. Reviewer: Amy Luedtke
Kirkus Reviews
Another toothless vampire novel. Mina's vampire parents (they turned right after her birth) have been busted by the Northwest Regional Vampire Council. Now 16-year-old Mina must attend teen vampire classes and decide (immediately) if she, too, wants to "turn." Plot flaws like why the Council would want permanently adolescent vampires, who would presumably be harder to place via the VRA (Vampire Relocation Agency), are par for the course in this fluffy, "fact"-filled read (sunlight doesn't kill; vampires never sleep). There are three guys to deal with-handsome would-be vampire Aubrey, sweet George, also considering turning, and longtime crush Nathan, whom readers will soon realize crushes Mina's BFF, Serena-and prom to prepare for. Mina's inconsistencies grate (she's a girly-girl with no fashion sense; she's smart enough to get upset at the sexism in Dracula but too dumb to see the obvious even as she narrates it) and the ending is telegraphed a mile away. Still, vampire stories always have readers, and this is pure wish fulfillment-a vampire romance with no biting. (Fantasy. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786950287
Publisher:
Wizards of the Coast
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Pages:
293
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

Meet 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 first novel. She lives in Illinois.

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Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
Moviegeek910 More than 1 year ago
I received Sucks to be Me as a Christmas gift and I am very glad that I got it. This book is absolutely hilarious and VERY well written. All the characters are very real and I saw a lot of myself in Mina. This book is so good; it¿s a no-brainer for a screenwriter. Many people may want to compare Sucks to be Me to Twilight but there is no comparison. Twilight is a poorly written string of words that wants to be called a book and Sucks to be Me is the best book I have read all year! Kimberly Pauley is an amazing author, first time or otherwise. I pray for more of these books.
SarahBCC More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this book I thought it was just another book feeding off the popularity of Stephanie Meyer¿s Twilight Saga, but when I actually sat down and read it I liked it a lot. Kimberly Pauly has created a different perspective on the vampire world. This story stars a sixteen year old human girl whose parents and uncle are all vampires. When the Vampire Council becomes aware of her existence she is forced too take classes once a week to help her make an informed decision on whether to turn into a vampire or not. The story is centered more on friendship and family than on vampires and non-vampires. Sucks To Be Me helps you see how friendship and family are intertwined with the major decisions a person makes in their life. I would recommend this book to any girl who wants a quick, fun read. Kimberly Pauly leaves you hoping for a sequel.
xoxvampiregirlxox More than 1 year ago
I don't really read books, but after reading twilight i liked reading books about vampires. I saw Sucks To Be Me in Barnes and Noble, and my eyes just stared at it for a while and i said to myself "i need to buy that book".

Sucks To Be Me is about Mina Hamilton who is a regular high school student that doesn't know what is about to happen to her in the future.. Her parents are vampires, and if you're asking how they became one, here's the answer: Her uncle Mortie got bitten by a girl named Madeleine while doing his job. Then Mortie bit Mina's dad when he found Mortie. After giving birth to Mina, her mom decided to be a vampire with her husband. And that's what happened.

Now, Mina has to choose. Be a vampire for the rest of her life, or be human and be abandoned by her parents. She attends a vampire information session with people who are willing to be vampires. She was required to do this, ordered by the Northwest Regional Vampire Council.

This book is a really modern vampire book. Hot guys, prom, and friendship... all is included. A book that is surely recommended. :D Be prepared, once you start reading, u won't be able to stop.
Curly_Cues More than 1 year ago
I thought overall, this was a pretty good book. You can really get into this book, because Mina is really relatable. At points, the story wasn't super exciting our moved to quickly, but it gave you time to really get what was going on. I give it 4 stars and I would totally tell my friends about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author and really enjoyed her style of writing. The story keeps moving, not pausing in spots like other authors trying to figure out what to write next. All her characters were believeable , interesting and personalities well developed. Looking forward to buying her second book in this series and hope she continues to write.
katarinasmama More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I loved the voice of the protagonist, 16 year old Mina, from the very beginning. Her tendency to make lists of pros and cons and in general, try to weigh the options in front of her was refreshing. Mina faces some of the usual teenage dilemmas -- prom shopping, cute boy crushes but also a very weighty decision, whether to become a vampire or not. I also adore Kimberly's mytholgy. Her vampires seem so very, pardon the expression, mundane and that alone makes the world quirky and intriguing. The concept of a Vampire Council and it's very bureaucratic approach to introducing new recruits to a vampire lifestyle was different and made Mina's decision making process much more realistic. Mina's crush on the intriguing Nathan versus her friendship with the "nice boy", George, is a very believable romantic thread. In fact, the characters are so very well created that you expect to see them at your own high school. If you love a fun, refreshing, humor-filled take on vampires, pick up Sucks to Be Me. So put on your sunglasses, slather on some sunscreen and head to the nearest park bench on these sunny summer afternoons. Perhaps one of Kimberly's vampires will approach you and engage you in a discussion.
HeatherMcC More than 1 year ago
This book was a refreshing change from the run of the mill vampire stories that are flooding the market right now. It was funny and engaging. I loved the character Mina and felt not only her pain and frustration, but her endearing spirit. Loved it! I highly recommend picking it up.
thereviewmaster More than 1 year ago
I am a pre teen who just got done reading this book. I have to say it is a really good book when you get to the last word of the book you'll wish it wasn't over. If you are interested to read this book I recomend the book "ttyl" by, lauren myracle it is really good.anyways the book sucks to be me is about a girl named mina and her mom is a vampire. Mina finds out that she comes from an whole family of vampires. Mina has to go to theese vampire classes where she meets aubrey. Aubrey is really cute to her but things don't work out meanwhile she has another crush on this guy at school named nathan. Nathan is pretty cute to her as well but mina ends up reading a email that went on with her bestfriend and nathan.Nad mina finds out nathan is more interested in her friend then mina so mina ends up going to the prom with this other dude that she met it vampire school named greg he turned himself into a vampire so the rest you have to read.......This is a really good book when you look at it it LOOKS long but its so interesting the it seems like its four pages. I finished the book in a week or so how bout you?
juicybadapple More than 1 year ago
a total different angle on vampires and i love it
book-obsessed More than 1 year ago
I liked the writting style of this book. The whole journal entry thing was pretty cool. As for the story... it was ok, some mild humor, conflict and an understandable plot. It wont kill you to read this book. Its pretty average, but then again you might like it more than I did.(:
bookfrak606 More than 1 year ago
you have to read this book! its by a first time author but it doesnt seem like that it seems like she has been writing and publishing forever! it is really good i would it next to the big time hits i could not put it down! it is realllllllllllyyyyy gooood! i LOVE it and you will to! try it i promise you. you wont regret reading it.
gunshuter More than 1 year ago
when i first stared reading it, it was much of an interesting story but later it became interesting, though the thing about Mina not realizing that George actually liked her i mean anyone could have seen her, though they do say love makes you blind. the ending was good, it could have been better, like maybe get into her vampire life a little more.
Awesome_Charlotte More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with this book. When I bought it, I had my doubts, but quickly changed my mind when it made fun of Twilight the very first page (Don't get my wrong, I LOVE the Twilight Saga, but sometimes its funny to see other authors acknowlage it). The author's veiw of vampires is a refreshing new take on the usual scary or sexy ;) species. It's romantic, hilarious, memorable quick read. I highly recommend it.
Cliquegrl More than 1 year ago
I think this book is good and it is sooo ahmazing ! I didnt read twilight or anything by Stephanie Meyer because I thought vampire romance was really dumb and I thought I would never buy a book with vampires in it. I actually tried to read a book by Stephanie Meyer but let me tell you it was the dumb. I was confused and to me it was just upsetting.

THEN When I noticed this book I thought okay another vampire book NEVER EVER GONNA HAPPEN!!! until I read the cover and the back and its ounded real good so I bought it and i couldnt stop reading it SINCE!!!

Its a bout a 16 year old girl who have two vampires for parents and she has to choose whether or not to become one herself.

Okay I'm editing this since I finished the book. It was the most amazing book ever. I hope Kimberly Pauley writes another one!!! This book was very well written and funny!
jonasbro More than 1 year ago
this book is great. Mina and other characters really keep you excited. Imagine finding out your parents are vampires and you have to decide whether you want to be one yourself in a few months. Mina will leave you waiting for more. Sucks to be me is an excellent choice for discussions and for only fun. Visit kimberlypauley.com for more details. Oh yeah! Don't forget to bring a glass of 0 negative (blood) while you read this havetogetmyfangson book.
Mae03853 More than 1 year ago
yes i know vampires most likely dunt exist,but this book makes it seem like they do. this vampire book can actually be compared the Twilight...another very realistic vampire book...i am not really into science fiction but it is one of the best vampire books...the first chapter draws you in and makes you want to read more.it has a small sarcastic ring to it but not too much...the characters are well developed and sumtimes funny....i happe you all give it the chance,,,read and like it or love(because that all you can do with this book-like it or love it)
jennitare246 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I absolutely love it! My friend introduced it to me. I borrowed it from her to read but ever since I finished, I had to go out and buy one of my own! Of course I had to reread it, it was excellent! Now I really can't wait until the next one, I'm going nuts!!! I love you Kimberly Pauley-but not in a creepy sort of way...!
CJ_Mina More than 1 year ago
I am only on the 10th chapter, and already I can't put it down. After reading the Twilight series, i thought no vampire book could be as good. Then I picked up "Sucks o Be Me" and it has so much reality and humor that on my first day of reading i have already referred this book to some very picky readers!!!!
HaNnAh-F More than 1 year ago
This book is a great quick read. I read the Twilight series and loved them. So I decided to give another vampire book a try, just for the fun of it. The characters a fun/quirky and the story is an awsome way to escape. So all in all I really enjoyed It Sucks to Be Me.
JJ-Master_of_Your_Brain_ More than 1 year ago
i think that this is a good book. it is an interesting read, because not many people take vampirism to this level: combining it with our society. it was perfect for my book report: the first thing i picked up off of the shelf. i recommend this book for people who like to go back to their teenage years and explore their imagination. thumbs up.
WriterMusicGirl More than 1 year ago
I saw this book at Barnes and Noble and thought it was just another typical vampire novel so it took me a while to decide to read it. When I did, I was taken by surprise. With a creative plot, great characters, and and interesting new vampire concept, this novel is far from the typical vampire novel.

The book is about a teenage girl named Mina. Her parents are vampires and she is forced to decide if she wants to become on too. To help her make the decision she is forced to go to vampire lessons twice a week with other prospective vampires.

I really connected quickly with Mina. Her attitude was fun and although the book does deal with vampires I was able to relate to most of the things she was going through. Mina's best friend Serena was also a great character. And so was George, a friend of Mina's.

Once I started reading the book, I could not put it down. I really enjoy books that keep me on my toes and this one did for sure. I could not figure out what Mina's decision would be until she made it. The book has everything: fun, romance, suspense. Plus, it is really well written. It really is just a great book all around. Everyone should read this book!
Etewxok More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for readers. It's not the average teenage book of fall in love with a vampire. It has a different twist. In addition, this book is hilarious. I can't wait for the next book.

Mina Hamilton is not the average teenager. Especially since her parents are vampires. But ever since the Vampire Coucil found out that her parents have been hiding her, she has a big decision to make. To become a vampire or not. But there are other complications. Serena, Mina's best friend, has no clue who her parents really are. Also, Mina meets two cute guys at the weekly vampire courses that she is forced to take. And on top of that, Mina finally started a friendship with her long-time crush, Nathan. While other teenagers would say yes, Mina has a tough decision. How is a teenager suppose to choose?
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Mina Hamilton has a major life (or death) decision to make, and only a few weeks in which to decide. Should she, or should she not, become a vampire? It seems like a no-brainer. I mean, Buffy would know in, like, a split second. But, having vampire parents sort of complicates matters.

This highly humorous novel puts a new spin on the teen vampire tale. Mina is a typical high school student whose extra-curricular activities are no more exciting than hanging at the mall or pizza place, until her undead parents break the news that she has to start attending vampire information classes twice a week. Apparently, they never told the Regional Vampire Council that they had a child, and the situation has caused major drama. Now, Mina must make a decision about her future (and exactly how long that future will last) pronto!

This light read is worth five stars just because it literally made me snort lemonade through my nose. Pauley dares to go there again and again, with topical references and jabs at modern-day vampire lore. Her main character is a self-described closet girly-girl who has kick-butt tendencies and an attitude that readers will love.

Totally entertaining, with a top-of-the-line teen voice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mina Hamilton is just a regular teenage girl 'well in her family' she goes to school, has a goth confused best friend, and is trying to snatch a boyfriend. Perfectly normal. Well up until recently when the vampire council found out that she existed and was the daughter of two recently turned vampires. Now Mina is forced to attend vampire lessons twice a week for a month and at the end of the lesson she has to decide. Will she turn like her family and friends? Or stay human and risk losing her family but keeping her best friend? Oh and on top of all that she has to find a prom date. It really sucks to be Mina.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the end of Mina Hamilton¿s junior year in high school, she is faced with the biggest decision of her life: whether or not to become a vampire. To make it worse, the only guidance she has comes from her slightly crazy uncle Mortie and a vampire class taught by good old Grandma Wolfington (okay, her real name is Ms. Riley) that Mina is forced to take. And just because she is named after a character from Bram Stoker¿s Dracula doesn¿t make this enormous decision any easier. This novel opens with an allusion to Stephenie Meyer, queen of all vampire novels, so I knew that Sucks to Be Me would be a fantastic read, which it was. Sucks to Be Me was a truly witty and original debut novel that I completely enjoyed. It was filled with many laugh-out-loud funny moments from the beginning to end and very rarely was repetitive. In a way, Kimberly Pauley¿s funny writing reminded me of Shakespeare¿s comedies, because they both used comedy to mask important themes. I also really liked how each chapter started out with a myth and fact of vampires, especially because Mina usually inserted a sarcastic comment. Mina¿s character is very lovable, and it was fun to read along as Mina dealt with her confusion regarding the vampire and boy issues in her life. Anyone who is looking for a lighthearted and witty read should definitely check out Sucks to be Me in September when it hits shelves. I was very impressed with Kimberly Pauley¿s debut novel, and I hope she plans to turn Sucks to Be Me into a series or at least write another fantastic and witty novel in the near future.