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by Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan
     
 

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Readers who love vampire romances will be thrilled to devour Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. Team Human celebrates and parodies the Twilight books, as well as other classics in the paranormal romance genre.
 
Mel is horrified when Francis Duvarney, arrogant, gorgeous, and undead, starts at her high school.

Overview

Readers who love vampire romances will be thrilled to devour Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. Team Human celebrates and parodies the Twilight books, as well as other classics in the paranormal romance genre.
 
Mel is horrified when Francis Duvarney, arrogant, gorgeous, and undead, starts at her high school. Mel’s best friend, Cathy, immediately falls for the vampire. Cathy is determined to be with him forever, even if having him turn her could inadvertently make her a zombie.
 
And Mel is equally determined to prove to her BFF that Francis is no good, braving the city’s vampire district and kissing a cute boy raised by vampires as she searches evidence in this touching and comic novel.

Editorial Reviews

Maureen Johnson
Funny, scary, touching, and thoughtful in ways you’d never expect: if you love vampire books, this is the book for you—if you hate vampire books, this is also the book for you.
Claudia Gray
No matter what team you’re on, there are characters here you’ll cheer for. Suspense, humor, and romance: Team Human has it all!
Cory Doctorow
Incredibly fresh and original—and absolutely charming.
Rachel Caine
I could not be more a fan of this book than if I had a TEAM HUMAN cheerleader outfit ... brilliant, funny, sharply emotional!
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills.
The Horn Book
Team Human is both fearsome and funny, a fresh entry in the popular genre.
Booklist
A witty, comedic parody that adds a fresh idea to the teen vampirenovel trend.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills.
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills.

Publishers Weekly
Larbalestier (Liar) and Brennan (the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy) affectionately poke fun at vampire tropes and, in the process, create a memorable story about love, prejudice, and the lengths to which people will go in service of both. High school senior Mel Duan is not impressed when a 150-year old vampire (who looks like a teenager and talks like a 19th-century poet) enrolls in her school. Sure, New Whitby, Maine, is known for its large vampire population, but the vamps and humans keep to their own. Mel finds Francis merely annoying until her best friend Cathy falls for him and decides to become a vampire herself, at which point Mel shifts into full-blown protective mode. This smart and entertaining novel—part Nancy Drew with vampires, part thoughtful and provocative story about assumptions—fully blooms in the second half. Themes of honest friendship and freedom of choice mix with zombies, accidental romance, a diverse and complex cast, and sharply funny dialogue to create a thoroughly enjoyable read with a core of unexpected depth. Ages 13–up. Agents: (for Larbalestier) Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management; (for Brennan) Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (July)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills.
VOYA - Jennifer M. Miskec
Mel is a realist in an unreal town where vampires and humans have learned to cohabitate in relative peace. Unlike some of her fellow citizens, Mel does not yearn to work with or date vampires. In fact, when a vampire is a new student at her high school, Mel would like nothing more than to avoid him altogether. Unfortunately, Mel's best friend, Cathy, starts to fall for the new guy and begins talking about becoming a vampire herself. Mel also finds herself knee deep in solving the mystery of another friend's missing father, last seen with a vampire patient. Then Mel begins to date Kit, a teenage human who has been raised by vampires. Throughout, however, Mel remains team human, even as she comes to better understand the vampires who are so important to the people around her. What is interesting about this book is that the authors both uphold the conventions of the contemporary vampire romance and comment on it. The book remains sympathetic to the popular vampire story; Cathy's connection to her vampire boyfriend is depicted as legitimate, and so her conversion to vampirism is fraught but ultimately not to be read as a mistake. However, antithetical to the Twilight saga, Mel, our teenage female protagonist, is critical of the romantic vampire mythos, especially the pederastic relationship between centuries-old vampires and real teenage girls. In the end, like so many readers, Mel begins to better understand the appeal and her inevitable connection to vampires, though she remains committed to human endeavors. Reviewer: Jennifer M. Miskec
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—When Mel's best friend, Cathy, begins to fall in love with a centuries-old vampire who starts attending their high school, Mel does everything she can to prevent them from becoming a couple. Afraid of losing Cathy forever, and forced to face her own prejudices against vampires, she begins an adventure that results in mystery and romance. The story is set in a town famous for being founded by vampires escaping persecution; the cast of characters deals with typical teen issues while also living in a world with vampires and zombies. What really happened to their friend's dad, a vampire psychologist said to have run off with a patient? What does it mean to be human when you've been raised in a community of vampires? Is the chance of becoming a zombie worth the risk in order to follow your dreams and heart? Larbalestier and Brennan have created a witty story of friendship that takes place in a realistic fantasy world in which people can choose to become vampires as long as they follow the official government protocol. Not your typical vampire novel, this entry into the genre has a poignancy that is rare, coupled with a dry humor that is truly laugh-out-loud funny.Sharon McKellar, Oakland Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Both lovers and loathers of teen vampire romance will revel in this hilarious satirical take on the genre. Mel might not exactly have her own life sorted out, but she's always been there for her BFFs, Cathy and Anna. She indulges Cathy's passion for history, ruins and old things in general; that is, until Francis Duvarney enrolls in their high school. Vampires may be both dead and deadly, but they are also a legally tolerated minority and even tourist attractions--and Francis, with his mesmerizing good looks and stuffy arrogance, is irresistible to an old-fashioned girl like Cathy. Meanwhile, Anna sees Francis as an unbearable reminder of the collapse of her parents' marriage. Mel knows her duty to both of them: prove that Francis is up to no good, whether the clues lead her into the city's terrifying vampire district, the school's rat-infested basement, or even the arms of a cute guy. While primarily an affectionate parody of the genre, filled with clever allusions and devastating snark, the story also sympathetically illuminates the allure of vampire romance, for characters and readers alike. In an unexpectedly poignant turn, it becomes a celebration of love in all its forms: crushes and spouses, parents and children, brothers and sisters, families born and created, and, above all, friends tested and true. Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad and fist-pump-in-the-air triumphant, this sparkling gem proves that vampires, zombies and even teenagers … at heart, we're all on Team Human. (Fantasy. 12 & up.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062089656
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
866,002
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

Maureen Johnson

Funny, scary, touching, and thoughtful in ways you’d never expect: if you love vampire books, this is the book for you—if you hate vampire books, this is also the book for you.

Claudia Gray

No matter what team you’re on, there are characters here you’ll cheer for. Suspense, humor, and romance: Team Human has it all!

Rachel Caine

I could not be more a fan of this book than if I had a TEAM HUMAN cheerleader outfit ... brilliant, funny, sharply emotional!

Cory Doctorow

Incredibly fresh and original—and absolutely charming.

Meet the Author

Justine Larbalestier is the author of Liar, How to Ditch Your Fairy, and the Magic or Madness trilogy, as well as the coeditor with Holly Black of Zombies vs. Unicorns. She and her husband, author Scott Westerfeld, divide their time between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.

Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland. After earning her master's in creative writing in New York and doing library work in Surrey, England, she has returned to Dublin, Ireland, to write. She is the author of the novels The Demon's Lexicon, The Demon's Covenant, and The Demon's Surrender, and her short story "Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road" appears in the collection Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions.

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Team Human 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book my friend read it and then gave it to me in lend me and i am totally a team Human knda gal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing but I wish it was a series
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
I'm in love this book. I do love a book that pokes fun at something with good humor just as much as I love a nice, dark paranormal read where the characters must protect the world and themselves from something big, bad, and terrible. From the first pages, the humor is apparent in this book. You know there's going to be humor and fun when you recognize a vampire in the first chapter because its walking in broad daylight in a Hazmat suit. This novel is a parody of all things vampire and team-related. There are the vampire groupies who practically worship them, and there are the vampire haters who think its sacriligeous and downright idiotic to risk your life for immortality. In short, vampires are trending in New Whitby with near equal supporters and haters. Mel falls near the middle, being chill with vampires until they get close to her and her friends. Mel captured my heart from the beginning. She's pushy and opinionated, set in her opinions, and judgmental. She takes charge of situations and always tries to do right by her friends. Despite claiming that Francis, the vampire Cathy falls in love with, is racist against her for being Chinese and Ty for being African-American, she is discriminating against Francis for being a vampire. Yeah, not the best way to endear yourself to someone. What makes Mel so real and endearing is that she acts the way she does because she wants to protect her friends. Because she is so strong, however, we have to witness her break down at times and learn to be more flexible, or she'll lose what she's trying to protect. The world building is fabulous. At first, the vampires seem distant and aloof because of Mel's prejudiced views, but as she learns more about the vampires, and we with her, they become more humanized despite their forever poker faces. I enjoyed learning more about vampires, their relation to zombies, and how their world has been co-existing with ours for quite some time. There is romance--it's funny and over the top, the kind I could totally see happening in a manga--but it doesn't overtake the plot. It's a side thing that happens along the way and actually contributes to its development. There is also great diversity in this book. Groups include skin color, sexuality, and vampirism. The diversity is far from the focus of the novel, excluding vamp prejudice--something impossible given how one of Mel's two main missions in the book is to separate Francis from her best friend. (The other mission being to find out the truth behind the disappearance of Anna's father.) Team Human is about the grey space between the black and white. Each character has his or her own story to tell in relation to the team they play. This is a parody of vampires, but it is also about how one doesn't have to be strictly one team or the other. As Mel learns, it's perfectly fine (and recommended) to follow your own path, but be understanding of others' thoughts and desires. This isn't a book for everyone, but if you appreciate good humor, poking fun at vampires in good fun, and diversity, I'd recommend picking up this book. Note: One of the most fun parts of this novel, besides Mel's overabundance of sarcasm and humor, was reading the title of the chapter and guessing how it relates to the chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not what I was hoping for. I was looking forward to something that would take the couple hundred year old undead falling for a high school student and show it as being really creepy. Maybe something where the monster is playing on being dark broody type to make finding dinner easier. Something that showed becoming undead as death as opposed to a lifestyle choice. This book didn't so much mock the tropes of the genre so much as tease its friend about getting caught for something they were both doing. It's okay for what it's trying to do. As a side note, the author's need to work on scene transitions. At one point, they set up that the main character plans to meet her friend in the school rest room to talk to her away from the vampire boy. And then, during that conversation in the bathroom, they suddenly find themselves in the school library where one of their other friends can interrupt the conversation. I had to go back over that moment a couple times to make sure I hadn't missed a page or missed a part where the one girl had constructed a book fort in one of the stalls.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Mel Duan is nothing if not a realist. She appreciates that vampires are a part of her town's heritage. She understands that living with vampires nearby is a fact of life in New Whitby. She even admits that some people do actually choose, for reasons beyond all comprehension, to willingly become vampires and give up everything (like chocolate!) for the tedium of, well, forever. When forced to, Mel can even grudgingly accept that her best friend Cathy is fascinated by vampires. None of that means that Mel has to actually like vampires. It certainly doesn't mean she has to watch quietly when a vampire tromps into her school and catches Cathy's attention. It most definitely does not mean that Mel is going to let her best friend date a vampire (named Francis of all things) when it could prove lethal on so many levels. The only problem is Mel seems to be the only one solidly avoiding Team Vampire. Worse, Mel has a lot more to worry about than just keeping Cathy and Francis apart. Mel is used to having a lot on her plate as a high-achieving, athletic senior trying to figure out her life, but even she is going to have a hard time thwarting this romance, investigating a disappearance, working with a curt vampire cop, and trying to understand a most unusual boy in 'Team Human '(2012) by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. 'Team Human 'is the first book Larbalestier and Rees Brennan have co-written. It features one consistent narrative voice. Given the title of the story, it's no surprise that Mel is not a vampire fan. At. All. Mel is funny, and maybe a bit snarky, but as she expounds the many, many faults with vampires* she is often just mean--a hard quality to sell in any heroine but especially in a first-person narrator. Mel's personality flaws, such as they are, are only magnified by the structure of 'Team Human'. The book follows a logical progression with action, banter, jokes, and of course vampires. At the same time, there is not a lot of plot. While Mel is often shocked during the story, readers will be harder to surprise with plot elements that are sometimes more transparent than mysterious. But for most readers all of that will be irrelevant. 'Team Human' was written in secret by the authors after they began wondering what it would be like if their best friend was dating a vampire. 'Team Human' was written as the antidote to every book where the heroine runs blindly into the arms of a bloodsucking fiend and not one friend stops her to ask if she has lost her mind. In other words Team Human was written for fun. To celebrate good friends. Though she might sometimes be misguided, Mel is always good to her friends--even when it might not seem that way to them (or her). Team Human 'is very funny. Readers of Larbalestier or Rees Brennan's solo books would expect nothing less. The story gracefully walks the fine line between gravity and levity with smoothly written jokes and touching moments. While Mel's view of vampires is narrow at the beginning of the story, her outlook expands along with the plot and the world of the book. 'Team Human' is a fresh take on the old vampire conventions sure to appeal to anyone who prefers their vampires with a complement of sarcasm and comedy instead of bats and shadows. A must-read for anyone who is pro-vampire, 'Team Human' will have just as much appeal to anyone who is anti-vampire. *Such as being cold, not funny, unable to eat chocolate. Possible Pairings: 'Every Other Day' by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Generation Dead by Daniel Waters, Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (eds.)
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Wakes up he looks at Alex and smiles then looks at the roof still smiling (ill be on at 3 something
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Found ya!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*falls asleep close to you* (sorry gtgtb night ill be on tomorrow)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what i really expected but it is a good reading to pass the time. Love the main character
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story and the charecters. The whole story was just so different and fun i just wanted to reread it!
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
I thought I was tired of vampire books until I read this one. Many people dislike paranormal books that involve vampires, but this book breaks all norms and is hilarious. I laughed from start to finish and could not stop reading. Mel lives in one of the most diverse cities in America. The city has a large vampire population and a vampire boy is now attending her school. Mel is not prejudice at all and she supports all the laws that protect the undead community, but Mel does not want the creepy vampire boy dating her close friend Cathy. Another problem Mel has with vampires involves her other close friend Anna. After Anna’s father runs off with a vampire, Anna is really hurt and Mel is suspicious. Anna’s father is not the type of man who would abandon his family and Mel feels like the vampire now dating Cathy could be involved. Anyone could have fun reading this book. Mel is a fun main character and every character has personality. The story is not super fast paced, but moves quickly enough to keep a reader’s attention. I was never bored or disappointed. This novel earns five out of five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not love this book more. Really. It's fantastic!
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Nook town all results
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a different kind of book to read (and you're a tad tired from the same type of paranormals), Team Human is a perfect pick for you. I knew this was one book that wouldn't take itself too seriously, and would have some witty comments about the vampire genre in general; but what I wasn't expecting was such a deeply stimulating response to ideas of tolerance and discrimination. Team Human is much more than just another YA paranormal, but an excellent example of well-developed satire. Reasons to Read: 1.A vampire book- with a twist: I know the cover/description hint that this may be just another YA paranormal romance featuring vampires and a love triangle but it's NOT. There are vampires, and there is romance, and there's sort of a love triangle off to the side (but not in an annoying way at all- it's part of the plot for some secondary characters, I guess you could say). But there's also MYSTERY and HUMOUR and some real character growth and self-discovery. Vampires aren't complete monsters, but they aren't completely glorified either. 2.A real theme dealing with tolerance and discrimination: It's not secret that Mel doesn't trust vampires. And it's perfectly understandable why she's so hesitant to support her best friend Cathy in her romantic relationship with a vampire. But at the same time, she begins to realize how little she actually knows about vampires, and even that her own personal preferences and ideas may not be universally shared - an important lesson for everyone to recognize at some poin in their life. 3.A mystery/teen detective element: Mel ends up taking it upon herself to solve her friend Anna's mysterious disappearance of her father leaving, and her mother's strange reaction. I always find that it's a fun thing to add to a book, and it was handled really well in Team Human. I actually found this to be the best part of the book, and in particular the most exciting and suspensful. And also poignant. My one problem with this is that I think the overall message came on a little too strong and while I definitely appreciate it and think we can learn a lot from it as a principle, I still can't help but wonder if it's a case where we can go too far. It's a delicate balance to show Mel as a caring friend, yet one that is a tad too controlling and pushy about HER ideas; but I still couldn't help but feel that to a large extent she was being fairly honest and reasonable. If my friend was risking herself (and acting VERY focused on one youthful, new romantic relationship) and putting herself in danger I'd probably react in the same way. But I couldn't help but wonder exactly how far the book suggested we should go with this, and where we draw the line. Needless to say, I didn't LOVE that and I had some questions regarding it. I just wasn't left wholly satisfied. But overall, Team Human is a smart read, one that is an absolute breath of fresh air among YA paranormal books which are now dime a dozen. ARC received from HarperCollins Canada for review.
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
I am going to start by saying I had not read any of Sarah Rees Brennan or Justine Larbalestier’s works before I read Team Human, so I was coming in fresh. I have since read Sarah’s , The Demon Lexicon, and loved it. Team Human was not at all what I was expecting. I have been interested in this book for a while as I love vampire stories and YA genre. Putting these two authors together as a writing duo made for a quick and easy read where you could tell behind the scenes these ladies were having fun. It comes across in the writing. Mel , looooovvveee her full first name, no, not in a million years will you guess it. I have to be honest and say, that I personally found her to be a tad annoying as a character. She was sticking her nose into all sorts of business , very blindly, and throwing accusations about like last years fashion. But, this IS her character. It didn’t make it any less annoying, but , she is deliberately written this way. Mel is Mel and she truly believes in her job of bff to Cathy. I looovved Cathy and Francis. I could see Team Human being their story, it is semi, but it is mainly the most, LOL!! annoying Mel and her endeavours to break up, stop things with Francis and Cathy. Well, she is Team Human. I would have liked to get to know Francis loads more as I really, really, loved his characteristics. He is very funny, without trying to be. Sure, everything goes rather quickly in Cathy and Francis’ relationship but Francis is well over 150 years old so, hey, why not. I loved Francis’ family. Minty is a tad frightening, Kit is the human amongst the vampires. I liked this! Kit , again, wait until you find out his name...I laughed but I also went...awwww! There was some silly fun with Kit, being raised by vampires, hence why I think these ladies were having a lot of fun behind the scenes writing this book. Mel was spending her time throughout this book with the ‘anti Francis’ campaign, and trying to solve a mystery, with Kit slowly growing on her until he too drops a bombshell. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to shake Mel or commend her for caring toooo much for her friends business. I really liked Cathy. She is intelligent, she suits Francis. She is not prejudiced, she really ‘sees’ Francis. She thinks things through, unlike Mel, who I thought was a bit too pepped up, sometimes. I liked the ZDU - Zombie Disposal Unit, idea. A bit of a different take on turning vampire, sometimes it doesn’t stick. I think readers are used to seeing a rather painful, long, turning vampire process in books. The ladies have written their version a bit more........ well, that would be spoiling. Shame on you for wanting to know......hehe! I enjoyed the mystery that was playing behind Mel’s busy bodying. There was a great twist and I am looking forward to more Kit. He is a great guy, just a bit naive to some things. Mel has so much prejudice and Kit has none, so this will be an interesting friendship. I enjoyed Team Human, it is a read that will make you laugh, you will find that a good friend comes with great intentions, but sometimes they need to be told politely, ‘thanks for caring I hear you, now hear me.’
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Aunttoes More than 1 year ago
This book was an enjoyable read for me. It was funny and cute, yet it kept you turning the pages to see what happens next. I loved all the characters in the story and I really enjoyed reading this. It's mostly about friendship and growing up. Having Vampires living down the street from you is just a plus. Going to school with them might make you a little nervous....but that just adds spice to your life. I like this book, and hope the authors will make it a series.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
This was quite a different perception on the vampire genre. In this book the protagonist, Mel, is anti-vampire. She doesn't trust them one bit and dislikes everything about them. I thought this was a great premise, especially since Mel is living in a city founded by vampires! Mel finds herself pulled into a mystery when she agrees to help one friend figure out why her father left. Mel also has her hands full trying to convince her other friend that vampires are evil and keep her from falling in love with one who starts attending school with them. I thought the plot was refreshing and held my interest throughout the entire book. I really liked Mel and though I knew she was way off base with her suspicions, I enjoyed how the story played out. I enjoyed Mel's treks into the vampire community. Seeing it through her eyes gives me a whole different outlook. Usually, the lead characters are awestruck by the vampire world, especially if they are mortal. Sometimes they are afraid. I didn't get the impression that Mel was afraid but more determined and focused. Any fear she felt, she managed to keep it disguised very well. I am very curious to see if this book turns into a series and if so, I will be looking forward to reading the next one. I recommend this book if you are a fan of the vampire genre, but are looking for something a little different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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