Suck It Up

Suck It Up

by Brian Meehl


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ISBN-13: 9780440420910
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/11/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 456,100
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Brian Meehl’s comedic “vampire lite” story is unlike any vampire tale ever told. He lives in Redding, Connecticut.

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"In the end is beginning." Luther Birnam's deep voice rained down from the high platform, charging the air above a wide semicircle of cadets. "In the beginning is end." Standing in white graduation gowns, the handsome young men and beautiful young women blazed with pride. "Today, you end your life as a Loner, and begin your new life as a Leaguer!"
The cadets erupted in cheering applause.
The last student in the arcing line clapped with just enough enthusiasm not to be noticed. For the ten months Morning McCobb had attended Leaguer Academy, being invisible had been mission number one. It wasn't easy. It never is when you're the class freak.
At sixteen, Morning was younger and skinnier than his cookie-cutter classmates. While their gowns swelled over the bodies of hunks and hotties in their late teens and twenties, Morning's robe hung from his bony shoulders like it was still on the hanger. Even his hair was different. The male cadets had coifs that never moved from their last mirror check. The women had wavy manes that bounced to perfection. Morning's hair resembled a patch of wheatgrass small animals had recently bedded down in.
As the cadets continued to whistle and fist-pump, Morning's dark eyes scanned the line. They reminded him of dogs straining at their leashes. He wished he had the X-Men superpowers of Banshee. He would strafe the cadets with a sonic blast, stunning them into a hypnotic trance so Mr. Birnam could finish his speech.
Unfortunately, Birnam tossed them another bone. "Today ends your long night as prisoners of darkness, and begins your day as masters of light!"
The roar of approval was doubled by the throng of teachers and visitors jamming the grandstand. The sound bounced around the great cavern inside Leaguer Mountain like bottled thunder.
Adding his token applause, Morning realized the powers of Banshee weren't enough. He needed the skills of the supervillain Dr. Chronos. Wielding his powers of time-compression, he could fast-forward the commencement to over. It wasn't that Morning wasn't excited about graduating. He was. The sooner he got out of Leaguer Mountain, the sooner his classmates would stop rubbing his face in the dismal truth. While they looked like perfectly chiseled Abercrombie models, no amount of pumping iron would ever make Morning buff. No surge of hormones would ever change his face from boyish to manly. He was stuck with peach fuzz and a body that was more stick-of-gum than stud. And there was nothing he could do about it. Ever.
That's how it was with vampires. Shape-shifting allowed, aging not.
Of course, Leaguer vampires didn't call it "shape-shifting" anymore. In Vampire Vocabulary and Leaguer Lexicon class, Morning had learned that "shape-shifting" belonged to the dark ages of the twentieth century. All vampires who belonged to the IVL-the International Vampire League-had word-shifted to the more scientifically accurate "cell differentiation." CD, for short.
The crowd hushed as Birnam raised his hands. "To commemorate your journey from darkness to light, I will now present your diplomas. When you hear your name, demonstrate the mastery of your powers by ascending the platform in one of the Six Forms. After receiving your diploma, you will then descend in the only incarnation you will ever need again: a Leaguer among Leaguers."
Morning's stomach flopped like a landed fish. He dreaded this part of the ceremony. Yes, in CD 101, he had stumbled through the Six Forms of cell differentiation and managed to pass, but it was like being the worst kid in gym. He never knew how he was going to screw up; he only knew it would probably end in humiliation.
For Morning, this wasn't the worst part of being a vampire. The worst part was the irony of it all. As a kid, he had dreamed of an accident transforming him into a superhero. Like the spider bite that turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man. Or the lab accident that mutated Jon Osterman into Dr. Manhattan. Unfortunately, Morning's little snafu involved a vampire bite. And yeah, being a vampire came with a few superpowers, but it wasn't exactly a skill set you used for saving people.
Mr. Birnam called the first name. "Dieter Auerbach." A brawny young man jogged forward. After a few strides, his white gown billowed, and a sleek gray wolf darted from under the falling robe. The wolf trotted toward the tower.
"Our first graduate has chosen the Fifth Form: the Runner," Birnam announced.
The wolf broke into a lope, surged forward, and leaped onto the lowest platform protruding from the spiraling tower. With flawless grace, the animal sprang from platform to platform. When Dieter's wolf landed at the top next to Birnam, the crowd rewarded him with applause.
Birnam held up a long, rolled diploma. The wolf spun and CDed back into human form. Dieter was now sheathed in skintight, black underarmor. The glistening material accented every muscle in his flawless body.
The sight of underarmor gripped Morning in panic. He pulled at his gown, peeked underneath, and sighed with relief. Yes, he'd remembered to put on his black Epidex.
One of the things Morning was thankful for was that he had become a vampire after Leaguer scientists invented Epidex. Before Epidex, when a vampire CDed there was no way he, or she, could take their clothes with them. When they CDed back to human form they came back butt naked. Of course, there were still some vampires, known as Loners, who practiced all the old ways, and could care less if they ran around naked. Loner vampires streaked, Leaguers didn't.
In Leaguer Science, Morning had remembered enough about the history of Epidex to manage a C on his final. Epidex was invented when a vampire scientist asked, "If human skin is an external organ, could an artificial skin be invented that became both an external and internal organ?" After many failures, a Leaguer egghead invented Epidex. Somehow, Epidex combined a carbon-polymer blend with nanotechnology into a living tissue that fed off the electrical current that flowed through all bodies. And somehow, when vampires CDed, the big electrical surge it created transformed the Epidex into an internal organ. It stayed that way until the vampire switched back to human form and the Epidex re-externalized. While Morning knew his less-than stunning summary of Epidex wouldn't earn him an A, he thought he at least deserved a B because of his clever conclusion: "Epidex is the underwear of underwears."

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Suck It Up 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
At sixteen, Morning McCobb is a recent graduate of the IVL. No, Morning isn't a genius. He is a sixteen-year-old vampire just graduating from the International Vampire League. But this League of Vampires isn't what you would expect; their motto is to "drink culture, not life." They exist peacefully by blending in with humanity -- that is, until now.

Morning is going to be the first to "come out of the closet." He's the kind of vampire the League has been waiting for. Young, nonthreatening, the kid is a sangv! Sangv translation: blood virgin, meaning he's never drunk human blood. In fact, Morning has never drank blood belonging to a living organism, human or animal. He drinks Blood-lite, a soy-based blood substitute!

To help with his coming-out process, Morning is teamed up with Penny Dredful, the owner of PR Agency. It is her responsibility to turn Morning's fifteen-minutes of fame into 24/7 coverage. Credibility is the least of their worries; once Morning pulls a couple of CD's (cell differentiation) and turns from a boy into a dolphin, back into a boy, and then into a tree and back again, most people are believers. But not everyone is a Morning McCobb fan. There is a group of vampires called Loners who haven't conformed to the Leaguer way and still feed on humans. They want Morning eliminated before he reveals all of their secrets.

Is the world ready for Morning McCobb, a real vampire?

SUCK IT UP is another rendition of the growing array of young adult vampire novels. Meehl's take on the vampire lore is interesting, refreshing, and humorous! Debunking the myth of vampires and sun as "solar phobia," as well as their fear of garlic -- hello, bad breath! I also enjoyed the references to superheroes and comic characters, being a fan of the genre myself! Morning wants to be a superhero as well as a firefighter, after his experiences from 9/11. The characters are original, although I didn't hold a strong liking to any of them. Overall, SUCK IT UP was a funny and original. This is a book that I think boys as well as girls would like. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy the vampire sub-genre!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the author was right. this is a very different vampire book. it had its hilarious moments as well as its dramatic ones. very well written and a great read for all vampire lovers.
yvescvancol More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was great and even tho pertained to vampires was really modern and can be related to real life- yves c. vancol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a clean book with very little profanity or sexuality, which is so hard to find, but it just didn't feel very exciting or draw you in. I expected it to at least be funny, but I didn't think it was the least bit humorous. I was pretty bored with it.
Conchobar More than 1 year ago
I really like that this book has made Vampires different than all other books (Twilight.) It's creative and the characters are real...well their emotions are realistic which makes it easy to imagine the story in your mind. If you'd like to read a good book, look no further. You'll like this book if you read it.
Danny_H More than 1 year ago
I kno wthis book may lok like another dumb vampire book, but it really packs a punch. There are momments I had to close the book and take a breath in to take in what happened, I hope for a series. The only reson I dont give this book a five is because the ending wasnt very satisfactory, but it was better than most. It a fun read and will get its charming vampire hook right in you.
Kira More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I finished this book in two days, I just couldn't put it down until I finished it. I cant stop reading vampire books now! This book has a true love story that would survive through anything, adventure and funny moments. I hope there will be a sequal. I would definetly reccomend this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this a while ago and it was amazing, unlike most vampire books ive read,it was different and i enjoyed very much(:
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seeing as I've been reading about vampires for most of my childhood and teenage life (oh SO long...ehem), I've seen the various ways authors tweak vampires to fit their personal vision. From Twilight to Dracula, I'm close to having 'seen it all', but I was pleasantly surprised with Suck It Up. It's rare to find a YA author that has this sort of twisted but still amusing sense of humor that captures what it's really like to be a teenager. I'm not dubbing this the most amazing vampire book ever written in YA history, but it's pretty darn decent, incredibly entertaining and certainly funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is very different from all of the rest of the vampire stories, it has it's shares of funny moments and some dramatic ones. But some parts of the book was a bit slow for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the Twilight series, I was interested in vampire books. My friend recomended it I finished it in 2 days. This is a very good book about true love and vampires! I highly reccomend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book, Suck it up is one of the most intersting books I've read. It's got so many themes all rolled into one such as action, humor, adventure, violence, and my favorite, romance. I loved all of the characters and the personalities that came with them. It looks at angles of different lives to make it even more addicting. This was a truly an astonishing book and I really hope it's turned into a movie because I would watch it over and over again! So read Suck It Up, it will suck you in.
KnightRider More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely different than the other gushy vampire romance books out there. For that reason I liked it. However, it seemed like there weren't enough characters in this book even though the main ones in it (which were really the only ones) still kept me intrigued and reading. I think it would have been a better book if there was more of an unexpected ending because it really was predictable. The writing, though, was excellent and I enjoyed the way the author/narrator expressed themself. It's not a book I would surely want to re-read, but it's not a waste of money either. I'm glad I bought it and got to read it to escape from the crazy vampire non-sense that plauges various books today.
jazzyfizzletm_ilovemyboo_ More than 1 year ago
i have only read a couple of chapters, but i am hooked. i would reread this book if i had to. as far as vampire books go its not your typical love story. there is romance but there is also suspence and mystery. if i had to chose between this and all the twilight books i woul ddefinatly choose this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are tired of the serious vampire love stories, then this is a book for you. It is humorous, adventuresome, and has a great storyline. The hero is your average 16-year-old who is accidentally changed into a vampire. He then becomes the spokesperson for a group of vampires who want to live "normally" among mortals. Along the way, he meets a girl and gets caught up in a fight (good for both girls and guys!!). Readers will enjoy the puns and the suprise ending as well.
j-moonbeam More than 1 year ago
This book is a great, quick & excellent read! I found myself wanting more when it was over. I hope there will be more to come.... (:
life_of_li More than 1 year ago
omg. that was my reaction to this absoulutley Amazing with a capital A novel. this book deserves to stand among the best of vampire novels!!!! it was O-So realistic (except maybee the vampire bit.... :), it made me feel as though i WAS Morning and DeThanatos!And i WAS Portia and Penny!lemme give you one warning though....once you pick up this book you may never EVER be able to put this down until you have stumbled upon the end. and then read it again. and again. just to make sure that you actually have read a book this amazingly fabulously awsome. and it is real!!! but then just beacuse your sad its over,you will probably read it agian....soo im telling you that my reaction was omg and yours is probably going to be the same either that or you will burst into tears beacuse you have closed it. :) thanks for reading this and thanks again if you read 'suck it up'. cya!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the vampire writing genre and this was a real treat. The writing style was fun and refreshing with characters interesting enough to keep the story rolling. I love the main character's desire to be a hero and how the irony played out with his becoming a vampire. Overall this was an entertaining read that left me thirsy for more.
FFortuna on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Morning McCobb, a 16-year-old boy who likes superheroes, is the first vampire in history to come out on national television. Will the vampires' dreams of Worldwide Out Day be realized, or will Morning ruin it all by succombing to his lust for the blood of Portia Dredful, his publicist's daughter?As it says on the cover several times, this is a vampire novel that's not quite like the rest of them. While it is a light read it's also a thoughtful story, one that should be read slowly, not in one big chunk. Things need to unfold at their own pace.There's a certain realism in the atmosphere that I found fascinating. Most vampire books feel hidden in the shadows, confined by the need to keep the vampires a secret from the humans in the book. Morning is thrown out into the world, and it feels like a coming out for all the vampires in all the stories. It made me look at everything in a new light.The vampires themselves are also interesting and not the norm, there's more of an emphasis on shapeshifting than the common powers, and they have a singular origin story. The characters were all very grounded in the story for me, each with a coherent set of motivations and a firm sense of self, by which I mean I had a very distinct image of each one. They didn't bleed into each other or agree about things just because it was the author's opinion! While the romance is obvious, Portia is not your typical heroine, and I loved her power.The plot was slow in some places, but that should be a cue to slow down and get in deep in those places. There's a great mix of internal conflict with Morning and Portia, and external conflict with Morning and Ikor, the vampire who's willing to kill Morning to keep vampires from coming out. Everything is resolved beautifully at the end, with just enough of a tease for me to hope we get a sequel AND hope we don't. All in all, a thoroughly satisfying book.
BrunsLib on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A nice light snack and a decent antidote to that Meyer fiasco (yecch, spit).
marielamba on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Like a lot of readers, I'm a little "vampired out" these days. But when I read the jacket copy of SUCK IT UP, I was hooked. This book promised to be funny and clever and different. I'm happy to report it totally delivered. Morning McCobb has the misfortune to have become immortal at one of the most awkward times in a person's life...that acne prone insecure and awkward part of his adolescence. And he's frozen there forever. Yeah, I liked him instantly. When he becomes the poster-child for the vampire community, which wants to present a kinder gentler image to the world, you can just imagine the ridiculous moments that will come. Well, actually you can't. And that is part of the fun of this book. It's unpredictable, and well-written, and so entertaining. This book isn't broody and angsty, instead, think of it like the soy-based blood substitute that peaceful Morning McCobb drinks every day: Blood Lite.Marie Lambaauthor of WHAT I MEANT...(Random House Young Adult)
ReZo1001 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I've read my fair share of vamp. books and this one was ok... I liked the ballence of action and romance.
t1bnotown on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a slightly different take on vampires than pretty much all teen novels. The protagonist, Morning, isn't handsome- he's a geek who wants to be a superhero. The focus on the problem with being a vampire is that certain human dreams have to be dropped because they're unrealistic as a vampire. Morning wants to be a firefighter. There's a tiny bit of romance, but I definitely thought this was one that guys would relate to much more than girls.
saplin on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Humorous. A different way to look at vampires. Morning is a 16-year old vampire who has been recruited to be the first Leaguer Vampire to "come out of the casket" so to speak. He's a vegan vampire and the poster boy of restraint. But will he be up to the task and will he be able to live out his pre-vampire dream of being a fire fighter.
DF1A_ChristieR on LibraryThing 10 months ago
MORNING MCCOBB ¿He drinks a soy-blood substitute called Blood Lite. ¿He believes staking should be a hate crime. ¿Someday he wants to march in a Vampire Pride Parade. He¿s also the first Undead American to out himself and prove that vampires are just another minority with special needs. I loved this book. It was funny and very enjoyable. I only wish there was a second book.