By Flynn Meaney
Published by Poppy/Little Brown and Company
Release Date October 2010
I fell in love with the concept of BLOODTHIRSTY before I read it. For some reason girls are fascinated with (in love with) vampires. Vampire novels are glutting the market as never before, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. So it was only a matter of time before there was a novel written, not so much in the vampire genre, but about the teenage girl’s love of this genre.
Thus we have the story of Finbar. Finbar is one half of a set of fraternal twins. “Fraternal” is important here because Finbar and his brother Luke are nothing alike. Where Luke is athletic, outgoing, energetic, and invariably attractive to nearly every girl he meets – Finbar is lanky, pale, intellectual, shy, and virtually unnoticed by the opposite sex.
In their hometown in Indiana Luke is a hero and Finbar is a zero, but when their family moves to New York Finbar decides to reinvent himself. He by chance realizes that girls are extremely drawn to the fantasy of the vampire, and he realizes that his thin frame, pale complexion, and light blue eyes throw him right into the mold of a vampire. By reading various novels he comes to realize that what he needs to adopt is the vampire’s brooding, attitude, and mysteriousness. Finbar practices this charade and while he meets with some failures he is able to pull of the transformation enough to become popular. But will his scheme have the desired effect on girls, or one girl in particular?
I loved the overall story in “BLOODTHIRSTY.” This novel is actually a telling tale of how at one time or another in our lives we all wish we were someone else, but sometimes all we need to be is a more confident version of ourselves. The story line itself is a great one for teens, but the content should put this book off limits to most them. This book is aimed at young adults 12 and up, however it is too sexcentric to fit in this category. There are many discussions and allusions to sex, and there is the constant sophomoric fixation on “Boobs.” Also, in the last 1/3 of the novel the author decided it was time to use a couple strong words; I can only guess that this was to make teens think that he was cool. This book could have been toned down and still been a great story suitable for teens 12 and up, but for the above mentioned reasons he has put this book more in the reach of older teens and adults.