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Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti

Summary: Scarlet spends most of her time worrying about other people. Some are her friends, others are practically strangers, and then there are the ones no else even notices. Trying to fix their lives comes naturally to her. And pushing her own needs to the side is part of the deal. So when her older sister comes home unexpectedly married and pregnant, Scarlet has a new person to worry about. But all of her good intentions are shattered when the unthinkable happens: she falls for her sister’s husband. For the first time in a long time, Scarlet’s not fixing a problem, she’s at the center of one. And ignoring her feelings doesn’t seem to be an option…

*Review: This book is a romance, but it does not focus on that aspect much.  It is more of Scarlet realizing that she cannot help everyone, and that sometimes she has to put herself first. Caletti’s writing is wonderful, filling the reader in with every detail of the character’s life. The characters are all pretty great and realistic, and although some of the events that happen in the book are unrealistic, if you are willing to suspend your disbelief it will be a wonderful read.

Genre: Romance, YA, Self discovery


Sweetblood, by Pete Hautman

Summary:

Lucy Szabo is a young diabetic teenager who is convinced she is a vampire — although her definition of vampire may differ from yours. She has a theory: that the vampire legend we know today has basis in the symptoms from the untreated diabetics of long ago. Unfortunately, goth girl Lucy and the rest of the people of her life are not exactly on the same page, and when she writes a paper for her English class concerning her theory, her family is more worried than intrigued. Lucy battles her parents, her friends, her therapist, and her endocrinologist with the blackest of teenage angst as she delves deeper into the goth subculture, but finds herself in over her head when she meets Wayne, aka Draco, a supposed ‘real’ vampire who’s taken an eerie interest in her.

~Review:

Hautman’s writing style is refreshing, following Lucy’s thought process through the story, evoking the mindfulness of a real teenager rather than an adult trying to write like a teenager. His language while Lucy goes through her hypoglycemic episodes is also fresh, not describing her attacks but really bringing us into them, letting us know what diabetics go through during such moments. The book caters to a very wide variety of readers, and even I, who most of the time look upon vampire literature with scorn, enjoyed this fresh take on it. Truthfully vampire lovers can enjoy it, but the book in itself is not about blood-sucking demons; the message there is more about growing up, as corny as it sounds, and living a life that’s different while knowing the dangers. It’s low on sexual references and cursing, but Lucy’s essay contains graphic description of death and violence. In short, this is one of my favorite books, and I would recommend it to anyone, adults and teens alike.