Author: Christopher Moore
Title: You Suck
Genre: Comedy Horror
‘Being dead sucks. Literally.’
I seem to have two books by this Christopher Moore chap, but this one, I feel, will be nothing like the other one. When I get around to reading it.
You might recall that I was drawn to this one purely because of the title. I picked it up at Alt Fiction and I’m still working through the amazing stack I got while I was there.
I should have realised that with a title like ‘You Suck’ the book would be hilarious. I didn’t, therefore I was pleasantly surprised as I got through the first chapter.
Tom Flood (or C Thomas Flood, because that sounds way cooler) wakes up one night and realises that his skin has cleared up, his aches and pains from the day before are gone and he can see, hear and feel better than ever before. Why? He’s a vampire of course. And so is his girlfriend.
If ever there was a lad who didn’t make vampire material, its this fellah. A nineteen year old sex addict (aren’t they all?), struggling to keep a grip on his super sexy, intelligent and powerful girlfriend. A girlfriend who thought it would be a fabulous idea to turn him into a vampire so they could be together forever. Never mind the fact that her own vampire sire shouldn’t even have turned her in the first place.
This book made me laugh from start to finish, plotting the journey of two young vampires finding out how to be vampires. Very clearly they have no idea and have no one left to ask. Imagine a child left on their own in a supermarket with a load of sweets right in front of them, but they’re not really sure how to get through the check-out process, or even if they’re allowed to. Tom and Jody are just like that.
You Suck is a funny, light-hearted piece, which I found to be an incredibly easy read. With regular interjections from Abbie Normal, I found myself peering into the depths of a teenage mind in a way I haven’t done for a long time. A teenage mind that just happens to be connected to a vampire body that could tear your arm from your shoulder socket if you pissed it off.
So long as you don’t want to take vampires too seriously, definitely read this book. With a sprinkling of true moments of sincerity and heartfelt emotion, there is enough comedy meat underneath to get your teeth stuck into. *snerk*