Suck It Up by Brian Meehl

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  1. I have this bad habit of reading a million books at once as well as try to work on a million different writing projects. I once tried to meld all of my projects together into one big conglomerate terrible story.
  2. It is merely a coincidence that the title of this book seems so relevant regarding certain life circumstances.

The reason it took me months to finish an easy to read young adult book is because I got distracted by this monstrosity of a book called, “House of Leaves,” by Mark Z. Danielewski (see image above and item #1). I both recommend and do not recommend House of Leaves. I will do a whole review post on that later. Stay tuned.

This one’s a re-read. Now, as promised, review on another vampire story! Summary: Morning McCobb is chosen as the poster boy for, “Vampires are just like everybody else.” Portia Dredful’s mother is a huge PR person named Penny Dredful (yes, it’s in the book, read it yourself). Morning McCobb’s story is going to make Portia’s film making and reporting career. Of course things get in the way! There’s a whole legion of vampires who don’t want vampire secrets getting out to humans, and one in particular wants to destroy the poster boy and the whole cause.

It is definitely a millenial book because there is a whole vampire website involved with coming out. In between the chapters there are snippets of the blog which don’t do a whole lot except to give the reader some vampire truths of this particular world. I don’t know what it is, but I love the legends of vampires and werewolves and monsters alike, but some of the ones Meehl has included in this book seem too ridiculous for belief to be suspended if only slightly. There’s shape shifting, which I don’t think should be a vampire trait, but that’s just me.

The whole book is pretty cheesy and ridiculous in a good way, but I think it’s supposed to be comedic, and I enjoyed it, but because it was so ridiculous, I didn’t feel much emotion reading it. There are some sweet moments that make you go, “Aww,” but not too long later, you get over it.

Morning McCobb can be related to, but he’s a comic book nerd, and if you’re not, there’s a lot of comic book  name dropping. I knew most if not all of the names dropped, but I’m not sure how I’d feel about these random references if I didn’t know a thing about comic books. The references add to his characteristic thoughts, but I’m not sure they were necessary. Or at least not so many. Not a huge problem though. Easily bypass-able. Also, a cover shout out to Watchmen (see image above or at the end of this post).

The vampire back story in this world bothers me. I also cannot say I don’t do the same thing in my writing by writing off the past. All he writes is that there was a great vampire war, and a treaty was signed. A lone vampire refused, but they let him be. I want to know what happened. I want to know how bloody the war was. I don’t remember if it mentioned how the war started. Granted, it’s the back story, and it did not necessarily need to be included at all probably. I don’t know what it is, but despite it being just a back story, I would have liked something more. Does anyone else feel this way about back stories? I think that’s where my problem lies is trying to include every detail of a back story into the plot, and I don’t think you’re supposed to do that.

The book is a fun amusing story, but I don’t think there’s much substance to it. I think teenage me enjoyed it a lot more though. Take this review as you will.

 

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There is a sequel which I didn’t know existed in my teenage years. I came across it at Half Price Books way later (Half Price plug – pay/sponsor me? – Yes, still trying to figure out how to get paid blogging without doing any work). I will be reading the sequel. Here’s my plan that I may or may not stick to:

  • Next entry: House of Leaves review (far cry from young adult).
  • Entry after House of Leaves = Part two: Suck It Up and Die. The titles are amusing enough to catch me.

I will leave you with some fun facts about Brian Meehl, the author of Suck It Up and Suck It Up and Die: He was a puppet on Sesame Street. He was an Emmy award-winning writer for Between the Lines and The Magic School Bus.

 

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