Team Human by Justine Larbalestier

Feb 15, 2013

Can’t decide between team Edward and Team Jacob? Try Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. The town of New Whitby was founded by vampires. While there’s not a lot of mingling between vampires and humans, they have mostly co-existed peacefully. But when Mel’s best friend Cathy seems to be falling for the courtly, old-fashioned vampire who just enrolled at their high school, Mel knows she has to intervene. As it says on the cover “Friends don’t let friends date vampires”.

Then there’s the troubling mystery of what happened to the father of Anna, another close friend of Mel’s. Once again, vampires are involved, but how? Mel sets out to investigate with the help of a new and unusual friend, Kit. Kit is a human who lives with, and was raised by a vampire “family”.

While it has its serious moments, Team Human is infused with humor and wit, a fun take on human-vampire relationships. Here’s a taste from the narrator, Mel:

“Let’s examine what a prize that is [to become a vampire] one more time: no more direct sunlight ever again, no more laughter. You get eternity, but you don’t have the sense of humor to enjoy it! Also, vampires don’t eat food. You never get to eat chocolate again. Ever.

I’d rather die.

All the vampire wannabes and vamposeurs mystify me. Who would choose the possibility of immortality over chocolate?”

Reviewed by Diane H.
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