By Pete Hautman.
(Note: I'm pretty much going to spoil the end of this because it makes the review useless if I don't give you a heads-up about things, and one aspect of this is enough to set off my own triggers.)
Lucy Szabo is sixteen, Goth (but in denial about it), and diabetic. Kind of a brittle-sounding one, from the sound of it, because she clearly isn't trying to stay in much control over it either. During the last year she's lost interest in school and is flunking a few classes, but doesn't really care. She's kinda quietly unhappy but doesn't know why, but can't people just leave her alone? Lucy's got a theory--the best part of the book, really--that people got the idea of vampirism from seeing people suffer from incurable diabetes symptoms. (Note: this is pretty much the thing that sold me on the concept of this book.) Turning in an essay on this theory gets Lucy in trouble and sent to therapy. It also explains her interest in wearing black and hanging out on vampire chats online and considering herself undead because of her previous health experiences.
Lucy has some involvements with dudes. She meets a nice one named Dylan in French class and he gives her a butterfly in its chrysalis. There's some dude named Draco on the chat channel that just might be a vampire (um.....yeah....). And Dylan introduces her to Wayne, an older guy who has butterflies and does tarot readings. I'm going to attempt to be gentle when it comes to spoiling, but I will say that this story does turn into a "older man creeping on a teenage girl" tale, which sets off all of my ugh alerts. This combines with Lucy's health raging out of control. In the end, Lucy wakes up, un-dyes her hair, goes back to checking her blood sugar on a regular basis, and drops the zeroes in her life. So good for her on that one. I guess this tale could have gone a whole lot worse, and in real life they usually do.
I don't know what to make of this. I was interested in the diabetic aspects of it, not so much the old man creeping stuff. It's kind of sad that Lucy doesn't really get why she's feeling the way that she does, but I can't help but think that it's probably due to her health problems. I love the idea of tying in vampirism and diabetes, but that focus changes when the dudes kick in. Overall I ended up feeling kind of uncomfortable and weirded out, but I have major issues with old man creepers and I guess that is to be expected from me.
I'm going to give it three stars.