Sweetblood by Pete Hautman

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Sixteen-year-old Lucy Szabo is Undead -- at least according to her own theories about vampirism. Lucy believes that the first vampires -- with their pale skin, long teeth, and uncontrollable thirst -- were dying diabetics. And she should know. She's a diabetic herself.
When Lucy becomes involved with Draco -- a self-proclaimed "real" vampire she meets in the Transylvania Internet chat room -- her world begins crashing down around her. Caught up in late-night parties and Goth culture, she begins to lose control of her grades, relationships, and health. Lucy realizes she needs to make some important choices, and fast. But it may already be too late.

About Pete Hautman

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Pete Hautman is the author of many books for young adults and adults, including the National Book Award winner Godless and The Big Crunch, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award. About The Cydonian Pyramid, he says, "I could never resist a tough, spunky, conflicted heroine. Following Lahlia through the diskos was an incredible journey. She still scares me a little." Pete Hautman splits his time between Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Published August 31, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 260 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Though she wears mostly black, reads Anne Rice, and spends time on vampire chat rooms, Lucy is adamantly “not goth.” She is, however, 16, angry, and flunking out of school, and her worried parents confiscate her computer.

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The author traces a vampire-obsessed 16-year-old diabetic's steep slide downward as she is intellectually seduced by a middle-aged cybervamp via the Internet.

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Publishers Weekly

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Lucy (aka "Sblood") haunts vamp/net chat rooms as she researches her "condition," bringing her under the radar of Wayne "Draco" Smith, a middle-aged cybervamp who feeds off minors by staging goth parties featuring alcohol.

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Star Tribune

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But there's one chat-room visitor, Draco, who impresses and alarms Lucy with a perspective that seems more intelligent, more authentic than the rest.

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The L Magazine

Once my diabetes had been properly diagnosed, and a medical regimen properly implemented, I almost immediately began to worry about The End of Times, which popular culture was encouraging me to do: the apocalypse was all the rage in popular entertainment about two years ago, when Time magazine ra...

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SBY Teens

Lucy has diabetes and has come to the conclusion that untreated diabetics been mistaken for Vampires years ago.

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