From Luke, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Rex, Adam
Once in a while a person finds a captivating book that keeps your attention and makes you read more. Such a book to me was “Fat Vampire” by Adam Rex. One could take it as a young adult vampire novel, or it could also be seen as a spoof of vampire novels. No matter how you look at this book it is a good read and should be given a chance by everyone.
Doug Lee is a fat, ugly, comic book and video game obsessed teenager. And he is also a vampire. Doug has no one to go to to learn how to be a vampire, so he tries teaching himself. He does many crazy things such as drinking cow’s blood, trying to sneak into the panda cage at the San Diego zoo and drink panda blood and even stealing blood from a blood donation vehicle at comic-con. Most of these tend to have disastrous endings. He is very unpopular at school and has only one good friend, Jay, until the foreign exchange student, Sejal, came to the U.S. He develops a crush for her and becomes friends with her and the drama club people she hangs out with. Then he gets a mysterious letter from a man in the sewer. He invites them to go to Signora Polidori’s house for tea. Signora Polidori is also a vampire. While at her house Doug, and 2 other vampires, get assigned to older vampires so that they can be taught the ways of their kind. The rest of the story focuses on Doug and his life as a high school vampire.
Full of surprises and twists “Fat Vampire” was a good book. On a scale of 1-10 I would give this book about a 7. This would be an ideal book for you to read if you like the Twilight saga or vampire books. It’s not too long and can be read in a short amount of time. If you’re looking for a quick read between novels, this is the perfect book to get.
From Jackie Cantwell
author: Hotchner, A.E.
Doris Day: her own story
If you only know Doris Day from her movies, then you don’t know Doris Day! This book was a revelation for me. It is based on interviews Miss Day had with Mr. Hotchner. Interspersed throughout are excerpts from interviews with those who worked with her or knew her well, such as James Garner. It appears that Doris Day has had a very troubled life. She was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in 1922 in Cincinnati to a homemaker mother and a pianist/piano teacher father. They divorced when she was young. She was very talented in dance and loved performing. She was going to L.A. to further her dance education as a teenager, but on the eve of her trip she was injured in a terrible car crash. Her leg was broken in several places. At first, they didn’t know if she’d walk again. Her recovery took about a year which she spent at home. She listened to the radio in her bedroom and started singing along to it. Thus her next passion as a singer was born. By age 16, she was performing on the radio and singing with big bands. Her sunny disposition belied the fact that she was in an abusive first marriage. What surprised me was that she never wanted to be a movie star; she only wanted to be a wife and mother. It seemed that she was open to the possibilities of a career and that the public responded well to her. I loved how forthright she was about her relationships and her opinions. She believes people should live together first, before they marry to find out who the person really is. She also does not believe in alimony. She believes when a couple splits, they are each responsible for making their own way, no matter what lifestyle they’ve become accustomed to. And she is adamant about animal rights and spaying or neutering pets. Her third marriage to her manager Marty Melcher was at first very happy. He even adopted her son and became a Christian Scientist because of Doris’ influence. You must read this book to find out how she was nearly ruined financially, and how her son, Terry, almost became a victim of Charles Manson.