Book Review: Eighth Grade Bites, by Heather Brewer

eighth_grade_bites_coverAre you tired of waiting for the next Rick Riordan book to come out, or sad that the Harry Potter series is over? If you said yes to either of the two questions, then Eighth Grade Bites might be the next thriller for you.

Meet Vlad Tod, a boy who has been a vampire all his life. The only few people who know this are his dead parents, his best friend (who’s human) and his guardian (also human). However, all he wants to do is to live a normal life, even though he has to put on sunscreen every day, his teacher is too mysterious, and some evil vampire is chasing after him. Besides that, he’s just your average middle schooler who gets bullied, doesn’t have good grades, and is in love with the most popular girl in his
class.

While this book is about vampires, it’s not a gushy romance like Twilight. For one thing, there is no mention of guys taking off their shirts, since it is through a guy’s point of view and not a girl’s. Secondly, while Vlad does fall in love, it’s more like a teenage crush than soul mate sort of love.

I believe that fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson would love this book. First of all, Vlad believes himself to be the only vampire in existence before he meets others like him. Secondly, like in Percy Jackson and the seventh book of Harry Potter, someone is always chasing after him. Finally, he has to face the decision of being a special “chosen one” and what is happening in his mind. However, Vlad, like Percy, is very comical and pretty clueless sometimes.

This book contains some materials that are not suitable for anybody who is under 13. These materials include bullying, numerous mentions of blood, talk of what boys desire in girls, and movies that have gore in them.

I would give this book a very high rating. Brewer makes Vlad so realistic with him having average teenager enjoyments and problems, making him seem like he is not a vampire at all (except for the fact that he drinks blood every day after school). Additionally, Brewer puts in some many plot twists that it would make readers want more and learn about some important characteristics of books, especially if the reader doesn’t always read books.

-Megan V., 8th grade

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