I did not enjoy this book AT ALL. As a teenager myself, I was really uncomfortable with the message that this book sends to people my age.
The main character, Quinn, is completely unlikeable. She’s shallow, self-absorbed and lazy. The plot was also pretty unrealistic, even as far as vampire romance stories go. The instant romance with James and Quinn’s feelings of worthlessness when she’s not with him was disturbing, to say the least. I also did not like how disrespectful she was toward her parents. It’s true that her parents are portrayed as uncaring, but she actually calls them “retarded” to their faces at one point. Not cool.
I was also kind of confused about when this book was supposed to take place. I assumed it took place in present day, but all of the 90s references were confusing. It almost felt like this book was written in the 90s because so many things just didn’t translate to how teenagers act today. Not only does Quinn say “like”, “cool” and “dude” waaay too much, she dresses in Nine Inch Nails t-shirts, swoons over Kurt Cobain and Leonardo DiCaprio, and talks about Discmans and Super Nintendo. Kind of dated, in my opinion.
The ending of the book was extremely unsatisfying and nothing about the plot was remotely resolved. I don’t really recommend this book for someone my age, or anyone, for that matter. It just portrays us teenagers in such a bad light. I guess that was my main issue with this book.
Quinlan Lacey’s life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BF, Libby. There’s also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed out co-worker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn’s whole world turns crazy, Technicolor 3-D, fireworks, whatever.
But with good comes bad, and unfortunately Quinn’s new romance brings with it some majorly evil baggage. The Los Angeles canyons are crawling with gangs of the undead, all aching to drain something. Now, to make things right, Quinn has to do a lot of things wrong.
Quinn’s goal: to stay sane, cool, in love, and alive.