Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever.
by Caissie St. Onge Published by Random House Children's Books
on May 10th 2011 Pages:
For Jane Jones, being a vampire is nothing like you read about in books. In fact, it kind of sucks. She's not beautiful, she's not rich, and she doesn't "sparkle." She's just an average, slightly nerdy girl from an ordinary suburban family (who happens to be vampires.) Jane's from the wrong side of the tracks (not to mention stuck in the world's longest awkward phase), so she doesn't fit in with the cool vampire kids at school or with the humans kids. To top it all off, she's battling an overprotective mom, a clique of high school mean girls (the kind who really do have fangs), and the most embarrassing allergy in the history of the undead, she's blood intolerant. So no one's more surprised than Jane when for the first time in her life, things start to heat up (as much as they can for a walking corpse, anyway) with not one, but two boys. Eli's a geeky, but cute real-live boy in her history class, and Timothy is a beautiful, brooding bloodsucker, who might just hold the key to a possible "cure" for vampirism. Facing an eternity of high school pressure, fumbling first dates, or a mere lifetime together with Timothy, what's a 90-something year-old teen vampire to do?
Nice twist on vampire lore. Cute cover. Seemed like it had quite a bit going for it. Was really hoping for some humor.
I really, really wanted to like Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. The summary seems to promise a funny, quirky take on the vampire lore which is different than most vampire offerings. But what I got, was a tale that seemed to try a little too hard.
After finishing the last page, my brain has been trying to sort out my feelings for Jane Jones. Part of me loved that Jane was completely different than most vampires. She is not socially perfect. She is awkward. And to top everything off, she is allergic to most blood. Some vampire, huh? But despite all this, I still found myself struggling to like her. I mean who wants the "perfect" vampire? With all them out there, I was excited to see something a little different. But in a way, St. Onge went a little overboard in trying to make Jane different. She was so different that I struggled to relate to her at all.
Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. is not a book that I would normally pick up. Honestly, I am a little over all the vampire craze. Yes, I still do enjoy the vampire myth and stories about it. But the trend has been so popular in the past few years that I am burned out. However, I am glad that I did read this one. St. Onge creates a new type of vampire that brings something a little different to this world. Janes Jones is not a vampire that you will probably meet every day. And for that alone, I would recommend it… but only to certain readers.