I finally sat down to read Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Houghton Mifflin, February, 2009. ISBN: 9780152063849, $17). I’d been waiting for a good weekend to just relax and enjoy a fantasy title for high schoolers. I loved this great vampire title about a high school girl who discovers she is a vampire princess destined/contracted to marry the new guy who appears even though she has her life planned out – including the nice farm boy down the road.
It’s NOT a Twilight-wanna be. This is very well-written and will appeal most to high schoolers. The characters develop and there are emotional rationales for the character’s actions. I was wrapped up in the outcome and I cared. I was surprised.
So why can’t I finish a beautiful review? My middle school students have kidnapped the book and won’t bring her back. I tried to bargain with them for her return, but they received better offers and passed her along to other students.
Their teacher explained to me what happened in her room. One student "borrowed" my copy. She stayed up all night to read it then wrote the review for me below. Then, instead of bringing back my book, she began bargaining with other students to see who would get to read it next. They worked out a competition for the next person to "truly" finish reading their current book to be the next one to read Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. The teacher attempted to interrupt their reading to engage them in instruction all day, but they were too busy reading.
As soon as one of the other girls finished, she triumphantly claimed the book, but the competition didn’t end there. Oh, no. More students got involved and they exchanged phone numbers so over the break they could continue to pass around my copy. They plan to march into the library after Spring Break and have a book discussion with me and find out when the next one is coming out. Who knows when I’ll get my book back to finish reviewing?! In the meantime, you’ll just have to rely upon this review by Rebekah.
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read. (I love books about vampires.) I think that this book is appropriate for "older readers" because it contains mature contents. This book was really fun to read. The story was brought to life (in my imagination), like a movie. This author Beth Fantaskey, (along with Stephanie Meyer) are my favorite writers. If there is another book like this, I am going to read it! ♥♥♥