Even vampires deserve a coming-of-age story.
Charlie and her brother have been teenagers for . . . a very long time. They were turned vampire over a century ago, and ever since, they’ve been beautiful, powerful, and immortal. So it’s a nightmare come true when, as punishment for one careless mistake, they’re expelled from the vampire community and dumped in the middle of Nowhere, Iowa, doomed to live as mere mortals.
Suddenly Charlie has to deal with zits, tears, and—worst of all—high school. But things start to change when she and Reg find a group of friends, including the deliciously good-looking Dexter. And though Charlie would give anything to be vampire again, she begins to appreciate some of the new experiences that humanity brings too—the vibrant colors of a sunrise, the rich taste of coffee, and emotions that had been buried for a century.
But nothing could make them forget the life they’ve left behind. When they’re offered a second shot at immortality, Charlie is desperate to seize it. It’ll just mean a total betrayal of all her new friends, who will forget she ever existed. She can handle that if it means she can live forever . . . right?
- 2024 High School Sequoyah Masterlist
Lange deftly balances the siblings’ fish-out-of-water hijinks with the underlying drama and intrigue surrounding their former existences and Nowhere’s history, humorously subverting the classic vampire genre. – Publishers Weekly
Charlie is magnificent, dramatically declaring at least one thing daily to be the worst thing about being human, and she oozes an arrogance that eventually mellows into an admirable degree of confidence . . . she is consistently herself from page one through to the end: brash, unwilling to suffer fools, and quick on her feet. YA lit can always use a fresh vampire take, and this uno reverse perspective is certainly unusual in all the right ways. – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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