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Sixteen-year-old Lucy Szabo is Undead -- at least according to her own theories about vampirism. Lucy believes that the first vampires -- with their pale skin, long teeth, and uncontrollable thirst -- were dying diabetics. And she should know. She's a diabetic herself.
When Lucy becomes involved with Draco -- a self-proclaimed "real" vampire she meets in the Transylvania Internet chat room -- her world begins crashing down around her. Caught up in late-night parties and Goth culture, she begins to lose control of her grades, relationships, and health. Lucy realizes she needs to make some important choices, and fast. But it may already be too late.

Topics: Vampires

Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on
ISBN: 9781439108741
List price: $8.99
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I really loved this book when I read it. I loved how I was able to relate to the main character. This is a book think I could read over and over. It also seem's like a perfect book for those of us coming of age.more
Somewhat dark though enjoyable. I read it in one sitting in about an hour because it was interesting enough that I didn’t want to stop. I'd recommend it to others.more
16 year old Lucy has a strange fascination with vampires and spends most of her free time online talking in the Transylvania chat room. Lucy is trying to manage school, her parents, her new crush Dylan, and her diabetes. But when Draco, who claims to be a real vampire, finds Lucy outside of the internet world her life becomes even more complicated.This book shows the struggle of children who have diabetes. It’s written in the diabetic’s point of view and explains that they want to keep their diabetes under control but still retain as much of a normal lifestyle as everyone else.Extension Ideas1. Explain what diabetes is and how it affects your body.2. Discuss internet safety. Have the class perform a skit containing what you should and shouldn’t do.more
A girl named Lucy is a diabetic and is a vampire. Somebody on the computer clames he's a vampire but no one really believes him. She meets this person face to face, but something goes wrong.more
No, its not a vampire novel, so turn around if that's your aim. Sweet Blood is about a little goth girl with diabetes who believes she is chatting online with a real vampire, but it turns out to just be a 30-somethin sicko. She's a moody, fainty, crabby character, and if you want to put up with it, while expecting more, then read it.. but there's not much satisfaction in the end. However, if you like teen fiction, reality fiction, then go for it, you might just really like it. lol.more
Great YA vampire book! Really different, although there is a lack of actual vampires. Very thought provoking, especially the ideas that the vampire legend might be based on untreated diabetics, which is interesting, especially after reading Michael Bell's Food for the Dead, which proposed that the legends might be based on tuberculosis. The writing style is short and snappy, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.more
Wow. This book was really good. Lucy, whose online handle is Sweetblood, has diabetes, and doesn’t really have a good handle on it, despite the fact that she’s lived with it for at least 10 years now. She feels ostracized at school because of it, has been pissed off for years about it, and has developed a fascination with vampires. Then this new boy comes to her school and he introduces her to a guy who claims to be a real vampire. This book has some great stuff in it, about vampires, about living with diabetes, about goths, about life in general. It really was a fantastic book.more
Sweetblood is the story of 16 year old diabetic Lucy Szabo. Lucy has a theory that vampirism was actually the effects of untreated diabetic conditions. In addition to dealing with her diabetic condition Lucy is feeling discontented with her life, school, parents and everything. The only things Lucy can relate to are her online vampire group and Dylan, a new student at school. But not even her infatuation with Dylan can bypass the fallout from an essay Lucy does for class about her vampire theory. The essay freaks out her teacher and parents and they decide to take away her computer and send her to a counselor. Cut off from her online community Lucy begins sneaking out with Dylan. Soon she is out of control and risking her life.I am really unfamiliar with the diabetic condition. Sweetblood gives a glimpse of how very difficult it must be to live in such a regimented way just to keep yourself healthy. This story was not so much a vampire tale, for it really wasn't one, but it was a very realistic portrayal of a teenage girl trying to deal with her serious health condition and the stresses of just being a teenager. Although I'm not a teenager anymore I remember having many of the same feelings of alienation and separation from my parents and peers that Lucy deals with in this story. And how strong the lure of someone who pretends to understand and appreciate who YOU are is, whether it is healthy for you or not.This book was an extremely well written engrossing story which I would highly recommend.more
Lucy is a 16 year old insulin dependent diabetic who has a theory that the vampire myth originated with untreated diabetics. Poignant, well told story of a girl figuring out who she is and what’s important.more
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I really loved this book when I read it. I loved how I was able to relate to the main character. This is a book think I could read over and over. It also seem's like a perfect book for those of us coming of age.more
Somewhat dark though enjoyable. I read it in one sitting in about an hour because it was interesting enough that I didn’t want to stop. I'd recommend it to others.more
16 year old Lucy has a strange fascination with vampires and spends most of her free time online talking in the Transylvania chat room. Lucy is trying to manage school, her parents, her new crush Dylan, and her diabetes. But when Draco, who claims to be a real vampire, finds Lucy outside of the internet world her life becomes even more complicated.This book shows the struggle of children who have diabetes. It’s written in the diabetic’s point of view and explains that they want to keep their diabetes under control but still retain as much of a normal lifestyle as everyone else.Extension Ideas1. Explain what diabetes is and how it affects your body.2. Discuss internet safety. Have the class perform a skit containing what you should and shouldn’t do.more
A girl named Lucy is a diabetic and is a vampire. Somebody on the computer clames he's a vampire but no one really believes him. She meets this person face to face, but something goes wrong.more
No, its not a vampire novel, so turn around if that's your aim. Sweet Blood is about a little goth girl with diabetes who believes she is chatting online with a real vampire, but it turns out to just be a 30-somethin sicko. She's a moody, fainty, crabby character, and if you want to put up with it, while expecting more, then read it.. but there's not much satisfaction in the end. However, if you like teen fiction, reality fiction, then go for it, you might just really like it. lol.more
Great YA vampire book! Really different, although there is a lack of actual vampires. Very thought provoking, especially the ideas that the vampire legend might be based on untreated diabetics, which is interesting, especially after reading Michael Bell's Food for the Dead, which proposed that the legends might be based on tuberculosis. The writing style is short and snappy, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.more
Wow. This book was really good. Lucy, whose online handle is Sweetblood, has diabetes, and doesn’t really have a good handle on it, despite the fact that she’s lived with it for at least 10 years now. She feels ostracized at school because of it, has been pissed off for years about it, and has developed a fascination with vampires. Then this new boy comes to her school and he introduces her to a guy who claims to be a real vampire. This book has some great stuff in it, about vampires, about living with diabetes, about goths, about life in general. It really was a fantastic book.more
Sweetblood is the story of 16 year old diabetic Lucy Szabo. Lucy has a theory that vampirism was actually the effects of untreated diabetic conditions. In addition to dealing with her diabetic condition Lucy is feeling discontented with her life, school, parents and everything. The only things Lucy can relate to are her online vampire group and Dylan, a new student at school. But not even her infatuation with Dylan can bypass the fallout from an essay Lucy does for class about her vampire theory. The essay freaks out her teacher and parents and they decide to take away her computer and send her to a counselor. Cut off from her online community Lucy begins sneaking out with Dylan. Soon she is out of control and risking her life.I am really unfamiliar with the diabetic condition. Sweetblood gives a glimpse of how very difficult it must be to live in such a regimented way just to keep yourself healthy. This story was not so much a vampire tale, for it really wasn't one, but it was a very realistic portrayal of a teenage girl trying to deal with her serious health condition and the stresses of just being a teenager. Although I'm not a teenager anymore I remember having many of the same feelings of alienation and separation from my parents and peers that Lucy deals with in this story. And how strong the lure of someone who pretends to understand and appreciate who YOU are is, whether it is healthy for you or not.This book was an extremely well written engrossing story which I would highly recommend.more
Lucy is a 16 year old insulin dependent diabetic who has a theory that the vampire myth originated with untreated diabetics. Poignant, well told story of a girl figuring out who she is and what’s important.more
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