Goodreads Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer.
Sometimes I like to try and read middle grade books, just for a change in pace. This book has also been on my TBR since 2012.
As far as young adventure books go Eighth Grade Bites isn’t the worst, it’s just so massively cliche I fear even younger readers will be bored by it. We’ve seen all of these troupes before, in tv, in other books. They’re old and overused.
Vlad is a good kid who also happens to be a vampire, when suddenly at the beginning of eighth grade everything seems to be going wrong. A teachers mysteriously disappears and then the substitute seems to be intent on letting Vlad know in the creepiest of ways that he knows about vampires. The teacher eventually turns out to be his uncle, and Vlad turns out to be a chosen one. Go figure. He almost dies, he fights the big bad guy, and saves the day.
And there you have the entire story. For younger readers this book could still be fun, I emphasis could. Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun book that ends happily, this book could be for you.
I gave this book 2 stars on Goodreads.