Thirsty by M.t. AndersonThirsty by M.t. Anderson

Thirsty

byM.t. Anderson

Paperback | September 12, 2017

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"Entertaining, disturbing, memorable, and sophisticated, this mortality tale will continue to haunt after the last pages are turned." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

All Chris really wants is to be a normal kid, to hang out with his friends, avoid his parents, and get a date with Rebecca Schwartz. Unfortunately, Chris appears to be turning into a vampire. So while his hometown performs an ancient ritual that keeps Tch’muchgar, the Vampire Lord, locked in another world, Chris desperately tries to save himself from his own vampiric fate. He needs help, but whom can he trust? A savagely funny tale of terror, teen angst, suspense, and satire from celebrated FEED author M. T. Anderson.
M.T. Anderson is the author of several young adult novels, most recently FEED, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the LOS ANGELES TIMES Book Prize. He is also the author of the celebrated picture book biography HANDEL, WHO KNEW WHAT HE LIKED, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, and THE SERPENT CAME TO GLOUCESTER, illustrated by Bag...
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Title:ThirstyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.65 inShipping dimensions:7.75 × 5.13 × 0.65 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0763694401

ISBN - 13:9780763694401

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious and Poignant Anderson strikes a balance between teenage absurdity and adult morality, where grey areas rule the day. Thirsty provides great commentary on persecution of "others".
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good! I picked up Thirsty randomly, and I have to say that I really liked it. I didn't have very high expectations at first, but once I started, I found I couldn't stop reading. I had to find out what happened to Chris and his friends. Though, the ending was kind of a cliffhanger. If the ending was a bit different, or if there's a sequel I don't know about, then maybe this book could have gotten a 5 from me. Overall, not too bad. :)
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a unique tale! This book was diffrent than any other vampire books that ive read. For one, it was not a love story like twilight or vampire kisses and it was very very descriptive. i thought personally that it was a bit slow in the beginning but like every book it was thrilling in some parts (like when he starts to change into a vampire) i wish the ending was more well written becuase i wanted to know what happend to chris.....
Date published: 2008-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Takes awhile to get into but pays off at the end. I found this book slow to get into but I really did enjoy it in the end. It is such a different take on the vampire book. Vampires, fairies, other unhumans exist. When bodies start showing up, people stop going out so much at night. If a vampire gets caught, they get lynched. Chris is starting to turn into a vampire - he has no idea why - he's never been bitten. He is so thirsty. Then Chris meets Chet - a celestial being working for the Forces of Light - and Chris has to make a choice. Become a vampire or try to save the world. Chris is so alone in this book. The feelings of becoming a vampire mirror so much teen angst and isolation felt by normal teens. It is so different that it is worth the slow pacing at the start of the book. I really did like it in the end.
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book! This is a really good book, I just think that the ending was stupid and i hope they make another book as a second to explain the ending better if the author dosen't then I think the author could have ended it differently.
Date published: 2008-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was Thirsty for more! Well, Thirsty is the story of Chris, and his challenges once he figures out that he is turning into a vampire. It was bloody, exciting, and thrilling, and I could not put it down. Thirsty was AWESOME.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious read I absolutely loved this book. I have read it about 5 times since I got it. It was suspensful, and gave the reader insight into how someone might feel about becoming non-human, but it wasn't biased about hating things that are different, as many books are. I felt that this was also a much more mature theme for this author to explore. This book was throughly satifying and a delicious read. Though it made me kinda thristy ^_^!
Date published: 2006-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disgustingly Barable I don't usually have many negative comments about books, especially vampire books. But this was terrible, it was so random, and unbelievably confusing. Yet, you just keep reading. I think it's just curiosity that keeps you reading. But its probably the worst Vampire book I've ever read.
Date published: 2006-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thirsty This book was enthralling. From the moment I picked it up, the pages just flew by and before I knew it, I had finished it. Many teenagers in our society can relate to this book, even though most aren't turning into a vampire. This book was well written and had a haunting conclusion and I'll definately read it again and recommend it to my friends!
Date published: 1999-05-30

From the Author

“Entertaining, disturbing, memorable, and sophisticated, this mortality tale will continue to haunt after the last pages are turned." — School Library JournalAll Chris really wants is to be a normal kid, to hang out with his friends, avoid his parents, and get a date with Rebecca Schwartz. Unfortunately, Chris appears to be turning into a vampire. So while his hometown performs an ancient ritual that keeps Tch’muchgar, the Vampire Lord, locked in another world, Chris desperately tries to save himself from his own vampiric fate. A savagely funny tale of terror, teen angst, suspense, and satire from National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson.

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CHAPTER 1It is English, and I am watching Rebecca Schwartz’s head. It tilts down ten degrees and rotates slightly to the left. The sun catches it and turns her hair a more lustrous brown. Her hand is moving across the page, and loopy letters are following her pen. I am transfixed by this, even though I am supposed to be charting the syntax of a sentence about why people become flight attendants. I think I have a crush on Rebecca Schwartz.I haven’t spoken to her much. I am in awe of her. It would be like Moses speaking to the burning bush. Whenever I go to speak with her, I feel like I should take off my shoes. I guess I am also pretty timid. I imagine speaking with her. Sometimes I construct whole conversations where we say unusual things to each other.I picture us walking through the forest in the spring. This is not a particularly original fantasy, I know. For one thing, it is in about every personal ad Tom and I have ever read. "SWM," they say, "seeking SWF, nonsmoker who enjoys long walks in the forest, quiet evenings by the fire, and strolls by the sea." People are not very original when it comes to romance. I think that’s too bad. Sometimes you want to see a personal ad that says, "SWM seeking SWF, nonsmoker who enjoys flailing in pig poop, puking, and honking on bagpipes. Women who do not know ‘My Lassie Yaks in Bonny Mull’ need not apply."But I am not in the mood for pig poop today; so instead, I kiss her in the forest. There is sun and lots of mosquitoes.I look up from my diagram and see her face rotated at one quarter as she looks toward the clock. I feel awful for having thought about kissing her. It is after the time when the bell should ring. I tap my pencil three times on the desk impatiently.I look down. I draw a stem for the prepositional phrase to sit on. I clearly and deliberately write down "to many satisfied airline passengers." The bell rings and we are going out of the room into the hall, where there is banging and shouting. I quickly try to maneuver toward Rebecca and her friends because she is talking to Tom, who knows her better than I do. I angle a few steps in that direction. They are heading for the lunchroom. I wade toward them. Suddenly Jerk appears at my side. He is as big as a roadblock. His hand-me-down pants are too short for his legs.I am thinking desperately of things to say to her.Jerk is in repellently high spirits. "Chris! Hey, Chris, I thought that would never end. I thought — did you get number four?" He squints. "That was the one with the guy who had a layover in Newark. It was real hard." I say curtly, "The hardest." Jerk is unwelcome right now. I am considering my conversational options with Rebecca. "It was so boring!" Jerk is still exclaiming. "So boring! Boring, boring, boring!""Let’s go over and talk to Tom," I say carefully. I push in that direction. They are moving down the hall. I am keenly aware that, conversationally, appearing with Jerk in his happy-to-see-you mode is like taking a dead moose as carryon luggage."More boring," he adds cheerfully, "than a very boring thing from the planet Tedium."Tom, Rebecca, and the rest have reached the stairs. They are going down. I am estimating whether I can reach them in time. Jerk keeps pace with me. "Hey, Chris!" exclaims Jerk. "Isn’t that your brother? Waving to you?" He gestures down the hall away from the stairs. My brother is there, waving to me.I swear and move in the opposite direction. No time to lose."Chris!" I hear my brother shouting over the din."It’s your brother!" Jerk says, tugging at my arm."Really, Jerk? I guess that would explain why he sleeps and eats in my house." Rebecca and Tom and the others have disappeared down the stairs.My big brother, Paul, works his way through the lunchtime crowd to me. He is short for his age, so he has to bounce up to see me over everyone else. He tugs on opposite sides of his sweatshirt hood drawstring. "Chris!" he says to me. "What do you want?" I say."Tonight," he says. "What we’re doing is going to the lynching.""What?" I say."The lynching," he explains, shifting carefully to let someone bigger pass. "A vampire. I’m going to go over to Bradley tonight to see them, like, stake the undead.""You aren’t.""After Mom and Dad leave.""Chris—," Jerk begins, turning toward me."Where are Mom and Dad going?" I ask Paul."Out to dinner. And I have to keep you with me, slimestick. Mom said that I do. We’ll go out, and if she calls, we went to Mark’s house. We’ll be gone for maybe, like, an hour.""Chris," says Jerk, "if we stay here, all the tater tots will be gone by the time we get there.""You’re going to drag me over to Bradley to watch a lynching?" I say hotly. "It’s not like they’re going to do it out in front of everybody. It’ll be in the courthouse."He shakes his head. "I’m there, Chris. All the media and everything are going to be there. Some girls from school are going to be there. I will be there. And Mom is, like, Miss Hyper, so you will be there.""You are just trying to assert yourself because you’re only half an inch taller than I am," I say."I am not.""I'll get a ruler.""Asserting myself.""I just don't believe you," I say, disgusted. Paul shakes his head. "I am not going to argue about this, butthole."I shrug my shoulders. I head toward the lunchroom.__________THIRSTY by M.T. Anderson. Copyright (c) 2003 by M.T. Anderson. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.