by M. T. Anderson


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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. A savagely funny tale of terror, teen angst, suspense, and satire from National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763694401
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,232,400
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 Bagram Ibatoulline. M.T. Anderson currently serves on the faculty at Vermont College's MFA Program in Writing for Children.

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Thirsty 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an awesome book I had never really read a real horror/suspense book before, but I thought it was really good, showing the perspective of a nerdy teenage boy just trying to be normal but can't because he's turning into a vampire. I defintely recommend this book.
sgmaxx More than 1 year ago
i sugest reading it a great book wish there was another
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, true to life, tragic, filled with teen angst, and with a strong dose of the spernatural, Thirsty is a must-read for anyone thats a fan of the dystopian!!!
Perry-the-Ducktipus More than 1 year ago
This book was perfect! Suspensful- but yet not too long! I really loved this book and personally felt it had a deeper meaning...for each person this meaning could be different. Read it- it'll leave you *thirsty* for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So basically this book deserves a 5 star review because it's awesome in every way. I almost can't describe how awesome it is. MT Anderson is one of the funniest authors I know and everything in this book makes me laugh. It's supposed to have some deep metaphorical meaning about how confusing it is to grow up and act like an adult when you're young, but all that aside, this book is just funny as heck. The author is sarcastic and witty as he tells the story from the main character's point of view. Plus, it's about vampires, and who doesn't like vampires? I think this book is super underrated because I hadn't of it before I decided to read it. But it really is amazing so I recommend you find a copy right now and read it--it will change your life. Seriously. P.S. If you like the books Spook and Stiff by Mary Roach, you'll probs like this book too
Micman2756 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a real thrilling book that you can never put drow because you don't know what going to happen next in the book. Aslo i thought tath it would be a very good book to recomed to other look family members or friends. I hope they make a second one because it a ciffhager a the end. Ihope you like reading the book if you do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is very creative with many twists and events The characters are very funny and are not serious all the time like in every other vampire book The tone is dark enough to please vampire fans but not so overbearing that you feel depressed reading it You won't regret trying this
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chris has normal teenage problems, except that he is becoming a vampire. Chris' thirst grows and it becomes harder to hide his transformation, but he must, in order to protect himself from stake-wielding vigilantes. Chet, claiming to be on the side of the Forces of Light, offers to reverse Chris's vampirism in exchange for his help in keeping the Vampire Lord imprisoned. Chris agrees, but then wonders if he has done the right thing. Chris struggles to deny his thirst and stay human. The story was an intriguing take on the vampire novel, but I didn't really get into the author's style. However, I loved the ending and the last few pages made the whole book worthwhile.
trinityM82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was depressing, but good. The main character is doomed, and you want him to act for himself in some way, but he's unequipped, which is more a reflection of humans than it would be if he heroed-up. The ending is ambiguous and you feel so sorry for Christopher, but it seems unavoidable. Haunting.
katiedoll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this, but I was really disappointed. I could write a full length review on this, but there isn't much to say. I know that M.T Anderson isn't a bad writer, but this is definitely not one of his finer pieces. Chris, the main character, seems like a normal teenager. But I just couldn't like him- at all. As for the plot, it just comes really confusing and rushed. And then it simply ends. There could've been so much more included, but there wasn't. I found myself checking page numbers, hoping I was wrong, but I wasn't. Possibly one of the worst endings I've ever read.I'm definitely not a fan, so in my personal opinion, I'd skip over this. As another reviewer said, go read some of his other stuff. He's written a few novels that are wonderful, but this is not one of them.
oapostrophe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chris is typical teenage boy in many ways. He's got a crush on a girl in his English class, a couple of friends that bug him, a big brother, and parents who are planning on divorcing. He is atypical, in that he is beginning to experience changes which turn out to be consistent with becoming vampiric. He's turning into a vampire and doesn't know why.He's approached by a celestial being called Chet who needs him to help keep Tch'muchgar, the Vampire Lord, from entering the world. Chris is conflicted, confused, and lonely. The thirst within him is growing even as he struggles to stay human. He wants to be saved, cured of this curse. Chet has promised this, but can he be trusted. Chris has to keep his secret and try his best to make the right choice. A nice vampric twist to a coming of age story told with a fair amount of humor.Chris wants to talk to someone about all the things happening in his life, but he can't. He's so alone, he doesn't know who to rust.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another unusual take on the YA vampire genre. Thirsty is well-written and an entertaining read, although not as moving or thought-provoking as Feed. It's easy to relate to Chris' confusion and frustration and I reached the end of the book still "thirsty" for more.
ConnieJo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't really looking forward to this since I am leery of vampire-themed young adult, but I had read a couple short stories by M.T. Anderson and loved them, so I wanted to give one of his novels a try. It was either this or Burger Wuss, and this sounded better.I couldn't have been more pleased with it. Anderson has a wonderful sense of humor, though there are no jokes being made. It's more a matter of subtle, absurd quirks to the writing - mostly subtle twists in the descriptions that make reading the entire book a joy, despite the rather depressing content.The story is about what you would expect in that the main character wakes up and finds himself a vampire, though in this book that is a very bad thing, and he is trying to resist the urges from page one. He gets advice from two mysterious, outside forces, and the narrative becomes an interesting waiting game of who he should trust and which one is using him to bring the other down. It's almost agonizing by the end, because you're not sure if he's being played for evil's sake, if he is going to be cured as promised, et cetera. It's a good story, but as I mentioned, very depressing, so the humor helps immensely.The ending was not at all what I was expecting, which is also a huge plus. The parts that make this young adult, like the character struggling with his friends to keep his vampirism a secret and trying to win over the girl he likes, are okay. I liked the interactions with his friends, though the parts with the girl were never quite as genuine.Mostly I loved it for the little absurd twists. I've never read anything quite like it, and it's pretty much cemented M.T. Anderson as great in my mind.
DF1A_ChristieR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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? This book was a very interesting book because I find that a lot pf people debate on the details of vampires through novels such as Twilight, Prince of Twilight and other books. It was still a great book.
Vampirate_queen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was not the best vampire book I have ever read, I can assure you of that. It ended without resolving the problems that were created. It was a good book otherwise.
extrajoker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
first line (of the prologue): "In the spring, there are vampires in the wind."first line (of the first chapter): "It is English, and I am watching Rebecca Schwartz's head."This quick-read young-adult horror novel is set in Massachusetts...which is a plus for a native Bay Stater. (I mean, Maine-iacs have all their favorite local haunts populated by the monsters of Stephen King...who, to be fair, has sprinkled a few horrors across Massachusetts as well. And Lovecraft has left quite a legacy of gurgling fishmen on our shores and inchoate chthonic creatures in our woodlands, so I guess I oughtn't to complain.)Anderson has an imaginative but believable take on vampire lore, and readers really get a feel for how much the hero's life as a vampire-in-the-making This book should probably be avoided by anyone who requires that endings be uplifting and vampires be romantic. Anyone who likes their teen angst with a twist, though, might like to (yes, I'm going to say it) sink their teeth into this one.
Ysabeau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fifteen year old Chris is hungry and he wants to drink--blood. How long can he keep from giving into his thirst? Will his friends and family uncover his desires, and execute him on live tv?
JackFrost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A YA vampire story with no glitter? A teenaged male protagonist? Seriously, you jest. Thirst is an delightfully unconventional book, set in a version of our world where vampires are known to the general public and are reviled as monsters. When Christopher begins mysteriously changing, he needs to find out the hows and whys fast, before his friends and family catch on and it¿s too late.
Knicke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now THIS is what a teen vampire novel SHOULD be! Actually scary, edgy, and freakin' HILARIOUS at times.
mysteena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to read a vampire book for my YA class. Vampires are not a subject I enjoy like some people, but I do like MT Anderson so I decided to give this a try. I was not disappointed; it is an excellent book. His ability to capture the teenage self-absorbtion and confusion is uncanny. How can adult recreate those inane teenage conversations so perfectly? Christopher is a regular kid, a freshman, just starting to deal with high school and puberty when it soon becomes clear to him that he's turning into a vampire. The book is set in a version of America where vampires and other mythical creatures are just a part of everyday life. This is a savage version of vampirism, not the watered-down Twilight version. In other words, these vampires can't choose to feed on animals and still survive. They can only survive on humans. The book follows Christopher as he undergoes the change and tries to decide what is right and what is wrong. The author's blurb in the back says, "I grew up in a suburb very much like Chris's. It seemed to me that there were always a lot of kids struggling with the isolation of wanting to do the right thing when there was no right thing to do."
delaney.h4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Thirsty is a quite agonzing tale about a teenager named Chris. All he wants is to be popular and ask his crush out.....too bad Chris is turning into a vampire. Review: Gives a whole new meaning to the word vampire!! I mean suck YOUR OWN blood!!! Icky. The last page gives me the chills.
punkypower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Thirsty" takes us along for the ride with Chris, a guy who's always on the fringes of the cool crowd at school (although he sees himself as an outcast). Lately, his body's been changing more than the normal puberty stuff. Vampires are nothing new to this town. Lynchings and ceremonies to keep them away are cause for revelry here. So what will they to do to Chris if his suspicions are correct? Also, just who are those two guys that keep following him?Honestly, I don't really have a solid opinion on this book. Beside having an awesome cover and some great passages by Anderson, nothing in this book really jumped out at me. I've thought of an alternate ending that I think would work better, but hey, it's not my book. I am anxious to read one of his others, "Burger Wuss."
jaseD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Full of teen angst, the awardness of physical and emotional change. A clever portrayal of the 'us (humans) vs Them (Vampires) dilemma and prejudices. Fast paced and to the point, with a few twists and ambiguous ending, much like Chris's sexuality.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book, especially when I learned after starting it that it took place where I live and many of the places mentioned in the book are places where I have been. Unfortunately it is not in my nature to like such a depressing tale. The "hero" of the book was not a very likable character which was good, all things considered. I did not like the way the book ended. I am giving it two stars, one because the writing itself was not bad and two because of the locality of the story.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a very satisfying book. It fails on the suspension of disbelief. If vampires were this dangerous and widely known to exist, there would be whole bureaucracies dedicated to their detection. No way would this book's scenario be possible.