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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan

One of the strangest (and funniest) love triangles ever to hit YA fiction, when a pair of twins (one boy, one girl) both fall for the boy who moves in with them…who may or may not be a vampire.
Judy and Kyle Renneker are sixteen-year-old fraternal twins in a rambling family of nine. They have a prickly history with each other and are, at least from Judy's perspective, constantly in fierce competition. Kyle has recently come out of the closet to his family and feels he might never know what it's like to date a guy. Judy, who has a history of pretending to be something she isn't in order to get what she wants, is pretending to be born-again in order to land a boyfriend who heads his own bible study.
When their parents announce that the family is going to be taking in a fellow student for a month so that he can finish the school year before moving away, both Kyle and Judy can't help but sit up and take notice. Garret Johnson, who is taking temporary residence in the newly finished attic, is a young man who moved into town less than a year ago and who is a mysterious, goth loner . . . and claims to be a vampire. He's not an easy person to get to know by any means, but the twins find him (to varying degrees) both strange and alluring.
GEMINI BITES explores what it means to pretend to be something you aren't, what happens when that backfires, and how in-your-face honesty is almost always the best course of action.

I read this book as part of a YA reading challenge.  Honestly, if it weren't for that challenge I would likely have not finished this book and just returned it to the library.  The characters had no depth to them and the plot line didn't make any sense.  There was no huge climax to the book, but rather a slow crawl to the end.

The story is told from the viewpoints of Kyle and Judy, but you don't find out a lot about their history, emotions, etc.  Kyle is gay and Judy is his annoying twin.  That is about as deep as the character references go.  I didn't know what to expect when I read the inside cover of the book, but it certainly wasn't what I got.  The overall theme of the novel is that you shouldn't lie about who you are.  You should stick to the truth because it will get you what you want and where you need to go.  I understood the point of the book from that perspective, but I still don't understand the overall purpose.  It didn't keep me entertained and it is an easily forgettable book.

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