Things That Drive Me Crazy in Young Adult Books #5

Say you’re a vampire, a 100-or-so-year-old vampire with abilities like super strength and super speed and possibly the ability to hypnotize people and whatever else vampires have in your vampire world. I don’t want to put you on the spot or anything but I was just wondering: why are you attending high school? If you were, say, a teenager who hopes to get a decent job some day, I could understand. But you are in fact over 100 years old. You have probably been to high school already. Why, why, why would you want to GO BACK?

This whole “just wanting to blend in” thing won’t fly these days. You could be homeschooled or working on your GED. If you wanted to learn something, you could do it in some way that doesn’t involve tardy bells, standardized tests, or cafeteria food. (Although that last one doesn’t matter to you, but still.) The point is: What would high school have to offer you that you haven’t already learned or that you couldn’t get by hypnotizing someone? Why would you put yourself through the ordeal of cliques and pop quizzes and never-ending assemblies? And why would you want to hang out with people who are at least 100 years younger than you? People dealing with raging hormones and…oh, wait. I think I just answered that last question.

Is it just me? To find out if this drives you crazy, too, try these books:

TwilightTwilight, by Stephenie Meyer

When Bella goes to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Perhaps you have heard of it?

EvernightEvernight, by Claudia Gray

Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Jared, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca’s entire world.

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