Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block
Review by Rachel, Library Associate, Healdsburg Branch
Charlotte may attend high school in Southern California, but she's not fooling anyone into believing she's an average teenager. Charlotte is stunningly beautiful, with pale white skin and a killer body. She has a vintage wardrobe to die for. But what Charlotte does not lack in clothes and beauty she lacks in love and friendship. Years ago, Charlotte met a man who promised her he would take away all the pain of her beloved brother's death. He made her immortal but in return Charlotte had to lure fresh blood to her maker's lair. Yes, Charlotte is a vampire, but this in not your typical vampire story. After spending nearly a century on this Earth, Charlotte yearns for real love and companionship. But who could love a monster? Complex, lyrical, poetic, edgy, Pretty Dead is the un-vampire novel I've been waiting for.