Release Date: July 3rd, 2012 by HarperTeen
Details: 352 pages, hardcover
Genre: Young Adult > Paranormal > Vampires
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Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity!
On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.
Team Human is about a girl named Mel (not short for Melanie, mind you) who lives in a town called New Whitby which was actually founded by vampires. Yes, vampires. And yes! They co-exist side by side! Well, sort of. On like different sides of the city but still, it's pretty darn close, right? Anyway, Mel isn't exactly vampires' biggest fan so when Francis (the vampire) shows up to school one day and totally makes Mel's best friend Cathy (who happens to obsesses over vampires) swoon, she knows something bad is going to happen. Oh and she also uncovers a pretty disgusting and depressing secret about her other best friend Anna.
I'm not a fan of vampires but I am up to read anything Sarah Rees Brennan writes after I absolutely fell in love with Unspoken. I'll admit, I was on the fence about this but everyone kept talking about how snarky Mel was so I mean, who am I to not give it a go?!
The idea of people living with vampires in the same city is sort of strange. I guess I would be like Mel and freak out too and be way less excited if one of them showed interest in my best friend... and vice versa. It's just ew, dude, do you get how much OLDER he is than you? By CENTURIES? It's just a really really weird thought. I mean once you get passed the whole he-needs-blood-to-survive thing. I'll admit, the plot didn't drive me enough to want to finish this book. It was just strange and while I was interested to know where the mystery was leading to, I wasn't driven to. Does that make sense?
I did like Mel, she had the same sort of humor that Kami has in Unspoken and she had the same detective drive and urge to break into buildings and I liked that! But I thought it was weird how hell bent Mel was on how vampires couldn't laugh or smile like it was her make it or break it reason or something. Also her obsession with stopping Cathy was also a bit irritating. Like okay, I get you don't want your friend to make a choice she may (literally) regret for eternity but at the same time, it is HER life and if she wants to give that up, that should be on her. Harsh but you know, true. I also really liked Kit (though the origin of his name made me sad). He was an innocent, shy, funny, typical inexperienced teenage boy and I really really liked that. He was just so cute because he didn't know anything really. Awww! I also really liked Kit's mom Camille. She may have came off as scary at first but her reaction to Kit's big news made me shed a tear. Seriously.
While there were some pretty cool characters in this book, there were also some really strange ones. Like Cathy's mom. And Anna herself. I don't know, I personally found her strange. Speaking of Anna, my heart broke for her the whole time, poor thing! What an awful thing to go through!
Overall I did enjoy the book mainly because of the characters and not really because of the plot. It was nice to see someone who wasn't drooling over the hot vampire in school!
"When a guy says 'I'll call you' it means they're not going to call you. It means they're dumping you."
"What?" Kit said. "I said I was going to call you because I was going to call. Why would anyone say that if they weren't going to do it? That's completely insane! How do humans even function as a society That's like me going to the cheese store and saying 'Oh, hello, I'd like to buy some cheese with this money of mine,' and getting arrested for shoplifting brie! Actually, I don't think my cheese metaphor makes sense, though compared to 'I'll call you' meaning 'get out of my life,' it's crystal clear. Because that's how humans don't makes any sense! None!"