three-and-half-stars
Bookmarks Issue: 
27-Mar-Apr-2007
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A Love Story

A-You suckIn Bloodsucking Friends (1995), Jody awakes under a dumpster to find herself a vampire. She soon finds herself sleeping with 19-year-old Tommy Flood, a San Francisco Safeway clerk and would-be writer. In You Suck, Jody—out of love but perhaps also a little loneliness—transforms Tommy into a vampire, too. Unfortunately, Tommy is clueless not only in the ways of teenage love but also in the mores of vampire life. Enter a host of loonies—including a dyed-blue Las Vegas hooker, a gay policeman, a homeless alcoholic, a Goth teenager, a shaven cat—and an 800-year-old vampire that doesn’t want Tommy among his ranks.
Morrow. 336 pages. $21.95. ISBN: 0060590297

New York Times 4 of 5 Stars
"[Moore] also manages, despite figures like a blue-painted prostitute who prompts visions of sex with a Smurf, to keep the book’s eccentricity in check and its screwball antics from becoming insufferable. As with his best work, there’s a fundamental sweetness beneath the antics." Janet Maslin

Seattle Post-Intelligencer 4 of 5 Stars
"[T]he sort of madcap mania that has brought Moore his legions of fans, as well as comparisons with such other distinctive writers as Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Barry, Tom Robbins, Carl Hiassen and (believe it or not) Jonathan Swift." John Marshall

Denver Post 3.5 of 5 Stars
"You Suck is the literary equivalent of a Marx Brothers film: If readers don’t go into it expecting great revelations and remember to say the magic words (it’s OK to read for fun), they’ll finish this offering with a smile on their faces—and the inability to not smirk the next time they pick up a vampire-related novel or catch Bela Lugosi on the late, late show." Dorman T. Shindler

Entertainment Weekly 3.5 of 5 Stars
"Moore nestles comfortably into his patented formula: imperfect-but-lovable protagonist; evil-but-hubristic antagonist; snappy, self-referential dialogue; blockbuster action sequence. … No matter how kicky the writing, there’s only so much one can take of a character who’s so awfully pleased with herself." Whitney Pastorek

Rocky Mountain News 3.5 of 5 Stars
"There are pretenders, but Moore is the only author who has mastered the combination of horror and humor, doing for horror what Carl Hiaasen does for crime novels." Mark Graham

Critical Summary

Critics agree that, with enough backstory to understand the characters and their culture, this sequel to Bloodsucking Friends is a successful stand-alone novel. Filled with humor and terror, wacky adventure and lovable (mostly) characters drawn from the author’s own odd-job experiences, You Suck won over critics with its witty dialogue and fast action. Reviewers especially praised the character of Abby Normal, a minion whose hilarious voice carries the narrative. If not exactly deep reading and at times somewhat formulaic, You Suck is "fun, fun, funny and just a little gross—what more could anyone ask?" (Rocky Mountain News)