Lucy puts on her black makeup.
purple lipstick, black leather jacket, black leggings, lace-up motorcycle
boots and sunglasses and grabs the latest Anne Rice book before going out.
You probably think she is a goth. Lucy doesn't think of herself as
a goth. She knows she dresses the part but she actually gets annoyed
when people call her goth. She does have a fascination with vampires.
As a matter of fact, she believes she is a protovampire. She has
a theory about what vampires truly are and how she fits into it.
When she writes an essay for school about her theory, she finds that others
don't share her belief in the origins. They believe that she is rebelling
against her own illness.
age six, Lucy Szabo found a dying bat and brought it home. After the required
series of rabies shots, Lucy developed diabetes. Now sixteen, and convinced
of a connection between the bat, the rabies shots, and her condition, Lucy
becomes fascinated with blood and develops a theory about diabetics and
vampires. She visits vampire chat rooms using the moniker “sweetblood”
and meets Draco, an older man and self-proclaimed vampire, who seems unnaturally
attracted to the teenager. Lucy’s grades fall, she mixes with unsavory
people, dresses like a Goth, and neglects her healthy regimen. Predictably,
all this has a detrimental effect on her mental and physical health. (Jean
B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)