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    Thicker Than Water (Carla Jablonski)

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    • When 17-year-old Kia discovers a network of Manhattanites who embrace their “shadow selves” as role-playing vampires, she thinks she has found a niche where her occasional self-mutilation might be acceptable, as well as a respite from grief at home. Despite concerned pals who see the detachable fang-wearing crowd as “freaks … working out some deep dark secret inner weirdness,” Kia finds herself drawn to the elaborately staged parties (and to their alluring DJ), hardly noticing as the lines between reality and fantasy dangerously erode. Although Jablonski’s storytelling prompts intriguing contemplation of the allure of rituals and cults, her interweaving of subplots feels strained, and her graphic descriptions of the vampires’ sadomasochistic revels (notwithstanding Kia’s position as observer rather than participant) may widen the eyes of some readers, even those accustomed to graphic YA fare. All the same, a huge population of older teens (and some twentysomethings), especially fans of Pete Hautman’s Sweetblood (2003), will exult in the rococo tour of a bizarre subculture and respond to the questions Kia’s intense experiences invite about the nature of true belonging.

      Kia sometimes cuts heself to deal with the pain of her dying mom and her detached father.

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