Hautman, Pete. Sweetblood.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

HAUTMAN, Pete. Sweetblood. Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 242p. c2003. 0-689-87324-7. $5.99. JS*

To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2003: This is quite an amazing novel. I remember when many YA novels featured a disease and then an after-school special followed up on the "educational" story--very contrived. Sweet Blood is not contrived. Perhaps it helps that Pete Hautman himself suffers from insulin-dependent diabetes and knows all about it, because this is the disease that the narrator Lucy is dealing with. Anyone with any firsthand knowledge of what it is like to be monitoring blood sugar throughout each day, with fluctuating moods and energy levels, will recognize the reality of Lucy's life. Highly intelligent, Lucy considers what it must have been like for diabetics in the past, before doctors understood the disease and insulin was available. She does some research and writes a report for history class, proposing that the descriptions of...

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