is a novel written by Douglas Rees in 2003. It was followed by the novel Vampire High: Sophomore Year
Cody Elliot is doing terribly in school; straight F's. His lawyer dad is sick of it, so Cody is forced to attend an alternative high school called Vlad Dracul Magnet School. His new classmates are creepy: they all wear sunglasses in winter, have pale skin and jet black hair, and they're all super smart
. One kid shows Cody his fangs, and it becomes clear that all of his classmates are vampires. But they get offended if you use the word "vampire," so they call themselves "jenti" and the humans "gadje". Running water makes the jenti dissolve, so they need a few gadje to play water polo. Now, as long as Cody plays water polo, he's assured straight A's. But when Cody decides to get generous and donate some blood to his friend, the school becomes drastically changed.
Although the plot is well-tread, the first book managed to be surprisingly heartfelt, earning several YA book awards. The main theme of finding one's place in an unwelcoming, alien environment, without caving to pressure and losing oneself in the process, spoke well to its audience—there may have been a happy ending, but it was hard-earned,
and despite the fantastic elements, the characters and plot were entirely realistic. The sequel was...not nearly as good.
Not related to the Canadian TV series of the same title.
Vampire High contains examples of:
Vampire High: Sophmore Year contains examples of: