Fifteen-year-old Finbar Frame is not very like his twin brother, Luke. Where Luke is a popular, handsome school sports star who frequently finds girls flinging themselves at him, Finbar is skinny, deadly pale and allergic to the sun, and the only women he gets to spend any real time with are librarians and his mum.
Noticing how girls tend to go a little nutty over vampires, on starting at a new school Finbar comes up with a plan in which his previously 'unattractive' attributes will work for him. He'll become a vampire.
I picked this up completely randomly without having read so much as the back blurb, and am so glad that I did. Having no real idea of what I was in for, it was therefore a brilliant and delighting surprise to find a central premise that was so refreshingly different in a genre that's become clogged with tortured souls and heaving busoms. Having read more than a few of the series that Finbar takes inspiration from, I found his attempts to remodel himself endlessly amusing (especially thanks to his slightly snarky narration) and endearing at the same time.
Having previously never heard of the writer, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more of Meaney's work in the future.