Comments for The Radleys
The Radleys: 06/11/14
The Radleys by Matt Haig was the 2011 ALA Alex winner. It features at first glance, a seemingly normal, middle class British family. The passion has pretty much fizzled from Peter and Helen's marriage. Their teenage children: Clara and Rowan are sullen, anemic, and targets of bullies.
All of that changes, though, when Clara has to defend herself from being raped by a neighbor. She discovers the hard way that she is, in fact, a vampire. Her revelation also uncovers some family secrets her parents would have preferred to keep hidden.
It took me a little while to settle into this rather short book. I found the writing dryer than The Dead Father's Club (2006). But the consequences of Clara's discovery were fascinating.