Published: May 26th, 2015
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She's also not like other girls her age, but then, who would be when the family business is monster hunting? Combat boots, ratty hooded sweatshirts, and hair worn short so nothing with claws can get a grip, Maggie's concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Which presents a problem when Maggie's mother informs Maggie that she can't get her journeyman's license for hunting until she loses her virginity.
Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Blood and gore and insides being on the outside and all that.
Maggie's battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy - fitting in with her peers - proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Did you know normal girls don't stuff their bras with holy water balloons? Nor do they carry wooden stakes in their waistbands. And they care about things like "matching" and "footwear." Of course, they also can't clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they're lame and Maggie's not. Because Maggie's awesome. The Awesome, in fact. Just ask her. She'd be more than happy to tell you.
After she finds herself a date.
This book was just so funny. I was laughing out loud on page 2 and I basically didn't stop smiling until the end of the book. I've got to say right up front tho' that The Awesome is definitely not for everyone. It is irreverant, totally inappropriate and quite explicit, but oh my, it is funny.
The premise in a nutshell is that you can't hunt a vampire until you are a journeyman, and virgins can't hunt vampires - so Maggie spends most of the book trying to remedy that problem. Her mother's advice - don't forget a condom. I loved Maggie's mother so much. She was such a practical, down to earth woman and she kicks some serious butt.
Maggie is such a powerful role model - yes I do mean that. She is a girl who is completely at ease with who she is and what she does. Yes, there is a little teen angst, but it is covered with such humour that it is easily forgiven. She is able to poke fun at herself and recognise her own short comings, and then instead of bemoaning that fact, she just sets out to fix things. What a great character.
Basically The Awesome is rude, crude and absolutely hilarious, so if you're in the mood for some silly vampire hunting. this is the book for you.