Relations that Suck: The Story of Eva and Dries
Marilyn Yu
Art & Lenny (2009)
ISBN 9780615254715
Reviewed by Neha N. Kashmiri (age 14) for Reader Views (3/09)

Eva is a vampire who likes to live among humans, abstaining from ever killing one. She lives in an old textile mill and enjoys making lace. One day, a human man who figures out her secret wants to know what it’s like to be bitten by a vampire. So Eva does, though she almost kills him. Eva then falls into a depression, refusing to come out. That’s when she meets Dries.

Dries is a spider who loathes spinning webs. Instead he is a traveling spider, sending a line of silk into the air to fly to new places. He and Eva become quick friends after he brings her food. They explore the city together, until they run into the man Eva almost killed. He begs Eva to turn him into a vampire, too. She doesn’t want to but Dries convinces her to do something that has dire consequences.

“Relations that Suck” by Marilyn Yu is a dark and strangely entrancing book. It’s not so much the story itself (it is only 50-pages long). It’s how the pictures tell the story. It’s just… wow. I am most definitely a fan of Marilyn Yu and her designs now, and I recommend “Relations that Suck” to vampire and fashion fans.

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