Vivian is a teen werewolf. She recently lost her father, who was King of the Pack, in a horrific fire. Her mother, Esme, is 40-going-on-18 and Vivian's closest competition for male attention. Like any teenage girl who lacks parental guidance, Vivian is depressed and a loner. All her male peers are beasts...both figuratively and literally. It's tough enough for a teen to deal with puberty, yet alone the repercussions of full moon transformations.
One day Vivian's life is transformed when she initiates a conversation with Aiden. He is a creative classmate. He has a gentle soul and smile to match. He has a group of friends that could rival any werewolves' pack. He also, in the eyes of any card-carrying werewolf, is nothing but a meat-boy.
Meat-boys are not meant to be friends or lovers of werewolves. Meat-boys are meant to be meals.
Vivian's struggles abound. She fears what a relationship with Aiden might bring out in her. She fears being shunned by her pack for crossing a line that is forbidden. She fears that her family will retaliate against Aiden for her indiscretions.
Add to the plot the murders of some humans that draw unwanted attention to the pack and a power-struggle for a new leader; and the reader gets the classic story of forbidden boy meets forbidden girl...with some howling at the moon added for special effects.
This book was adapted into a film
starring Agnes Bruckner and Hugh Dancy. It should be required reading for teens (or adults) that feel the constant pressure to fit into today's society.