The story centres on the relationship between a 12-year-old boy, Oskar, and a 200-year-old vampire child, Eli. It takes place in Blackeberg, a working class suburb of Stockholm, in the early '80s. The book focuses on the darker side of humanity, dealing with issues such as bullying, drugs, theft, paedophilia, prostitution and murder as well as the obvious supernatural themes.
It's longer than the usual choices at just over 500 pp but it reads really well. I got it yesterday and I'm already 150 in. So, hopefully it won't disrupt too much.
The film is out on DVD on 3rd Aug so if you haven't seen it and fancy reading the book beforehand now is the time.