Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review: Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E. Van Lowe

Never Slow Dance with a Zombie
Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E. Van Lowe
Publication Date: August 18th 2009
Genre: Young Adult Zombies
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
 Romy and Michelle's Hight School Reunion meets Night of the Living Dead in this laugh-out-loud debut YA novel by Emmy Award-nominated TV writer E. Van Lowe

Principal Taft's 3 Simple Rules for Surviving a Zombie Uprising:

Rule #1: While in the halls, walk slowly and wear a vacant expression on your face. Zombies won't attack other zombies.

Rule #2:  Never travel alone.  Move in packs.  Follow the crowd.  Zombies detest blatant displays of individuality.

Rule #3:  If a zombie should attack, do not run. Instead, throw raw steak at to him.  Zombies love raw meat. This display of kindness will go a long way.

On the night of her middle school graduation, Margot Jean Johnson wrote a high school manifesto detailing her goals for what she was sure would be a most excellent high school career. She and her best friend, Sybil, would be popular and, most important, have boyfriends. Three years later, they haven't accomplished a thing!

Then Margot and Sybil arrive at school one day to find that most of the student body has been turned into flesh-eating zombies. When kooky Principal Taft asks the girls to coexist with the zombies until the end of the semester, they realize that this is the perfect opportunity to live out their high school dreams. All they have to do is stay alive....
~My Thoughts~

Never Slow Dance with a Zombie has a message behind it for our main gal, Margot, which is why I wasn't a big fan of her. She's self-absorbed and obsessed with being the most popular girl in her school.....her now undead school. I constantly cringed the deeper we got into the story and if it wasn't for the secondary characters and the zombies, I would have DNF this book.
I enjoyed the side characters so much and whenever they were in the picture, they stole the show away from our main gal, Margot, for me. Sybil, Margot's naïve best friend, was funny and always there for her. Then you have a guy (who’s name I sadly can't remember) who's been pining after our main gal for forever and he's not afraid to show it. I loved him and his best pal, Milton (I believe). Those two were a hoot with their mad chemists status haha.
Overall I can't lie, this book had me laughing out loud many times. The zombie action was great and this is a fast read, so the storyline moves fast (thankfully). Besides my eye rolling at the main girl, thanks to her obsession leading her to date a brainless zombie that constantly wants to eat her brain, I did enjoy the writing style of E. Van Lowe. This book felt real and he truly knew what goes on in some girl’s minds. He also knew how to keep the suspense going since I didn't even see the bad guy coming. I couldn't believe who was the one that turned every student into zombies or why they did it, so I was really happy with Mr. Lowe's surprise at the end!
I liked the concept, just wished we had a different main character....
3.5 Bats
Gives you a good haunting
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