A Fate Totally Worse Than Death
by Paul Fleischman
Paperback: 128 pages
Inspiration: I read a review of this at Everything to do with Books and wanted to get a sample of a horror-spoof story.
Cover dialog bubble: "HELP! Someone in this stupid book is trying to kill me!"
Description from amazon.com:
This takeoff on teen-horror novels is funny, mocking, and a surefire hit. Cliffs, murder, ghosts, and revenge form the core of the plot as three teen girls at Cliffside High draw a bead on Helga, the ravishing Norwegian exchange student who has captivated Drew, a boy whose father is a millionaire. Danielle, Tiffany, and Brooke are convinced that Helga is the avenging ghost of a girl whose death they caused the previous year. As their efforts to dispatch her escalate, the girls of the ruling clique suddenly find themselves rapidly aging with all of the common debilities of arthritis, liver spots, gray hair, hearing loss, and sagging breasts - hence the title. A clever twist at the end delivers a befitting resolution. The fun is in the vapid thinking of the girls, the trendy teen scenes, and the parody of YA actions and dialogue.
In-a-word(s): Mean girls get theirs.
This was a fun and fast read with an interesting take on aging.