Saturday, August 29, 2009

Never Slow Dance With A Zombie by E. Van Lowe

Never Slow Dance With A Zombie
by E. Van Lowe
Published: 2009
Genre: Coming of age, Zombies
Paperback: 256 pages
Rating: 5

Inspiration: September Zombie week - make sure to check out this week's events

Description from the
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....

Zombification: secret potion

Zombie mode: not your ripping flesh gory type, most can be subdued with bits of fresh meat

My thoughts:
In-a-word: do the right thing

This book tickled me! It is light zombie fun read with lots of LOL moments. The 80's references and dialogue are what got me. Things get wacky and the main character, Margot, finally comes to realize that there's more to life than what is on her manifesto. In the end, the messages of the book are clear regarding schools, popularity and friendship.

Now, I need to go listen to some Tom Jones

Fun stuff:

Margot's Journal excerpt:
Sunday, April 26, 2009I WANT CANDY Yesterday I found a bag of candy corn left over from Easter. I wound up eating the whole thing. I LOVE candy. So sue me.

10. You will never catch him staring at a cut girl at the mall (if he's staring at anyone it means just one thing - it's time for lunch).

9. There's no competition for the remote (you can eliminate the word 'ESPN' from your vocabulary forever).

8. He will never post embarrassing pictures of you on the internet.

Read the rest of this list here.

Read about E's first reading at Book Soup.

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