Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Review: I kissed a zombie and I liked it

I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
published by Delacorte Books
$7.99 (paperback)
Genre: YA
177 pages

FTC: I borrowed this from the library. I will not be compensated for this review.

What it's about:
Algonquin “Alley” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Alley and Doug start dating, Alley is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Alley breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . .

My thoughts:
Honestly, I read this book because of the title and the cover. I love both (does the girl remind anyone else of Emma Watson?)
Because the book is only 177 pages, it goes through everything really fast. That actually worked for this story. This was definitely a spoof book so it didn't need to go fully in depth.
Everything in this book is outrageously over done. The main character goes by Gonk, so that should be saying something. Vampires are very real in this world and are very very emo. By the end of the book, I couldn't help but feel like Selzer was lecturing the reader. It kinda felt like he was targeting people who would like a vampire boyfriend and then calling them an idiot.
That being said, it was a cute little book. Would I recommend this book to people? Probably not. If you have an hour or two to kill with nothing else to read. Go for it. Read this book. I just wouldn't put it high on a TBR pile.

My rating: 7/10


  1. Thanks for the review! I've been thinking about buying this novel (and still probably will) but I'm glad I know to read it as a spoof and what to expect.


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