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Grade 7 Up—For 18-year-old Algonquin "Alley" Rhodes, living in an era in which vampires, werewolves, and zombies are the norm is not what it's cracked up to be. Unlike most human girls at her high school, dating, especially the undead variety, is the last thing on her mind. Alley just wants to leave Cornersville Trace, go to college, and make something of herself. But then, while critiquing a local band for the school newspaper, Alley the Ice Queen falls head over heels for the guest singer. Like Alley, Doug truly loves music, and she feels as if he is singing just for her. They begin dating, and Alley overlooks what is obvious to everyone else. Doug isn't just a Goth—he isn't even human—he's a zombie. As Alley's world is turned upside down, she must make decisions with major ramifications for her future. The story is original, funny, unpredictable, romantic, and tragic. Selzer explores some basic teen issues like love, friendship, acceptance, commitment, and loss in a way that is realistic and that will make readers question their own values. An excellent addition to libraries with an occult following.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Algonquin Rhodes—Alley the Ice Queen to many and Gonk to her friends—is 18, of legal age to “convert” to vampire if she wants. But she doesn't: Alley's fallen in love with Doug, a zombie teen musician who died four years earlier in a car crash. Selzer brings both the living and the not-full-time-dead to vivid and crackling life in this witty and riposte-filled teen romance. Zingers about racism (vampires don't think much of zombies) and high-school politics involving the nasty “guidance” counselor, the popular kids, and Alley's own (living) friends ring both true and hilarious. This is one smart goth caper, with plenty of appeal to those who normally wouldn't touch a tale of the dead as well as those who wouldn't be caught crumbling while reading a romance. Selzer writes girls as well as straight, gay, and dead boys with evenhanded credibility and plenty of sass. Gonk and Doug could have been the perfect couple, in another life. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385735030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385735032
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Selzer is the proud coiner of the immortal phrase "you don't have to be smart to be a smartass, but it helps." He writes humorous books (both fiction and non) for readers of all ages by day and runs ghost tours in Chicago by night. If you can find two cooler jobs than that, take 'em! He is one of those people you hear about on the news who has to choose between paying off student loans and having a health care plan, and occasionally claims to be the third cowboy from the left in the famous "lost thunderbird photo." He is also credited by film historians as having inspired the film "Bedtime for Bonzo," which starred Ronald Reagan and a chimp. People who point out that said movie was released decades before he was born just don't know enough about quantum physics. Adam enjoys standing in long lines for tickets, and hopes to one day travel back in time to wait in line overnight for tickets to see a Charles Dickens reading. See him online at

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Very Merry Shakespeare on February 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ah...high school. Remember those days? Best friends, rock concerts, parties, the prom, a boyfriend who's kind, sweet, stunning, and smells of formaldehyde? Yes, I said it. This is one of those hilarious books that are being born in the world of YA publishing that's getting more popular by the moment; the world of vamps, tramps, and dead guys who go bump in the night.

Our main character is an eighteen-year-old senior by the name of Algonquin. Some of her friends call her Alley the Ice Queen of the Vicious Circle. The Ice Queen title comes from the fact that she can't stand most people. She is living in a small town in Iowa and is literally chomping at the bit to get the heck out of her small, boring town and head to college in Seattle. The Vicious Circle is the table that she and her friends sit at during lunchtime at school. They run the school's online newspaper, and they are always willing to give their views on the "creepy" spooks that they have to share their world with. Vamps are the major thing in town. Vamps (probably because of Meyer's darling Edward) are the end all and be all for high school girls. Chicks not only want to date them, they want to sign a contract so that when they turn eighteen they can become the vamp's blood-thirsty girlfriend for life. Now, why are these "otherworldly" beings living in the public eye and going to school? Because a huge corporation called Megamart (think, Walmart) was using zombie slave labor to run their department stores across the country. They were used as stockroom slaves, and the vamps got upset, went to Congress about the shoddy treatment, and won the right for all beings such as zombies and vamps to live unthreatened among the "real, live" people. In fact, there is a vamp named Will who prides himself on being a hero.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2010
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I'll admit that I often judge books by their covers... and titles. So, this book made my list even before I read the back of it. When I got it, I was about to leave on vacation and decided it would be my reading material. I hadn't anticipated how many people would crouch in front of me in airports and in public in order to check out the front. I opened the book... KNOWING that it couldn't live up to my expectations. It was a zombie romance. Uhhh gross, right? No. Really. Alley's voice is strong and true. The author is on Twitter and well worth following for the humor in his Tweets, but I'm impressed at how well he managed a female perspective. Not only was there self-depreciating humor in her tone (which I liked)... but there was the angst of a first-love that you wouldn't think a "guy" writer could capture. Her voice was just very accurate... so accurate that I'm curious if Adam Selzer has grown ovaries.

It definitely met my high expectations.

Others have given a plot description... and I suck at that anyway, but the tone of this book is very similar to Christopher Moore's style of humor. For those concerned with language and content... this book passed my rigid standards for books I feel comfortable passing on to a young teen. The swearing was mild. There was drinking, but it wasn't portrayed as being "cool" at all. Any sexual behavior was mild and not graphic. All in all... I'm picky and I immediately recommended this to everyone without worrying if they'd be offended or not like it.

I apologize to the author for cutting him some sales by passing the book to everyone I know... but that's his fault for writing such a good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Adam Selzer, I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It (Delacorte, 2010)

Man, this book had two and a half strikes against it before I even picked it up. It's obviously titled to capitalize on the success of Katy Perry's song "I Kissed a Girl" as well as the current undead-teen-novel craze (which brings up the question in my head of whether Katy Perry is actually alive, but we won't go there right now). But it hit my TBR list nonetheless, and on the same day, my wife picked it up at random at the library for the kid to read. Providence, right? So I got stuck waiting around for something and it was the only handy book in the car, and it looked short, so I picked it up and started reading. And there I was laughing out loud, something I rarely do when reading, by the end of page one. A couple of hours later, I'd finished the silly thing, and what do you know? It was miles better than I expected it to be, though Selzer did tone down the comedy a good deal after the first fifty pages or so. That wasn't the best possible idea, but by then, I was hooked.

Alley Rhodes is one of the snarky girls on her high school's newspaper, a clique known as the Vicious Circle. She spends her days coming up with one-liners and avoiding getting emotionally entangled with anyone. Until, that is, she gets an assignment to review an awful high school band and falls for their part-time lead singer. He seems attracted to her, too, and everything's going great until she discovers (this isn't a spoiler, given the title) that he's actually a zombie. She's got to decide what to do about interspecies dating. Worse, one of the school's hottest vampires is chasing after her. Why her, when he could have any girl in school with a glance?
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