From School Library Journal
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