- Series: Stella Blunt (Book 1)
- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: One Tall Tree Press; First edition (November 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0995307008
- ISBN-13: 978-0995307001
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,418,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chemistry (Stella Blunt) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 29, 2016
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"Lynch cleverly and dramatically subverts expectations, delivering a fast-moving and very fun zombie blood-fest that challenges ideas about femininity and teenage love." (BookLife Prize in Fiction)
"This was an AMAZING book! I could not put it down. Chemistry by C.L. Lynch is everything Twilight should have been. It is funny, empowering, and still romantic.... do yourself a favor and pick this up." (The Roadside Reader)
"Chemistry by C. L. Lynch begins as a humorous take on Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, but quickly turns into a story of a bullied teenager learning to trust others. Stella Blunt is not an easy character to like, which is why it's so great to see her lowering her guard and learning to trust." (IndieReader Discovery Awards)
"...funny and irreverent... Chemistry is a fun, clever novel that provides a welcome contrast to the more traditional young-adult romances of the genre, even while drawing on their warmth and familiarity." (Foreword Reviews)
"Delightfully funny, wickedly sharp... C.L. Lynch has a way with words that will make you smile at the right time and perhaps even tear up with the unconventional romance that blooms between two people society has thrown away." (Carole P. Roman, award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series)
BookLife Prize in Fiction:
Staging her story under the guise of a conventional paranormal romance, Lynch cleverly and dramatically subverts expectations, delivering a fast-moving and very fun zombie blood-fest that challenges ideas about femininity and teenage love.... Lynch's work is overflowing with wit and refreshing commentary on the horror genre.... The dismissal of familiar tropes in favor of creating more empowered, distinctive female protagonists, is admirable and executed with flair.
Stella graces the text as an unlikely heroine with her melodramatic, yet relatable teenage angst and desires. As the novel progresses, she gratifyingly develops from a fearful, self-conscious girl to a confident, chainsaw-wielding zombie hunter, all the while retaining her signature sense of humor.
Gr 9 Up--When her mother takes a new job across the country in Vancouver, 17-year-old Stella Blunt (who is blunt) refuses to cooperate. "They'll eat me alive!" Stella roars at her parents between strings of profanity. Her parents are refreshingly witty, intelligent, and clearly in her corner. The dynamic of a united front and comedic camaraderie even while surrounded by hordes of hungry undead is unexpected. The cover and name may invite comparisons to Twilight, but they are unfounded: Stella is no Bella. Stella is large--she knows it and uses it. She knows that jokes and catcalls will follow her at her new school. What she is unprepared for, however, is the adoration of a strange loner boy, Howard. He is unable to leave Stella alone; his instincts tell him she has a wonderful brain. Readers looking for a lighthearted romp laced with cynicism and salty language will be fans. Not your run-of-the-mill zombie book, this title has heart. VERDICT Purchase where there are fans of funny zombie YA, such as Kristy McKay's Undead, Carrie Harris's Bad Taste in Boys, and Jeff Strand's A Bad Day for Voodoo.--Pamela Thompson, Col. John O. Ensor Middle School, El Paso, TX
About the Author
C.L. Lynch lives in Vancouver with her husband, two children, several pets, and too many unwashed dishes. She enjoys smashing tropes and hiding from adult responsibilities.
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CHEMISTRY by C.L. Lynch is the first book in the Stella Blunt series. It’s a YA, romantic comedy, told in first-person past tense, with a bit of horror and a lot of explicit language. Due to language and the sheer number of f-words, this book may not be suitable for readers under 16.
Stella Blunt has never fit in. She's overweight, under-confident, and she has some serious anger management issues. It took her years to make two friends at her previous school and now her parents are moving her to Vancouver. She's dreading the torment she'll likely receive at her new school, and sure enough, during the first class of her first day, she is literally being drooled over by the biggest loser in the school. Then after a cheating scandal with one of the popular girls, she can't walk down the halls without being verbally assaulted.
Howie, the drooling boy, has decided that Stella is the most perfect creature on the planet. He will do anything to be with her, and he doesn’t listen when she continually tells him to go away. When he finally wears her down and she lets him in, she finds out that he has a big secret--he may not be entirely human.
I loved this book. It was so silly and fun and sometimes that is the perfect read. This book was a play on the Twilight Saga, right down to the brilliant cover. Instead of the pale vampire hands holding an apple, it's pale zombie hands holding a human heart. The main character is Stella instead of Bella and her love interest is Howard Mullins. Although some of the circumstances are similar, (ie. Stella moves to a new school, the two meet in science class, there's a school dance, a fortuitous meeting in a book store, and a supernatural hero) the characters and specific details are not. Stella is not a popular girl and tends to yell throughout the majority of the book. I could have done with a bit less of that but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment. Howie’s idiosyncrasies leave him friendless apart from his brother and sister who also attend the high school.
The story moves from Stella’s abuse of Howie to a serious love connection. Then to an apocalyptic event that may not only mark the end of Stella’s relationship, but may also mark the end of her life. Although there are these overt similarities to Twilight, this felt like an entirely different story with endearing characters that I could relate to considerably easier than the sparkly vampires.
This book earns 4 North of Normal stars. I cannot wait for the next book entitled HISTORY. CHEMISTRY ended with a sneak peek that promises another hilarious and fun read.
I consider this story to be a wonderful parody of Twilight. Stella is loudly opinionated and doesn't put up with crap from anyone. I absolutely love her sarcastic sense of humor and quick wit. Her self-confidence and ability to stand up for herself are admirable considering she was and is teased often. This may be a result of the positive relationship she has with her parents, as they seem to respect her as much as she respects them.
Howie is completely adorable and amusing without even trying. His undying (tee-hee) devotion to Stella is sweet and smile-worthy. Such a gentleman! No matter what happens to his dog Army, he can always be put back together. That's my kind of dog!!
This book is the first in the series and provides a sneak peek at the next book. I found this story hilarious and truly enjoyable.
Chemistry is one of those books that defies categories and expectations. The cover screams Twilight parody, and it is, but at the same time it is something else entirely. It's unique. It's unapologetic. It's zombies and romance and snark with a healthy dose of swearing.
I am positively enamored of Stella Blunt. She's strong and brilliant but her hard outer shell hides a soft heart you'd never expect. And who better to win that soft heart than a shambling social pariah with the ridiculously sweet name of Howard "Howie" Mullins?
The story jangles with familiar nods to Twilight (near-miss car accident in the school parking lot anyone?) that made the closet Twi-hard in me smile. But it's so much more than that! The dialogue is witty. Stella's snarky attitude and foul mouth are brutally beautiful and work in perfect contrast to Howie's calm, somnambulant demeanor. He may be a zombie, but he's a civilized one! And he loves Stella for the right reason: her brain. No reason to worry, though. He's a civilized Z, remember?
If you're looking for a humorous sweet-n-sour zombie rom-com, this series is for you. I cannot wait for the next installment and would figuratively offer my heart to author C.L. Lynch if I thought it'd help speed up the process (you'll get the joke once you've read the book) 🤓
Stella is ridiculously hilarious, Howie was a little slow and love struck, I guess that was a given since this is a parody. I still loved Howie, who wouldn't want a guy to treat them like a queen!!
The story was so funny it had me laughing out loud and so often that my daughter got curious and stated reading it herself She also loved Stella especially her last name!!!. The banter between her parents was awesome. The fact that she was a female with curves and could handle herself was awesome! The fact she didn't wear her feeling on her sleeves was awesome! Stella should be the role model for all teens with curves!
The story ready pretty fast. I would definitely read the second book as soon as it comes out.
Love the cover! Loved the way the author has her name spelled (LOL)
Found a new author to keep an eye out for.