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Never Slow Dance With a Zombie Paperback – August 18, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 8–10—Even though Margot Jean Johnson, 16, wrote a manifesto detailing her plans for success after middle school, none of her goals has come to fruition. All she has is the scorn of Amanda, head cheerleader at Salesian high; the love of Baron, total geek; and the loyalty of Sybil, her best friend. She has her eye on popular Dirk, but everyone knows that he'd never go out with her. But when almost everyone at school suddenly becomes a zombie, Margot gets her chance, and, with the blessing of the principal, she takes over. She becomes head of the yearbook and prom committees and head cheerleader. She even tries to train Dirk to be the perfect zombie boyfriend, using raw meat to keep him satiated. However, it soon becomes clear that someone at school has an ulterior motive and is responsible for the zombie infestation. Now that Margot has everything she's always wanted, will she give it all up to solve this mystery? Loyalties are tested and new relationships are formed as the truth is uncovered. This tale has some major flaws. Margot's insistence on running the school no matter what makes her unlikable and the principal's demand to proceed as if nothing were wrong strains belief. The moral of the story is hammered home as well, leading to a tedious read.—Laura Amos, Newport News Public Library, VA
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About the Author
E. VAN LOWE was born in New York City and moved to Los Angeles to attend graduate school. He cowrote the Academy Award-nominated short film Cadillac Dreams, and was a writer for many TV shows, including The Cosby Show, Knight Rider, and Even Stevens. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Even Stevens. Never Slow Dance with a Zombie is his first novel for young adults.
Top customer reviews
This was when the book took a hilarious and interesting turn. Instead of reporting this massive zombie outbreak to the authorities or even running away and telling their parents, Margot and Sybil talk to their principal. Ok, you're thinking, he's an authority figure right? Wrong he enlists them to help keep the school running smoothly despite the 'mmmmmphhhgrwwwwwl'-ing zombies at the school. Guess what? The thought of being the queen bee and able to be head cheerleader (oh and prom queen) hits just the right note and Margot ploughs ahead full force.
In order to survive high school you have to find your pack. (are you goth zombie or emo zombie?) Not be an individual, everyone wants to be popular right? (oh and zombies hate non-zombies, so try to fit in!) And have a gaggle of adoring wannabes behind you. (do hungry chomping zombies count?) Point is E. Van Lowe made a unique and quite funny connection between teenage/highschool angst and living with the undead. The heroines of this book aren't perfect, in fact one of them has a dark little voice inside her head telling her to be selfish and mean. These girls are real in a way Bella never could be. It's an easy humorus read, just get through the first 1/4 filled with empty thoughts of popularity and on to the zombie party!
The next day the pair expects to hear how everyone had a good time and by implication they are losers. Instead they find their classmates have become zombies, but remained with their pre zombie subculture. Instead of fleeing screaming Margot and Sybil mount a coup d'etat taking over as the new kids on the block in charge. They instigate the anti zombie laws while converted Dirk remains a stud muffin albeit a bit slower than before the carnival.
With a nod to chick lit lits and principal rules, NEVER SLOW DANCE WITH A ZOMBIE is an amusing tale as Margot the magnificent and her bud work the high school. The story line uses student stunts to provide some sense of realism, but this young teen urban fantasy focuses on how to lead the in crowd when your school is overrun (bad term as zombies don't run) by zombies and your hunk gives off hunks of epidermal parts.
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That's what this book was to me. It was a fun book and perfect for the season.Read more