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Never Slow Dance with a Zombie Paperback – August 18, 2009
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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.
- Publisher : Tor Teen; 1st edition (August 18, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765320401
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765320407
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Lexile measure : 620L
- Grade level : 8 - 9
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.64 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,896,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The opening was good, and it was easy to see why an agent or editor would keep reading. The main character, Margot and her best friend, Sybil, are quickly established and fleshed out ;-) The girls have an honestly refreshing friendship that feels real, well, for a while at least.
The action starts fairly quickly, although some of it was pretty predictable. The predictability continued as the story progressed and for me the character of Margot just seemed to flop after a bit. I couldn't wrap my head around her reasoning behind some of her actions. This is what truly kept me from being absorbed into the story. I could take some of the unexplained acceptance the girls have of the zombies, and even the obvious plot turning points, but Margot becomes completely obsessed with the idea of popularity to the point of nearly getting herself and her best friend killed. And even then she doesn't learn her lesson. It's only when she learns that the popular bitch is as one dimensional as herself that she realizes what she's doing is crazy. That's when the pace of the book really picks up and Lowe wraps up the story in a few more pages.
Overall, it was a fun read, but not enough blood and gore for me (NONE!), and even the knowledge that it's a humorous approach to zombies, it was just too unbelievable light.
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It was very dry. Good idea, but just didn't work out for my tastes.