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Undead Girl Gang Hardcover – May 8, 2018
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"A compelling mystery, a grimly funny fantasy, and a genuinely touching story of friendship."—Booklist
"Mila’s sardonic, darkly humorous narration drives much of this book...but Anderson also couples Mila’s sarcasm with sincere grief, making an authentic picture of an outsider girl mourning the loss of her only friend." —BCCB
“Undead Girl Gang is a YA mash up of ‘The Craft’ and ‘Veronica Mars’ with a Latina protagonist…the best mix of '90s girl power culture, compelling magic and creepy circumstances—all rolled together for the best kind of murder mystery.” —Bustle.com
“Female friendship and grief as seen through the lens of zombies and magic, Undead Girl Gang is twisty, wicked fun." —Goldy Moldavsky, New York Times bestselling author of Kill the Boy Band and No Good Deed
"The modern Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode we've been waiting for. Mila Flores is the witchy, sarcastic, ride-or-die (literally) BFF sure to cast a spell over you." —Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of Labyrinth Lost
"Undead Girl Gang is the ultimate modern witch novel, with that creepy twist on female friendships that'll make you want to bust out your tarot cards and crystals. Trust me, this book is the answer to all your coven-loving, Craft-obsessed prayers." —Danielle Vega, author of the Merciless series and Survive the Night
"Undead Girl Gang is a grand spell of a book. One part revenge, two parts twisted friendship, all parts undead girl glory—with a dash of wicked romance. If you mixed Hocus Pocus, Mean Girls, and The Craft, this would be the bewitching result." —Cori McCarthy, author of Breaking Sky, You Were Here, and Now A Major Motion Picture
About the Author
Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California. She is also the author of THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU and NOT NOW, NOT EVER. She tweets @ms_lilyanderson.
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The leader of the undead girl gang, Mila, isn't undead at all, but a fat, Mexican witch. She is funny and strong while still being vulnerable, with the perfect amount of hope and naivety that keeps her and the story going. I didn't know, when starting this book, that she would mean so much to me, a fat, white, agnostic. Mila's confidence is a thing of beauty. She knows who she is, what she is, and the plot never centers around changing any of it. When Mila's confidence faltered, I felt it with her. When she told people off for the things they said, I cheered for her. She's the perfect balance of real and unreal, showing the readers it's okay not to be perfect while also showing them it's possible to keep going and strive to be better, to be treated better, to attain your goals.
I've never read a book with a Wiccan main character and it was really interesting seeing the difference between Wicca and the magic put on the page. As someone without a religion, I find it interesting to dive into someone else's head and see their beliefs and how they inform the character's actions.
Anderson does a great job at mixing humor with sadness. When we first meet Mila, she's at her best friend's funeral. And Riley isn't just Mila's best friend; she's her only friend. We feel this loneliness, this loss, even without knowing Riley, because we can all imagine losing the person we're closest with. The undead girls get seven days before they have to return to their graves and, despite knowing this fact, there's still time for shenanigans, which is a great balance to the growing dread of having to say goodbye.
The voice and characters are amazing. Anderson made me love the characters Mila despises from their first appearance. The girls are all unique while still managing to be someone you probably know. Their humanization was probably tricky, but Anderson nails it.
And I won't get into it too much, but the romance was sooooo good. My heart. Oh, my heart.
Lastly, this book has one of my favorite covers ever and I need to get a jean jacket and these pins ASAP.
Okay, last lastly, Netflix needs to adapt this please. Thanks.
Undead Girl Gang is a story about friendship and grief. It grapples with how we make sense of loss. At the center of this book is not only friendship, but a whole host of really amazing - and often fierce - characters. Mila is all about determination, taking charge, and going against the grain. Mila is a fat Latinx girl and she is not afraid of much - including zombies. This ownvoices story pulls you in because the characters are just so unique and genuine feeling. We debate giving people second chances all the time - afraid of getting hurt of the promise also of something too bright to name - but we have to. We cannot live alone and isolated without meaningful relationships because it just leaves us bitten and can turn our heart rotten.
I loved Mila. She’s snarky and maybe a little hardened, but she was a genuinely nice person and super easy to root for. The girls who come back are interesting and proof that you can’t always judge a person by what you hear about them. I won’t go into more details because spoilers and all that.
Plot wise, I was instantly hooked. I loved that the entire story was just 7 days and nothing felt repetitive. The magic was easy to understand and the consequences were interesting to read unfold. And I was definitely intrigued at the hows and whys.
Overall, it was a quick read and a captivating story. I can’t wait to see what Lily does next.
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