Dead is So Last Year by Marlene Perez
Publisher: Graphia Publishing (Harcourt Mifflin)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (192 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Something very strange starts happening in Nightshade the summer that the eldest Giordano sister, Rose, gets a job working at Dr. Franken’s research laboratory. People are starting to see double. Doppelgängers of Nightshade residents are popping up all over town. Daisy, Rose and Poppy think it’s a coincidence, until the rumors start that their father, who disappeared several years ago, has been spotted in town. Meanwhile, Daisy’s beau, Ryan is spending all of his time training for football, and like the other guys on the team, he’s grown enormous almost overnight. Samantha Devereux’s boyfriend’s neck has doubled in size since school ended. Could the football players be resorting to extreme measures to win? Between summer jobs, sugar rushes, and beach parties, the Giordano girls get to the bottom of these mysteries and more.
He’s dead. No, wait, he’s not. Wait. No, that’s not really him. So who is it? You’ll have to read Dead is So Last Year to learn more and, trust me, you won’t forget it.
I love books that make me think of the breezy, crazy days of high school. I also love books that have storylines that grip me from page one. This is one of those books. Ms. Perez writes characters that seem like people I know—like I’ve seen them walking down the street or met at the park. But this book carries one heck of a paranormal twist. Vampires, werewolves, and psychics are real.
I liked the idea of the look-alikes wandering town. This book has lots of plot twists, as in the true identities of the doppelgangers that kept me involved with the story. And then there is the issue with Daisy’s father. He’s supposed to be dead. Or is he? There is so much going on in this story that it can be hard to sometimes keep it all straight, but it’s worth the read.
Again, Daisy is the center of the story, but because if the issues with her father, we meet her sisters Rose and Poppy. I loved the two of them because they rounded her out and made her more believable. I wanted to see a bit more character development, but there is so much else going for this story that the troublesome spots aren’t enough to trip up the reader.
If you want a book that’s part popularity contest, part angst and a whole lot of ‘wow, did that just happen?’, then you need to read Dead is So Last Year. I give it 4 suns.