Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
Publisher: Harcourt Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (208 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Welcome to Nightshade, California–a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the pyschic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom-shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!
Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style.
Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.
What happens when you feel like you don’t fit in? Do you blend into the background? Stand up and shout, expecting to be seen? Or do you let nature take it’s course? If you’re Daisy, then you just be yourself.
Marlene Perez writes humorous paranormal stories that are relevant to today’s teens. Dead is the New Black doesn’t disappoint readers wanting something sassy, comical, and new. I love the setting of Nightshade, California. It’s said that the water’s different in California. I’d say the landscape is, too. Peppered with vampires, werewolves, and psychics. It’s no wonder Daisy, totally not psychic feels invisible.
I liked Daisy because she’s realistic. She’s a junior in high school with typical high school issues—wanting a boyfriend, not wanting to be laughed at, not wanting to be embarrassed. She’s relatable. I wanted to see her get her dreams—a nice little romance with Ryan, and to find her place in society.
Though it seems simple, Daisy’s former best friend is back after vacation and looking dead to the world, the plot is anything but. As the title suggests, dead is the new black—everyone wants to be one of the popular people; the people who aren’t exactly breathing. There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me in my seat and enthralled, wanting to know what would happen next. Trust me, this isn’t just another teen book. There are little bits here and there that will make you laugh, cry, and think.
If you want a book that’s got a lot going on in a short amount of pages, then you need to read Dead is the New Black. I give this book 4 suns.