I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (177 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”
When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . .
Every once in a while, a book comes along that you just have to read. I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It is one of those books.
Now that’s not to say this book is perfect. No book truly is. But there is a poignancy despite the over-use of one liners and bluntness that got to me. Doug is dead, no two ways about it. He’s a zombie and nothing’s going to change it. That being said, he desires what a lot of teens want–a life. I liked that he was a tragic figure because, can zombies really come back to life? And if they do, what kind of life would it be?
I won’t give away any more details, but suffice it to say, when I cracked this book, I wasn’t expecting the ending at all.
At first, I thought the use of snark on Alley’s part was a bit too much. She uses her razor sharp tongue to keep everyone at bay. But that resonated with me once I really got into the book because I saw how sad she really was. She wanted a place to fit in, in a sea of cliques and snobs. I liked how this book shows teens that it’s okay to be different and it’s just fine to deal with what happens in life in your own way.
Although this isn’t a standard HEA, I must admit, I found the ending to be totally worth it and more than I expected. It showed the best in the characters and how even tough situations can bring out our true colors which don’t always have to be depressing.
If you want a book that will make you think and wonder, then you need to read I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It. I give it 4 suns.