Book Review: Zombie Blondes

Book Review: Zombie BlondesZombie Blondes by Brian James
Release Date: June 2008
Pages: 256
Source: Library

From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.     A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.     The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.     But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: If she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .

I have to be completely honest and admit that the ending ruined this book for me. In fact, had the ending been different this may have received a much higher rating. Up until the last 30 pages or so I had really been digging the book. While the social commentary on popularity has been done before (and is a running theme in teen zombie books) it was kind of fun to see Hannah work her way into that “in” crowd. With each new page turn, I kept thinking that something big was going to happen. Lukas, with all his warnings, was going to be wrong and this was just going to be a small town with odd quirks. I mean, hello, she was making out with a zombie and he totally wasn’t going after her brains (or blood). Sure the “in” crowd was a little odd, but they looked and acted too normal to be zombies. How evil could blonde haired, blue eyed next-door-neighbor teens really be? Ok, so maybe that was the point and all. Who would ever think wrong of the All-American teens in a small town? Yet, I was still so disappointed when it turned out Lukas was right all along. And the very end itself just made me scream. (I’m trying very hard not to spoil that point. Very. Very. Hard.) I mean I get it and all, but it was certainly not a satisfying ending. In fact, I was left with a sort of depressed and hopeless feeling. Maybe I’m just too much of a happily-ever-after girl to appreciate this type of ending?

Now, remember, my opinion is just one among millions. I may not have liked Zombie Blondes but you might! I mean, really, it was just the ending that killed it for me;I really liked it until that point. If you have read Zombie Blondes, please leave a comment! I’m very interested to hear others thoughts on it!

P.S. Yes, yes I know I usually write my own summaries, but I’m strapped for time lately. You may see a couple more product description summaries as I try to catch up, but I promise they won’t be here to stay.