E. Van Lowe
Published August 2009
Principal Taft's 3 Simple Rules for Surviving a Zombie Uprising:
Rule #1: While in the halls, walk slowly and wear a vacant expression on your face. Zombies won't attack other zombies.
Rule #2: Never travel alone. Move in packs. Follow the crowd. Zombies detest blatant displays of individuality.
Rule #3: If a zombie should attack, do not run. Instead, throw raw steak at to him. Zombies love raw meat. This display of kindness will go a long way.
On the night of her middle school graduation, Margot Jean Johnson wrote a high school manifesto detailing her goals for what she was sure would be a most excellent high school career. She and her best friend, Sybil, would be popular and, most important, have boyfriends. Three years later, they haven't accomplished a thing! Then Margot and Sybil arrive at school one day to find that most of the student body has been turned into flesh-eating zombies. When kooky Principal Taft asks the girls to coexist with the zombies until the end of the semester, they realize that this is the perfect opportunity to live out their high school dreams. All they have to do is stay alive....
At school, Margot is a nobody. She and her best friend Sybil don't belong in any cliques and are bullied by the "popular" clique. Margot really wants to improve her social status. Since there is a carnival going on in town, Margot decides to ask handsome, smart and popular Dirk Conrad to go with her in hopes of becoming popular. When Margot learns that Dirk is apparently Amanda's (the prettiest and most popular girl in school) boyfriend, she decides to not go to the carnival. And going with just Sybil is social suicide in her opinion.
When Margot arrives at school the day after the carnival, she learns that every student in school, besides her and Sybil, have been turned into zombies. Everybody who went to the carnival. The only living people in her school are her, Sybil and Principal Taft. Their principal begs them to try to live with the zombies at school, promising them popularity and important roles in school such as Prom Queen and Head Cheerleader. He gives them a list of simple rules that will help them succeed in not being attacked and turned into a zombie themselves. Margot thinks that her dream is finally coming true. She'll be the most popular girl in school AND have the best boyfriend, even if he is a zombie who wants to rip her head off. Everything is going great until things start to turn bad and she realizes somebody is out to get her and Sybil. Somebody wants them to be a part of the living dead. And she is not about to let that happen.
What a great read! I really like this book. I was craving a zombie comedy read and I definitely satisfied that craving with the book. It's cute, funny and full of action. The book is very well written and I couldn't put it down. I was hooked from the beginning and I laughed out loud several times. It's probably one of the funniest books I've read. The book never has a dull moment and I definitely plan on re reading it when I have time. I love Margot as the main character. She puts herself in the worst positions and gets herself out of them in a laugh out loud manner. The ending is great and the book has tons of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Recommended? Yes! Put this book in your "to read" pile because you'll fully enjoy it as I did. I'm really hoping for a sequel. Maybe it could be "Never Slow Dance With A Werewolf" or something. :P