Quick & Dirty Review: ‘You Are So Undead To Me’ by Stacey Jay

I really should have done some kind of zombie reading challenge. Is there one out there?

Book Cover: You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey JayThe Low Down: Megan is a Settler. She’s the one that the undead go to when they have unfinished business on earth. They tell her what’s wrong, she sends them “home” and then she takes care of “settling” their business. Easy peasy. Megan has been out of the biz for about five years now, ever since that horrible night that she was attacked by actual zombies, undead that were created by black magic. Her powers left her, but now they are back.

What has also returned is the the feeling that someone is trying to repeat the past. Is someone else up to no good? Why else would a string of things happen – things that distinctly look like they are trying to keep Megan from attending Homecoming…with hot Josh, a senior and two years older than Megan?

Having her abilities return means that another Settler, Ethan, is back in her life. Why is it that even when Ethan is reprimanding or (ugh) babysitting her, she feels more electricity between them than she does with Josh?

Here’s the Thang: I really wanted to like this book more. The problem, for me, was its inability to decide whether it was going to be surface-y, light and silly (like an Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging kind of book) or deeper, creepier and more serious. It fluctuated between the two styles, frankly, so it made me dismissive of it. The title is pretty flippant, so I didn’t expect some of the weightiness.

The drama could have had more impact if the rest of the story had been more developed. For example, she has the hots for Josh, though he soon disappears, the explanation being his beer breath? She obviously still thinks of him, but he’s never seen again, like her infatuation and excitement over him evaporates quickly. He breaks his leg, but she doesn’t even call or visit him.

The relationship with her parents could have been more developed; really, all of her relationships could have been. We know the basics about all of the secondary characters, but we, as the reader, don’t see who they are.

The Bottom Line: I love a good zombie story as much as the next gal, but I wish this one had more foundation to take me to the conclusion.

You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay was published January 22, 2009 by Razorbill. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.

Rating: 2.5

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance Series
Ages: 12 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

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