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Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie Paperback – 1 Aug 2013

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Intrigue Publishing LLC (Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979478898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979478895
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

C.A. Verstraete has always wanted to be a writer for as far back as she can remember and although her career has mostly been in newspapers and magazines, fiction writing always called to her. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies including: "Athena's Daughters," "The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories," and "Feast of the Dead: Hors D'Oeuvres. "She is author of a nonfiction book on miniatures collecting, "In Miniature Style II," and a children's mystery, S"earching for a Starry Night." She lives in Wisconsin.

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In a world hit by the zombie virus, Christine Verstraete shows us an example of true friendship, teamwork and determination. For me, this is a new vision of a tried and tested genre with realistic consequences including mobs and discrimination.

I'll be honest, of all the zombie books I've read, this one is a refreshingly girly book. Don't get me wrong I'm not that girly but it's nice to see an author prove that girls can enjoy horror. Quite often I get surprised comments about how much I enjoy horror books and films. Apparently it's not an attractive trait in a woman to enjoy watching/reading about zombies, serial killers etc.. I say it's a matter of opinion!

Throughout the book we follow Rebecca Hayes, a sixteen year old girl with nothing more than boys and clothes on her mind, until everything changes. Christine wastes no time getting the story going whilst still developing her characters and their surroundings. The nice thing about the way this author writes is that every reader will have their own settings in their imagination. Due to much of the story being set in school, hospital and driving, you can tailor the story to what you've seen. This makes it much easier to let yourself flow along with it. I do find that some authors tend to over-describe and that's just not something that would attract me to a book.

The illness Rebecca suffers with and the discrimination she experiences at the hands of it reminds me of Iain Rob Wright's "The Peeling". His book is aimed more at the flesh eating disease "Necrotizing Faciitis" but the consequences of other people's fear is very similar. Unfortunately it is all part of the human condition; that which we fear, must be destroyed.
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I think the zombie point of view, especially when it's the struggle between human and turning like this is. There are both 'part-turned's' and full on zombies in this book which make for a great mix, especially when the full on zombies still go after Rebecca. In a lot of books with zombie hybrids, I've been disappointed to find the protagonist (hybrid) gets largely left alone by the zombies with the action happening around them. In this book, despite Rebecca being infected, she's fully in the action.

Becca is a likeable protagonist and seeing the world changing through her eyes and the different reactions to her from people makes for interesting reading. You don't meet Gabe for a while into the book but personally I preferred that, it let me get to know Rebecca and her cousin as the plotline unfolded.

Things do unfold slowly at first, just so people who like diving straight into the action are aware, but I prefer it because I get to see the trauma, emotional and physical change from infection slowly unfold in Rebecca's life. I did think I was going to be disappointed by the end but the author surprised me and definitely did not disappoint. I'd recommend people giving it a read.
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This one is one anyone can enjoy - not just zombie fans. The author has gotten inside the mind of a teenager really well. Everything about this book is awesome
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life as a teenage half-zombie 2 July 2016
By Nissa Annakindt - Published on Amazon.com
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'Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie' was a fun read. It tells the story of teen girl Becca who was infected by the zombie virus, but didn't become a full zombie. Instead, she became a half-zombie with unpleasant skin problems, an appetite for raw meat, and a faint but embarrassing odor. And you thought YOUR teenage years were bad.

The story doesn't run to a lot of life-or-death battles with zombie hordes or random character deaths as in the television series "The Walking Dead." Becca's half-zombie life may be exciting and contain some threats, but not enough to terrify timid readers into closing the book for good. It reminds me of those old teen monster movies from back in the sixties, such as 'I Was a Teenage Werewolf.'

The writing quality is overall quite good. There were a few parts when Becca's personal unhappiness was the main thing going on, but they were relatively brief and didn't detract from enjoyment of the book. I look forward to reading other works by this author.

This book is a pleasant departure from all those YA books that are filled with annoying levels or teenage angst, and/or contain content that shouldn't be read by anyone under 27. And actual adults can read this book with pleasure. The target audience, I would guess, runs more to girl teens than boys, but any young man who doesn't insist on a massive death count in his zombie fiction might enjoy it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There have been a lot of zombie works written recently ... but this one is worth reading (really!) 2 Sept. 2015
By HSG - Published on Amazon.com
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There have been a lot of zombie works written recently, but this one is actually worth reading. I was surprised that the author managed to find a new perspective/ treatment of zombies. At least I'd never seen it before. Thoroughly enjoyable read!

My notes on the book:
* Some wonderful prose: "like stringing a pearl necklace with gloves on"
* Fun names like Nurse Teapot.
* Humour, even in places you would not expect "after she poked my in the arm to get my eye straight"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, unique, and smart!! 14 Aug. 2013
By Joline Devonshire - Published on Amazon.com
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Girl Z is NOT what I expected at all. I knew for months that I wanted to read this based on the whole, teenage girl living as a zombie, aspect. I also knew that this was a YA novel and that's why this book ended up being a pleasant surprise for me. Honestly, I expected there to be a lot of teenage girl drama, petty arguments, competition over boys, etc...I can assure you that those elements were not a part of this story. I'm not going to give away too many details or "spoilers". If you're going to read this, which I hope everyone does, the story will be so much more fun to read without knowing anymore than what you read in the books description. I would also like to point out that, even though this is considered a book for young adults, Girl Z will appeal to anyone that enjoys books about the zombie apocalypse. The greatest thing about this novel is the originality. Christine did a fantastic job using her imagination to create believable situations and characters. I am very impressed by the originality of the Zombie virus, the characteristics of the zombies and part zombies, and the struggles the main character faces throughout the various unique situations she encounters. I'm really hoping that there is going to be a sequel to Girl Z although, Christine Verstraete did an excellent job with leaving the ending open for the readers own interpretation.

If you've read as many zombie books as I have (I believe I'm up to about 60 now) you may be getting that "been there, done that" feeling. I can guarantee that you will NOT have those feelings with this book. If you're looking for a fresh, fun, and fast-paced New zombie book, download, Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie! I firmly believe you will not be sorry you did so.

Great job Christine!! You've got a new fan for life!! I'm really looking forward to reading other work from you and (hopefully) Girl Z, part 2!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyable read! 18 Sept. 2013
By Denise K - Published on Amazon.com
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A new strain of the zombie virus has broken out that turns people the into a partial zombie. Some show outward symptoms such as gray skin and sores on their skin and some show no signs of this disease at all. Learning to cope with her new disease is hard for Rebecca because she is a teenager and has to learn a new way of eating and looking like...well a walking dead person. Rebecca along with her cousin and best friend Carmella we find that not everyone excepts a person with the disease and how hateful people can be to yes...even a teenager. I really enjoyed this story by Ms. Verstraete because it is so different from so many other zombie stories which look at a more serious form of the disease...dead people walking around trying to eat the living and the living trying to kill the walking dead. No...in this story we see a teenager living with a disease that is not fully understood and also trying to be just a teenager...wondering what to wear and if the cute boy will like her. If you are a fan of the zombie genre then you will like this fun...fast read. Even though this is a story about a teenager I found it wasn't just geared to a younger reading audience and will appeal to adults too. I am so looking forward to reading other books by C.A. Verstraete who I find to be an amazing story teller.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong, Fresh Take on "I Was a Teenage Zombie" 25 Nov. 2013
By Stephen D. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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GIRL Z is a fun, fresh take on zombies with an engaging central character and a strong point of view. Becca is a normal teenager until a chance encounter infects her with the Z virus. Then her whole world goes topsy-turvey, and suddenly she's a zombie whose decaying condition can be controlled by a strict regimen including diet and meds. Naturally, this makes growing up even more difficult, and that's not to mention that the world is struggling against the zombie apocalypse. Though it all, though Becca remains focused on trying to regain her "normal" life and protect her friends and family. And isn't that what most of us would do?

This is a strong first novel from C.A. Verstraete, and I look forward to her future endeavors -- which, with any luck, will include a Girl Z sequel. It's also refreshing to see a teenage monster book with a woman as the protagonist that bears no resemblance to Twilight and its ilk.
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