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Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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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.
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"
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!!
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.