Written by: Brian James
Released: June 24, 2008 by Feiwel and Friends
Summary: 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....
Reading this book was like watching a really bad horror movie, which probably explains why I was so enthralled while reading it (I have a horrible passion for those really bad, low budget horror movies). I also couldn’t help but think of the first Goosebumps book Welcome to Dead House and the ‘90s Disturbing Behaviour movie starring Katie Holmes.
A lot of this book was predictable but the ending was a little off from what I thought it would be. I mean, there’s only so much that you can do with zombies, so there were only so many paths that this book could have taken.
The characters too were predictable but enjoyable. I liked Hannah, though at times I found her a little shallow in her want to be a pretty, popular cheerleader. I can see the appeal though, even if zombies didn’t enter into the equation. Who I really fell in love with was Lukas; he was so protective and watchful. All he wanted was for Hannah to escape the clutches of the zombies, but alas he was shoved aside for a hunky zombie jock.
Then there were the Blondes, a.k.a. the Cheerleading zombies. Other than Maggie, the queen bee, and Morgan, the mean girl, I could never keep them straight on who was who since all their names started with M and sounded the same. When Hannah was choosing her M name I hoped that she went with the Montana option… like Hannah Montana. The thought of that made me chuckle while reading.
I did enjoy the book though I wish that there had been more to it at the end. It was left open quite nicely for a sequel. I don’t know, I just wanted to know about what happened a little further in the future. Or, if there was an entire sequel, maybe is Hannah found a way to overcome the entire Zombie thing.
Overall, I’m giving this book a 6/10. I sped through it in a few hours and it was entertaining enough. I think that it would be a good book to read while on the beach or somewhere like that.