Thursday, April 29, 2010

I Kissed A Zombie And I Liked It by Adam Selzer

Review of I Kissed A Zombie And I Liked It by Adam Selzer

Published: January 26, 2010

3 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . ."

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . .”

I Kissed A Zombie And I Liked It brought me back to being in high school and to being incredibly stupid throughout that time. I mean in high school you are suppose to act stupid and think everything is the end of the world (even though it clearly is not). I Kissed A Zombie And I Liked It was one of those amazingly stupid books you pick up and then you read it and are really glad you are not that stupid anymore. Basically I gave this book 3 smirks because it reminded me of how far I have come along and how amazingly smart I actually turned out to be (not that I’m bragging or anything, just saying). For instance, the main character Alley acts like a typical high school girl who gets a boyfriend and immediately wants to change her future for him.

Now as adults that sounds beyond stupid and naïve to think someone in high school is going to love you for the rest of your life. And sure there are some success stories about high school sweethearts, but nowadays it is almost unheard of. I Kissed A Zombie And I Liked It is a book you borrow from the library, read once and in under 3 hours, and think “shit I’m really glad I’m not that stupid” or “gee, it is nice to be mental stable every now and then.” Granted, it was a middle school maybe even high school book, but it truly did show how stupid Alley was at the very end.

Alley even claims that she was stupid, but still claims to love Doug. Whatever she is probably just glad she still has a heartbeat and is not eating brains. Deep down I think Alley knows she was being “one of those girls” (who gets caught up in a relationship and stops think about themselves as an individual and more as a couple). I wouldn’t buy this book because it isn’t worth the money, but I am glad I read it just so I can say I did. I Kissed A Zombie And I Liked It will just be one of those books that makes me feel better that I am not in high school and that I would never rearrange my life for a guy, no matter how dreamy and undead he is.

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