You Are So Undead to Me

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Q: HOW MANY ZOMBIES DOES IT TAKE TO RUIN A SOCIAL LIFE?
A: NOT MANY.

Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you’re trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it’s kinda hard to score a date. Let’s just say Megan’s love life could use...

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Overview


Q: HOW MANY ZOMBIES DOES IT TAKE TO RUIN A SOCIAL LIFE?
A: NOT MANY.

Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you’re trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it’s kinda hard to score a date. Let’s just say Megan’s love life could use some major resuscitation.

Megan’s convinced her life can’t get any worse – until someone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it’s up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life – and more importantly, the homecoming dance – depends on it.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kristin Anderson
High school sophomore Megan Berry is a zombie Settler in Carol, Arkansas. She has inherited her mother's ability to help the undead find peace by fulfilling their final wishes. She has a difficult time balancing her Settler duties with her desire to live a normal teen life. Megan would far rather be going on dates with her crush and practicing for pom squad tryouts than chatting with the recently deceased. Matters are made worse when a rash of attacks by the unquiet dead make it evident that a practitioner of black magic is on the loose in Carol. Maggie is convinced that the witch is out to ruin the homecoming dance, but Settler Services puts college boy, Ethan, on the case. Romance and mayhem ensue, in just about equal parts. Here is another title to add to the growing cannon of teen zombie fiction. Occasionally readers might find themselves wondering how a small town can have such a high undead population, but it only contributes to the book's Buffy-like appeal. Although occasionally the humor is forced and the teen dialogue feels a bit stale (words like "skank" and "dink" feel overused or dated), this book and its appealing cover will easily find an audience. Fans of the more horror-skewing supernatural romance titles, especially Rosemary Clement-Moore's Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series, will gobble this one up and ask for the sequel. Reviewer: Kristin Anderson
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Megan Berry is one of a special group of people known as "Zombie Settlers." Those who die with unfinished business to take care of do not rest easily and so the settlers are available to take the last wishes and dying requests of the undead. The gruesome yet mundane process is completed when the unsettled are returned peacefully to their graves. Periodically, however, there are those who use powers to raise the zombies to do evil bidding, and as Megan is preparing for the fall Homecoming Dance, reanimated zombies seem to be taking over the town. This attracts the attention of the entire Settlers Affairs organization and brings Megan back into settler training. The mystery of why zombies keep appearing is one that will hold the attention of older middle school students. Megan's attitude, between concern and nastiness, is typically young adolescent: she can't figure out why SHE is being singled out. Even while older settlers are involved, Megan follows through with her own ideas. Finally, it is with the help of her mother, a former settler, and friend Ethan, who is himself a settler, that the conflict is made clear and the perpetrators are identified. All of this is unbeknownst to the sleepy little town of Carol, Arkansas, and the people there who have no idea that Zombie Settlers are in their midst. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
Kirkus Reviews
Zombie horror meets high-school drama in this derivative comedy about a girl who yearns for a normal life even as she struggles to master her role as a Settler of the undead. Securing a date for the homecoming dance and a place on the pom squad are the major concerns for sophomore Megan Berry until she experiences a resurgence in her supernatural ability, dormant since she was attacked by reanimated zombies as a preteen. Woven throughout is a competitive relationship Megan has with a popular girl and a tension-filled one with an older boy. The latter may appeal to readers who enjoy their romances feather-light. However, the narrative is plagued by clumsy, unimaginative writing-as when Megan repetitively uses variations of the phrase "tidy sum" to describe payments made to Settlers, separated by barely a sentence. Further, the unabashed borrowing from other works-when in danger, the hero experiences a Harry Potter-esque burning sensation in her scar-force comparisons that this uninspired horror-comedy would do better to avoid. (Horror. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595142252
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Series: Undead Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 831,514
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Stacey Jay lives in Maumelle, Arkansas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Ok book

    Its not so interesing. Its a little inapropriate. Pretty dum but its worth a shot to read its mostley for young adults so kids should't really read it if they are 8 and under.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2009

    Not the best.

    I got very bored with this one. I couldn't even finish reading it, and that is hard for me to do. It starts out with a dead guy showing up on the girls doorstep, which is very interesting, but it just didn't follow through.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Really good book.

    I love this book it was really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Hotchick

    This book is very gory and disturbing to me you shouldnt buy it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    One of my favorites.

    This has to be one of my favorite book series. You fall in love with the characters and there's a lot of humor along the way. Also, who doesn't love some awesome zombies? This has to be one of the best books I have ever read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    So-So

    Megan Berry's social life is so dead. Literally. Fifteen-year-old Megan is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues. And things are about to get even worse. Someone at school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies and it's up to Megan to stop the zombie apocalypse...

    Studying her Settler textbook is important, except Megan just wants to be a normal sophomore in High School. Her biggest worry right now is getting a date to the Homecoming dance, not the zombie on her doorstep. So, when an old friend shows up to teach Megan some new tricks and zombies begin attacking her all over town, she becomes a bit preoccupied and doesn't realize danger is closer than she thinks.
    I've been on a big zombie fix lately since reading Dan Waters Generation Dead series, but I feel this book was written for a much younger crowd - thus I didn't find it really interesting. I found the plot lacking, the characters flat, and the all over story predictable. Megan was immature and she didn't really develop much throughout the story. I didn't find myself enjoying any of the side characters as well and the end was just plain CHEESY!!!! Stacey Jay's writing style was pretty boring to me as well, didn't flow well and I found myself skipping paragraphs to read ahead. If you're looking for a quick bit of fluff to read, this might satisfy your needs - but I think you'd be much happier looking elsewhere.

    Likes: The idea of "Settlers" was growing on me, but the story didn't carry it through enough for my interest.

    Dislikes: Too many similarities to Buffy; just switch the vamps for zombies and it's pretty much the same story line.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    Good Book

    This is the first book in the Megan Berry series, I liked this book, it was lighthearted and funny. Made me wish I was that age again and that I actually was a Zombie Settler lol. Fifteen year old Megan Berry wasn't born your average kind of girl, she was born a Zombie Settler, someone who helps the dead settle their last wish and afterwards returns their body to their grave so they can rest in peace. But for the last 5 years her powers were dormant after a bad experience at the age of ten, that was until the night she is supposed to go on her first date with a popular senior. A zombie shows up at her door and in an effort to hurry it along so she could go on her date she messes up and has to take his arm back to his grave. There at the grave while trying to remember how to get the arm to go back into the grave she meets Ethan, an old friend and fellow Zombie Settler from before her bad experience 5 years earlier. Soon she has feelings for Ethan,but everything soon starts to go wrong,someone is using black magic to bring the dead back to kill people. Megan has her suspicions of Monica, also a fellow Zombie Settler. But things aren't what they really seem in Megan's life and she soon learns the hard truth about being a Zombie Settler,her past, and her present life.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    great

    This books pulls you in from the first page. I picked it up and was kind of worried it wouldn't be very good but after 3 pages I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book for anyone.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

    Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry thought that she'd been rid of the Settler gig forever. Ever since the zombies attacked her at the age of ten, she hasn't been expected to continue interviewing the regular, nonthreatening undead to help them settle their worldly affairs so they could quietly go back to the grave.

    But now, dead guys are showing up on her doorstep again, and even though Megan's Settler powers have returned full-force, picking up the job she inherited from her mother is the last thing Megan wants to worry about. Homecoming looms, and Megan not only has to work on snagging a date with the most popular football player in school, but she also has to avoid confrontation with fellow Settler Monica so that she and her best friend, Jess, can make Pom Squad tryouts.

    How is Megan supposed to work her way into Carol High's upper crust if dead people keep interrupting at the most inopportune times?

    Homecoming grows even more unlikely for Megan when she learns that someone is using black magic to reanimate corpses into the flesh-eating variety. What's worse is that they seem to be targeting her, and Megan is having a rough enough time just trying to appear normal while easing back into the Settler business.

    This unexpected attraction Megan has for the Settler Affairs officer who's been assigned to her case isn't helping much, either, especially when he starts creeping into every aspect of her life. Megan is going to have to work her hardest to figure out what's going on and keep her life in order, before being a Settler manages to destroy it.

    This hilarious story has something for every girl who likes monsters, magic, mystery, and a little kick-ass action. I also found it to be an interesting take on zombies, and I look forward to seeing more of Megan in the promised second book.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

    she has it so hard and easy

    Megan has it hard just getting her powers back but someone is trying 2 kill her. She has it easy cuz she gets 2 work with a (MAJOIR HOTTIE) Ethan. i sometimes get jell cuz she get a hot bf!! :) then i feel lucky cuz nobody (i know) is trying 2 kill me. 1 OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN NOT WAIT TILL UNDEAD MUCH? :)

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Megan Berry...Zombie Settler!

    In this book the autho Stacey Jay takes a supernatural spin on teenage life. The main character Megan Berry is a Zombie settler, meaning that she fulfills the wishes of the dead who still have unfinished business on earth. She is struggling to balance her social life and her undead duties whilst learning someone is trying to eliminate her.
    If your a fan of buffy the vampire slayer series you will definitly enjoy this 263 page read. The characters are basically stereotypical ( ex: teh jock, the mean girl etc. ) and the main character Megan can be whiny but had a witty and energetic personality. An extra bonus is the plot twist of who the person is that is trying to make Megan "undead" herself and anyone who gets in the way.
    In my opinion this book was a good read, and if you have time should be given a chance. Some parts might even make you laugh out loud. This book can be found in the teen fiction section and is a supernatural genre. Hope you decide to give this book a chance.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    Quirky but fun

    This book was an entertaining read and the idea that author Stacey Jay is making this into a series might be worth a look at the second book. The idea is that Megan is a "settler" and deals with troubled spirits is interesting. Throw in the fact that she is a teenager and really just wants to survive high school and not even get into the whole "settling" thing gives it an interesting conflict. But she does deal with alot of un-dead teenagers in this novel, as well as some pretty twisted plots. I had to re-read the book myself just to understand it all.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    You Are So UNDEAD To Me by Stacey Jay

    Megan Berry's social life is so dead. Literally.<BR/><BR/>Fifteen-year-old Megan is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues.<BR/><BR/>And things are about to get even worse. Someone at school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies and it's up to Megan to stop the zombie apocalypse...<BR/><BR/>Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, and that means that she is a part time shrink to some undead people with killer issues. We start off with Megan's dormant settler powers suddenly springing back to life after a traumatic experience that left Megan with a partial case of amnesia for 5 years. Perfect timing for a zombie to come a knockin' as she is about to embark on her first date with the hottest guy at school. NOT!!<BR/><BR/>Black magic practitioners created Reanimated Corpses (flesh eating zombies) who attacked her years ago and now Megan¿s skills and memories return even as an Unsettled revisit her. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming and not being babysat by Ethan her childhood friend , a Settler¿s Affairs law enforcement official, whom she also thinks is a hottie. Yet, when you¿re trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it¿s kinda hard to score a date.Let¿s just say Megan¿s love life could use some major help.<BR/><BR/>As Megan begins to refocus training on her reborn settler skills we see her grow up from some dance team obsessed young girl to someone who can seriously kick some undead butt. The most exciting parts of the book were those when Megan was battling with the reanimated corpses. Ahhhhmazing!! The "bad" guy motivation for the zombie ressurections surprised me and it was a nice twist that I did not see coming.<BR/><BR/>Upon finishing this novel from Stacey Jay and setting it down on my lap, I was left with this undead urge to devour it all over again. The zombie settler world that Jay has created is fresh, funny and exiting not to mention that you have some serious nail bitting moments that really get you jumpin' at the slightest noise. If you are a fan of Buffy then you will adore this book full of mystery, excitement, and teenage romance. I cannot wait for the next installment In the Megan Berry zombie settler series due next year called UNDEAD MUCH.

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

    IS THERE GOING TO BE A 2ND ONE????

    This book was SO good. I thought it was hilarious and fun. I'm hoping Stacey wll write another book on Megan's adventures with the undead, oh, and can't forget about Ethan as well. I really recommend this book if you like an upbeat story. The only thng I didn't like was that Megan always cried (kinda got annoyig after the 3rd time).

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

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    Stacey Jay¿s fine zombie novel is similar in tone and style to the P.C. and Kristen Cast¿s vampire saga

    Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry comes from a family of Settlers; people who help the Unsettled (Zombies) by listening to what makes them so bothered that they left their graves. She then performs a kind of magic to get them back into their graves and seals it. After that the Settlers try to do what the Unsettled wanted done. However, due to a trauma five years ago, Megan¿s powers went dormant and she developed a case of partial amnesia. <BR/><BR/>Black magic practitioners created Reanimated Corpses (flesh eating zombies) who attacked her five years ago. Now Megan¿s skills and memories return even as an Unsettled visits her. She recalls most of what she must do to get him back to his final resting place, but she cannot remember how to make him enter the grave. To protect her from the Reaniminated, her childhood friend Ethan, a Settler¿s Affairs law enforcement official is assigned as Megan¿s bodyguard pretending to be her boyfriend. Ethan likes the idea as he is attracted to her, but knows her safety comes first as some dangerous incidents occur targeting Megan. She and her family are placed in protective custody by an Enforcer who mentors Megan on how to use her second level skills. However her unknown enemy sets a trap that Megan falls into; one which could prove deadly.<BR/><BR/>Stacey Jay¿s fine zombie novel is similar in tone and style to the P.C. and Kristen Cast¿s vampire saga. Megan wants to lead a normal teen life, but comes to realize her heritage and her strong power will never allow her to do so. Once she accepts her reality, she studies diligently wanting to be an adept at level three spells so she can fight her own battles and hold her end up. Young adults will admire this fine role model while appreciating her star performance in the delightful and exciting YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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