You Are So Undead to Me

You Are So Undead to Me

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by Stacey Jay
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595142252
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/22/2009
Series:
Undead Series , #1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Stacey Jay lives in Maumelle, Arkansas.

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You Are So Undead to Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Crystal_Yawn More than 1 year ago
I am 35 yo mother of 5. I read smut, the dirtier the better.i don't read paranormal, no way no how. BUT for some reason, Stacy Jay's young adult paranormal books give me great entertainment. This would be the third I've read and I'm a huge fan. Megan Berry is a disaster. Seems every step she makes in this story another disaster happens. I found it really cute how she stays true to a 15 yo personality even though she has these powers. She is still boy crazy and forgetful. Wants to go on dates instead of studying chants. Loved this, looking forward to part two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The main character is sweet. The author has great insight into a fifteen year old girl's mind. There are some harsh reviews, not sure why. it's not gory or inappropriate. I'll bee moving on to book two for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Excited to see the rest of her adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super fun freebie. Reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer the early seasons when it was still silly, and there was a hot guy, too! On to the next book!
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
You are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay is a heavily revamped, serialized version of the full-length 2009 YA book You Are So Undead to Me. Being re-released as a serial novel it now will feature cliffhangers to keep you waiting in an...tici...pa...tion!!! Welcome to high school and the world of Zombie-Settlers. A sweet a quirky storyline follows Megan Berry through the trials and tribulations of high school, homecoming, mean girls, and ZOMBIES!!!!! YA is not my go-to genre but I was very pleasantly surprised by the story line and cannot wait to see where Megan takes us next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it was really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very gory and disturbing to me you shouldnt buy it
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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.
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lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
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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titania86 More than 1 year ago
Megan Berry is just an average, normal teenager, except for the fact that she is a zombie settler. Normal zombies are not the Night of the Living Dead, flesh eating variety. They are merely dead kids with unresolved issues who then go to settlers to get those issues of their chest and to be laid to rest. Megan just wants to be a normal teenager who goes on dates not interrupted by the undead and join the pom squad at school. However, someone else has other plans for her. Zombies of the flesh eating variety are only raised by black magic and are called reanimated corpses. When these creatures start attacking people around Megan, she has to find out who is doing and stop them before someone dies. Is it Monica, the vindictive popular girl who has it in for Megan? Or someone else entirely? And will Megan's social life stay intact through it all? Stacey Jay has created a fresh, new take on zombies that I have never seen before. It's such an over-flooded genre right now, so this is like a breath of fresh air for me. The secret society of settlers was intriguing and also ominous at times. The story was a great mix of suspense, horror, romance, action, and mystery punctuated with moments of humor. The book was similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that there is a girl who has a supernatural calling and tries to balance that job and her normal life. However, the narrative still held its own as a unique story by the strength and individuality of Megan. I related to Megan, the narrator and main character. She was a teenager with crushes on boys and freakouts about what people at school will think about her. It's expected, but it didn't overpower the novel (which would have been annoying). There were no temper tantrums or super dramatic teen angst. She was very sensible and intelligent. She had depth and a traumatic past involving reanimated corpses. She also knew when to let go of the superficial in order to save people when the situation became really dangerous. She had depth and a traumatic past involving reanimated corpses. I was also enamored and intrigued with the ever changing relationship between Megan and Ethan. I could completely understand her confusion with his behavior and his feelings for her. I was completely emotionally invested in these characters. You Are So Undead to Me was a great read. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out the mystery before Megan, but ended up being totally blindsided. Stacey Jay's writing flowed well and really sucked me in. If you like supernatural fiction, this book is the one for you. I'm really looking forward to the sequel, Undead Much that comes out next month.
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d_e_s_t_i_n_y More than 1 year ago
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.