By: E. Van Lowe
Release Date: August 2009
Summary from Amazon:
Principal Taft's 3 Simple Rules for Surviving a Zombie Uprising:
Rule #1: While in the halls, walk slowly and wear a vacant expression on your face. Zombies won't attack other zombies.
Rule #2: Never travel alone. Move in packs. Follow the crowd. Zombies detest blatant displays of individuality.
Rule #3: If a zombie should attack, do not run. Instead, throw raw steak at to him. Zombies love raw meat. This display of kindness will go a long way.
On the night of her middle school graduation, Margot Jean Johnson wrote a high school manifesto detailing her goals for what she was sure would be a most excellent high school career. She and her best friend, Sybil, would be popular and, most important, have boyfriends. Three years later, they haven't accomplished a thing!
Then Margot and Sybil arrive at school one day to find that most of the student body has been turned into flesh-eating zombies. When kooky Principal Taft asks the girls to coexist with the zombies until the end of the semester, they realize that this is the perfect opportunity to live out their high school dreams. All they have to do is stay alive....
Character Development: 7/10
Total Score: 45
Age Appropriate Rating:
Drugs, alcohol, etc.: 1/10
Sexual Content: 2/10
Violence/Disturbing Images: 6/10
Never Slow Dance With A Zombie was a very silly, very light, very fun novel. It was filled with ridiculous notions like to keep a zombie away all you have to do is hit him on the nose with a rolled up newspaper. But things like that are what made the novel what it is; light and amusing.
Through the silliness there was a deeper meaning about learning to value good friends and how popularity isn’t everything, etc. But overall it was just entertaining. Which I was perfectly happy about don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t expecting more from a novel titled Never Slow Dance With A Zombie. I was really excited to read this book for that purpose actually. It was refreshing to read something so light, enjoyable, and full of wit.
Margot’s character could get annoying at times due to her constant need to be popular. It kind of seemed to make her lose her common sense sometimes but by the end of the novel you could see how she developed into a somewhat likable character. But even if she was sometimes irritating she was definitely relatable. Who hasn’t wanted to be popular? Of course most of us don’t go to the extreme to get it like Margot did but we can all still relate to the desire.
Overall, Never Slow Dane With A Zombie is an amusing book filled with lots of silliness, lots of zombies, and lots of fun. It’s a great book for anyone looking for a quick read that is super light and super quirky.