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Undead Girl Gang

Review

Undead Girl Gang

From the author of THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU and NOT NOW, NOT EVER, comes UNDEAD GIRL GANG, a witchy tale of friendship, loss and, of course, zombies.

UNDEAD GIRL GANG follows Mila Flores after the recent loss of her best (and only) friend, Riley. After Riley is found dead mere days after the supposed suicides of town mean-girls June and Dayton, many assume the death of Riley was suicide as well, but Mila knows her best friend. Authorities have already closed the case, and in a fit of despair and anger Mila turns to Wicca, the shared practice of her and her recently deceased best friend, and does the only rational thing: raises her from the dead. However, Mila accidentally ends up bringing back June and Dayton back as well, all with no recollection of their deaths. Now, within a week, Mila is tasked with the upkeep of three zombie teens, and of course, discovering their perpetrator, all before the culprit strikes again.

"The creative concept combined with Anderson’s exploration of human nature and man-made standards construct a story of friendship, loss, humor and, of course, boss ladies."

The standout quality in UNDEAD GIRL GANG was beyond doubt the unflinching honesty. Through Mila, Anderson is able to address all of the questions modern day young women face. What does it mean to be a strong girl? Why is it important to be different and non-conforming? Why is our standard of beauty and “normal” so narrow? Mila is relentlessly authentic, and confronts all of the same doubts many other girls do, just with much more fierceness. Mila is fat and Mexican, and knows she doesn’t fit the cookie-cutter standard for what her town views as admirable. However, despite all of the confidence Mila has, she still is forced to internally reconcile standards her surroundings and upbringing have placed upon her.

Not only this, but Mila is constantly grappling with the ideas of loss and friendship throughout the novel. Riley is Mila’s only friend, and after her death, Mila is forced to grieve her only friend and her only source of friendship at all. Anderson not only does a great job of exploring grief, but she also explores the different ways it can manifest itself in different people.

However, although Anderson explored many complex themes in her novel, the fun, fascinating elements required to set this book apart from so many others were all there as well. From the teenage witch to the stereotypical high school cliques, Anderson incorporates enough stereotypical high school drama and witchy jargon to set her story apart. The creative concept combined with Anderson’s exploration of human nature and man-made standards construct a story of friendship, loss, humor and, of course, boss ladies.

While Anderson’s concept may seem a bit far-fetched or out of many reader’s realms, I would recommend  UNDEAD GIRL GANG to fans of Mean Girls and Sabrina the Teenage Witch alike. A fun tale of confident girls, psychopathic killers, and of course, teenage witches, UNDEAD GIRL GANG is the perfect novelization of satirical teenage chick flicks with a bewitching twist.

Reviewed by Lillian B., Teen Board Member on June 13, 2018

Undead Girl Gang
by Lily Anderson