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REVIEW- The Undead Truth of Us

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5 stars

RELEASE DATE August 9, 2022


Death was everywhere. They all stared at me, bumping into one another and slowly coming forward.

Sixteen-year-old Zharie Young is absolutely certain her mother morphed into a zombie before her untimely death, but she can't seem to figure out why. Why her mother died, why her aunt doesn't want her around, why all her dreams seem suddenly, hopelessly out of reach. And why, ever since that day, she's been seeing zombies everywhere.

Then Bo moves into her apartment building―tall, skateboard in hand, freckles like stars, and an undeniable charm. Z wants nothing to do with him, but when he transforms into a half zombie right before her eyes, something feels different. He contradicts everything she thought she knew about monsters, and she can't help but wonder if getting to know him might unlock the answers to her mother's death.

As Zharie sifts through what's real and what's magic, she discovers a new truth about the world: Love can literally change you―for good or for dead.

In this surrealist journey of grief, fear, and hope, Britney S. Lewis's debut novel explores love, zombies, and everything in between in an intoxicating amalgam of the real and the fantastic.

TW: Death of a parent, horror description

My Thoughts:

Your heart will break for Zharie.

Zharie is thrust into living with her aunt who really doesn't want to deal with her. As she tries to figure out her place in the world without her mom, she's also dealing with her grief in unexpected ways and trying to fit in with new friends. I really enjoyed the writing and the authors prose was easy to read and pulled me in right away. At first the story is a little hard to read as you're trying to figure out things, but as you progress, you start to understand it better and I was pleasantly surprised by the different take.

This is a story that perfectly explains grief and love. By the end, I was heartbroken for Z, but was glad how the author tied up the ending. I highly recommend only if for the unique take on a tired zombie genre.

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