Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
“Y’know, if I was a sexy type of undead, like a vampire or something, I’m sure I’d have some kind of supernatural power to bring any guy I liked under my charismatic control. Best I can hope for is to not decompose over someone’s shoes. How romantic.”And you thought it was hard coming out as gay… Jay was a perfectly normal teenager, like any other awkward, antisocial, gay teenager. Until he was bitten by a mysterious zombie boy. Now, Jay has far more on his mind than he can handle. Not only is he struggling to keep his troubled family together and deal with his unfulfilled love for the hottest guy in school, he also needs to keep in check his urge to devour human flesh. All the while making sure his decomposition doesn’t show. As if he wasn’t already enough of an outsider…
I was a Teenage Gay Zombie is a funny, short story. It’s truly a young adult book–from the characters to the language. The author did an excellent job keeping it on track and flowing easily.
The diary entries keep the reader entertain and wanting to know what’s next. It’s easy to believe a teenager wrote them as they answer Jay’s inner questions, helping him deal with his reality, growing pains, and his first love.
Being a zombie is an integral part of the story, but is more about dealing with the consequences than finding the reasons behind it. And as curious as I am, I wanted to learn more.
This is definitely a book written for the right audience.
I can say that this is the best cover ever. Story Perfect Dreamscape designed the perfect illustration to match Jay, his story, and attitude. It feels YA, just like the story. It got my attention from the beginning.
ebook, 98 pages
Published: July 11, 2019, by Deep Hearts YA
Edition Language: English