Grade: 3.8 stars out of 5
When Karen Vera falls from the top of the pyramid she expected to die since anyone knows that having their skull cracked open and their brains spilled out can only mean death. But Karen’s family line has a history of well, not dying…completely. Apparently Karen has a special gene that when she “dies” she doesn’t die, but rather turns into a zombie—Death Challenged. After having her parents rush her home, the principal of DEAD High visits and invites Karen to their boarding school to continue her education because frankly everyone at the football game expected Karen to die.Quite frankly I found My So Called Death to be a rollicking fun, hilarious read. The entire novel doesn’t take itself too serious (though there are some paragraphs where Stacey Jay tries to incorporate some women’s right/fight against racism/prejudice), which was very relaxing despite the giant maggot fights. Jay also writes some of the most disgusting raw lunch menus ever—raw cow brains served with some raw pork stuffed in its own intestines—but then again it just made me like this novel even more.
DEAD High isn’t perfect by a long shot for Karen. She’s forced into these long drabs of fabric as the official that only highlights how tiny Karen’s physique is: a measly 5’1. But she’ll take it as long as she can hang out with Gavin again. Though that faithful encounter may just get Karen’s brain nibbled on.
Some downsides: don’t expect some amazing character developments or anything “wow! that just frazzled my dazzle!” I am also still confused on the Deprogrammeds—those who are reanimated by black magic. And while in most fun, rollicking reads things can get predictable, My So Called Death kept a few surprises in store.
If you’re interested in what happens when an ex-cheerleader turns into a zombie, look no further. If you’re interested in reading about an ex-cheerleader battling a giant maggot, look no further.
(For Death) but really I just cringe about gag slightly at this cover.
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