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R.I.P.: A YA Zombie Novel [Paperback]

Harrison Howe

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Book Description

Dec 18 2009
Be careful what you wish for . . . Lonely, overweight Billy Barton's birthday has come except he has no friends to share it with. So he wishes upon a shooting star for a friend and is almost immediately granted his wish. His friend: a zombie named RIP. Chaos and blood-soaked mayhem ensues as Billy, with RIP's help, seeks to level the playing field between him and the school bullies who make fun of his weight. But all is not what it seems, and when a new girl arrives at the school who piques Billy's interest, it soon becomes apparent that RIP has an agenda of his own.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Coscom Entertainment (Dec 18 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926712218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926712215
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 20.3 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,756,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A boy, a girl, and a zombie March 1 2010
By Colleen Wanglund - Published on Amazon.com
Billy Barton watched the falling star from his bedroom window and then made a wish. On the night of his twelfth birthday Billy wished for a friend. He was an overweight kid whose father had run off some years before, and who was relentlessly bullied in school. All he wished for that night, though, was a friend. That falling star was a meteorite that landed just a couple miles away from Billy's house, in a cemetery, cracking open and dripping a yellow pus-like substance into a grave.
Deke Donnelley was an astronomy student at a local state college who also watched the falling star that night. He tracked it to where it landed and went to find it. Deke was a geeky, skinny kid who was also bullied at school. He was hoping to make a major astronomical find and hopefully change the way people looked at him.
Jessica was a new girl in school that sat next to Billy....he was completely smitten. Was she the friend he had wished for? RIP was a corpse reanimated by the yellow ooze from the meteorite. He felt bad for Billy and had a proposition for him. Was he the friend Billy had wished for? Maybe this is a case of "be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it".
R.I.P. is a young adult novella about an awkward boy, the girl he loves, and a zombie. This was a fun story, full of the requisite horror, a fair amount of humor, and plenty of coming-of-age angst. It's a quick read, at only 91 pages, but any teen that's a fan of horror will like this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars zombie terror for the young (& young at heart) Dec 21 2009
By Lorne Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was fortunate enough to read R.I.P. in manuscript form about a year ago. I'm not usually a reader of "Young Adult" novels, so imagine my surprise when I found myself diggin' every sentence. Although suitable for all ages (so long as the parents are cool with zombies and horror-related violence), there is nothing here to turn off adult readers. In fact, it's quite the reverse: R.I.P. re-awakened that joyful love of horror that I first felt when I discovered the genre as a kid. Not a simple task. It's incredibly difficult to find a book that satisfies the monster kid you once were and the adult horror fan you've become-- but Harrison Howe has crafted exactly that book. It's an extraordinarily fun book with something to say and a very clever way of saying it. Buy it for your kid. . . and then sneak it away after bedtime for your own enjoyment.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp for young adults of any age Dec 23 2009
By John Palisano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book really reminded me of the time I first discovered horror and zombies in the 1980s. I felt like it was part 'Return Of The Living Dead' and part a smattering of those fun and topical coming of age films from that era. Of course, it's got it's very own flavor as well. The story is unique and the writing is really smooth. It's not as pretentious and self-aware as a lot of the modern tongue in rotting cheek zombie fiction coming out. A pleasant surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Blood and Guts Reading Dec 25 2009
By M. Mara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
R.I.P. has everything for the young adult looking for a fun, fast, gory but first-rate horror reading experience. Not only do you get a sharply humorous zombie story but Howe is also clever enough to weave a morality play within the scenes of carnage! Just what every growing boy and girl needs in today's morally corrupt society! Pick it up now, people!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Coscom Entertainment Jan. 25 2011
By Keith Gouveia - Published on Amazon.com
No one can screw you over like a best friend, especially if said friend is a zombie. Meet, Billy, an awkward, overweight boy who feeds the bullies of his school to his undead friend. At first, Billy and RIP's relationship is sound, but when RIP violates his trust, he must make a decision to rid the world of the one-true friend he has ever had, or grant forgiveness.

I wanted to give the book 3 stars because most of the one liners made this reader's eyes roll rather than instill laughter, and the violence fades out before it gets too gruesome. However, the book is aimed at a younger demographic so I cannot fault it for that and, of course, comedy is such a subjective matter, I shouldn't rate it by that. But, speaking as a writer, I cannot forgive the narrator interjection that pops up here and there in the text. So minus one point.

When all is said and done, I finished RIP hungry for more, so that shows Harrison Howe has the chops to carry a great story and though I found most of the jokes groan worthy, I still had an excellent time reading it. So do yourself a favor, and pick up RIP for yourself and/or your teenage kids. You'll thank me.

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