R.I.P.: A YA Zombie Novel Paperback – Dec 18 2009
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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.
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.