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My Rotten Life (Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie #1)

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Ten-year-old Nathan Abercrombie is having a really bad day. First, Shawna Lanchester, the prettiest girl in his class, doesn't invite him to her party. Then he gets picked last in gym class. Things couldn't get any worse…until he gets doused with an experimental serum that turns him into a half-dead zombie!

Nathan soon discovers that being half dead isn't all bad. He doesn'
Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Starscape
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Nov 21, 2013 Cesar rated it really liked it
**Spoiler Alert**

This is a cool book to read!Have you ever think how it would feel like to be dead and to not be able to feel any pain? Well this would be a great chance for you to read this book. This book is obviously fantasy because it has a type of supernatural in it. As you can see in the title it has the word zombie in it. I actually loved this book because there is one part that only the bravest people can do which is almost taking your life for a person.

This book is about an ordinary
Katy Vance
Jul 07, 2011 Katy Vance rated it liked it
I am giving it three stars because it didn't make me laugh out loud, but I think that 9-11 year old boys will be rolling as Nathan Abercrombie almost loses one of his fingers to the neighbor's dog and hangs from parallel bars to upchuck his food (zombies can't digest, you know). I like that it's a series which will appeal to boys who enjoy mild gross-out humor. I see this as an upper elementary book or lower middle school book for had to please readers.
Jun 26, 2014 Marlee rated it liked it
My son, who is 10, found this book to be amazing. We read it together. He also found it quite funny. I found it started out really slowly. If my son hadn't been enjoying it, I wouldn't have finished it. However, though it was somewhat silly, I ended up enjoying the book as well. My son is excited to continue with the series. Easy to read with fun characters.
Oct 26, 2013 Kesha rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humorous
Tremendously cute tale about friendship, and overcoming embarassment that involves zombies.
Gavin Ash
Jan 18, 2017 Gavin Ash rated it it was amazing
Nice book
Brian Williams
Aug 03, 2011 Brian Williams rated it really liked it

By David Lubar

Yet another book I picked up at ALA11 in New Orleans. They were giving away copies of this already released book. That trip is going to be memorable for years to come for so many reasons but most of all the fact that meet so many cool people and brought home some great books.

My Rotten Life: Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie is a book I didn’t get from standing in a line but a book I found when I was sitting down for a rest wor
Oct 16, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, lol
Nathan Abercrombie is not popular and he's having one of the worst days ever. The girl he likes has just ripped his heart out and then he gets picked last for baseball teams, even after the kid who spends his life with his hand jammed into his armpit/nose/ear/etc. Just when it looks like his day can't get any worse, his friend, Abigail invites Nathan and his best friend, Mookie, over to her uncle's laboratory. Nathan is accidently doused with a strange chemical that leaves him a half zombie! Wha ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Never say that you are having a bad day. Nothing can compare to the day Nathan has had!

When he wants to just get rid of his bad feelings, the new girl, Abigail, suggests that her uncle has a magic potion in his lab that can do the trick! So Nathan, his best friend, Mookie, and Abigail head off to the lab to get the "Hurt Be Gone." But at the lab, Nathan is splashed by some strange liquid and soon, he starts to feel weird.

When he reports to Abigail that his
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Some days just stink.

Nathan Abercrombie is having the worst day of his life. To say that it was horrible would be an understatement. First off, he's diss'd by the prettiest girl in school-- the one he just happens to have a huge crush on. Then he's chosen last during gym. And then... and then, in a foolish effort to ease the heartache of being stuck forever at the losers' table, he gets talked into visiting a mad scientist, where he accidentally gets doused with an experimental fluid that leaves
Nathan Abercrombie is the second skinniest kid at school. He spends most of his time with the second tallest kid, the second fattest kid, and the second fastest kid. He doesn’t have a lot of friends and he’s used to being picked last for sports in PE, but for the most part, it doesn’t bother him. Until, the girl he’s been crushing on for a long time embarrasses him in front of the entire cafeteria. He is desperate to stop feeling the pain in his heart.

Things only get worse for him when Abigail,
Nathan Ambercrombie was having a really bad day. He has been getting picked on constantly by the popular kids at school and by his teachers. The this strange girl Abagail offers him a way to make all the hurt and embarrassment go away. Her uncle has developed Hurt-be-Gone and Nathan signs up to try it. Unfortunately, his friend Mookie spills the entire serum on him and bad things start to happen. Nathan does feel anything but he also doesn't eat or go to the bathroom anymore and he starts loosin ...more
Most kids have bad days. But Nathan’s days get an unusual twist when he gets doused with a potion to erase feelings and instead gets turned into a zombie. Nathan’s natural (or rather unnatural) progression into one of the undead is persuasive. It shows, oddly enough, the perks of losing all feeling in your body—not needing to eat or sleep, performing all sorts of strenuous physical activities without getting winded (a boon for a kid with asthma), being able to face tense situations without break ...more
Jan 22, 2012 DrewBrees rated it liked it
My Rotten Life by David Lubar talks about an unpopular boy thats having a really bad day. Just when he thinks things can't get much worse, it does. After being picked on by kids at school, a strange girl Abigail,
invites Nathan to try out an experiment that could cure his pain of embarrassment. Just as he's about to try the -Hurt-Be-Gone invented by Abigail, his best friend Mookie spills it on him which brings things downwards from there. As the three try to find a cure for Nathan,
Weird things
Mar 09, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 3-6
Recommended to Sarah by: 5/6
Nathan thinks he has a rotten life...but things get much worse after he gets some experimental liquid called “Hurt-Be-Gone accidentally spilled on him! After that, parts of his body start losing feeling, he stops digesting food, and he doesn’t need to go to the bathroom!

His friends Mookie and Abigail help him get the ingredients for the mixture that will stop him from becoming a total zombie—ingredients that include a scale from a rare breed of fish and
a strange mushroom. The problem is, he mus
Oct 19, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Nathan isn't the coolest kid in the class - not even close. In fact, he was having a pretty bad day until he decides to look into his friend's crazy uncle's experimental Hurt-Be-Gone - only it accidentally gets poured all over him. There was one fatal error in the concoction - instead of using the corpus flower, he had used the corpse flower, and now, Nathan is slowly becoming undead - a zombie.

But life as a zombie isn't half bad. He doesn't need to use his lungs any more so gym class is no swea
May 13, 2010 Natisha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Both my 10 yr old son and I read this book. I received the sequel to this book as an ARC, and after reading the first chapter, I HAD to buy the this book. I prefer reading books in sequence, even though sequel stood nicely on it's own.

This book was absolutely hilarious. It had both my older son and I cracking up (the younger son hasn't gotten a chance to read it since it fell into the clutches of boy#1).

Nathan thought his life was rotten until Abigail's estranged uncle spilled Hurt-Be-Gone on N
Jun 22, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
Nathan Abercrombie was your average Second-Bester, not quite the worst at something, but still not good enough to really be noticed. That didn't stop him from having his heart stomped on by his crush, getting picked last at PE, and being taunted for his lack of video game skills. Desperate to not feel rejected anymore, he take quiet Abigail up on her offer to fix him. Her mad-scientist uncle is working on a formula that make people not feel sad anymore, Hurt-be-gone. After an accident leads to a ...more
Aug 25, 2010 Raina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, funny, creepyish
Have you ever wanted to be a zombie?

Definitely not my normal fare. Silly, gross humor, crazy plot, fun characters. Good elementary appeal. There are disadvantages and advantages to zombiness. Like, you can't eat (well, you can, but the food won't digest and just sloshes around in your stomach), and you can't feel pain, which means you don't notice when your fingers fall off. But on the other hand, you can't feel pain! And you can do things that would normally be really hard (like playing video
Kathleen Behrendt
This first book in a series sets the stage for the rest. Fifth-grader Nathan Abercrombie is so tired of having his feelings hurt by the popular kids (last to be picked for teams, not invited to parties, etc) that he agrees to try an experimental formula, Hurt-Be-Gone. Unfortunately, he gets results he wasn't expecting - he turns into a half-dead zombie! The action progresses as his friends try to find a cure for Nathan. The twist at the end of the book is totally unexpected and will be appreciat ...more
May 21, 2009 Carmine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3/4th graders, most likely boys
Recommended to Carmine by: ARC
cute premise-...boy agrees to become guinea pig in a science experiment that promises life without pain after being dissed by popular girl. Things go awry when the potion slowly starts turning him into a zombie- now that he doesn't sleep he can master video games to wow his peers, breath under water, do hundreds of pull ups, etc. The quest to undo his increasingly corpse-like physiology brings him closer to his friends- his old buddy, the chubby boy with flatulence issues and his new friend, the ...more
Sep 01, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombie, juvenile
Fifth grader Nathan feels like he has nothing going for him and he feels pretty down about it. Abigail, a fellow "loser" tells him she can get her uncle to cure him with Hurt-Be-Gone. Instead of just taking a sip of the concoction, Nathan spills it all over himself and finds he can't feel a thing. Soon he isn't even breathing or blinking....he has become a zombie! Abigail, Nathan and his friend Mookie must find the elements of the cure before Nathan stays a zombie forever!

Cute, quick, smart youn
Jun 30, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, ala2011, 2016-read
This book was incredibly cute. Admittedly, I don't think that's what the author had in mind when his young protagonist becomes an accidental zombie, but Nathan Abercrombie is incredibly likable. He and his friends aren't the ultimate school losers, but they are next best thing. When Nathan's absolutely worst day is made more horrible by a lab accident (that wasn't even his fault), he thinks he's hit rock bottom. Then he realizes he's mostly dead and possibly dropping body parts. There is a cure ...more
Amy Brown
Great book on CD. Two narrators, one for the female voices and one for the male voices. Loved this story (which I'm sure is just the first in a series). A boy Nathan Abercrombie accidentally gets doused with an experimental liquid called hurt-be-gone. Instead of taking away hurt feelings, it's slowly turning Nathan into a Zombie who can't feel any pain. Can Nathan, with the help of two friends, find a cure before he is completely dead? This book would be very easy to booktalk. There's a gross ou ...more
Abby Johnson
Aug 22, 2009 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
Nathan Abercrombie is worse than the school's biggest loser - he's one of the Second Besters, the kids who are only ever second best at anything (and completely invisible to everyone but each other). When he is doused by a serum that slowly turns his body into a walking dead zombie, Nathan will have to figure out the antidote before it's too late.

It's wacky, but not stupid and I'd quickly hand it over to boys in grades 3-5. Nathan and his antics will be appreciated by fans of Diary of a Wimpy K
Marie Gentilcore
Jun 05, 2015 Marie Gentilcore rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, series, audiobook
This was a fun book that my kids (boy-10 and girl-8) really enjoyed. I mean what's not to love? The main character, Nathan Abercrombie, is turning into a zombie but with the help of his best friend Mookie and brainiac Abigail can they find the cure before it's too late and he becomes a full fledged zombie? You'll have to read the book to find out. Seriously though as my kids have gotten older it's been harder to find books for them, but this one was a success. It had zombies but also dealt with ...more
This is David Lubar's trademark goofy blend of humor and horror (horror meaning he goes for the gross-out and is rarely actually scary). Nathan is 5th grader who gets an experimental compound accidentally spilled on him at a kooky scientist's lab. He ends up slowly turning into a zombie, and is desperate for a cure - and maybe his new friend Abigail can help. There are a few laugh-out-loud moments and kids who like books about characters with special abilities will enjoy the story as Nathan disc ...more
Ashley Nelson
I really was suckered in by the title, I mean, "Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie"? What's not to like there? This is the first in a series for juvenile readers. Nathan is in 5th grade, and is having a very bad day, which leads him to try an experimental emotional killing drink called Hurt-Be-Gone. Instead of killing off his negative emotions, it kills off his body, literally. Nathan is now a zombie, but somehow, no one except his 2 friends notice. The story was so-so, I enjoyed the zombie p ...more
Julian Johnson
Feb 08, 2015 Julian Johnson rated it really liked it
My Rotten Life is written in a energetic, very readable style. From the first sentence to the last, readers will be drawn in. The slightly gross humor and easy-to-read text will capture the attention of even the most uninterested readers. If you like novels that make you laugh and feel sympathy for what the main character is experiencing, then look no further than My Rotten Life. The children and teens that read My Rotten Life will be able to understand the main characters problem and be eager ...more
Mar 16, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it
In addition to the fact that he's one of the most unpopular kids in school, now Nathan has to worry about the fact that he is becoming a zombie due to his friend's crazy uncle's Hurt-B-Gone formula, guaranteed to rid you of bad or sad emotions. Many kids will relish the gross details of Nathan's zombie formation, such as being unable to digest his food or sustain injury, while all kids should be able to relate to being a social outcast at one point and another and the hero's resolution. The endi ...more
Mrs. Downs
GR Level: O

Elementary: FIC LUB

Sometimes you might feel like you just don't quite fit in. Sometimes you have a totally rotten day where it seems like EVERYTHING goes wrong. . .that is exactly what happens to Nathan. He would do anything to get rid of the feelings that come from feeling like a loser. When someone tells him they know the solution he's willing to try it out, and he finds that their is a price that comes with having no feeling. Will he ever learn that being a zombie isn't all that it
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David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; several short ...more
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