Sam is pretty much the epitome of a slacker. He’s a college dropout working as a counter jockey at the worst fast-food restaurant chain in Seattle and...moreSam is pretty much the epitome of a slacker. He’s a college dropout working as a counter jockey at the worst fast-food restaurant chain in Seattle and life can’t seem to get much worse. Until a game of spud hockey in the parking lot breaks the tail-light of a car owned by the creepiest man Sam has ever seen, Douglas Montgomery. This chance meeting of rouge potato vs. Mercedes reveals a secret Sam’s family has kept hidden from him. It turns out Sam isn’t just a slacker; he’s a necromancer with the power to raise and control the dead. As Sam struggles to cope with the newfound knowledge that he is the “Mayor of Zombieville,” he also has to contend with the evil bloodthirsty necromancer Douglas who will stop at nothing to possess Sam’s power… including sending his friends’ head to him in a box (which, the head is quick to tell him, was not a pleasant trip, thank you very much). Along with his friends, the talking disembodied head, a perky ghost guide and a very attractive werewolf girl, Sam must learn to control his necromancing powers quickly in order to thwart Douglas and protect his family and friends. And hopefully avoid the zombie panda and vicious lawn gnomes.
McBride’s wickedly funny paranormal fantasy novel is full of action, suspense, morbid humor and gory horror, all without being laden down by angst or romance. The narration is fun and fast-pasted and it is worthy of its 2011 nomination for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. (less)
Seth has just been dumped. Not only that, but while being dumped (at Applebees!), he spies his father having lunch with someone other than his mother....moreSeth has just been dumped. Not only that, but while being dumped (at Applebees!), he spies his father having lunch with someone other than his mother. To top it all off, these two incidents cause him to be fired from his fourth, yes, fourth job this year. As his life seems to be collapsing around him, he copes by starts an anonymous podcast called “The Love Manifesto” to try to help find out "what love is, why love is, and why we're stupid enough to keep going back for more." As Seth and his best friend Dimitri run around town trying to discover the identity of his father’s lunch date, Seth has to figure out a way to keep his detective work (and his feelings) from his father while they practice for an important father-son golf tournament. To make matters even worse, his mother has been sharing Seth’s plight with the world via her radio show “Gayle’s Romantic Rendezvous” and slowly, the anonymity of his podcast is being compromised. Will Seth ever finish reading his list of “156 Reasons I Love my Ex” or will his podcasting days end as soon as they began?
Filled with pop culture references and a playlist of each song included in Seth’s podcast, this book will resonate with anyone who has ever been on the losing end of a break-up and wondered why we even bother with love in the first place. In the end, Seth learns that sometimes falling in love means doing things you never thought you’d do, including eating the worst chicken salad sandwich in the history of the world. (less)