Mia has been happy being on the fringe of the popular crowd. She is happy to have her hypochondriac best friend, Candice, and watch what is going on around her until...Rob, the super hot football star, asks her to Homecoming.
Everything is going fine between Mia and Rob. They've been on five dates and she can't believe her good fortune. Her luck begins to change though, when Samantha, the extremely popular cheerleader, sets her sights on Rob. Samantha will stop at nothing to secure her spot as Homecoming Queen and since Rob is the most likely guy to be chosen as the Homecoming King, she is determined to get Rob for herself.
Mia begins to panic. She doesn't really stand a chance against Samantha so she resorts to a pretty extreme measure. Candice, being the hypochondriac she is, takes Mia to a place she goes for a lot of her natural medicines for a love spell to make sure Rob doesn't dump her for Samantha. They choose to perform the spell during a Senior assembly and boy does that turn out to be a mistake. The spell is actually an ancient ritual called Viral Zombaticus. The entire Senior class has been infected and will be going through the four stages of the zombie virus in the next couple of days. Since Mia performed the ritual, she is their queen and once everybody gets to stage four of the virus, they will want nothing more than to eat her.
Thank goodness for Chase. He's a new guy with a huge secret. As a team, Chase, Mia, and Candice work to reverse the Viral Zombaticus - even though Candice is suffering from the virus herself and has to fight the urge to take a bite out of Mia whenever she is around. Can Mia reverse the spell before she becomes a zombie meal? Is Rob really as great as she thinks he is? After her brush with popularity, will she be happy to go back to her place on the fringe?
ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH is a quick read. The characters are fun to get to know - Mia is likable, Candice is quirky, and Chase is calm, cool, and collected in a crisis. The story isn't complex, but the humor throughout the book makes ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH a great reading choice.