Girls Save the World in This One

Philomel. Apr. 2020. 432p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525515326.
Gr 9 Up–June loves zombies, and her friends have bonded over their passion for the undead. To June’s surprise, Zombie Con is going to be held in her boring ole town. For one day, she can put her worries about applying to college behind her and have the time of her life. But things at Zombie Con are weird—there are real zombies there. Now June and her two best friends must take them on to save the town, and maybe even the entire world. While some of the content is suited for older teens, the novel is written in a rather simplistic manner with a humorous, laugh-out-loud tone. It offers up plenty of action laced with a tinge of gore, and has a light romance. Readers will connect with the characters, whose emotions are laid out on the page. This fun coming-of-age story tackles popular topics such as cons and zombies with an inclusive cast of characters, and highlights the power of friendship and strong women.
VERDICT For those who love zombies and action-packed books, as well as reluctant readers.

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