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"A ravenous read." —Kirkus ReviewsShaun of the Dead meets Clueless in this hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie convention—featuring a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a...
"A ravenous read." —Kirkus ReviewsShaun of the Dead meets Clueless in this hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie convention—featuring a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a...
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  • "A ravenous read." —Kirkus Reviews
    Shaun of the Dead meets Clueless in this hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie convention—featuring a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a horde of actual zombies. Perfect for fans of Geekerella, Undead Girl Gang, and Anna and the Apocalypse.
    Mega-fan June Blue's whole life has been leading up to this moment: ZombieCon!The Ultimate in Undead Entertainment has finally come to her hometown. She and her two best friends—gorgeous, brilliant Imani and super-sweet, outrageously silly Siggy—plan on hitting all the panels and photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show, Human Wasteland. It's going to be the best time of their lives—and one of their last adventures before they all split up for college.
    And when they arrive, everything seems perfect. June's definitely not going to let anything get in the way
    of the flawless con experience—even though she's endlessly anxious about the SATs and college admissions,
    and she can't seem to avoid her ex-best friend Blair, whose VIP badge lets her walk straight to the front of every single line. No matter what, June is determined to make the best of her dream day at ZombieCon!
    But something's not quite right at the con—there are strange people in hazmat suits running around, enthusiastic cosplayers taking their shambling a little too far, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then, at a panel gone wrong, June and her friends discover the truth: the zombie apocalypse is here.
    Now June, Imani, and Siggy must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual flesh-eating zombies—
    and save the world. A hilarious and heartfelt horror comedy, that is an ode to zombies, friendship, and girl power.
    Praise for Girls Save the World in This One:
    "Readers looking for all of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the zombie apocalypse will be absolutely thrilled to read this book . . . . Hand this book to anyone who likes zombie apocalyptic horror." —Booklist
    "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."—School Library Journal
    "An excellent read for any teen who loves thrills, action, and stories of survival." --Publishers Weekly

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  • From the book 1

    We’re never going to make it. This is it. My life is over.
    In the days and months that follow this tragedy, when they speak my name, they’ll say in hushed tones, “She died as she lived: full of complaint and bile, mere inches from her goal.”
    Mom twists to smile at me in the back seat.
    “See, June? The doors aren’t even open yet!” she says.
    My best friend, Imani Choi, is riding shotgun, and it’s good because this way my mom can’t get the full force of my eye roll.
    “I know they’re not open yet, Mom. That’s not the point.”
    Outside the convention center, there’s already a snaking line along the sidewalk up the street and around the corner. A milling press of hundreds of early birds waiting to get in.
    ZombieCon! is the biggest thing this town has ever seen. For the first time, it feels like the new convention center might reach its capacity, at least in the exhibit hall and ballroom. They’re saying up to ten or even fifteen thousand people are projected to attend the con!
    “Look at that line,” I moan.
    “I’m sure we’ll be fine,” Imani says.
    I take a deep breath.
    It’s not Imani’s fault we’re not already in line for Zombie-Con! Even though we’d arranged to spend the night together, and said we’d get here before sunrise, and even though I’d texted Siggy last night, to remind her again of the importance of getting here early. And even after I had set two alarms, and set my mom’s alarm as well.
    We’re still running late.
    It’s Mom’s fault. She laughed this aren’t-you-cute indulgent laugh when I told her to get moving this morning, that the early bird catches the worm, the world isn’t going to wait for you, rise and shine, all those nagging things she says to me every morning to go to obnoxious school. But now the one thing that I really want, the one thing I’d worked for, well, the one fun thing, and Mom had the nerve to say, “Hold your horses, I need coffee.”
    Then she moaned and complained, leaning against cabinets and counters, imitating me on school mornings. Paying me back for how hard I am to get going most mornings, and laughing like it was so original.
    And as if that wasn’t annoying enough, after coffee, and after Imani finished putting on her makeup (which she doesn’t even need because her brown skin is flawless), on top of all that, I had to listen to Mom ask Imani about the colleges she would apply for if the early decision one didn’t work out. Which, I know, is the single issue that stresses Imani out so much, even if she’s used to parents asking about it because they all ask.
    Then Mom continued asking about other scholarships Imani might apply for (she’s already got one sponsored by a local law office) and Mom kept going, Do you know if Siggy is planning to take the SAT again? June is, you know that already, next Saturday, and maybe if there’s time while you’re standing in line, you could help quiz June on the test-prep app . . . on and on and on.
    I just kept quiet in the back seat. We were almost there; I’d worked for this day all summer, saving all my summer jobs money that didn’t go toward gas. Between summer school and my jobs, my white skin barely even tanned, because I barely went outside during daylight, it felt like.
    So I’m determined. Nothing but nothing is going to ruin today, not even the Math Booster app.
    And not the fact that I’m retaking the SAT for the...

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2020

    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.-Gilly Yildiz, Eisenhower Public Library, Harwood Heights, IL

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2020
    June Blue has a solid plan--make special memories with her friends Imani and Siggy at the highly anticipated ZombieCon! and not think about life after high school. At least, that is the plan until real zombies take over: Now June and her friends must save the day! The time has finally come for June, Imani, and Siggy to experience the rush of ZombieCon!, the fan convention centered around their favorite show, Human Wasteland--a huge event for their small town to host. June has carefully laid out every detail, from floor plans to an itinerary, in order to capitalize on their most significant adventure yet. She thought her biggest problems would be avoiding former bestie Blair (who stole June's not-quite-boyfriend) and braving the long lines to meet her favorite actors. But at an all-cast panel, chaos ensues, causing everyone to question the reality of the very concept they've gathered to celebrate. Now they must fight their way out of the convention center and save their town with June leading a motley cast of characters, some of whom are not well fleshed out. Parsons (The Falling Between Us, 2018, etc.) successfully maintains a fast, humorous pace with heartfelt moments and palpable enthusiasm for zombies while also inserting social commentary about allyship for people with marginalized identities and the portrayal of women in horror. June and Siggy are white; Imani is black and Korean. A ravenous read. (Horror. 12-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 2, 2020
    Zombies are unleashed on small-town Georgia in this adventuresome survival tale. High school senior June Blue just wants to have a fabulous day at ZombieCon! and make Special Memories with her best friends Imani and Siggy, but things go from thrilling to strange to downright terrifying as some of the zombies shambling through the con turn out to be more than cosplayers. When the girls discover that they’ve been locked in and essentially left to die, they use their obsession with the zombie show Human Wasteland along with their wit and wiles to guide a small group of survivors through the convention center in a desperate bid for safety. Though this book starts slow, with the first third taken up by ordinary convention activities, the descent into horror and chaos is rapid and immersive. The best friends stick together, protecting each another and the survivors they encounter, deepening the bonds of friendship and leaning into each other’s strengths. This is an excellent read for any teen who loves thrills, action, and stories of survival. Ages 12–up.

  • Booklist

    March 1, 2020
    Grades 7-9 Readers looking for all of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the zombie apocalypse will be absolutely thrilled to read this book, in which a trio of BFFs go to ZombieCon!, a convention for lovers of all things zombie horror, only for an actual zombie virus breakout to occur. Our leading ladies, along with a smattering of their favorite actors and other folks they've met at the convention, band together to find a way out. You've got the heroic older lady, the man who is out for himself and doesn't believe in teamwork, the tragic death of a loyal friend, and even budding romance in the zombie apocalypse. All of these most satisfying notes come in a modern setting and without resorting to gratuitous violence, featuring girls who are just about to graduate from high school and are dealing with all of the ensuing problems. The title sets the tone; from the get-go, you know girls are going to save the day and take names. Hand this book to anyone who likes zombie apocalyptic horror.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

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