Just because you don't have a pulse doesn't mean you can't be perky.
One second, freshman Karen Vera's on top of the most fabulous cheer pyramid ever. The next, she's lying on the pavement with seriously unflattering cranial damage. Freakishly alive without a pulse, Karen learns that she's a genetically undead zombie.
Suddenly, Karen's non-life is an epic disaster. She's forced to attend a boarding school for the "death-challenged," her roommate is a hateful wannabe-Goth weirdo, and she's chowing down on animal brains every day to prevent rot (um, ew?). Even worse, someone is attacking students and harvesting their brains for a forbidden dark ritual. And it might be the hottest guy at DEAD High, the one who makes Karen's non-beating heart flutter!
Armed with a perky smile and killer fashion sense, it's up to Karen to track down the brain snatcher and save her fellow students from certain zombie death.
A light romantic mystery filled with gross-out humor and plenty of brains perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Robin Benway, and C.L. Stone.
“A welcome horror spoof.” –Booklist
Unlike Jay's You Are So Undead to Me and Undead Much, the heroine of her latest novel doesn't beat zombies she joins 'em. After an accident cracks open her skull, 14-year-old cheerleader Karen discovers that she is one of the "Death Challenged," and she agrees to attend DEAD High ("Death-Challenged Education for Adolescents and the Deprogrammed"). Adjusting to lunch menus that list "Popcorn pig brain bites" and being wary of maggots ("a zombie's only natural predator") isn't easy, but the story takes off after the illegal brain harvesting of a student. For the death-challenged, brain removal can lead to permanent death if the brain is not restored within days, leading to a race to find the thief. As the brain thefts continue, Karen suspects sexy swimmer Gavin, but the murder of Karen's closest friend somehow leads her to team up with him. Though not for the faint of heart, the premise and gruesome details ("the back of my skull burst open like a pomegranate seed") should appeal to those with a dark sense of humor. Ages 12 up.