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Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker, facing his first year of Catholic high school and major family issues, sees the code he lives by, gleaned from zombie movies, put to the test as he tries to set right what he thinks are terrible wrongs committed by his father.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781616950880
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 08, 2015

Horrible, horrible book. It does everything badly, including it's editing. A badly written coming of age story that shoehorned in some horror (badly) and zombie references. Insulting would be a good word for it.

Mar 21, 2013

comon it cant be that bad but dont get pissed at me

portmanteau Sep 06, 2012

Warning: There is profanity in this comment.

Yeah, I hung in there, but I'm pissed. This is one of the WORST books I've ever read. First and foremost, it's rife with grammatical and spelling errors, which is unforgivable, especially in a YA novel.

For example: She saw me, peaking through the blades of my blinds, two white eyes watching her.

His neck turns, pulling away, gagging, chocking.

These are not the only occurrences, nor are they the only errors.

Secondly, the characters are so offensively, stereotypically one note. An Asian character, Brother Lee, speaks in broken English, and is described by the protagonist as "some kind of mini-ninja." The one black character, Mykel, refers to the protagonist, Jeremy, as "J-Dog." In fact, all of the language/dialect in this book made me wonder if J.R. Angelella actually knows any teenagers, as it's so dated. And then I read the acknowledgments, in which he reveals that the book was ten years in the making. So there's that.

I'm no prude, but there are THREE HUNDRED AND THREE instances in which the word "fuck" or variations thereof are used; 72 for the word "dick," but I can't even be bothered to count how many penis references overall there are. This isn't titillating--it's just lazy writing. Fourteen year old Catholic school boys the world over should be offended. I feel like they have way more substance than they've been given here.

The misogyny ABOUNDS. The women are either "whores" or "pillheads" or mentally ill masturbatory fantasy material. Not a strong female character in the bunch.

And finally--it took so long to get to the big reveal that I just didn't give a crap.I found myself skimming over the climax.

In short, if I'd read this as a paperback rather than a Kindle book, I would have wiped my butt with it and then set it on fire.

Aug 06, 2012

Highly disappointing book. I finally gave up at Chpt 57; page 190. It has a Catcher in the Rye type protaganist who has some potential, and there are some story lines I'd actually like to see resolved, but I simply cannot read on. Between the foul language that litters EVERY page, the poor writing and the overly annoying cliche situations, I just can't soldier on with this one. (to see my full review: http://readrunramble.tumblr.com/post/28802900337/zombie-by-j-r-angelella)


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