When I was asked to participate in a tour of Undead Girl Gang I don’t think I’ve ever clicked reply so fast on an email. I have been looking forward to this book since it was announced. It has everything I love – fierce girls, friendship, and the undead. (The undead is the most important in that sentence – for real).
I have a mini-review and then a new super fun concept Two Truths and A Lie with the main characters from the books. The real challenge is – can you tell which is the lie? I am really intrigued to see which you think are the lie. I was initially worried about this because would I be able to find these in the book? Yes. So easily. Anderson has some really quirky detailed characters that made putting this together an absolute joy.
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.
Undead Girl Gang is a story about friendship and grief. It grapples with how we make sense of loss. At the center of this book is not only friendship, but a whole host of really amazing – and often fierce – characters. Mila is all about determination, taking charge, and going against the grain. Mila is a fat Latinx girl and she is not afraid of much – including zombies. This ownvoices story pulls you in because the characters are just so unique and genuine feeling. We debate giving people second chances all the time – afraid of getting hurt of the promise also of something too bright to name – but we have to. We cannot live alone and isolated without meaningful relationships because it just leaves us bitten and can turn our heart rotten.
Undead Girl Gang is distinctly feminist and it is an ode to second chances, solidarity, and burying the past. I particularly loved the themes of (un)finished business and the different ways we all process loss – including our undead compatriots. This is a book that is covered with denim, pastel pins, and has a moving storyline at its heart about letting go, loss, and moving forwards. This book is like finding a friend, being welcomed into their gang. It is a book that revolves around losing a friend, but results in you finding a friend within this book (and you have some excellent choices).
Two Truths & a Lie
And speaking of friends – let’s get to the game! In the comments below comment which you think is a lie!
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About the Author
Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California. She is also the author of THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU and NOT NOW, NOT EVER. She tweets @ms_lilyanderson.
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