MY SO-CALLED DEATH
Jay's zombie high school premise is funny, and her worldbuilding is interesting and inventive. But the action scenes are too loosely stitched together, and the characters distractingly cliched.
Cheerleader Karen Vera plummets from the top of a pyramid and splits her skull. Amazingly, she doesn't die; her parents scoop her brains up and haul her home. Turns out Karen's a zombie, and she's off to zombie boarding school. It's a challenge, with a hostile roommate and a scary principal. Plus, somebody is harvesting students' brains. Everyone is a suspect, even swoon-worthy Gavin, who makes Karen's non-beating heart flutter. (FLUX, Mar., 240 pp., $9.95, ISBN: 9780738715438, PB, 12 and Up)