Yello’! I bring you good tidings from summer in the midwest also known as Satan’s front porch. To cool down on during this massive heat wave, I’ve been listening to some kewl jamz and reading books from the comfort of my A/C. Today’s bop is “Dangerously” by Charlie Puth. Definitely an underrated artist with amazing vocals and (actual legit) perfect pitch.
The Undead Truth of Us is an amazing, lush story about grief, love, and the power of forgiveness. There are some potentially triggering topics/subjects within such as: body horror, loss of a parent, underage alcohol consumption, smoking, and others. Please consider yourself before reading this book, beloved.
Death was everywhere. They all stared at me, bumping into one another and slowly coming forward.
Sixteen-year-old Zharie Young is absolutely certain her mother morphed into a zombie before her untimely death, but she can’t seem to figure out why. Why her mother died, why her aunt doesn’t want her around, why all her dreams seem suddenly, hopelessly out of reach. And why, ever since that day, she’s been seeing zombies everywhere.
Then Bo moves into her apartment building―tall, skateboard in hand, freckles like stars, and an undeniable charm. Z wants nothing to do with him, but when he transforms into a half zombie right before her eyes, something feels different. He contradicts everything she thought she knew about monsters, and she can’t help but wonder if getting to know him might unlock the answers to her mother’s death.
As Zharie sifts through what’s real and what’s magic, she discovers a new truth about the world: Love can literally change you―for good or for dead.Synopsis, from Goodreads
Zharie has started to see zombies. Everywhere. At home, in school, on the streets…everywhere. Soon, a boy named Bo moves into her apartment building and he’s not like the rest. He’s not quite zombie, and not quite human. And for some reason, he’s really taken a liking to Z. Cool.
Having lived in a closed off state for nearly her whole life, Zharie isn’t used to making friends or being instantly accepted into a friend group. TBH, this fact rang waaaay to true for me because I am the same exact way. However, like Zharie, I’ve come to learn that some people are just good people. Sometimes you have to let people in to get the most out of life.
Undead Truth tells the story of a girl who’s lost her mom and is struggling to learn how to navigate the world without her. She’s shut herself off. Her closest friend is online (which is a-okay), and she constantly neglects and mistreats her friend and classmate who not only expresses interest in trying to get her back to her old self but maybe something more…
Z’s story is raw and real and vulnerable of the highest order. Having suffered a few deaths myself, I thought I was over it, but this book was…like a catharsis. I felt like watching Zharie heal helped me heal too.
The Undead Truth of Us is Britney S. Lewis’s debut novel, set to release August 9th from Disney-Hyperion Publishing. If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book for yourself, you can use my affiliate link for Bookshop or visit you favorite bookish retailer!
I received an ARC of this book from the author, via Disney Publishing. Receiving these materials in no way has altered my opinion of this work.
Britney Lewis is a Kansas native who works in Mass Communications for higher education. She graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in corporate communications and an emphasis in business and art. Britney has been writing Young Adult books with the hopes to be published since she was seventeen! She strongly supports We Need Diverse Books, and she’s an avid follower of #DVpit and #BVM. When Britney isn’t daydreaming about new stories, she can be found binge-watching TV shows with her fiancé and her pup or practicing West Coast Swing in one of her local dance studios. To keep up with her, visit her website britneyslewis.com.