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GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie brings teenaged angst to an entirely new level when 16-year-old Becca is infected with a zombie virus and becomes one of the living dead. Still sentient and able to control the whole flesh-eating cravings, Becca struggles to find her place in a world where some of the dead eat the living while others try to fit into their old lives, only to be met by hostility and fear from former friends and family. "Written from Becca's point of view, we get a narrow and very realistic view of this chaotic new world from a self-absorbed teenager's tunnel vision. A very fun and readable introduction to a new series! --Dana Fredsti, author of Plague Town & Plague Nation, swordfighter, and actress in Army of Darkness

What's a pretty Latina supposed to do when her skin turns gray and breaks open in gooey sores that don't heal (I mean, she's had breakouts before, but this is FIERCE!). In C.A. Verstraete's Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, Rebecca (Becca) Hernandez and her bff cousin Carmella (Carm) Sanchez are surprised when Carm's brother shows up on the porch and dies ... after scratching Becca. She starts to show symptoms of the zombie disease (like dying in the hospital), but the infection can be controlled in the young and healthy, so she is sent back home and off to a terrifying world: high school. She discovers prejudice she never encountered as a pretty Hispanic girl in the Illinois-Wisconsin area. Becca and Carm start off on a bad-driving road-trip odyssey to find their moms, trapped by the shuffling creatures. In many cases, they face greater danger from fear-crazed humans than from flesh-hungry zombies. The half-Zs come in many varieties: good and bad, determined to deal with the situation and determined to exploit the situation. Becca even finds love...when her body isn't trying to die. You can actually look at this story as a parable about the teenage condition. An orderly life is upended by forces and urges that are difficult to control. People you trust can turn on you, and sometimes you feel like you're going to die. Yep, that s being a teenager. Verstraete, whose background runs from journalism to designing one-twelfth scale dollhouse rooms, has come up with a clever way of telling her story from a zombie point of view without sinking to the Hungry ... eat ... BRAIINNSSS! level. Despite becoming one of the living dead, Becca is definitely still a teenager: me-centered, petulant, obsessed with her outward appearance, and slightly boy-crazy. She has her pity-party moments, she can be snarky and insulting, and all this gives her a refreshing real-ness. She's a girl who could talk your ear off ... and eat it, too. With Girl Z, Verstraete has shuffled to the head of the zombie-lit horde. May she never stumble! --Review by Terrance Mc Arthur, Kings River Life Online Magazine

Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie is a dark, zombie apocalypse novel about a Rebecca, a sixteen-year-old girl who contracts the dreaded zombie virus. The symptoms manifest slowly and relentlessly, turning her life upside-down with bizarre physical changes. Even when she finds herself falling for Gabe, a handsome part-Z, she's conflicted. Worse, hungry full-Z's are an ever- present threat! Can anything stop the deadly Z transformation - and is it too late for Becca to live as a human again? Told in first person from Becca's point of view, Girl Z is a different type of zombie apocalypse story, especially recommended for fans of the genre! --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

C.A. Verstraete has always wanted to be a writer for as far back as she can remember and although her career has mostly been in newspapers and magazines, fiction writing always called to her. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies including: "Athena's Daughters," "The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories," and "Feast of the Dead: Hors D'Oeuvres. "She is author of a nonfiction book on miniatures collecting, "In Miniature Style II," and a children's mystery, S"earching for a Starry Night." She lives in Wisconsin.

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Product details

  • Reading level: 12+ years
  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Intrigue Publishing Llc (1 August 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979478898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979478895
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life as a teenage half-zombie 2 July 2016
By Nissa Annakindt - Published on Amazon.com
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'Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie' was a fun read. It tells the story of teen girl Becca who was infected by the zombie virus, but didn't become a full zombie. Instead, she became a half-zombie with unpleasant skin problems, an appetite for raw meat, and a faint but embarrassing odor. And you thought YOUR teenage years were bad.

The story doesn't run to a lot of life-or-death battles with zombie hordes or random character deaths as in the television series "The Walking Dead." Becca's half-zombie life may be exciting and contain some threats, but not enough to terrify timid readers into closing the book for good. It reminds me of those old teen monster movies from back in the sixties, such as 'I Was a Teenage Werewolf.'

The writing quality is overall quite good. There were a few parts when Becca's personal unhappiness was the main thing going on, but they were relatively brief and didn't detract from enjoyment of the book. I look forward to reading other works by this author.

This book is a pleasant departure from all those YA books that are filled with annoying levels or teenage angst, and/or contain content that shouldn't be read by anyone under 27. And actual adults can read this book with pleasure. The target audience, I would guess, runs more to girl teens than boys, but any young man who doesn't insist on a massive death count in his zombie fiction might enjoy it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There have been a lot of zombie works written recently ... but this one is worth reading (really!) 2 September 2015
By HSG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There have been a lot of zombie works written recently, but this one is actually worth reading. I was surprised that the author managed to find a new perspective/ treatment of zombies. At least I'd never seen it before. Thoroughly enjoyable read!

My notes on the book:
* Some wonderful prose: "like stringing a pearl necklace with gloves on"
* Fun names like Nurse Teapot.
* Humour, even in places you would not expect "after she poked my in the arm to get my eye straight"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, unique, and smart!! 14 August 2013
By Joline Devonshire - Published on Amazon.com
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Girl Z is NOT what I expected at all. I knew for months that I wanted to read this based on the whole, teenage girl living as a zombie, aspect. I also knew that this was a YA novel and that's why this book ended up being a pleasant surprise for me. Honestly, I expected there to be a lot of teenage girl drama, petty arguments, competition over boys, etc...I can assure you that those elements were not a part of this story. I'm not going to give away too many details or "spoilers". If you're going to read this, which I hope everyone does, the story will be so much more fun to read without knowing anymore than what you read in the books description. I would also like to point out that, even though this is considered a book for young adults, Girl Z will appeal to anyone that enjoys books about the zombie apocalypse. The greatest thing about this novel is the originality. Christine did a fantastic job using her imagination to create believable situations and characters. I am very impressed by the originality of the Zombie virus, the characteristics of the zombies and part zombies, and the struggles the main character faces throughout the various unique situations she encounters. I'm really hoping that there is going to be a sequel to Girl Z although, Christine Verstraete did an excellent job with leaving the ending open for the readers own interpretation.

If you've read as many zombie books as I have (I believe I'm up to about 60 now) you may be getting that "been there, done that" feeling. I can guarantee that you will NOT have those feelings with this book. If you're looking for a fresh, fun, and fast-paced New zombie book, download, Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie! I firmly believe you will not be sorry you did so.

Great job Christine!! You've got a new fan for life!! I'm really looking forward to reading other work from you and (hopefully) Girl Z, part 2!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyable read! 18 September 2013
By Denise K - Published on Amazon.com
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A new strain of the zombie virus has broken out that turns people the into a partial zombie. Some show outward symptoms such as gray skin and sores on their skin and some show no signs of this disease at all. Learning to cope with her new disease is hard for Rebecca because she is a teenager and has to learn a new way of eating and looking like...well a walking dead person. Rebecca along with her cousin and best friend Carmella we find that not everyone excepts a person with the disease and how hateful people can be to yes...even a teenager. I really enjoyed this story by Ms. Verstraete because it is so different from so many other zombie stories which look at a more serious form of the disease...dead people walking around trying to eat the living and the living trying to kill the walking dead. No...in this story we see a teenager living with a disease that is not fully understood and also trying to be just a teenager...wondering what to wear and if the cute boy will like her. If you are a fan of the zombie genre then you will like this fun...fast read. Even though this is a story about a teenager I found it wasn't just geared to a younger reading audience and will appeal to adults too. I am so looking forward to reading other books by C.A. Verstraete who I find to be an amazing story teller.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong, Fresh Take on "I Was a Teenage Zombie" 25 November 2013
By Stephen D. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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GIRL Z is a fun, fresh take on zombies with an engaging central character and a strong point of view. Becca is a normal teenager until a chance encounter infects her with the Z virus. Then her whole world goes topsy-turvey, and suddenly she's a zombie whose decaying condition can be controlled by a strict regimen including diet and meds. Naturally, this makes growing up even more difficult, and that's not to mention that the world is struggling against the zombie apocalypse. Though it all, though Becca remains focused on trying to regain her "normal" life and protect her friends and family. And isn't that what most of us would do?

This is a strong first novel from C.A. Verstraete, and I look forward to her future endeavors -- which, with any luck, will include a Girl Z sequel. It's also refreshing to see a teenage monster book with a woman as the protagonist that bears no resemblance to Twilight and its ilk.