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~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~
Justin considers himself to be a director, and after making three failed horror movies, he and his film making friends decide to take it up a notch and make something better than the last three put together. With a limiting budget, a barely completed script and a burning passion to complete this before summer starts, they decide to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. And, by luck, they also have Justin’s crush Alicia Howtz as their female lead. But when the pressure of making a movie finally dawns on them, could Justin be actually directing The Worst Zombie Movie Ever?
TGZME is a YA novel without all the tropes that normally drag the book down in terms of storyline. Instead, it’s just a poor boy trying to make his movie without it crash and burning to ground, and hopefully profess his love for the leading lady.
This book was hilarious! I loved it so much. It reminded me during GCSE times where I had taken Media Studies and we had to create a trailer for our own movie. Ours wasn’t zombie (i would’ve loved it to have made it a zombie trailer though but, unlike Justin, we didn’t get a $5,000 loan from our grandparents :’) ) I could easily relate to the troubles faced by Justin and his friends. The extremely short time frame, lack of props, and people to cast in the movie. Their lives spiral out of control in this hilarious book, as it covers every single little detail.
I liked how this book was full of reference to the history of zombie film including the debate of slow versus fast zombies, the difference between the infected in “28 Days Later” and “actual” zombies. Underneath the comedy, there’s a deeper message of friendship, and sacrifice which really did show their dedication to the project.
Overall, a fun read for everyone- even if you hate zombies. Strand writes a solid YA novel with an abundance of sarcasm, weird characters, and hilarious surprises in every page.
Format: ARC Kindle, 432 pages (from print edition)
To be published March 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire