Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
YA ∴ Urban Fantasy > Paranormal > Magic > Witches ∴ Mystery
Published May 8th 2018 by Razorbill
Hardback ∴ 272 pages
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.
I LOVED this! I’m so glad I picked it up on release day! It had been on my radar for a while and I was anxiously waiting for it to come out.
Right off the bat, I felt so deeply for Mila. I couldn’t imagine losing someone so unexpectedly like that, especially when I had few, but close, friends as a kid. Mila’s parents don’t seem to grasp the importance of supporting her through this and her classmates make fun of her for being a witch and for being fat. I desperately wanted to be her bodyguard, to fight anyone who looked at her wrong, and also buy her as many plushies as I could afford because she deserves them and you’re never to old to cuddle something soft.
I loved the mystery aspect of the book as well as all the urban magic happening. Witch books are almost always a thumbs up for me, but I don’t traditionally read mysteries, though when a book isn’t pitched as one, it’s usually easier to get into for me. I really wanted to know what happened to these girls that died much too young.
I also loved the transition of the Mean Girls, proving under the right circumstances, they weren’t nearly as horrible as they seemed and the apologies were genuine. Sometimes people just need to be called out on their actions and they come around beautifully.
Under all the magic and zombies and sass, this story is very much about friendship and the support real friends give each other during hard times (or otherwise). This book is definitely up there with my favorites, for sure.