Mila’s best friend Riley just killed herself. Or, at least, that’s what the police are saying. Mila knows that Riley wouldn’t kill herself, so she believes what could be the only answer: she was murdered. Being Wiccan, Mila resorts to something she never thought of before–necromancy. But when she finally resurrects her best friend, she finds her magic harder to control than she was expecting.
Why this book?: I heard it was queer, and had fat Mexican rep.
It’s hard to review a book when you don’t really know what you liked and what you didn’t like. I know a lot of people take notes while reading so they can write a comprehensive review, but I always felt that it took away from the reading experience for me, and so I always went off how I felt after reading. However, with Undead Girl Gang, I wasn’t really able to…keep track, we could say. I’m not saying that this fact makes this book bad. I think it just means that it wasn’t…memorable.
I had picked up this book because I had been hearing good things about the representation. I’m glad that I did pick it up, really, but besides it being a fun read with an amazing shock at the end, I really don’t have that much more to say on it. The girl power was amazing, and I loved it, but it also began with girls hating girls, and it was a little weird. It took a while for the girl power to actually develop. When it did, though, it was wonderful. Mila, the protagonist, is fat and Mexican, and I loved that representation and related so much with it. I also enjoyed the Wiccan aspect of the story, despite not knowing much about it. It was just interesting to read.
The characters were fairly well developed, but not all of them. I felt like I got to know Mila really well, but I feel like I only got to know Riley by Mila’s second-hand account. Dayton and June were also well developed, and I enjoyed their character growth and development. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance between Mila and Xander (Alexander?) just because it seemed almost obsessive and forced. It also just wasn’t necessary to the plot, in my honest opinion.
I also want to make a point on how funny this book is. Mila is so sarcastic, and there are a lot of jokes thrown in to lighten the mood. It seemed very dark at first, especially because it was believed that all three girls were thought to have committed suicide.
Final Rating: ★★★★☆
I enjoyed the story and the characters, but I was overall just liking the story. It wasn’t anything amazing or shocking, just good. I feel bad for saying that, in case it might discourage someone from reading it, but I would still recommend it.
Would I Recommend?
Yes! The Mexican representation was good, and I loved the fat representation. I will say that I didn’t notice where the queer representation was, and I honestly don’t know if what I was hearing was true or not. Either way, I still enjoyed the story and characters.
Published: May 8th, 2018
Page Count: 305
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Paranormal
Synopsis: via Goodreads
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.
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3 thoughts on “Review #195 // Undead Girl Gang – Lily Anderson”
Amazing review, I’ve heard amazing things about this book! I’m sorry that it’s not memorable for you but I’m glad you still enjoyed it. I can’t take notes while reading too, it makes me less enjoying the book somehow,
Thanks! I see the value in note taking, but whenever I did it for classes, I would always end up hating the book.
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