My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was fortunate enough to have a quiet day at work today, which is good as I was hesitant to put the book down. I have a special fondness for MG books, and this one definitely lived up to my expectations.
I've never read any Hannah Moskowitz before, but I'd been curious about her writing for a long time. Her themes, and especially her tone, seemed reminiscent to me of my favorite authors from the 80s: Robert Cormier and Richard Peck.
I wasn't that far off. ZOMBIE TAG wasn't as heart-wrenchingly disturbing as a Cormier Novel (but then, what is?), but it was sweet, tender, and funny, which are all things I love in my fiction.
The "funny" is the best part about this book. Since I was reading on my Kindle, I got to highlight some really excellent passages that witty, charming, funny and poignant. Note the plural. This is a tight book and every line is packed with quality prose. There is zero fat to trim in the story and the relatively large cast all come alive (see what I did there?) on the page.
It gets a 4-star rather than 5 because it was predictable. Maybe that's me not playing fair, being naturally older, wiser, and more cynical about books than the story's target audience.
Overall, though, the book was superb. I will be looking for more Moskowitz titles in the future, as this definitely lived up to my expectations.
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