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The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand | Queso’s (Spoiler-Free) Book Review 📖

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is about 15 year old Justin, aspiring big-time film director. With his two friends, Bobby and Gabe, and a cast of peers, teachers, and neighbors, Justin is set on creating the greatest zombie movie ever (roll credits 😂). However, his crew lacks a lot of proper direction and focus, but what more could you expect?

I picked up this book after reading the summary on the back cover (which was very much appreciated) and decided a break from the typical teen romance was in order. I felt a tinge of nostalgia as I read, which made the character interactions a bit more comical. See, I also wanted to film a horror movie in my younger teen years, but I was stopped by lack of direction and focus, much like the characters.

The characters themselves were a bit unbearable with their antics, but hey, they’re 15. The writing was also nothing too groundbreaking, but it did a great job of setting the tone of the story. What is the tone? For the most part, it was pretty comical. Everything that could’ve gone wrong with their filming did, and this ultimately made for an interesting middle school-teen story centered around great and not-so-great moments in the filmmaking process.

Rate: ★★★★☆

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Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales | Queso’s (Spoiler-Free) Book Review 📖

In honor of summer break being just around the corner (or for some, lucky you, it’s already here) I’ll be posting some reviews of book that I have read that you might want to read when you’re relaxing during break!

REVIEW: Based on the back cover summary, Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales appears to be no more than the typical ‘shy-girl-meets-cool-guy-and-her-life-changes-forever’ love story.

Do not let it fool you.

The “love story” this book promises is comically self-aware of its YA (young adult) novel cliches, while maintaining a believable situation for the characters to face. The main character, Arden, deals with real world events of living under a single parent and finding independence from her peers. While there is a romance aspect in Arden’s story, the book takes its time to focus on family relationships and friendships even more.

The lead is strengthened by her supporting characters, something that parallels our own lives, yet is majorly underrepresented in most modern coming-of-age novels. With that said, if you enjoy John Green for his strong focus on the two main characters, you may not enjoy this book as a romance. However, Tonight was a refreshing break from the usual character dynamics portrayed in most mainstream YA books.

Overall, this book takes the “norms” of YA novels and spins it into a more convincing adventure with a very pleasing ending.

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