Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly on I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It

Kirkus review of Zombie:

Selzer, Adam

Ever since the post-humans (werewolves, vampires and zombies) revealed themselves to humans, high school for Alley has been a real drag. The guys are now all goth, and the girls are necrosexual, obsessed with vampires. Alley can't bear the post-human crowd; she doesn't understand why all the girls in school find it so dreamy to have a guy who's "crazy strong, but not strong enough to stay away from her." Then Alley falls for the fabulous musician Doug. Doug's a little pale, like all the goths in school, and maybe he smells a little funny, but she adores him and his killer taste in music. When Doug turns out to be a zombie, Alley has to overcome her prejudices to be with the man of her dreams. Simultaneously a scathing parody of the paranormal-romance genre and a sweetly romantic paranormal love story in its own right, Alley and Doug's courtship will even appeal to Twilight fans-at least, to those Twilight fans with a sense of humor about the object of their affections. Hilarious. (Fantasy. 12-14)

Publisher's Weekly on Zombie:
I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It Adam Selzer. Delacorte, $7.99 paper (192p) ISBN 978-0-385-73503-2

Selzer (Andrew North Blows Up the World) takes a delightfully wicked but thoughtful poke at teenage infatuations, vampire groupies, and pretentious goths. It's been years since “post-human” vampires, werewolves, and other undead creatures came “out of the coffin” to protest Megamart's exploitation of zombies as stockroom workers. But 18-year-old Alley Rhodes can't help rolling her eyes at her classmates' continuing obsession (“teenage vampires are a pain in the ass—they never actually mature... but dating one has become the ultimate status symbol”). Then moody singer Doug catches her heart, and she's soon reconsidering her plan to flee Iowa for college in Seattle. She loves his authentic goth look (pale skin, unkempt hair, “moth-eaten suit”), but she's forgotten the first rule of modern dating—Google him. Doug died four years ago, and he's still wearing the suit he was buried in. Now all of her preconceptions are out the window and she has critical decisions to make. With snappy dialogue and a light, funny touch, Selzer creates a readable examination of love, self-sacrifice, and where to draw the line before you lose yourself. (Jan.)

Publisher's Weekly on Smart Aleck's Guide:

The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History Adam Selzer. Delacorte, $12.99 paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-385-73650-3
This 11-chapter, tightly condensed guide to history posits that most know little on the subject, and that's a shame: its aim is to provide an overview of significant topics speeding along on humor, Daily Show-style. The first chapter declares, "Any idiot will tell you it was Columbus [that discovered America], but that's just proof that he or she is an idiot." The following chapters (such as "A Nation Declines to Bathe" and "The Depressing Thirties") give profiles of historical figures, events, and concepts, along with photographs, sidebars, end-of-chapter questions ("Who would have made a better president than Harding?"), and assignment ideas. The irreverent, often laugh-out-loud approach should win over reluctant readers. (Dec.)

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