• Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

Z #atoz Challenge



It’s Z day!!!! woo hooo!!! Z day means we’ve finished the challenge!

Let’s get this party started!


Wow.  Here’s what Goodreads says about Zoe:

A girl’s letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut that’s Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls meets The Sixth Sense.

Zoe knows she doesn’t belong in a hospital—so why is she in one?
Twin Birch isn’t just any hospital. It’s a strange mansion populated by unnerving staff and glassy-eyed patients. It’s a place for girls with serious problems; skinny, spindly girls who have a penchant for harming themselves.

Zoe isn’t like them. And she can’t figure out why she was sent here. Writing letters to her best friend Elise keep her sane, grounded in the memories of her past—but mired in them, too. Elise never writes back.

Zoe is lost without her, unsure of how to navigate tenuous new friendships and bizarre rules without Elise by her side. But as her letters intertwine with journal entries chronicling her mysterious life at Twin Birch, another narrative unfolds. The hidden story of a complicated friendship; of the choices we make, the truths we tell others, and the lies we tell ourselves. The story of a friendship that has the potential to both save—and damage beyond repair. And Zoe finds she must confront the truth about her past once and for all, before she can finally let go.

Intriguing huh?

Next we have Zombie, A Novel by JR Angellela. It sounds crazy weird. Here’s what Goodreads says:

Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker attends an all-boys Catholic high school where roving gangs of bullies make his days a living hell. His mother is an absentee pillhead, his older brother a self-diagnosed sex-addict, and his father disappears night after night without explanation. Jeremy navigates it all with a code cobbled together from the zombie movies he’s obsessed with: Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Planet Terror, Zombieland, and Dawn of the Dead among others.

The code is put to the test when he discovers in his father’s closet a bizarre homemade video of a man strapped to a bed, being prepped for some sort of surgical procedure. As Jeremy attempts to trace the origin of the video, this remarkable debut moves from its sharp, precocious beginnings to a climax of almost unthinkable violence, testing him, and the reader, to the core.

Crazy weird, right?  I’m not so sure.  I love that the protagonist is a boy. There don’t seem to be too many of these around, as I’ve complained about earlier.  So, THAT is one reason that I am intrigued. The whole zombie Night of the Living Dead thing scares me.  Why can’t more zombies be like that cute English guy from About a Boy and now starring in Warm Bodies?

How ’bout it?

This, my friends, concludes our A to Z Challenge.

Bailey wants to ask you a question:

what should i read next?

Stay tuned for recaps, highlights and closing thoughts!