Title: “Undead Girl Gang”
Author: Lily Anderson
Length of Audiobook: 8 hours 20 minutes
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Synopsis (from 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.”
Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:
- character death
- metnions of suicide
- PTSD joke
- racist remarks
Representation in the novel:
- fat Mexican Wiccan girl MC
- Wiccan side characters
- fat black side character
- side f/f relationship
I was not sure how I would feel about the audiobook narration: it felt awkward to me at first, but by the end of the book, I loved it. Undead Girl Gang follows Mila after her best friend and two other classmates supposedly died by suicide. She does not believe her friend died that way, however. She intends to find out what happened by bringing her friend back to life. The spell, however, backfires, and the two classmates were resurrected as well. They then have to race against the clock to find out what — or who — actually killed them.
What I noticed right off the bat was the diversity within the book: Mila is a fat Mexican Wiccan girl; there is an f/f side relationship; and a side character is also a fat black girl. On top of that, there are Wiccan side characters, too! I liked how everyone’s identities are another part of who they are: while the book itself is not necessarily an “issues” book, it did not shy away from the characters’ identities or use them as props. Also, those little feminist tidbits thrown throughout the book were pretty good. However, I do want to point out that I am a white athiest, so I cannot for certain say if the black, Mexican, and Wiccan representation was good. I thought it was, but take that with a grain of salt.
Moving on to the characters themselves, I thought they were engaging and interesting . I was worried that it was going to turn into something where feminity was mocked because the two clasmates were very feminine, but I was pleasantly surprised. While the two other classmates (listen, it’s been two months since I read this, and I am horrible with names) did not get along with Mila at first, their character development were amazing. I loved seeing Mila and her friends grow throughout the novel. Granted, most of the book focuses on only sevent days, so it may seem unrealistic to some, but I still thought it flowed well. Also, Mila herself? I loved her. She is not a likable character, in my opinion, and that is why I like her so much: she does not try to be likable, just herself. She can be rough around the edges, but she still thinks she is doing the right thing. I enjoyed looking through her eyes for the book.
The plot was interesting, too. I mean, you have a young teen witch making her dead friend not-dead in order to find out how she died. How rad is that? Although the pacing was off sometimes, I found it hard to stop the audiobook. More than once I stayed up far longer than I should have, listening to it. However, there was one thing I had an issue with, and that was the ending. I will not spoil anything, but it took me for a loop, and not in a good way. It just seemed very out of character for the certain character I am talking about. I was not a fan of it at all.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed the book, especially seeing the characters grow. I would keep my eyes out for Anderson’s next book, definitely.
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