Monday, November 9, 2009

My review of Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez

Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks (Sept. 1st 2008)
Pages: 208
Reading level: Young Adult
Rating: Did not finish
From: Local Library
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aisy Giordano is a junior at Nightshade High and a "norm." Her sisters have inherited her mother's psychic abilities: one can read minds and the other has the gift of telekinesis. Her father, who vanished mysteriously five years ago, was also a "norm". Though her mother assures her she is probably just a late bloomer, Daisy can't help feeling left out at home.

School is not much better. Her former best friend Samantha, the "it girl" and star cheerleader of Nightshade High, has returned from summer vacation sporting the "walking dead" look complete with the mini casket on wheels she drags behind her. When Daisy is encouraged to join the cheerleading squad, she wonders what complete humiliation Samantha has in store for her this time.

Daisy's mom, being psychic, works with the town police chief on tough cases. When her mom seems stumped on a case involving the mysterious death of a teenage girl, Daisy is determined to help her. It doesn't hurt that the police chief's son just happens to be her best friend and the cutest guy at Nightshade High. But when the girl's body mysteriously disappears from the morgue and the girl herself makes a surprise appearance at Daisy's first pep rally as a cheerleader, things get really interesting.

I wasn't overly impressed with this book, and I don't feel that there's a lot to say about it. I felt that it was underdeveloped and more could have happened. I was bored after the first few pages and decided not to finish it. I guess it wasn't the right book for me.

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