Luckily for me, high school wasn’t as awful as say the fucking pit that’s middle school. I’m not saying I fully enjoyed it, but I got by fairly happily with good grades. I never really belonged to one set clique and I didn’t want to. I had groups of friends here and there, attended the creative writing club, and traded manga with my AP buddies.
Not bad, ho-hum but do you know what I would fucking kill for if I had a best friend to do SPELLS with? To try to raise an army of the UNDEAD with? All I had was a very nerdy boy bestie with long hair who wanted to play pokémon for hours. The power I would wield right now.
I’ve mentioned this book before in this post and it is one of my favorite books of this year. I thought it would be great start to kick off young adult week with.
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.
So here’s my thing…A lot of times when people write about young adults the lingo gets…lost in translation. And what I mean by that is the slang is out of control, CORNY, and absolutely cringe worthy. This was totally refreshing and for such a grim subject matter hilarious. And oh yes, it is grim don’t get me wrong. The book opens up with Mila seated at Riley’s funeral. There are heavy topics in this book as Mila navigates her world in the aftermath of her best friend’s death. Her grief is real and although we know (we all fucking know) that raising a body is bad business, we can’t help but cheer her on.
The main character Mila is a Latina girl who proclaims she is a fat Wiccan. Mila is amazing and her personality is what I needed all throughout my high school years honestly. She takes no shit from anybody, not even her undead bullies. I adored Riley as well. These two are the epitome of best friends. Yes, they bicker and make up and bicker again but…that’s exactly what besties do, is it not?
Now onto the two other undeads lmao…these two were something else. I can’t lie I loved them. They brought comedic relief in a good way and hello? They’re high school girls. Most high schoolers are SHIT. That’s just the way it is. There’s one scene when one of the girls tries to sneak back into school that was too funny for words.
My favorite character however? Toby. Lesbian owner of the Wiccan Store and complete and total biker badass.
This is the greatest book around.
My Thoughts and Rating:
I didn’t want it to end even though I knew it had to and although the conclusion was beautiful it hurt my heart. It was refreshing to read a book with a fat WOC who took charge and was a goddamn WITCH. I loved the horror and mystical elements and I love that this seems to be such a great direction in where young adult fiction is headed. There is so much more great diverse stuff coming out and it makes me so happy and excited to see all of tha
💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 5/5
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