Undead Girl Gang
by Lily Anderson
Veronica Mars meets The Craft when a teen girl investigates the suspicious deaths of three classmates and accidentally ends up bringing them back to life to form a hilariously unlikely–and unwilling–vigilante girl gang.
Meet teenage Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens, her attitude, or her weight because she knows that, no matter what, her BFF Riley is right by her side. So when Riley and Fairmont Academy mean girls June Phelan-Park and Dayton Nesseth 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.
Teenager Mila Flores is a fat Latinx Wiccan, and she’s not having a good time. Her best friend has been found dead, labelled a suicide, and now Mila feels totally alone—and convinced that Riley would never kill herself.
Only two days before Riley’s death two other girls from their school, June and Dayton, were found hanged in the local woodland in what appears to have been a suicide pact. Neither of them are girls Mila and Riley liked – in fact they were two of the school’s meanest mean girls – but when Mila casts a spell that accidentally brings all three girls back from the dead for seven days, it’s up to her to find out who killed all three of them.
I ultimately had a lot of fun reading Undead Girl Gang. It’s such a quick read and I flew through it—I think this would make such a fun Netflix film for the spooky season, and I would watch the hell out of it.
I didn’t love it as much as I expected to, though. Firstly, about three chapters in I not only figured out who the murderer was but I also correctly guessed why they’d done it. I don’t think this is the worst thing in the world and I think Anderson drops some pretty clever clues to give readers a chance to figure it out, but for me I figured it out because the other immediate suspect seemed too obviously to blame that it couldn’t be him. I wish it had been a bit more of a surprise.
Also, considering Mila has lost her closest friend, I thought there’d be more scenes between the two of them after she brought her back. Of course June and Dayton are there, which Mila didn’t intend or expect, and while I did really appreciate that Undead Girl Gang developed the two of them beyond the typical ‘mean girls’ I felt a little like Mila learning more about them came at the expense of her having more scenes with her best friend.
I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending either. Mila and her undead friends have to seek justice themselves—Mila can’t exactly waltz into the police station with three undead teenagers—but it also meant that Mila is one of the only people who learns the truth. That’s not a problem, we have to suspend our disbelief when we’re reading a book about girls rising from their graves, but it meant that other people, such as June and Dayton’s families, never learned that they didn’t kill themselves. Maybe it’s simply proof that Anderson wrote them well that the thought of their parents not knowing their daughters didn’t choose to die made me sad.
All that aside, I did have a good time reading this book and I’m glad I crossed it off my TBR. If you’re in the mood for something fast-paced and fun this spooky season, give it a try!