Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Rotten Life

Lubar, David. My Rotten Life.
Nathan is the second skinniest kid in the fifth grade and hangs out with a group of "second-besters" including his friend Mookie, the second fattest kid. When his feelings are squelched repeatedly during one day (girl he likes points out he's not invited to her party, he does poorly in gym, etc.), he is glad to be a subject of his friend Abigail's uncle's experiment with Hurt-Be-Gone. Suddenly, he doesn't mind the indignities piled upon him-- or the fork that gets stuck in his face. Unable to digest food, apt to lose body parts, and desperate to find the uncle before his numbness and lethargy become permanent, he works with his friends to put the ingredients together for a cure. A sequel is surely forthcoming. This was amusing in a ten-year-old boy way, which will appeal to some of my sixth grade boys. Still, a very good zombie book, and fans of Kevin Emerson's Oliver Nocturne series will like it, but fans of Daniel Water's Generation Dead , Adam Selzer's I Kissed A Zombie and I liked It, or Brian Jame's Zombie Blondes will find this too young.


  1. Sounds just right for our boys, though! I'll have to see if we have it.

  2. I think I've had nightmares about this! Where nothing hurts so you continue to lean on a blistering hot surface, or badly cut yourself and not even know it.

    Even eliminating emotional pain would have its consequences.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

  3. The kiddo here (10 year old boy!) read & liked this one. You called it exactly!