I'm going to share a continuing series of quotes/excerpts from GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie by C.A. Verstraete. So here's a little preview...
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* See Excerpt Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 - Chapter 3
Was this my life now? Was this what I'd become, a creature who lived on uncooked flesh—un-human?
The next time the pains started, I frantically searched the room for something sharp.
End the gnawing inside.
End it all.
Between hacking coughs, I screamed for my mother. I pounded the table and walls, wondering where she was, wondering if she would hate me, wondering if she could stand what I'd become.
My yells and screams bounced off the walls as I wished myself dead. Oh . . . how could I forget? Been there, done that—almost.
I wasn't fully dead, or fully alive, I was in-between, what some people on TV were calling half Zs—part-zombies.
A black cloud came over me. I couldn't even do that right.
Done gorging myself, I struggled to my feet and gaped in the mirror, horrified at the gruesome blotched creature there. Gobs of fat dotted her cheeks; her mouth and hands glistened with grease. The new me.
Dry, retching coughs erupted, the only way I could cry now, as the nurses rushed in. Their voices soothing, they began their ministrations. The hot lavender scented cloths cleaned off the filth and helped calm me, at least a little.
"Is this my life now?" I yelled. "Is it?"
I didn't bother to hide my disgust. They worked and wiped, never staring directly at me, their eyes never meeting mine.
I didn't dare peer into their faces, either. I didn't want to see their pity, or revulsion.
"It's only temporary," Nurse Teapot explained between scribbles on my chart. "By tonight, your body will have adjusted."
Adjusted? Adjusted to what?
Visions of those ugly, flesh-eating movie creatures flit in my head. I didn't want to adjust. Not if I had to be like-like them.
Life can suck when you're sixteen. It can suck even worse when you're not-quite-dead.
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes faces every teenager's biggest nightmares: bad skin, bad hair, and worse . . . turning into one of the living dead.
Becca's life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret—he's becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch.
The Z infection, however, has mutated, affecting younger persons like her, or those treated early enough, differently. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for.
But time is running out... Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is forever too late...