Review: Dead Romantic by C.J.Skuse


Camille wants to find the perfect boy, with an athlete’s body and a poet’s brain. But when she’s mocked at a college party, she kows there isn’t a boy alive who’ll ever measure up. Enter Zoe, her brilliant but strange best friend, who takes biology homework to a whole new level. She can create Camille’s dream boy, Frankenstein-stylee. But can she make him love her?

I make no attempt to hide the fact that I’ve been wanting to read this book even before it had an official title so I was dead excited to receive it in the post and literally stopped everything to read it.  Dead Romantic is a Frankenstein tale from a teen girl perspective and quite frankly the teen in question, Camille, isn’t the sharpest tool in the box.  She’s lovely and caring but does make mistakes and doesn’t get all the answers right.  Camille wants to be liked and is how she ends up covered in poo at the start of the book and walking home through the grave yard sobbing.  This is also where she meets Zoe, uber bright science nut with a strange background, and the two unlikely pair together come up with a plan to make a boy.  Not just any boy mind you but the perfect boyfriend for Camille to take to the Halloween Party and for Zoe to prove her genius father right in his mad theories and experiments and bring back life to the dead and broken.  WIN WIN; kinda.
However something rotten is afoot and their plans don’t go swimmingly and between old friends, new crushes, school and an undead puppy named Pee Wee things get a bit crazy.  Dead Romantic is likely to be one of my favourite reads of this year and one of my shout about to all who’ll listen recommendations because it is superb.  C.J. Skuse is not only an ace person but a bloody good writer and has a real knack of getting characters down on the page and letting them bloom into something special.  For example; I started out really hating Damien because he’s basically a sex mad teenager boy who thinks he’s hot stuff with cash and ended loving him for his snarky attitude and humour.  How does C.J. do it? Think she may be an evil genius.
I’ve loved all of C.J. Skuse’s books and it so happens that this one can fit happily along side  my little collection too because it’s totes awesies.  I couldn’t put it down and found it utterly addictive.  The use of language is brilliant and sense of wit is so on point that you can switch from horror to horrific laughter on the same page.  Another sure fire winner that tickled my funny bone and sent shivers up my spine.  DEAD ROMANTIC IS DEAD GOOD!
Published by Chicken House and is available here and bookshops from Feb 2013


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