At the start of this book, you find out that zombies exist. Granted, they're not flesh-eating, one bite and you're turned, Romero zombies, but they are still the living dead. In fact, they don't eat, sleep, or really seem to mind the living at all. The only resemblance they really have to zombies are that they are dead and kind of slow. However, Not everyone that dies can become a zombie; it has to be an American teenager.
Chloe is a goth chick. So of course, death has peeked her interest. When she meets the new zombie boy in her class, Tommy, she starts to become more and more curious about them. Meanwhile, her best friend, M, is freaking out about the living impaired because their other best friend, Collette, is one and they've been avoiding contact with her since it happend.
Things start to get really messed up when Tommy decides that he's going to try out for the football team. Since the zombie is actually good (and the principal sort of forced him), the coach has to let him on the team. Chloe gets really excited at how brave the zombie is for all the scrutiny they both knew is heading his way. Some of the players--Chloe's friend Adam, who is in love with her--are okay with the idea. However, there are a group of boys (The Pain Gang) that want nothing to do with any kind of living impaired kids.
Chloe writes Tommy a poem about him on the football field and they eventually start dating. She meets his mom, and he shows her his website, mysocalledundeath.com. They join special placement class (along with M, Collette, Adam, and a "passing" zombie named Karen.) M takes to the class slowly, but is He eventually takes her to the "Haunted House," a place out in the woods that is refuge for zombies that were abandoned by their parents.
Tommy asks Chloe to the school dance and they decide that afterwards, they are all going to go to the Haunted House to party with the rest of the zombies that couldn't go. Unfortunately for them, the Pain Gang was following. When Chloe and Tommy go out for a walk, they are confronted by the main goon. He's pointing his gun at her, but Tommy doesn't react. When the gun goes off, it's Adam that takes the bullet for the woman he loves.
Kiss of Life