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by Brent Hartinger

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Title:Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies / Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies
Authors:Brent Hartinger
Info:HarperTeen (2007), Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
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Tags:ya, split novel, zombie films, homosexuality, bisexuality, drama, humor, to read, companion to "The Geography Club"

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Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies / Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies by Brent Hartinger

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This book is not inherently flawed; it deals with many important issues about being a gay teenager, such as dealing with peers and coming out to parents. I read Brent Hartinger's books despite his writing. An immature writer, he sorely needs a stronger editor to cut out his cheesy lines and to force him to rework his stilted dialogue. Nevertheless, the characters and their lives are intriguing enough for me to continue with the series. Russel's coming-out to his parents is believable, as they confront him, he skirts around the issue, and they react far worse than any of his expectations. Unlike other authors though, Hartinger doesn't vilify the parents into cruel, extremist homophobes; he balances their horror at their son's homosexuality with the fact they still love him and are decent people - even if they do attempt to convert him to heterosexuality by sending him to "talk about it" with the priest. "Split Screen" has the gimmick of two stories in one - a "flip book" - or, rather, two perspectives of the same story. If you skip over the repetition, cheesiness, and overt messages, the story is worthwhile, although not terribly great. I appreciated that characters are more complex than they seem, although much complexity cannot be expected from a writer who is better at pop culture columns (Hartinger's other job is AfterElton.com columnist) than exploring the intricacies of the human mind and English language. Still, there are many books out there that explore the issues Hartinger's do, which is why they're more important than their literary quality should deserve.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
Another sequel to Hartinger's The Geography Club, Split Screen tells two concurrent stories from different narrators--the familiar narrator Russell, and then his friend Min. While skimming the surface of real issues for queer teens in high school, readers familiar with this series will enjoy the fluff of this plot as they go along with Russell, Gunnar, Min, Otto, and Em as they work as extras during the local filming of a new teen zombie movie. ( )
  mpelleg | Feb 15, 2016 |
Another sequel to Hartinger's The Geography Club, Split Screen tells two concurrent stories from different narrators--the familiar narrator Russell, and then his friend Min. While skimming the surface of real issues for queer teens in high school, readers familiar with this series will enjoy the fluff of this plot as they go along with Russell, Gunnar, Min, Otto, and Em as they work as extras during the local filming of a new teen zombie movie. ( )
  RussianLoveMachine | Apr 24, 2014 |
(2007) (ROMANCE)

Min needs advice about Leah, the new girl she has met, but her best friend Russel has other things on his mind – he has to decide between Kevin, the guy who broke his heart, and Otto, the “right” guy for him who lives 800 miles away. In the meantime, they are all extras on the movie set of a new horror film, Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies, which provides the backdrop for much romantic tension.

This two-in-one novel is fairly fast-paced, with clever dialog and two differing perspectives. Min introduces her experiences as an extra on a low-budget monster movie set, meeting the “perfect” girl between makeup and multiple takes. On the flip side, Russel presents his experiences juggling the hunk who dumped him to stay in the closet, the “perfect” guy from summer camp who was coming for a visit, and his parents, who have just found out that Russel is gay and are not pleased. The way the stories mesh makes for interesting reading.

Awards: Lambda Literary Award (Bisexual, 2007)
  MWFforJ757 | Apr 21, 2010 |
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

In ATTACK OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES, Russel is forced to choose between the guy right at home that he wants, and the guy 500 miles away that he loves. He's also dealing with his parents, who have found out that he's gay and are none too pleased.

When you flip the book over and start reading BRIDE OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES, it's Min's story that will have you rapidly flipping pages. When Min meets Leah, she has to decide if this girl, the girl she might be in love with, is worth having a hidden relationship, something Min never wants to do again.

Gunnar and Kevin are two very interesting characters that appear in both stories, which chronicle very different experiences as extras in a weird monster movie. You have to read both stories to find out the whole of the one story; they are different stories, yes, but together they do make up one whole, very good storyline.

Occasionally the writing seemed a little too simple, but the great stories and characters really make up for that. Important issues are addressed admirably in this wonderful book that readers of Hartinger's previous books (especially those featuring this same cast of three-dimensional characters) will love! ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 13, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060824085, Hardcover)

It's a horror-movie extravaganza in this companion to Brent Hartinger's Geography Club! Two books in one recount the stories of best friends Min and Russel who sign up to be extras on the set of a zombie film – then learn that there's nothing scarier than high school romance!

Read one story, flip the book over, and read the other! In Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies, Russel must choose between his long-distance boyfriend and a close-to-home ex who wants to get back together. In Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies, Min struggles to accept her cheerleader girlfriend's decision to stay in the closet.

Russel and Min's separate stories affect each other in surprising ways – but you'll have to read both books to find out how!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:36 -0400)

Two books in one tell of sixteen-year-old friends Russel, who is gay, and Min, who is bisexual, as they face separate romantic troubles while working as extras on the set of a horror movie.

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