Thu, March 22, 2012

This Is Not a Test Courtney Summers Book Review

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers book cover

This Is Not a Test
By Courtney Summers
Publication date: June 19, 2012
St. Martin’s Griffin, 320 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

— Goodreads.com description

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers book is about zombies. If you know anything about the contemporary author, you would NOT think “ZOMBIES!” when you think of her. So, at first, I didn’t know what to expect.

And yet, if you have given me an altered version of This Is Not a Test that didn’t mention the author’s name once, I think I would have been able to say “This is a Courtney Summers book.”

(Hey, tangent, but maybe we should do that! Sort of like those blind ingredient taste tests they do on Top Chef? Like, as an event in the imaginary Book Olympics I am now envisioning in my overactive imagination. LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!)

This Is Not a Test has all the elements that I love about Courtney Summer’s writing. It’s dark and twisty and sad, beautifully written and surprisingly relatable.

I went into This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers not knowing a lot, and I suggest you do too. Just know that book will make you feel things — confused, scared, hopeful. That’s what Courtney Summers is great at, and that’s exactly what a book should do, whether it’s paranormal, contemporary or anything in between.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Angie @ Beneath the Jacket said:

    Yay! So glad you liked it! My store’s Macmillan rep sent me an eGalley last week. This will be my first Courtney Summers experience, so thank you for making me very excited.

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  2. VeganYANerds said:

    I love the cover of this and have wanted to read it since I saw it. And I’m going in knowing it’s by Courtney and she’s apparently a good author and it’s about zombies, that’s it so I think I will like it too

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  3. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    I LOVE C.S., but I was still hesitant about the whole zombie thing. I finished it recently, too, and LOVED it way more than I would have ever anticipated. Only she could write about zombies and have it make very relevant, contemporary connections.

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  4. Melissa @ Coffee, Books and Laundry said:

    The cover is fabulous, and the description is so interesting. Looking forward to reading this. Great review!

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  5. jen said:

    YES, i cannot wait to read this. i think i’ll make it my next read, because courtney summers is one of my new favorites and i have to devour everything that she writes in order to survive, basically.

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  6. Never Too Fond of Books » Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers said:

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  7. Cynthia said:

    I looove zombie books and I’ve hast this one in my list since I first heard about it. Can’t wait to read it!!

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  8. michelle @pink polka dot book blog said:

    I am so jealous!! I want to read this one so bad!! I swear I am the biggest Courtney Summers Fan ever!! I can’t wait til June!

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  9. Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books said:

    This book is on my wishlist and I really, really need to get my hands on a copy ASAP! 😉 Thanks for the review!

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  10. Kalasyn said:

    Love your Book Olympics idea!!

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  11. Heidi said:

    I just watched the trailer for this one today and it totally creeped me out! So excited to read it, glad to hear that it was still very much a Courtney Summers book, even though it’s something so completely different for her.

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  12. Jasmine Rose said:

    I’m liking the books olympics idea, but I would probably fail 😛
    I’m SO excited to get my hands on this book.I haven’t read any Courtney Summers before, but I freaking LOVE zombies. Plus, I’m really hoping it’ll be another good emotional one that reaches far into your soul like Carrie Ryan’s series.

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  13. A. Knight said:

    I LOVE All The Feelings. And this one sounds like it’s going to make you feel All. The. Feelings. I like twisty and sad and CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS IS MY FIRST COURTNEY SUMMERS BOOK? I know. I KNOW. But, I love zombies and this one looks so cool, that I’m hoping to rectify that oversight. 😀

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  14. April said:

    I’m a little scared of this book. I dont’ know much about it. I have never read any of this authors work.

    I do love zombie books though. Usually your so busy running from them, but they are kinda trapt in this one I gather, so there is a lot of thinking. That’s the scary part. feeling is good though. I might just be terrified. lol

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  15. April Books & Wine said:

    Yes! I went in not knowing a whole lot too and fell in TRUE LOVE ALWAYS with This Is Not A Test.

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

  16. Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives said:

    Book Olympics! 🙂

    Seriously, even though it had zombie, it was still Courtney and had a contemp feel to it. I think anyone could like this one.

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    Posted on: Thu, March 22, 2012

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