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The Cellar - A.J. Whitten Meredith Willis is suspicious of Adrien, the new guy next door. When she dares to sneak a look into the windows of his house, she sees something in the cellar that makes her believe that Adrien might be more than just a creep—he may be an actual monster.But her sister, Heather, doesn’t share Meredith’s repulsion. Heather believes Adrien is the only guy who really understands her. In fact, she may be falling in love with him. When Adrien and Heather are cast as the leads in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, to Heather, it feels like fate. To Meredith, it feels like a bad omen. But if she tries to tear the couple apart, she could end up in the last place she’d ever want to be: the cellar. Can Meredith convince her sister that she’s dating the living dead before it’s too late for both of them?There were several points I liked about this novel. One, I liked the point of view changes. Meredith's in 1st and Heather/Adrien in 3rd. I thought the changes fit well into the story. The romance between Heather/Adrien couldn't have been told by Meredith. The authors did a great job showing the story from three point of views. Second, the modern day Romeo and Juliet with zombies was interesting. I like the original play and adding zombies just takes it to a whole other level. Pretty cool actually. Third, the scene descriptions. The authors gave me a constant visual of what was happening in the story. From play scenes to zombie survival to Willis family interaction. Everything just clicked.I had two areas that prevented me from giving this novel a higher rating. One, the dialogue. For the most part it was okay, but way too many pop culture references. The pop culture references felt like the authors were trying too hard to show that they understood the teenage world. I don't believe that teenagers reference pop culture in their internal dialogue. I know I never did. Also, the use of phrases like, "What the heck?". If you don't want to say hell then use another phrase. My second issue came from the lack of romance. You can't say that a girl shivers every time she's touched, but then glaze over the kiss especially in first person. Also, too many forehead kisses. Teenages are all over each other and no one holds hands/forehead kisses for a month. Not unless the story is based in the 1930's.