Sherman Alexie did not let me down. This was a hilarious book! I'm thinking Christopher Moore for the YA set.
Sam is a first year college dropout who works at Pudgy's (yes, Pudgy's is the name of the restaurant!) with his other slacker friends. When their game of knock the potato around out back goes wrong, they attract the attention of the wrong customer. Enter this week's Big Bad, Douglas, a crazy, powerful, evil necromancer. He takes one look at Sam and flips out.
It turns out Sam (short for Samhain) is a necromancer too and Douglas doesn't fancy competition.
Crazy hijinks ensue. Talking severed heads, zombie pandas, being locked in a cage with a super hot, naked werewolf/fey hound hybrid type of hijinks. This is Lish McBride's first novel and she tells a really tightly woven story, with awesomely snarky, memorable characters. Really a first class riot. I can only hope for a sequel! 5 stars. Ages 14 + Published in October 2010.