Review: The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies
The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies by Lynn Messina
Hattie Cross knows what you're thinking: Zombie sex? Ewwwww. But she also knows that since a virus turned 99.9999 percent of human males into zombies, it's statistically impossible to meet—let alone date—the remaining 0.00001 percent. So she writes “The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies” to help her fellow single women navigate the zombie-relationship waters.
Her practical how-to impresses the CEO of the largest drug company in the world, and before she knows it, Hattie, a reporter for a downmarket tabloid that specializes in conspiracy theories, is sitting down with the woman who single-handedly invented the zombie-behavioral-modification market. Granted access to the inner sanctum of zombaceuticals, she meets an actual, living, breathing M-A-N.
Now Hattie, the consummate professional, is acting like a single girl at the end of the twentieth century: self-conscious, klutzy and unable to form a coherent sentence without babbling. Worst of all, the human male appears to have impaired her ability to think clearly. Because all of a sudden she's convinced a conspiracy is afoot at the drug company and it seems to go all the way to the top!
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You'd think dating zombies would be really gross but when almost all the men have changed into zombies, what choice does a girl have? Besides medication has improved zombies to be more than a rotting, brainless, starving corpse. Hattie Cross writes a guidebook explaining all the benefits of zombies and how to date them. But everything changes when she meets Jake Maddox, an actual human male.
The concept of the book is unique and intriguing, even with that ick factor. It draws you in and keeps you interested. I also enjoyed the parts of the book that were the actual guidebook Hattie wrote.
I didn't quite know what to expect, minus the obvious romance, but the author really knows how to throw in some amazing and shocking plot twists. I never would have guessed the ending that the author wrote would be what it was. This book is a very different way to look at zombies.
I know zombies have been done many different ways. The last romantic concept with zombies I saw was Warm Bodies and I felt in that movie the zombies were too advanced and close to humans. Messina does a good job of advancing the zombies to be more docile but still makes a distinct difference in the zombies from humans. They are just like zombies in Walking Dead or Resident Evil just without the taste for human flesh. When you think about it like that, it makes the concept of dating them that much more intriguing.
If you like excitement, adventure, zombies, and whirlwind romance then check this book out!
Review by Tasha for ILVN