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My Life as a White Trash Zombie [Mass Market Paperback]

Diana Rowland
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Book Description

July 5, 2011 White Trash Zombie (Book 1)
Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive"...

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Editorial Reviews


An incredibly fun series, and a breath of fresh air in an increasingly crowded field...While there's no denying that the basic premise is fascinating and entertaining, the real draw here is Angel's personal journey of growth and self-discovery. Rowland is a hilarious writer, and her White Trash Zombie series shines in a crowded genre. USA Today --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line. She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, and has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition. She presently lives in southern Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning. A master of urban fantasy, she’s the author of the Demon series and the White Trash Zombie series. She can be contacted via her website,

Product Details

  • Series: White Trash Zombie (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Original edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406752
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My So Called Unlife. July 5, 2011
By Kale
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You know your a Redneck Junkie when: You need to become a member of the undead to kick your habit.

Angel Crawford was practically born emblazoned with an L for loser in the middle of her forehead. She didn't have much choice in changing her hard knock status with a mentally ill mother, a drunk for a father, and being a high school drop out. Angel seems to be hurtling herself into all the pitfalls of her white trash standing, including a felony, a deadbeat boyfriend, drug and alcohol addiction, and a steadily growing resume of former dead end jobs.

And then she dies. Or at least she thinks she did. Angel has some flashes of an accident. But the details of her condition and the events leading up to them are a bit fuzzy. Angel wakes in the hospital without a scratch on her. She then starts to receive cryptic messages and a seemingly too good to be true job. What Angel doesn't know is that she has been changed into a zombie. She looks fine, feels fine, but Angel is going to have to learn quickly that all that can change in an instant if she doesn't get the nourishment she needs. Without the self-induced intoxicated drug haze, it turns out Angel is a pretty clever cookie. And since they've been hauling in numerous headless dead bodies to the morgue, Angels going to have to use all the brains she's got to solve the murders, and keep her strength up.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie was an interesting take on a second chance. Diana Rowland really showed how one incident can change someone's life for good or bad. With Angel's addictions stripped away and a good opportunity to support herself she found her self worth. This is made even more interesting with the vehicle Rowland uses to employ change, zombie-ism.

I was skeptical about this premise.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new series! July 7, 2011
By Joseph
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I heard about this book last year during during the Romantic Times convention. Diana was talking about the newest book she was working on about a white trash zombie who gets a job as a morgue tech for easy access to brains. I know it's shocking, but the an unpolitically correct story about a zombie is totally up my alley. Also, being a huge fan of the Kara Gillian series by Rowland I have been waiting impatiently for this book to release.

The book opens with Angel waking up in the hospital. She was brought in as a suspected overdose victim. Her scattered memories and the mysterious package left for her at the hospital hint at something entirely different. Now don't accuse me of spoiling the book for you, but she has been turned into a zombie. Of course the reason why she has been turned into a zombie and who her mysterious mentor is keeps you hanging through the ending of the book. In fact the majority of the book is about how being turned into a zombie is one of the best things that has ever happened to her.

Also a good deal of the buildup is world-building. Namely, introducing you to what it means to be a zombie in this book series. It also lays the groundwork for how the zombies abilities and weaknesses work. The author takes the difficult situation of having to make a zombie likable and excels at it. By the end of the story I was really rooting for her.

This brings me to the end of the story. As I insinuated in an above comment, I will not spoil the story. George R.R. Martin may threaten to put a spoilers head on a pike, but the author in question on this series has certifications maintaining her aim and ability with deadly weapons. (According to her own bio she has worked in the police force among other jobs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Kit Kat
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not really. At least, not *this* Angel.

Zero aspirations in life, avoiding getting beat up by her alcoholic father and pretty much just floating by in a drug haze was Angel Crawford's 'normal' day to day existence before an accident, sketchy memories and some weird cravings turned her old life into something to actually live for. Thing is, she and everything else, is far from normal but that's okay. After she gets over freaking out in horror at loving brains like candy, Angel's learning that in death, life is so much sweeter all around. For one, she's trying to clean herself up and just Get Better. Strangely enough, she's succeeding and her new job at the ME's Office and her fellow co-workers, is helping. Not to mention--free brains! But as decapitated heads start turning up, and Angel starts learning about the ins and outs of being a zombie, she soon discovers that she's far from unique or alone. Is that good, or bad, because it seems that zombies are on the menu for someone, and Angel's worried she might be next. And more importantly, who is her mysterious benefactor, and did he or she or they turn her into one of the walking dead?

I have passed by on this series often, despite liking the concept but I got soooo burnt out from reading slapped together or trying-too-hard UF that never hit the mark for me, and yet, manage to get stellar reviews that make no sense to me. Also, I didn't take to her other series and too often, series from the same author tend to have the same voice in a different, lackluster setting. However, I was pleasantly surprised by reading this book, which had a fine balance of UF and very firmly grounded in the present, here and now. It's more character driven than I expected but I liked Angel a lot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A different twist on the zombie genre, with a ...
A different twist on the zombie genre, with a surprisingly appealing main character. Not your average tale. Well done, Ms. Rowland.
Published 1 day ago by Linda C
4.0 out of 5 stars The weirdest of "coming of age" narratives
With a trendy genre (zombies) and a workable “2nd hook” (white trash), Rowland’s story weaves together several threads. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Daedalus Lex
5.0 out of 5 stars What's with the book cover?
This is by far the most misleading book cover ever! The main character looks nothing like this girl on the cover nor acts like this. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
Some days the only way to stop being a total loser is to simply die. Angel Crawford, convicted felon, drug addict and high school dropout, has learned that lesson the hard way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LAS Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars It isn't as cool as its cover, but...
When white trash Angel is found naked and almost dead from an accidental overdose on the side of the road, she's finally forced to clean up her act. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rawrr
5.0 out of 5 stars a different kind of Zombie
A fun read, while being completely intriguing. I have to admit, I was shocked at how enjoyable this book was.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Take on Zombies - I Loved it!
The Story

Angel is a self-proclaimed loser and white trash. Living at home with her dad is only the beginning of her woes, as she's in her mid twenties, can't hold a job... Read more
Published 2 months ago by naturalbri
4.0 out of 5 stars good book. leaves you wanting to read the next
Easy read. Not the best or worst book I have ever read. I'll probably read the next one. I feel like the next one will be even better.
Published 2 months ago by Heather smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it people, you know you want to
If you love zombie stories, buy it. If you like interesting characters, buy it. If you like an interesting story, buy it.
Published 2 months ago by Tom Bourguillon
4.0 out of 5 stars ... first I expected the book to be not that great because of the...
At first I expected the book to be not that great because of the intro but it turned out being a pretty interesting book:) definitely surprised :)
Published 2 months ago by Shona
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