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So it's not only the year of the zombie, it's the year of the zombie spoof. The Girl's Guide to Dating Zombies is both a great place to start for people who have never read a zombie book, and might also be good fun for veteran zombie fans.
It's the year 2020, and the zombie virus that hit exactly 20 years ago targeted, tragically, only humans carrying the Y chromosome. You guessed it. All men became zombies within three weeks of being infected. With disastrous results for women -- can you imagine?
Our heroine in the story, Hattie Cross, was only 6 years old when the plague hit. She's never had a boyfriend in her life. A resident of New York, she works as a journalist for the Daily Scoopage writing articles of questionable authenticity and maximum headline value. Hattie was a natural for writing The Girl's Guide to Dating Zombies. Promotional activities for her new book make her something of a celebrity, and catch the attention of the largest zombie pharmaceutical company in the world, Geiser & Meyser. They make huge profits producing drugs which make zombies smell nicer, help them avoid putrefaction, and improve the quality of their skin.
Soon she is interviewing the charismatic and mysterious CEO of the pharma company and doing research for her next investigative scoop on the murky history of drug development in the era of the zombie era. There follows action and drama and even a few clashes between zombies and humans, but as in many zombie stories, the real conflicts end up being between humans and other humans.
The plot and the denouement are satisfying in Girl's Guide, but what I really loved was the light satirical touches all the way through. "Without medication, zombies would be a chaotic force on society the way, say, a schizophrenic would be." Or when the exchange continues:
"According to reports, Geiser & Meyser has a drug in the pipeline that will actually regenerate neurological growth, making zombies capable of rudimentary thought."
"Thinking zombies?" Delia asks. "That sounds like science fiction."
"I know. It just goes to prove that with the right drug regiment, there's no reason why a zombie can't be the perfect life partner," I continue.
Consider that zombies in this brave new world can be put in front of Super Bowl III on an endless loop (New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts) and be happy, 24 hours a day. When Hattie tells her new zombie date a little about her job, her apartment, and her family, "he listens and grunts appropriately, not saying much, which is no surprise. Most zombies are the strong, silent type."
Starting to sound like someone you know? This book was hilarious ("a scream") all the way through. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
I LOVED this book. The writing is stellar, the story incredibly witty and fall off your chair funny, and the romance unexpectedly heartwarming and sweet. The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies is a Grade-A keeper, and proof that the best romances can often be found in the most unlikely of books.
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Adorable book dealing with most men on planet Earth being zombiefied for twenty years or so.Read more
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