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Two teenage zombies search for brains, love, and answers in this surprisingly romantic and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel with guts.

Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during lunch, Jake's
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by HarperTeen
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Jon
Jun 21, 2013 Jon marked it as dnf
I thought Eat, Brains, Love was going to be the perfect book for me. I love the gruesome cover and how it looks like a parody of Eat, Pray, Love. The description also was alluring to me with it's promises of being a "laugh-out loud funny debut" and the comparison to
Warm Bodies.

The thing is Warm Bodies is a deep, moving novel filled with themes about what it means to be human. I only read 10% of Eat, Brains, Love about what I read was enough to convince me that it was nothing like Warm Bodies.
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Trisha
a funny, quirky, not-too-gross zombie story!

First we have Cass. She's been recruited straight from highschool to work for the government and help track down and stop zombies. They are dangerous creatures that she's hoping to keep from the general public. To keep the people ignorant and safe.

Then we have Jake. He just stumbles into school one day with a really grumbly stomach and a serious worry about school work and whether or not he will get some serious xbox time tonight!

But, somewhere in the
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Sarah
Such a gory, funny and delightful read (:
Eat Brains Love is a gut wrenching zombie novel. Literally.

This book starts off with three main characters:
Our main male Jake is a high school loser. He spends most of his time getting high or playing video games.
Amanda, who is the queen bee of the high school with her blonde hair, great body and jock boyfriend.She is the popular girl and a cheerleader, who pays no attention to Jake.
And then we have Cass, the teen psychic who was hired by the government
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Isamlq
I got a kick out of what kind of boy Jake is in this one. He read like a dog… and I don’t mean the douche baggy type either, but more like the easily distracted dog-mind as in is that a bouncy bunny that I see? I also got a kick out of how inappropriate he could be and how honestly lazy he was. He took nothing seriously! And it was funny; he was funny (most of the time) when it/he wasn’t too annoying. Then there’s the girl who while lacking in the personality that Jake possessed was a little int ...more
S.A.
Why am I reading so much YA? I still think I'm trying to understand the genre. I'll be honest here— I grabbed this book from the library due to the hilarious cover. Ah, freshly-made zombie teenagers eat their friends during lunch then feel bad about enjoying that leg o' friend? Sounds cool to me!

To me, this strange book isn't the usual YA. Eat Brains Love is part annoying, part gory, part intriguing, part trite, part funny, part snarky... this is a book of many parts, plenty of them bloody or tw
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Wendy Darling
Occasionally very funny, but the parts narrated by the psychic weren't nearly as entertaining. Also somehow feels a little young and...bubbly? But for the references to the characters having sex, the tone is almost middle grade- ish. I'd love to read something else by this author down the road, though--I enjoyed all the bitey-ness and humor, even if it somehow felt uneven.

Short review to come.
Shannon
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Jenna
This was an o.k read I expected more from this book but I felt disappointed.
Jack has just turned into a Zombie, he lost his mind for a little while in a frenzy of hunger and found out he ate a lot of schoolmates. As it turns out hot girl Amanda has the same problem. Together they flight the scene of crime.

Jack has a very nice voice, he funny and nerdy. Amanda is nice bitch.

The second point off view is Cass she is a government psychic that haunts zombies so the government can do a cover up. I di
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Snarky YA Paranormal filled with humor, interesting characters, and a weirdly sweet romance.

Opening Sentence: FIRST SEMESTER OF MY SENIOR YEAR, THE GUIDANCE counselor at Ronald Reagan High School gave all us new seniors this lame career-aptitude test.

The Review:

Jake Stephens is your average teenage boy. He likes to play video games and hang out with his friends. He’s not really the popular type so he dates but not anyone like Amanda Blake.
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Kadbury(Young Readers)
Can't decide between 3.5 and 4

Enjoyed the story a LOT though ;)

I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I read the blurb.I had been looking for a light and fun read and the blurb really called to me. Eat, Brains, Love is a book that doesn't have a lot of hype surrounding it and I find it a little surprising but I guess that might be because it's written by a debut author.

Eat, Brains,Love deals with ..... you guessed it ZOMBIES and Zombie hunters! This is not like your typical zombie movie
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Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Reviewed originally @Blood,Sweat and Books

Eat, Brains, Love mainly revolves around three characters Jake, Amanda and Cass. Cassandra is a teenage psychic who works for the Government hunting Zombies. After slaughtering dozens of their classmates Jake and Amanda are her prime directive. Jake and Amanda are zombies on the run. After killing and consuming dozens of their classmates they must leave behind the only life they've ever known and eat their way across America in the hopes they make it to
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Cheryl

Jake and Amanda go to the same high school. Jake awoke this morning feeling sick. Maybe it was the book report that he had to turn in or maybe it was because he has turned into a zombie and just devoured half of his friends and classmates. Jake awakes to find Amanda by his side. Amanda has also turned into a zombie. Now they are on the run form the government.

One of the references this book is compared to is Warm Bodies by Issac Marion. I read Warm Bodies and loved that book. So I can rightfully
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Cait Grace
I like zombie books. What’s not to love about brains splattering everywhere? The realization of truelove over a half eaten corpse? Friendship forged in brain snacks? It squeals originality and comedy. Unfortunately, EAT BRAINS LOVE decided (half way through) to turn comedy into moralistic questioning. You lost me.

Characters? It’s split narrated between Cass and Jake. (view spoiler) Cass is ps
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Callie Rose Tyler
Apr 08, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler marked it as oh-hell-no
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Jennifer
I picked this novel because of the title. I laughed out loud when I saw it and could not wait to get my hands on it to start reading. I was hoping for a nice, funny zombie book. Unfortunately, that's not what I got. The good thing is, the book is still entertaining. It's just not really funny.

Summary:
Unfortunately for Jake, he has just consumed his best friend and several of his classmates in the cafeteria at school. Now he has woken up with a stomach ache, and the girl of his dreams as his new
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Ed Casey
This was a guilty pleasure yet far from ground breaking. Are zombies capable of love and feelings? No, I'm not talking about Warm Bodies. Yes, that was the premise of that novel which was done with a lot more heart and brains.
In this story, there isn't a full on zombie apocalypse, just a small smattering of the undead unless you are unfortunate to live in Iowa. This story focuses on Amanda, the prettiest and most popular girl at Ronald Reagan High School, and the slacker teen named Jake. The tw
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Chrissy♥Dev
Jake was a regular high school boy. He loved video games and getting high with his friends until one day when he ate half of his friends in the school cafeteria. Now he is on the run, he is a zombie fugitive and his getaway partner is the hottest girl on school Amanda Blake who ate the other half of his class. Some how they have both been infected with a zombie virus with hope of a cure they head to Iowa,but the way their will be deterred by the NCD squad.

Meet Cass the youngest member of the NC
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Will
It was fine, but wasn't really for me. I bought because the author is a friend of a friend, and I'm happy to have supported the effort, but I wasn't really a fan.

I admit to being kind of a snob about YA, but Hart actually carries the voice/tone pretty well for an adult audience for most of the novel. There are some choppy sequences, especially when describing violence - it definitely seems like there's a disconnect between the violence of the book (it's about sentient zombies, so, yeah) and the
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YALibrarian
I thought I had an iron stomach, and then I read this book. I laughed so much I nearly made myself sick because in every laugh out loud moment, there was a head dangling by a strip of skin or blood soaked t-shirts or whatever. Hart is seriously gross, but also really clever. Even though I was vomiting on the inside, I kept reading, wanting to see how Jake, Amanda, and Cass survive the zombie apocalypse. About the zombies though, like many authors in the genre, Hart has added his own twists to th ...more
Victoria
I am not hugely into zombies, but I have read a few books in the genre and seen some of the zombie movie classics - both modern and otherwise. I think that this book is most definitely the most fun take on zombie-ism that I have encountered! It’s definitely aimed at the older end of the Young Adults market (considering the way the zombie disease is contracted... and some more adult and illegal substances), but older teens and even adults will be charmed by these two seventeen year old narrators ...more
Shelby Mc.
I started reading this book because it looked hilarious, the title hooked me first, and when I read the back I may have laughed out loud in the middle of Barnes and Nobles. I'm not one to buy books right away though, so I borrowed it from the library to read (Wow that really wasn't necessary for the review. Oh well). True to form this book was indeed hilarious, and though I was a little frustrated in the beginning because over-exaggerated/inaccurate versions of high school irritate me to no end, ...more
Mary
Wanted this to be funnier, faster-paced than it was. Key lesson: avoid cafeteria food at all costs (check!). Lots of gore, one-liners from Jake.
Ally
This is an amazing book. It is about 3 teenager, Jake is a slacker burnout whose idea of the perfect last night on Earth is playing video game in his basement. Amanda is the most popular girl in school, who doesn't even know Jake's name. Cass is the psychic sent by the government to hunt them down. This is they're story until last week, Jake, Amanda, and Cass had no reason to think their lives would intersect. But that was before Jake and Amanda contracted a mysterious zombie virus, devoured hal ...more
Savannah Starlit
Honestly, if I had looked at the reviews, I wouldn't have read this book. Which is why I'm glad I didn't. I LOVED this book. A lot of people are complaining about how they compared it to Warm Bodies. I have the book but I haven't read it yet. The one thing I can say is that they were probably comparing how they weren't just mindless droolers. Apparently, the books are few and far between, so yeah. I loved Jake, and Amanda was amazing too. Someone described her as a cool bitch. I agree. But she's ...more
Amanda Uechi Ronan
I started this book thinking one thing...Will it be as good as Warm Bodies? The answer is simply, no. Jake is our lazy stoner lead protagonist and although he's quite funny, he just never really develops as a character. Cass, our 2nd POV and female zombie hunter, interested me a little bit more though again her voice was quite "childish." Then there's Amanda...a character with no POV but who we're supposed to care about. The truth is she's a mean girl with zero redeeming qualities. Except she's ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Decent, but flawed by wooden characters and a few needless minor plotlines.

Review to come on the blog.
Anita
not bad. it's ya so kinda like watching cw with teenagers and hormones but not at all sappy because zombies and gore. but that was pretty tame too. as i said ya. but i enjoyed it on a sunday afternoon instead of doing chores. i will probably eventually read the next one. there is a road trip element and they're being pursued so it kinda reminded me of going bovine, which i enjoyed and the setup for the next one reminded me of allison hewitt, trapped, which i really liked. hmmm.. i might finally ...more
Najela
3.5
Spoilers
I'm not really sure what I wanted from this book. I guess from watching Attack on Titan, I was expecting more gore. It wasn't really gory until the end, but that part seemed kind of out of place. I wish we would have seen more about the different types of zombies Grace and Summer but also the new ones at the end. I honestly think I would have liked this more as a graphic novel than as a book. I gave it an extra point .5 because it did make me a little more interested in zombies. I lik
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Rob Dircks
Solid YA novel with a funky take on zombies and teen love.
My 13-year-old son recommended this book to me, and I'll admit I was kind of "hmmm, okay." But the title was clever, and the strangely funny treatment of a gruesome subject kept me reading. By the end, I actually kind of liked the lead character and his new girlfriend, and forgave them for the horrible things they'd done (not really their fault, read the book and you'll see). It's light, it's low-brow enough not to take itself too serious
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Collin
I'm so conflicted.

On the one hand, this was surprisingly good. I didn't expect to like it. In the first chapter, the writing is a lot smoother than I thought it would be, though it never exactly reaches the lofty idea of 'prose' as opposed to just writing. Jake is someone I've seen in a dozen other novels (he flunked a vocation quiz, he has a lot of crude things to say about the pretty popular girl he's lusting over, despite everything he's apparently a good guy) but his FP voice only made me w
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