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My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1)

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Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by DAW
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

Buddy-read with the oh-so-awesome Kat!

r, is for Rowland

3 Stars

Angel Crawford is a loser, a high school drop-out with a pill problem. When Angel wakes up in the hospital, after overdosing, with flashes of memories that can’t be true and big gaps in what actually happened the night before, things get strange. Suddenly Angel finds herself with a cooler of energy drinks from a stranger and a new job, and a whole lot of questions…

My Life as a White Trash Zombie is a novel served in courses, incons
Joe Valdez
Jan 30, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was in the market for a nice and easy read during my intermission for Robert McCammon's 950-page apocalyptic epic Swan Song, but like Tina Turner says in her song, "We never do things nice and easy." My pick was Diana Rowland's 2011 novel My Life As a White Trash Zombie, the first entry in what has become a popular series for the author. I can see why. This is a professionally written, emotionally satisfying zombie tale carried away with a light touch that emphasizes character over splatter.

Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

Woo Hoo! I absolutely loved this audiobook. I found this book during one of audible's sales a few months ago and bought it on a whim. I just hoped that it would be a fun quirky story to go along with its attention grabbing title and awesome pick cover. I was instantly hooked with this one. I started this audiobook while I was doing the laundry one Sunday night and I actually found myself spending a lot more time than usual folding clothes jus
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
It's Zombiefest July with my freaky girls in the MacHalo group!

Angel Crawford is a loser and not the sharpest crayon in the box. She lives in a dump with her white trash dad. There's a layer of beer cans on their driveway dating back years. No one does the dishes until there aren't any clean ones left. Angel drinks and does drugs and has an on/off boyfriend who lives in a trailer and runs a garage out of an old shed outside. She can hold a job down for about 3 months. But one day, she wakes up i
Sep 22, 2013 Anelis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: zombie fans, paranormal fans, anyone who wants a light but exciting mystery

This was my first Diana Rowland book, so I had no expectations whatsoever. I'm not going to describe the plot nor write spoilers.


Before reading the book I LOVED it's cover. In fact I picked it up solely because of it's cool pink zombie cover. I mean look at it! It's pink, with a beautiful woman, piercings, blood, don't-give-a-damn look...what's not to like?
But I must admit it, again because of the cover I didn't expect it to be any good. I was just in the mood for a bad paranormal romance novel
Nov 07, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Five stars: Immediately purchase and devour this book. It is awesome! A whole new take on zombies. Fresh and hysterically funny. Don't miss this one!
What I loved about this book:
*Angel, she rocks! There are so many aspects of her character that I found captivating. First is her transformation. Angel starts the story as trailer trash. She is plagued with an alcohol and pill problem, she cannot hold down a job, she has an abusive, alcoholic father with whom she lives in a run down dump of a house
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Aug 22, 2015 Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, zombie

"You're a zombie." he said, tone flat and curt. " You eat brains. What more do you need to know?"

I loved this book, I thought the different take on zombies was really cool.

Angel Crawford has the unfortunate opportunity to find out what it's like to be a zombie trying to exist in the real world. She wakes up in the hospital not knowing what happened to her. They say she overdosed on pills, but when I found out what happened at the end I wanted to put the beat d
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I went back and forth from 3 stars to 4 stars. I'm actually settling on 3.5 stars. The middle was really slow & I was bored. However, the ending really made up for it. I think book 2 is going to rock though and I really love Angel and someone else that is revealed at the very end of the book (yeah, I'm so excited for book 2 to see what happens with this character).

As for the boredom, I think Rowland was just trying to establish Angel's identity as a zombie. I do think it was necessary as Ang
Mar 16, 2014 Carol. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: zombie fans

Braaaains. Hungry for braaaaains. Brains NOW!

At least, that's the call of the American Zombie, genus and species unknown (human? bacteria? virus?) Rowland does something unusual in My Life by creating a protagonist who undergoes a traumatic experience and gradually realizes she's one of the living dead. Even though she feels almost normal. Except for those pesky cravings. And that body odor. A fan of the genre in general, I couldn't resist giving this a try after seeing how many of my friends e
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Angel Crawford is 21 years old, addicted to pills and in an on-again off-again relationship with another addict, Randy. After the death of her insane and abusive mother, she was left to live with her alcoholic and no less abusive father. She’s a high school dropout, can’t keep any job for more than a few weeks and she’s even on probation for buying a stolen car.

At the beginning of My Life as a White Trash Zombie, Angel wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of the events that occurred th
"It reminds me of an old joke: What did the Zombie say to the whore?"
I looked at him blankly. "Um....what?"
He winked. "Keep the tip."

Okay so you will only understand this joke if you read the book. There's your incentive ;)

I LOVE the fact that Diana Rowland chose a self loathing, drug addict, unemployed high school dropout as the protagonist in My Life As a White Trash Zombie.I guess you could say I have a soft spot in my heart for an abused underdog. Something about these characters
Jul 05, 2015 Cathryn rated it really liked it
This was a delightful little surprise. I interrupted my Kate Daniels reread for this and I don't regret it. I loved the genuine, gradual growth that the MC Angel shows in the book. I liked the mystery. This might be a little gory for some but after reading about rebirth in Kin I think could handle almost anything. This was extremely tame in comparison.

Looking forward to the next one in the series.
Christy LoveOfBooks

Why did I wait so long to read this? I’ve been totally missing out. There’s a major plus side that came out of waiting though. That’s right, I now have several to read at my leisure. High five, bitches!

Okay, so technically I didn’t read it. Nope. I listened to My Life as a White Trash Zombie on audio, and it was fantastic! I’m just now really getting into audiobooks on a more regularly, and I’m pretty damn picky when it comes to narrators. So, I was beyond delighted to discover Allison McLemore
3.5 stars

Angel Crawford was your typical white trash chick with a pill popping addiction living with her alcoholic dad in Lousiana. That is, until she woke up in the hospital after being in a car accident with no memory of what had happened to her. She finds a note addressed to her telling her about a job that she is required to take or she’ll end up dead… thinking this is a note from her parole officer and that she’s being threatened with jail she opts to take the job instead. The job turns out
Jan 01, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
I liked it, its right on the 4-5 star edge for me but since it's my first official review this year lets be generous. It had a nice mix of humor, a realistic main character (Angel) and a cool fantasy twist. I don't read a lot of zombie books but I'll definitely be continuing the series.
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
May 22, 2011 Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha) rated it it was amazing
Angel is 100% trailer trash, her father is an alcoholic who alternates between two states: asleep & drunk. Angel’s name doesn’t suit her; she’s a drug addict who pops pills. She had a dead-end on again/off again boyfriend who isn’t any much better. She dropped out of high school years ago & has a criminal record. Can you tell Angel has everything going for her?

Angel wakes up in the ER after an overdose, but she swears she was in a horrible car crash..yet there’s not a mark on her. To add
Jul 18, 2016 LeAnne rated it it was amazing
My favorite zombie book EVER! Well.. it's also my ONLY zombie book ever. And the author is a buddy of mine. But still!!!

Ive been putting off reading this for probably four years. "Diana, I love you more than lasagna, but there is no way I am reading your zombie crap." My curiosity finally wore me down, and I am so happy it did!

The story is basically a cop-styled jaunt written with a huge wink and a grin. Our hero, the novice crime fighter, really isn't even a cop but a lowly van driver for the
Jul 22, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it
Angel lives in a hovel with her dead-beat and abusive father. She's an alcoholic, pill popping, pot smoking woman with a conviction, an equally dead-beat boyfriend, and she can't even hang on to a dead end job.

Then she dies, is turned into a zombie, and lands a job at the morgue. Things are starting to look up for her...except she's one of the undead, and she has insatiable cravings for brains.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie is a bit of a romp. It's a fun book which glides along effortlessly.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
I really loved the concept behind this book, about an underground world of zombies that somehow find brains to sustain them. It takes a simple concept and slowly evolves over the course of the book in how brains are obtained, what happens when zombies eat them and how it affects them.

Angel Crawford is so self deprecating, honest with herself on her short comings and somehow being turned into a zombie has turned her life around. She learns a lot about her limits and what she's capable of as well
Jan 13, 2013 Cyna rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogging-queue
AKLNDFLKND HOLY FUCKING GOD YOU GUYS, THIS WAS AMAZING. NO SERIOUSLY, I'M NOT EVEN BEING IRONIC RIGHT NOW THIS IS LEGIT EXCITE ENTHUSIASTIC CAPS TYPING. Seriously, I had begun to despair of ever finding a decent fucking Urban Fantasy book that didn't make me want to brick someone's face in, and thanks completely to Shiori's prodding, I got to read one. I GOT TO READ ONE. IT'S BEEN SO LONG. OH GOD I HAD FORGOTTEN WHAT LOVE WAS LIKE...


My Life as a White Trash Zombie puts the genre to shame. It p
Oct 07, 2015 Marina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, own, favorite
I'm honestly surprised how much I enjoyed "My Life as a White Trash Zombie". I've heard good things about it, but zombies are not my thing at all. However, since they're not unthinking monsters in this one I guess it made all the difference. I do enjoy a good paranormal read.

Angel is loser with no future, she's comes from a poor broken home, with a drunk dad who abuses her and dead mom, she drinks, has a pill addiction, can't hold down a job and already has an arrest record. Then everything chan
Oct 22, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Angel Crawford is a self-professed loser.

A high school drop-out, she staggers from dead-end-job to dead-end-job. She regularly drowns her sorrows at the local dive bar with her on-again, off-again boyfriend who repairs cars and while he lives in a trailer, he's got the best in high electronics.

All that changes one night when Angel wakes up in a hospital after what she believes was a severe bender. She can't recall what happened, but a mysterious note tells her that a job as the driver for the l
11811 (Eleven)
May 17, 2015 11811 (Eleven) rated it really liked it
This was pretty clever. I'm adding book 2 to the list. It was kinda like a Dexter novel, in that there are tons of crime scenes but our protagonist isn't a cop. I loved the clean-my-kitchen analogy but I'm too lazy to type it all out so if you want that spoiler, ya gotta read/listen to the book.
Jul 29, 2011 Shelley rated it liked it
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Mystery/Suspense/Romance/Zombies


Angel Crawford is a 21 year old abuser of drugs and alcohol, as well as a high school dropout who suddenly finds that she is waking up in a hospital with no memories of how she got there or what happened to her. She is told by a nurse that she overdosed on drugs. She may also have been a witness to a murder that happened in the same area in which she was found naked.

The truth, however, is much different than the actual facts present the
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
"You can't stop me," he said, doing his best to curl his lip into a proud sneer. "I'll finish him, then finish you."

"Oh yeah?" I said. Then I couldn't resist. I took a deep breath and yelled: "Zombie Super Powers, Activate!"

First things first - Daniel Dos Santos is absolutely brilliant! This isn't the only bad-ass book cover that his talented mind has created, but it's certainly my favorite.

If you haven't seen his previous work ... although I'm sure you have, but just didn't realize it ... then
Aug 08, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Full Review at Tenacious Reader:

I’m so used to thinking “zombies” equates to placing a book in the horror genre. But honestly, I think I am going to file this one under Urban Fantasy, because while yes, there are zombies and a serial killer, both things that could very easily, and maybe even typically, go the way of horror, the tone of this remains light hearted thanks to the wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor of the protagonist. This is not a scary or
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
A surprisingly good tale... if you can get over the descriptions of Angel's food de jour!

NGbM Travelling Book No 1 - Chosen by Alisa.
Oct 01, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
The cover art and title sucked me in but Angel keep me listening. The moment she said

But then again, I was about as far from touchy-feely as you could get. Unless you’re fucking me, don’t put your hands on me.

I knew we were soul mates. Angel is a great character, she is full of snark and dieing really was the best thing that happened to her.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie is my 1st book to read where the main character is a zombie. And like many creatures, each author puts their own spin on
Another Audible BOGO find, and another enjoyable zombie book. I don't know if I would have picked this one up if not for getting it 1/2 price. It seems like one of those weird books that are almost too hyped and I wasn't sure if I was really into reading about a white trash zombie.

But, after listening to the sample probably 5 times, I decided to just go for it, and I'm glad that I did. Not only was it not annoying, but it was actually quite funny and unique. I really liked the different take on
Jan 29, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Yes. You saw those 4 stars. Yes I gave a book about a white trash zombie 4 stars. I have my reasons. Let me start by saying I have a strong dislike for the color pink. This is one of my favorite book covers. Ever. Behind that awesome cover is a pretty cool story.

We have Angel, the white trash. She is the most REAL character I have read in a long time. I was able to connect to my own inner white trash. Seriously I think there is a little white trash in everyone. We just choose to ignore it, and
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Diana Rowland 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 a lot of weird crap. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't ro ...more
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“It reminds me of an old joke: What did the Zombie say to the whore?"
I looked at him blankly. "Um....what?"
He winked. "Keep the tip.”
“Still, waking up this early was just wrong. “Why can’t people be reasonable and only die after eleven A.M.?” I whined.” 15 likes
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