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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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Kat Stark
Nov 23, 2015 Kat Stark rated it liked it

Buddyread with my main squeeze: Karly (Click to read her review) <--it's amazing.

This book was driving in circles.

She turns into a zombie. She looks for brains. She finds and eats brains. She stores some brains and they get inevitably destroyed by her alcoholic father. She look for more brains…WHY CAN’T PEOPLE DIE FASTER!...Oh look, the bitch is...still looking for brains. Go figure.

Then a miraculous thing happens during the last 20% of the story. It’s like the book stopped looking questionab
Kevin Hearne
Jul 10, 2011 Kevin Hearne rated it it was amazing
I was pretty much grinning like an idiot through this whole thing. It's just a fabulous, "delicious" situation to read about, the craving for brains when you know eating brains is wrong. Angel Crawford is a a delightful character and I hope we see more of her; I'd like to see her grow from here and confront several plot threads that were left dangling in a tantalizing fashion. Much of the humor isn't the wisecracking sort but the situational sort, and kudos to Diana for pulling it off so well. G ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*

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.

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
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
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
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
Melissa Martin
Aug 22, 2015 Melissa 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
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
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
"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
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Aug 08, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*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
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.
Aug 13, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***BUDDY READ with the always lively and never dull MacHalo crew***

Because, you know, BRAAAAINSSSS

It wasn't as if I set out to be a loser. I didn't wake up every morning and say, "Hey, how can I screw my life up today?" But the universe sure seemed to be rigged against me, and most of the time it didn't seem to matter how hard I tried since I was obviously never going to catch a break.

This is Angel's life before someone decides to give her a second chance.

Angel has no delusions of grandeur, she
Aug 01, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with the MacHalo crew

Angel Crawford is a high school drop out with a deadbeat boyfriend, no job and addiction to drugs and alcohol. Her life is going nowhere fast - until the day she actually dies. Angel remembers a car crash, she remembers fear and blood but not a lot else so she's confused when she wakes up in hospital without a scratch on her. The doctors think she took an overdose but she's sure that's not what happened. Things get weirder when she suddenly finds a job has been or
May 07, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to My Life as a White Trash Zombie

Angela Crawford-She is a twenty-something high school dropout and druggie from the wrong side of the tracks and completely hilarious and lovable. Yep, even as a zombie you cannot help loving this chick. She is snarky, smart and doing this zombie thing by the seat of her pants.
Southern Louisiana. The setting is perfect for this zombie tale, and Rowland takes advantage of the redneck stereotype to add humor as we disco
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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.” 12 likes
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