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The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies by Lynn Messina
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May 01, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 14 to 29, 2012

This witty and quirky novel opens up in the year 2020. The female population is 100% human; the male population? Not so much. Over the course of the last 20 years, the human male population has dwindled to around a quarter of million specimens after the H1Z1 variant Y zombie virus wiped out the majority of the males on earth.

Hattie Cross, newspaper columnist, has written a book titled "The Girls' Guide To Dating Zombies." With the male population nearly zero but an overpopulation of zombies, Hattie has written this book to help women come to terms with the zombies, and attempt to domesticate them as well. What we end up with is a unique look into the lives of a zombie population that lives among human without eating their brains--they prefer your pets so don't leave Spot out unattended.....

Zombies in the year 2020 have a lot going for them. There have been medicines and drugs created to help integrate them into a more regular human life. The pharmaceutical company, Zombaceuticals, has prepared many types of these drugs for zombie beautification/humanization purposes; Zombreeze - a scent sanitizer; Zombilay - a skin firming serum; Zombiagra - for those moments of passion (Yeah, I said it....moments of passion? With a zombie?.....Not that desperate but thanks!) There is even a drug to control behavior called Zombicol. It looks like they've thought of everything.

There are a couple different story lines threaded throughout "The Girls' Guide To Dating Zombies," and they are expertly written and easy to follow. First there is the guide to dating zombies and then there is the conspiracy that Hattie is convinced begins within Zombaceuticals. Add in a 100% human male and Hattie becomes a drooling, stuttering, clutz.

Hattie is an excellent main character. She's managed to look at the bright side of the zombie apocalypse and make something of the situation. Dating zombies isn't my ideal way to looking at the cup as half full but each their own. The filler characters play their parts well but I would have loved to see Jake a bit more.

Sarcasm, hilarity, and oh so awkward moments abound in Ms. Messina's zombie masterpiece. The romantic elements are minute so as to not overshadow the main theme. If you love zombies then you'll love this very different approach to this genre and character type.

(Book provided at no cost by tour promoter, in exchange for an honest review).

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