Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse” as Want to Read:
The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse

2.71  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Welcome to the Apocalypse. Your forecast includes acid rain, roving gangs and misplaced priorities, in this comedic take on the end of the world as we know it, from debut author Daphne Lamb. As a self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped millennial, Verdell probably wouldn't have ranked very high on the list of those most likely to survive the end of the world, but ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Booktrope Editions
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 2.71  · 
Rating details
 ·  150 ratings  ·  68 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse
Doomsday for Dummies? Sounds funny! I just didn't get the humor. At all.
Maybe it's because I'm too old to think that millennial's are funny?
No, that's not true. I laugh my ass off at those "self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped" whiners all the time. This should have had me in stitches.


The plot had massive potential, and there were a moments that rang true, but for the most part this was just an exercise in ridiculousness.
The main problem is that Verdell isn't awful
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I freaking loved this book!!!!!! It's so hilarious, I was laughing at ever turn. This isn't a book about zombies. It's a book about a virus that kills people, but it's about how to survive in the apocalypse with a lot of crazy people. The most you have to worry about in this apocalypse is other people killing and beheading you, or worse!

The main character is Verdell Sonobe. She works as a data coordinator for Mitchellwide Industries. She has a friend, Tatiana
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Publisher: Booktrope

Publishing Date: September 2015

ISBN: 9781475988550?

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.4/5

Publisher Description: Welcome to the Apocalypse. Your forecast includes acid rain, roving gangs and misplaced priorities, in this comedic take on the end of the world as we know it, from debut author Daphne Lamb.

Review: This was a hilarious run of modern comedic satirical commentary. Sarcastically inventive, with an ongoing diatribe that pokes fun at the
This was a crazy book full of even crazier scenario's.
I had fun reading this and laughing to myself.
Great book for any gal ready to or NOT ready for the apocalypse.
**For the original blog tour post with additional content click here!**

As you may recall I've previously confessed how extremely slim my chance of surviving an actual apocalypse would be. Well TGGttA's main protagonist Verdell seems to have very similar odds stacked against her and is not your first choice for an apocalypse survivor or an actual contestant on Survivor.

But Verdell is determined to survive as she journeys deeper into a world of hidden dangers, new threats, and plenty of awkward
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
I got this book as an ARC ebook from NetGalley.

With so many great reviews, I thought I'd love this book. Sadly, I disliked it so much I abandoned it 30% in.

It's SO BORING. The story is just so slow and drags so much. The fourth chapter is about getting water...that's basically it. Other things happen, but it's just so lame. She's had to pee since chapter one and it took her four chapters to finally go. That is ridiculous, not important and not funny. The writing is done well, but the story
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apocalypse, from a girls view, focusing on the normal people, the non preppers, the same persons that often are the man characters in chic lit. What could possibly go wrong? Everything. Obviously.

Let's start with the apocalypse it self. We get to know that the apocalypse happened and that a lot of people died, but in the end I still have no idea what the apocalypse was. Some of the Goodreads reviews told me that it was a virus, but the book didn't mention that once.

Okay, so the main character
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was probably more of a 3.5 but rounding up due to the mass quantities of butt hurt reviews.

While, yes, this has "apocalypse" in the title, this is really more a satire/comedy. If you're looking for (or only like) the Walking Dead, then keep moving. Sadly, I think Daphne's take on the apocalypse probably has some merit as I'm sure several clueless individuals will make it despite the best efforts of natural selection.

So, if you kinda hate vapid people and want to read something snarky with
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, postapocalyptic, 2015
I received a copy from Patchwork Press – Cooperative via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've always approached the apocalypse genre as a psychological/sociological thing, but I was curious to read a book with a comedic take on the end of the world.From the excerpt, I expected a story where the main character might endure several hardships and obstacles, leading to some sort of self-depreciating yet witty journey of self-growth and learning how to survive through a series of fumbling
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First off, let's touch on the biggest positive: I really like the cover.

Not to say that what's inside is terrible. It's not. But it's in need of some editing.

Multiple instances of "you're" used instead of "your".

"Call" instead of "calm" which seems more of a generic typo that went uncaught.

This quote from 67%: "He held a pouch of Capri Sun and stabbed it
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was wild and crazy version of the apocalypse. We don't have a plucky heroine who learns how to make her own weapons and identifies plants to eat for survival. It's not about finding out what was behind the disaster or fighting evil corporation/government forces. It's about a woman without much of a career, working in a tall office building, with colleagues somewhat like Office Space. Her boyfriend isn't much of one, and she's apparently okay looking, but nothing special. She is intelligent ...more
Cheryl Marie
*I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

3.5 - 4 Stars

Looking for a life changing memoir? This isn't it. Looking for a laugh-out-loud-enough-that-people-start-looking-at-you-funny book? You got it!

The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse was a fun, fast-paced look into what it may be like for your average "Jane Doe", or in this case, Verdell Sonobe, working a middle-class job, leading an average existence were to experience the end of the world.

Our main
Sarah Pottenger
I didn't know it was a satire until I started reading other people's reviews when I was about at the halfway point. It's billed on Amazon as "comedic," but I think the word "satire" is more important. Because the less-than-flattering reviews complained of the book's over-the-top nature, and exaggeration like that is a hallmark of satire. But I know jack about satire. By the time I got to it in my college classes, I'd stopped paying attention (and stopped going to class). What I do know is that I ...more
Jeff Raymond
Under normal circumstances I would have given up on a book like this fairly early on. On the surface, it comes across like a fun dystopian tale that sort of subverts a few things here and there. Instead, it's a book where, for much of it, the fact that the world became a dangerous, murderous wasteland basically doesn't matter, resulting in a weird book that feels aimless for much of the time.

I'll say that it improved a bit in the second half, though, when it gained a bit of a point for a short
Heather Duff
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book, I mean it has the apocalypse which is my go to book of choice but it just didn't work for me.

I have tried a couple of times since I was kindly sent a copy to get in to it but the characters just put me off. It is a great idea but just not for me.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book could have benefited from beta readers. And if it did have beta readers, it needed better readers. There was often confusing grammar. Also, OFFICE BUILDINGS HAVE BATHROOMS ON EVERY FLOOR! Like seriously?!? The main character had to go to a different floor to use the bathroom. Nope. you can write about some far fetched apocalypse but you gotta maintain some sense of reality.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse is Daphne Lamb’s debut novel. It sets out to explore the human response to the end of the world – whilst also bringing the funny.

The author gives us an interesting protagonist in Verdell, a young woman who spends her days doing data entry. She works at what she regards as a dead end job, in a company which appears to make products with no real use, with co-workers whose interpersonal interactions are…questionable at
Katherine Paschal
Verdell finds herself stuck at her office building surrounded by her coworkers when the world goes to Hell. After hiding out for a month living off vending machine food, Verdell finds herself “rescued”. This leads to many misadventures as Verdell tries to survive the apocalypse with her wits and a very odd group of people.

Oh my freaking jeez, this book is right up my alley. It has the horrors and trials associated with the end of the world, while mixing in humor, snark and utter ridiculousness.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Verdell Sonobe is a self absorbed vapid office worker whose main priority upon finding the world has ended is not her parents, her boyfriend or the future of mankind - but making sure she's got lipstick and can still shower. The apocalypse - caused by a virus - has resulted in gangs, looters, murderers, slavery, cannibalism and cults, all within the first few months. Overall, it seems like the virus has targeted every rational and intelligent person in the country, as all we have left are ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, dystopian, 2016
This book reminds me of Six of One and Seven Will Out, that I read and reviewed recently. I don't really "get" most humor - I make jokes all the time, don't get me wrong, but most things marketed as funny I don't find funny, and please don't make me sit through a comedy movie because I won't - they just aren't funny and usually make me hurl.

I struggled a bit with the other two books I read, because I could tell it was supposed to be funny, and I could see the humor in the jokes, but eh. The
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: post-apocalyptic fans
See my full review & blog post for this book!!

My Review
3 Roses

Comedy meets apocalypse, in this new off-beat novel by debut author Daphne Lamb.

The synopsis is spot on, and describes this book perfectly. The lead character is a modern slacker, reminding me of a mix of Ginger from Gilligan's Island, and any modern millennial stereotype. While her personality is off-putting, it's realistic for the outlined story, and adds a twist to a plot that usually has readers enthralled with suspense and darkness. Not
Bee Mills
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. Sadly, it appears to be in dire need of an editor.

Normally, when I got to my first "I do not think this word means what you think it means" moment, I move on to a different book, but the light and fluffy writing drew me in until I was almost able to ignore the fact that the author seems to think that 'harbouring' means the same as 'hoarding'. There's no excuse for the later substitution of 'ushering' for what I can only assume to be 'butchering', and the two
Izzie & Coco Book Club
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
Check out our video review!

3.5 Stars

First of all, I love the title of this book. It's what made me want to read it. I was expecting our heroine to be this kick-ass woman and that wasn't the case. At least not in the beginning. The main character, Verdell, is a selfish, sarcastic, underachieving office worker. Honestly, she's a real asshole. She's barely surviving the apocalypse and seems to be getting by on pure, dumb luck. And still, she is one of the nicest people in this book. She still
Helen Marquis
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
As a big fan of Apocalypse fiction, I was interested in this take on the genre - a helpless female millennial surviving the mushroom cloud and taking on the world. However, after about 10 pages I found myself wishing she and everyone else in the book had been obliterated when the bomb dropped.
The characters are all shallow and vacuous and irritating, and while that may be the point, it means the whole narrative lacks any heart - you don't root for anyone and you don't care about anyone. Maybe my
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley and Patchwork Press- Cooperative, in exchange for my honest review! Thanks for a most humorous adventure!

I love apocalypse books and this story was right up my alley!! The characters were humorous and over the top! The characters in this story are just a little out of touch with reality, with exception to Verdell, the main character. She is a sarcastic woman surrounded by characters, who have their priorities just a little out of whack! Everything that could
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
I'm afraid to say i gave up reading this book because I didn't like it at all.

It came across as trying to be funny and ironic rather than actually being either. And it was pointless.
Kavita Favelle
Dec 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
The idea sounds good on paper but doesn't translate into a readable book, and I gave up on it a third of the way in. The main character and all the others are just so unlikeable, that I can't bring myself to care about whether they survive or not, and when I found myself thinking the story would be better if the author killed the lot of them off, I stopped reading!
This book was pretty funny, much in the same vein as "Normalverse".
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
Received via NetGalley and Booktrope in exchange for an completely unbiased review.
Also posted on Silk & Serif

The Girl’s Guide to The Apocalypse is essentially a satirical tribute to the Millennial Generation. In the wake of a catastrophe that causes all modern technology to fail and disease to spread causing zombie like creatures Verdell becomes the narrator and hero of her own tale. She’s luke warm about her long term boyfriend (should she break up with him, or keep him?), her boss is
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've read this book and I'm writing this so you wouldn't have to read it too.

My first problem is that the writing is inconsistent and often confusing, as if it hasn't been edited or proofread at all. There's even a couple of your/you're mistakes in there. Seriously, has anyone edited this book?

My second problem is that all of the main characters are walking fucking clichés and stereotypes. Their priorities are incredibly weird for an apocalypse setting. I'll get to the women later but you've got
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • SNAFU: Future Warfare
  • Julie of the Wolves (Julie of the Wolves, #1)
  • Fragments (Partials Sequence, #2)
  • Brothers of the Flame (Ariel Kimber #1)
  • The Arrival (The Eslite Chronicles, #1)
  • The Bridal Hunt (Brides of the Hunt, #1)
  • The Flame of Olympus  (Pegasus, #1)
  • Mirror X (The Van Winkle Project, #1)
  • Outside In (Insider, #2)
  • Partials (Partials Sequence, #1)
  • Pegasus and the New Olympians (Pegasus, #3)
  • Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus (Pegasus, #4)
  • The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells
  • Red
  • Untouched
  • The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Tarot
  • Skeen's Leap (Skeen, #1)
  • The Book of Lists: Horror
See similar books…
Daphne Lamb was raised in the wilds of Colorado and now resides in a very different wilderness known as Los Angeles.

She is a comedian and award winning writer who has worked in television, film and video games.

In her spare time, she enjoys collecting comic books, discussing awesomely bad movies and thinks about what it would be like to own a cat.

She loves connecting to fans and readers, so feel