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My Life as a White Trash Zombie

(White Trash Zombie #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  12,774 ratings  ·  1,883 reviews
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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Joe Valdez
May 05, 2014 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.

Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

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

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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, inco
Peter Monn
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg I loved this book so much and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at ...more
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombie, own

"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
Apr 03, 2012 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
Mar 15, 2014 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
May 21, 2011 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
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 Angel w
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! Angel is a great protagonist, tough and vulnerable at the same time. I really liked how hard she works to pull herself up and improve her life. It was an interesting take on zombies too. A fresh take on the zombie genre that doesn't take itself too seriously. Recommended. ...more
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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reasons to read My Life as a White Trash Zombie:
- you love dark graveyard humour
- you like reading about people finding their inner strength and willpower (surprising themselves in the process)
- you like a protagonist who isn't of the I-am-going-to insult-and/or-hit-everyone-I talk-to-because-some-readers-consider-that-a-mark-of-a-strong-woman variety
- zombies
- a bit of a mystery thrown in (someone turned her into a zombie, there's a serial killer on the loose)
- you want to read a decent first
Laurie  |  LOHF
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
3 1/2 stars

I have wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the fabulous cover on someone’s blog. It’s really eye catching, isn't it? Talk about a lucky author. And best of all, it fits its main character Angel perfectly. Well, I finally made time to read it and, uh, I’m glad I did but I didn't expect it to take nearly a month to get through.

The book starts out when Angel wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she ended up there. She's told she overdosed and she figures it c
Aug 22, 2012 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.
Tyler J Gray
Actual Rating: 4.75 stars

Full review also on my blog Here

TW: Abuse, Suicide, Rape (no suicide or rape is in the book but if you read it you'll understand the trigger warnings), r-word (one instance that I noticed)

I'd heard some good things about this book and it sounded interesting, so I picked it up and i'm so glad I did! Not only was it entertaining but it was also deeper and had a bigger impact than I was expecting!

Angel is such an amazing character! She's flawed, human (or...sort of being a
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun zombie tale with a snarkish troubled main character. Great quick read with plenty of chuckle time thrown in.
LeAnne: GeezerMom
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am seriously not the zombie type but having just read this for the second time, I definitely am a Diana Rowland type! What a romp!

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 coroner's office. And when I say lowly, I mean low. She is a pill-popping, pot head, drop-out who shares a filthy home with her alcoholic dad. Dying, ironically, was the most positive thing to happe
Jun 10, 2015 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.
Elena C.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hey, this was surprisingly... good! Really good, even.
I say "surprisingly" because, let's face it, urban fantasy isn't aging well. At all. Especially when it comes to that segment of the genre written by women for women (or at least marketed as such. You know what I'm talking about: Kick-Ass Chick mercilessly kills her way around a monster-infested world only to turn all mushy and hormonal after meeting Mysteriously Brooding or Broodingly Mysterious Handsome Demon/Angel/Vampire/Were/Whatever). A
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
Tyler J Gray

Not going to write another review, as I reviewed it when I first read it like 2 years ago. Original review Here. Now can I actually continue this series? I'll plan to soon!

When I first read it 2 years ago I wasn't listening to audio books. Wanting to now try to get into them I figured i'd start with listening to books i've already read. Knowing I needed to re-read this so I can continue with the series, I figured why not listen to it. So I did. It went better than I expected. Much better!
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
Nov 08, 2015 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. ...more
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ha! A breath of fresh air:) I did enjoy this book despite my uncertainty of how i feel about zombies. It was different and funny and I liked it:)
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
A Goodreads friend recommended that I 'check out' this spin on zombie/urban fantasy. I found the book to have those qualities of YA books written for adults. That is, except for the protagonist not being a 'young person'. The story is more about the protagonist’s Feels than the existential threat of The Zombie. The story has occasionally amusing parts, although it is too anemic to slake my hunger for a brainy story.

Prose is good, but uneven. The writing was technically good. It was carefully ed
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
May 20, 2011 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 to the
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
This reminded me a tiny bit of iZombie, in a totally good way though. Even though this was somewhat crass and crud at times, I really liked it and the direction it went.
Oct 13, 2012 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
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
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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.” 22 likes
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