Thursday, November 17, 2011

NASCAR and Nachos, Brains and Tomato Soup

Published: May 25th, 2011
My Life As A White Trash Zombie
By: Diana Rowland
ISBN-13: 9780756406752

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive"...


   The book starts with Angel being in the hospital, with no idea how she got there.  She remembers a car wreck but doesn't have a scratch on her.  She's told she was found naked on the side of the road, suffering from an overdose.  Angel finds a note telling her that a job is waiting for her at the morgue as a van driver and to take it...or else.  Angel soon finds out that she's a zombie who needs to eat brains every two to three days to keep from decaying.  Being a zombie makes it easier for her to shed her 'loser' life.  Angel gets off of pills and alcohol fairly quickly and comes to some harsh realizations about the squalor that she and her abusive, alcoholic father are living in.  Their driveway is pretty much literally made of beer cans.  Also, her loser 'boyfriend' Randy is becoming less and less relevant to her.  Especially as she finds herself more and more attracted to the hot cop, Marcus Ivanov.  Angel is sarcastic and snarky, not letting being dead get her down in the least.  There is also a mystery element, in that Angel has no idea who infected her and why.  Plus there is a possible serial killer who cuts off heads running around the parish.  By the end of the book, the mystery is resolved and the answers are kind of a surprise.  Angel is far from the perfect heroine - she is a high school dropout whose crazy Mother hung herself in her prison cell and whose Father is a useless drunk.  But the way she evolves over the course of the book is amazing and awesome.  I loved this book and couldn't put it down.  This being said by someone who is normally NOT a fan of zombies AT ALL.  EVER.  This book got to me, probably in part because I myself am white trash.  I get Angel in a way some people might not.  This is a must-read for anyone who can stomach descriptions of slurping brains, who loves a good laugh and a well-written book. 

VERDICT:  5/5  Stars

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review.  This book is now available in stores and online.*

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