Book Review: The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies by Lynn Messina

Ahhh, zombies. They’re stupid, but they sure are cute… and sexy. Wait, what?! Yeah, I totally just called zombies sexy. I mean, give them a little zombie Viagra, and they’re good to go. They make fantastic boyfriends. They even appreciate shoe shopping! Who needs human men, am I right?

Lately, it feels like zombies are as annoyingly ubiquitous as vampires and werewolves. We’ve read so, so many stories about them that one more feels like redundant torture. Enter Lynn Messina with her refreshing, comedic, poignant, and splendiferous look at our favorite undead heroes. The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies is a wild romp of a read. It’s sexy, funny, witty, and maybe even a little scary. I mean, the subject matter is zombies after all.

Let me lay the description on you:

Hattie Cross knows what you’re thinking: Zombie sex? Ewwwww. But she also knows that since a virus turned 99.9999 percent of human males into zombies, it’s statistically impossible to meet—let alone date—the remaining 0.00001 percent. So she writes “The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies” to help her fellow single women navigate the zombie-relationship waters.

Her practical how-to impresses the CEO of the largest drug company in the world, and before she knows it, Hattie, a reporter for a downmarket tabloid that specializes in conspiracy theories, is sitting down with the woman who single-handedly invented the zombie-behavioral-modification market. Granted access to the inner sanctum of zombaceuticals, she meets an actual, living, breathing M-A-N.

Now Hattie, the consummate professional, is acting like a single girl at the end of the twentieth century: self-conscious, klutzy and unable to form a coherent sentence without babbling. Worst of all, the human male appears to have impaired her ability to think clearly. Because all of a sudden she’s convinced a conspiracy is afoot at the drug company and it seems to go all the way to the top!

I mean, seriously, doesn’t that sound awesome? It was. This book will lure you in out of pure curiosity. How did all the males succumb to this virus, and how on earth does zombie sex work? You may even find yourself wishing that your significant other was a bit more zombie-esque. Well, minus the football addiction.

So what will make you stay? The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies is unexpectedly deep. Isn’t that the best kind of book, the kind where you’re laughing so hard and then all of a sudden you’re hit with a very big message? I promise the poignancy doesn’t hit you out of nowhere. It makes perfect sense with the plot line and is such a treat.

It kind of reminds me of the movie, Happy Feet (remember Happy Feet?). The film featured a fuzzy little penguin baby who didn’t fit into his flock because he had an unusual talent, but low and behold, his talent is able to help in a big way. Following our penguin hero’s journey we are both entertained and made aware of environmental issues plaguing the Artic North. Good times.

My point is:  that’s exactly what Dating Zombies is like. Once you reach the 50% mark, you’re not going to be able to put the book down until you finish it. So start reading today. Look, I’ll even help you out by providing the prologue for you to read and enjoy right now, right here on my blog… Remember, you’re in for a wild and absolutely hilarious ride. You’ve been warned!

If you’ve bought this book, then you’re either dating a zombie or thinking about dating a zombie. You know that in this postblight world, your chances of getting hijacked by a terrorist, being staked to a bamboo pole in the Heilongjiang Province of Inner Mongolia and having your spleen eaten by a saber-tooth tiger are eight times greater than meeting one of the estimated 344,923 men left on the planet.

You’re a practical young woman who isn’t willing to waste her time on impossible fantasies sold to her by the Hollywood dream machine.

Welcome to the rest of your life.

Naturally, as sensible as you are, part of you can’t help but wonder if dating a zombie is settling. Can’t a woman like you—smart, funny, attractive, kind—do better than an animated clump of rotting flesh that lives only to consume brains?

No, you can’t.

With 99.9999 percent of the male population transformed into zombies, all that are left are animated clumps of rotting flesh that live only to consume brains.

But you don’t have to be a glass-half-empty girl. Your cup runneth over. You just have to be able to see it.

And that’s why you’re reading The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies.

This book will help you understand and navigate the challenges and rewards of the zombie-dating lifestyle. You’ll learn how to…

• Meet zombies. Discover where they hang out and who they hang out with. The best zombie hotspots are just around the corner!

• Talk to zombies. Chatting with the reliving is easier than you’ve ever imagined! All you need to know are a few key phrases and you and a zombie can have hours of deep, meaningful conversation.

•  Dance with zombies. They might not have brains but boy, do they have rhythm. Master the step-drag-step of their beloved merengue and dance the night away with the zombie of your dreams.

• Make love with zombies. Physical contact doesn’t have to be icky or gross. With the right accessories and hygiene products, the fetid flesh of a zombie can smell as lovely as a garden rose.

• Cohabitate with zombies. Zombieproofing your home has never been so easy! A few simple changes will make your living room a safe environment for any zombie, however oblivious to fire, sharp corners and the precious Ming vase your grandmother left you. •  Medicate zombies.Medication is domestication. All a zombie needs to be a productive member of society is the right dosage. The chart in chapter 21 makes it easy for you to figure out which pills your zombie needs and when.

Remember, at the heart of every relationship is companionship, and this is what zombies provide—in spades.

Zombies are steady.

Zombies are reliable.

Zombies are here.

Plus, they love to go shoe shopping (more about that later!).

I’m not saying that zombies are better than men. Perish the thought! But men are gone and now we women have to do what we’ve done since time immemorial: Make the best of what we have.

And it’s a pretty darn good best!

Trust me, I know. I’ve been having satisfying zombie relationships for over six years and with the help of this book, you will too. Turn the page to get started right now.

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Lynn Messina is the author of six novels, including Little Vampire Women andFashionistas, which has been translated into 15 languages and is in development as a feature film. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she studied English Literature. Her writing has also appeared in Self and Modern Bride, among other publications. She lives in New York City with her husband and sons. Connect with Lynn on her website,blog,Twitter or GoodReads.

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Writing everything from Sweet Romance to Children's Books to Nonfiction, Melissa loves books, birds, and bonbons--in that order. She has an advanced degree that she never uses.

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