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My Life as A White Trash Zombie (2011)

by Diana ROWLAND

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Series: White Trash Zombie (1)

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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 wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue--and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse. Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey--just when she's hungriest! Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat. Literally.… (more)
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An enjoyable read. Nice to see a well rounded female character I'm urban fantasy with out having romance central to her story arc. Manages to avoid a lot of Strong Female Character pitfalls. Story could have been tighter, better paced, but overall enjoyable. definitely going to read the next book! ( )
  crowsandprose | May 15, 2024 |
Crawl on me. Sink into me. Die for me. Living dead girl.

First of all, this cover is great. But the content inside is kinda… prosaic? It’s a simple read. There’s nothing flowery or striking about the prose. It’s just pretty much a straight urban fantasy with not a whole lot of plot or high stakes. There’s no build-up to something. It’s more slice of life. Writing for the masses. For entertainment.

The concept is really really close to iZombie, even though this came years before that. They’re both undead people (but not quite undead, they just have 10 bpm heart rates), both eat brains (as opposed to flesh), both work in a morgue, both eat the brains they get from the morgue, both help the cops solve murders, if you don’t eat brains quick enough you become the rotting mindless kind of zombie, both have an underground zombie society/black market. I wonder if Rob Thomas gleaned more from this than from the comic book of the same name.

My problem is the white trash part of her life and the zombie part of her life never mix together to create a synergistic plot. There are scenes dedicated to her alcoholic father, run-down house, drug habit, etc. And there are scenes where she’s working as a morgue technician. And the two never see each other. It’s like two separate stories are going on just to justify the title/hook. Zombie-ness/undeadness doesn’t factor into her life. She hides it too well and it’s never an obstacle. So I enjoyed this for what it is, but I’m not interested enough to read the sequels. ( )
  theWallflower | Nov 16, 2023 |


This was my first [a:Diana Rowland|852078|Diana Rowland|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1235174372p2/852078.jpg] 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 as my weekly guilty pleasure that also happened to have a cover I enjoyed looking at. A book that would be fun but badly written. A B-Movie type of book.

Now that I finished not only this but also the second book in the series I can say that the cover is definitely they worst part of the book. I wish it was different because it doesn't represent the content and makes it look "cheaper" than it actually is.
Am I making sense?

The novel is written in a first person perspective, which means that we get a lot of "telling" instead of "showing". The protagonist seems very real and Rowland has not tried to do her any favors in order to score points with the readers. She is a white trash girl with a melodramatic story that manages to balance between being moving and cheesy pretty well.

The romance part is barely visible, which is one of the things I loved in this book. I was really afraid that it was going to be like the Parasole Protectorate series (too much fuss about a mystery we don't really care about because we all know it's just a pretense to hide the fact that the main theme is the romantic story). But thankfully it wasn't. The romance was not an end in itself but a natural and logical sequence of the events that took place. It wasn't the main focus of the novel either. The focal storyline was a mystery! Ok it was a weak mystery (the second novel [b:Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues|12766833|Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2)|Diana Rowland|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328080041s/12766833.jpg|17910832] almost excels in that department) but it was fun!

I read that [a:Diana Rowland|852078|Diana Rowland|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1235174372p2/852078.jpg] has worked as a morgue assistant, detective, crime scene investigator etc and IT SHOWS! This was one of the most pleasant things in the book. I just began reading [b:Married With Zombies|7716140|Married With Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)|Jesse Petersen|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1265814659s/7716140.jpg|10450081], where the couple says that they'll use zombie movies as a reference material to fight the undead and it made me chuckle because Rowland does the exact opposite. She describes, through the eyes of Angel -her protagonist- how everything is different from the tv-shows and movies, less glamorous and more real. That constant note of realism throughout the novel makes it even more exciting and even rubs off some of it onto the whole...zombie thing.

And now that I finally came to the zombies let me say this: I HATE it when they make zombies smart. I am a huge zombie fan and I want my zombies brainless dammit! I have read stuff that try to have a new take on the zombie thing and utilize smart zombies, like [b:Warm Bodies|7619057|Warm Bodies|Isaac Marion|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1323400027s/7619057.jpg|10090210] but I could only see it (the fact that they are capable of coherent thought) as a lazy attempt to make the zombie protagonist be eligible as a romantic interest. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the smart zombies of this book didn't bother me one bit! Of course this wasn't a random occurrence. It happened thanks to the fairly plausible bits of explanation that exist throughout the novel (as Angel slowly realizes what she has become) tied in with the more thorough one of what the zombie "virus" really is, which is explained in the 2nd book [b:Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues|12766833|Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2)|Diana Rowland|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328080041s/12766833.jpg|17910832]. This doesn't mean that there aren't a lot of hints in this one, there are. However, in the 2nd book we also get to have a medical explanation. It doesn't delve too deep in the subject like [a:Mira Grant|3153776|Mira Grant|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1282493757p2/3153776.jpg]'s Newsflesh Trilogy does, but it's satisfying and looks, at least to me, well though out.

In conclusion: I liked this one. It was fun, exciting, had intelligent parts realistic information and even an honest attempt in character development. It was much more than I expected when I first picked it up. I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out.

PS.The audiobook has the most redneck sounding narrator EVER and it's FUN!


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1 vote Silenostar | Dec 7, 2022 |
Loved it! Not literature by a long shot but was humorous, fun, and enjoyable. Glad I read it! ( )
  Brian-B | Nov 30, 2022 |
My Life as a White Trash Zombie
White Trash Zombie, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: #Scarathlon read

Media Type: Audiobook
Source: Audible
Dates Read: 10/25/2022 - 10/29/2022
Stars: 4
Narrator(s): Allison McLemore

The Characters:

Angel Crawford:
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There are a lot of supporting characters but I cannot remember their names and I’m too lazy to investigate. Dad, “boyfriend”, dealer, sheriff, coworker, I’m sure I’m forgetting someone

The Story:

I am hooked. This book reads like a movie or TV show but maybe that’s just my imagination running away from me. It was quirky, mysterious, irreverent and funny. It was also just a little bit gross, with the decay and brain eating at all. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Nov 6, 2022 |
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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 wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue--and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse. Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey--just when she's hungriest! Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat. Literally.

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