This book was amazing! After listening to the sample clip, I thought I might enjoy it. But I was still surprised by how great this book really is. Funny, uplifting, unpredictable and never boring. This is going on my favorites shelf.
A whimsical approach to a journey of personal growth. If you're looking for something you can chill out and listen to, something that will on occasion make you think, "whaaaat?" then this a nice fit. The plot and language aren't overly complex. The way she's forced to navigate her new life seems like a metaphor for many real life obstacles, all wrapped up in a silly package. A+ for being a book that's easy to consume ;) Bon appétit!
This is a fun book, one that had me laughing out loud regularly. An example is when the central character -- the white-trash gal of the title -- gives up trying to figure something out when she realizes that she'll have to do division in her head.
But for me, the highlight is the narration. Allison McLemore brings this book completely to life. She doesn't just read what is written, she lives it, she completely buys into the story and the character. Every aside, every emotion that the words imply, she is on it and expressing it and bringing the listener right inside the words. This is easily one of the best narrated books I've ever listened to.
If there is any drawback to this book, it is that the character isn't entirely believable as white trash. Yes, she has the loser's life, she dropped out of high school, she lives with her alcoholic father in a trailer, etc., etc. But she is also really sharp, and really self-possessed. You can't really imagine her as having been a loser. Showing the transition, showing her growth, would have enhanced this book immensely.
But what IS there, is enjoyable and fun, and a great way to spend 8-plus hours.
I would absolutely recommend this to a friend! "My Life as a White Trash Zombie" is fun and engrossing. There's very little preamble and you dive right into the story, learning right along with Angel and she discovers the ins and outs of her new life. The mystery portions are believable and it feels rewarding when you guess an outcome right before she states it.
Angel is easily my favorite character, which isn't surprising since the story is told from her perspective. She's funny and endearing and it was heartwarming to watch her discover that the things others are telling her - that she's smart and not a loser - are true.
This was my first listen to an Allison McLemore narration. I enjoyed most of her accents, save for Kang, the mortuary worker. I thought he was supposed to be British at first, but then I settled on some sort of Asian accent. I'm still not entirely sure.
I laughed several times throughout the book. I enjoyed Angel's sense of humor and relished whenever she got to tell someone to stop being a dick when they needed her help.
I thought this would the kind of book I read without expectation and that would be that, but it surprised me. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. the story had little mystery or plot twist and repetitive wording that was boring the first time around. we get it, your so hungry for brains. there wasn't any real excitement or action till the last 2 chapters, and then it was extremely anti climatic. will not be reading anymore of the series.
Very interesting take on zombie stories. I read this book because I thought the title was hilarious, but it was actually a very interesting story and I found my self unable to stop listening
Refreshing twist classic genre. The narrator is spot on for this reading. It was a fun listen that will sinks it's hooks in you that will keep you coming back for more brains ! lol
I absolutely love Diana Rowland's characters and strory. It's definitely not your typical moaning, flesh eating zombie. Nope, these zombies have an antic filled life and I am now hooked. This wasn't the zombie story I was originally looking for, but I absolutely loved every bit of the story and the narrator was great. I highly recommend it.
I loved this book. It was a kind of different paranormal story, I never even thought about the book as "paranormal" (even though it's obvious that zombies are not normal), for me it was more like a diary of someone going through the change and adaptation of becoming one.
I really liked the story and the accent of the narrator was on point 100% making the story even better.
I loved the sarcastic and comedic side of the book. the main character was really down to earth and that made it even better. (I am sick of weak, complaining, stupid main characters)
the thing I didn't like (that's the 4 star review) was the end of the book... it was really fast forward, and lame. It even classifies as a cliffhanger for me because I wanted to know what happened about a certain character and it didn't made sense the way it all ended. It went really exaggerated on the extraordinary at the end and I didn't like that.