Awkward furniture salesperson Devin Julius meets her big crush: b-movie action star Michelle Rodri--I mean Renni Ramirez. Then, zombies.
The book is a thinly disguised work of celebrity fanfiction, and this works both for and against it. It's a fun read, and there are a number times when I laughed out loud. Some lines are really memorable. The witty writing is the book's strong point.
But around three-quarters of the way through the book, the plot takes some sharp, weird turns and rushes off to a too-quick end. The author hangs a few lampshades, but the overly blatant, out-of-nowhere plot devices and resolution is still jarring. The story would have benefited if things had been kept to gritty survival basics.
Another problem is that Renni never develops as a character. She remains an idealized caricature--essentially, exactly what Devin wants her to be. Renni makes zombie-fighting *movies*. She doesn't do this real life. Yet Renni is totally cool and confident with a real, honest-to-god zombie outbreak. Renni *is* her movie persona.
Instead of a real person, she comes across more as Devin's fantasy, or a Fight Club-esque alter-ego. In effect, what Devin wishes she was like. I don't know, but I think the story would have more interesting if this had been deconstructed, if Devin realized that the pedestal she put Renni on is maybe a little too high, a little unfair. There's some hints that Renni's had a bad breakup and maybe someone ditched her or something, but her personal life is a blank slate. She's just there for Devin's benefit. I feel there was a wasted opportunity here.
It was fun read, however. Certainly worth it.
By the way: Devin's girlfriend was horrible, and that Devin just let her walk all over her was grating. The book's last line made me laugh, though.