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

Dating Zombies CoverThe Girl’s Guide to Dating Zombies by Lynn Messina is a perfect beach read for girls looking to take a break from the dreary daily grind of the zombie apocalypse. Or any apocalypse, for that matter. Its wry humor and bald-faced discussion about making the best of a putrefied situation is unique and entertaining while simultaneously gross and slightly disturbing. If you don’t mind a little fetid flesh with your funny, then this book is most definitely for you.

Hands down, the best aspect of this book is the voice of the protagonist. You can’t help but root for her, despite both her excessive pragmatism (when managing her career) and her Bridget-Jonesian neuroticism (when dealing with pretty much any other area of her life). In fact, this duality in her personality works really well with the themes the story is exploring.


Hattie Cross, journalist and author, knows her opinions about dating zombies are controversial, but she also knows they’re gaining traction with what’s left of the human species—the nearly all-female human species. Since the zombie plague turned 99.9 percent of the male population into the rampaging, rotting reliving, heterosexual women have had little to no chance of experiencing a romantic relationship. That is, until Hattie publishes her Girl’s Guide to Dating Zombies, a tell-all how-to for making a relationship with a zombie not just possible but also desirable.

Just as her book starts to gain traction with the public, she experiences the impossible—she meets one of the last remaining men on the planet and promptly turns into a blithering idiot. While Hattie wrestles with her brain-eating emotions, she also stumbles upon a potential conspiracy that could lead to her biggest story yet…or get her silenced forever.


Hattie Cross is, in a word, adorable. She’s everything you want your high-heeled heroine to be: hilarious, observant, stubborn, flawed, sensitive, and occasionally willfully stupid. She goes after what she wants, except for when she’s trying hard to convince herself that she doesn’t want it (which is often). She does a good job of keeping us sympathetic with her plight, and that’s the most you can really ask of a protagonist.

Jake Maddox is the man Hattie discovers in the bowels of the Zombiceuticals company she’s writing a story about. He’s a big-wig scientist working on treatments and cure for the zombie plague. He’s a bit nerdy and dry at first, but Hattie soon starts pushing his buttons.

Matilda Stansfield is the CEO of the Zombiceuticals company and the most powerful woman in the world. She seems surprisingly down to earth and charming, but it soon becomes clear that she’s hiding something–something big. Is she a good guy or a bad guy? Enquiring minds want to know.


To be honest, I was so wrapped up in the repartee, the sparkling characters, and world building that I didn’t really notice the plot. Which is not so much of a problem in the “chick lit” genre, since what you’re really wanting when you’re tanning on a beach in Santa Cruz while the zombies demolish the boardwalk is repartee, sparkling characters, and escapism.


The writing is snappy and well timed, original and often laugh-out-loud funny. It’s like drinking a glass of champagne while getting your feet nibbled on by a school of piranhas.

This book is for you if…

You like stories where world building and character exploration take center stage.

This book is not for you if…

You’re looking for more plot-centric, fast-acting fiction, as the story doesn’t really take off until the world and its denizens are thoroughly settled.

Buy it, borrow it, or bypass it

Zombie chick lit for under $3? Hell, yeah, you should buy it!

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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.

Join us for a live twitterview with the author on Saturday, March 10th at 4 PM EST. Search #emlyn on Twitter, and bring your questions for this lively chat.

About Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, her two neurotic dogs, and her precious prince--er, cat.
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