Girls Save the World in This One
June’s whole life has been leading up to this: ZombieCon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. She and her two best friends plan on hitting all the panels, photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show Human Wasteland.And when they arrive everything seems perfect, though June has to shrug off some weirdness from other fans—people shambling a little too much, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then all hell breaks loose and June and her friends discover the truth: real zombies are taking over the con. Now June must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual brain-eating zombies—and save the world.

Girls Save the World in This One Details

TitleGirls Save the World in This One
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 14th, 2020
PublisherPhilomel Books
ISBN-139780525515326
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Horror, Zombies, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Humor, Young Adult Science Fiction, Romance

Girls Save the World in This One Review

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    "Shaun of the Dead meets Clueless"
  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    omg, it's a feminist zom-com..someone give this book to me before i explode with desire
  • Vee_Bookish // mauve and dangerous
    January 1, 1970
    I'm also a book blogger: Vee_BookishIn March, my most anticipated read was All Your Twisted Secrets, and I was pretty disappointed. This April, my most anticipated read was this book, Girls Save The World In This One, and again I was disappointed. What I'm saying is, I am absolutely terrible at picking out great books.This was a cute, fun read that could have been so much better. It was just too cute. The idea of being trapped in a zombie convention center with hundreds of actual zombies I'm also a book blogger: Vee_BookishIn March, my most anticipated read was All Your Twisted Secrets, and I was pretty disappointed. This April, my most anticipated read was this book, Girls Save The World In This One, and again I was disappointed. What I'm saying is, I am absolutely terrible at picking out great books.This was a cute, fun read that could have been so much better. It was just too cute. The idea of being trapped in a zombie convention center with hundreds of actual zombies shouldn't be cute. It should be terrifying. I should be flipping through the pages, rooting for my favourite characters, feeling devastated when we lose one. And I never got to that level.The premise is interesting, June and her friends have been anticipating going to an event for their favourite TV show, Human Wasteland, and meeting all the actors. The immediate thought when I added these and got zombies was how interesting it would be for June to meet the real people, and find out what they're like in real life. However this character/person contrast was never explored.However I quickly worked out a major flaw in the story - Human Wasteland is an entirely fictional TV show. Which did mean that we were treated to 13 chapters of constant infodumping on June's break up, the TV show, the characters backstories. The problem was, I don't like The Walking Dead, which this was clearly based around (any Z Nation fans out there?) and it's actually really hard to pretend to have any interest in a fake zombie TV show with stereotypical survival characters.Another thing I have to add because it was really strange, June had the biggest Gay Energy I have ever seen, yet was written as completely straight. When she looked at her friends she describes the way they smile, they way they smell, the way they do things that makes her love them, but when she sees a boy she's supposed to be attracted to it just becomes, 'oh, cute boy.'Overall, this wasn't terrible, it was just okay. June is funny, smart and resilient, she kept me reading. I really liked the final pages where June and friends work out a daring plan to save themselves, and potentially the world, from the zombie hoards and the descriptions of the zombies were insanely good. I just wish it was better.
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  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐.5 ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. While there's nothing that I enjoy reading about more than strong female friendship groups- the idea of said friendship group having to save the world from a horde of zombies when all hell breaks loose at the convention they're attending appealed to me even more. This was a surprisingly quick read (one that was highly appreciated during these uncertain times), and while I didn't end up loving it as much as I was 3.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐.5 ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. While there's nothing that I enjoy reading about more than strong female friendship groups- the idea of said friendship group having to save the world from a horde of zombies when all hell breaks loose at the convention they're attending appealed to me even more. This was a surprisingly quick read (one that was highly appreciated during these uncertain times), and while I didn't end up loving it as much as I was hoping I would- I did find a part of myself in June (and that to me is priceless). You don't have to be a fan of zombies to appreciate the fierce young women from Girls Save The World In This One or the love that they have for each-other and the fandom that they are a part of.
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Now this was where I parked my car.What a fun read! I have so many thoughts & feels about this one... I'll take a few moments to gather my thoughts & draft a review.<3--------------Full review can be found here:https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I thought I was ready for this wild ride but I wasnt. Hands down this was one of the funnest books Ive read in a while. I will not stop forcing this into the hands of readers for a long, long time.Three best friends, June, Imani, and Now this was where I parked my car.What a fun read! I have so many thoughts & feels about this one... I'll take a few moments to gather my thoughts & draft a review.<3--------------Full review can be found here:https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I thought I was ready for this wild ride but I wasn’t. Hands down this was one of the funnest books I’ve read in a while. I will not stop forcing this into the hands of readers for a long, long time.Three best friends, June, Imani, and Siggy, are over the moon excited to attend ZombieCon and possibly see/meet the cast from the hit show, Human Wasteland. What could go wrong at a ZombieCon, you ask? How about everything?It sounds crazy and straightforward but my gosh this story was just a dang good time. I enjoyed the three main characters so, so much. I felt myself connecting with June on a lot of levels. The girl was chill with a capital “C”. While she was noticing weird things starting to happen during the day, she was the one who did her best to remain calm when all hell was breaking lose around her. She did her best to lead her friends and others to safety. I often then I would be like that if I found myself in a situation that required a level head. On top of that, I just really dug her character. She totally seemed like someone I would be friends with in real life. I would want to be a part of that squad for sure. There is a romance side to the story and oh my gosh it is adorable! I am not going to ruin it for you but know that it was just the right amount of sweet.I devoured this book in one sitting so that should tell you how engrossed I was with it. I could not get enough of it, but was sad when it was over. I would love, love, LOVE a sequel! I could see there being a Part II because there were enough unanswered questions that could be wrapped up in a book 2. That would be amazing.I’m here to say that if you have been thinking about this one – DO IT. Get it on your TBR, request it from your library, pre-order now. This is the action packed, zombie biting, sweet romance story you never knew you needed.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Star Rating: > 4 StarsZombies & rad female friendship! Wonderful :-)RTC!!!! Star Rating: —> 4 StarsZombies & rad female friendship! Wonderful :-)RTC!!!!
  • Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsI picked up this ARC from my local indie bookstore.This was a really cute read. The writing is simple but the characters and the friendships really make the book shine. I absolutely adored June and her friends, Imani (whose half-Korean!), Siggy, and eventually Blair. I loved how they were simply teenagers excited to attend their first big con in their somewhat small town. I felt their excitement, too, and am living vicariously through all of them, lol.A few of the reasons Actual rating: 3.5 starsI picked up this ARC from my local indie bookstore.This was a really cute read. The writing is simple but the characters and the friendships really make the book shine. I absolutely adored June and her friends, Imani (whose half-Korean!), Siggy, and eventually Blair. I loved how they were simply teenagers excited to attend their first big con in their somewhat small town. I felt their excitement, too, and am living vicariously through all of them, lol.A few of the reasons this doesn’t get a full 4-star rating is how the book felt like it dragged a bit. I don’t know if it was so distracted by real life or that this book takes place over the course of a couple of hours and there’s only so much you can do with real live zombies everywhere. The ending was a bit of a miss for me, too. Not in terms of June reconciling her friendship with a certain person, but just that the last chapter was really all we get, leaving the story a bit open-ended. We aren’t told WHY there were zombies and WHY no one (in the outside world) bothered to try to save them for HOURS.Despite the book taking place over a short period, my love for this book really lies in the friendships and how endearing the friends are to one another. They aren’t ashamed to tell each other they love them, and the author really knows how to nail you in the feels with cute back stories about the girls’ friendships and how they got there. I thought the romance was cute, too, even though—again—this book takes place over a day. I’d be really interested to read about how June and her eventual love interest manage their time while navigating his famous life and her eventual college life.Overall a cute, fun, quirky read with strong female friendships. Also the cover is drawn by Jen Bartel so who am I to say no to this book to begin with? lol
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  • Taschima
    January 1, 1970
    "[Zombies] They only want to eat you, They don't want to hurt you, or torture you. Pain is just a by product of how they want your meat. They're not sadistic. They're just hungry.Zombies are basically human sharks."Meta fun zombie survival story, in which June's favorite actors in her favorite zombie show HAVE TO SURVIVE THE ACTUAL ZOMBIE OUTBREAK alongside her, full of teen angst/drama and constant danger."... and I scream, as loud and I can, because we're here, and I'm not going to let Blair "[Zombies] They only want to eat you, They don't want to hurt you, or torture you. Pain is just a by product of how they want your meat. They're not sadistic. They're just hungry.Zombies are basically human sharks."Meta fun zombie survival story, in which June's favorite actors in her favorite zombie show HAVE TO SURVIVE THE ACTUAL ZOMBIE OUTBREAK alongside her, full of teen angst/drama and constant danger."... and I scream, as loud and I can, because we're here, and I'm not going to let Blair ruin my day, or Scott, or the SAT, or my zits, or any of it."Some things that I would love to decapitate:🧟 The beginning felt like it could have a bit more exposition on the girl's relationship and how exactly it went sideways. Yes, there is some hints on what happened, but it is not great when in the beginning of the novel I was kind of yelling at our MC "BUT DID YOU EVEN LET HER EXPLAIN?!" Girls Save the World in This One is all about girl power, supporting each other, and BFFs, so it left a sour taste in my mouth when they gave Blair the cold shoulder without speaking to her. On the other hand this happens all the time so it felt genuine. 🧟 Not enough character backgrounds/depth. Characters die (it IS the zombie apocalypse after all) but I wasn't invested in them enough to let it bother me?On the other hand...👩 The female relationships are a highlight and it was nice to see that while Blair was being given the cold shoulder our MC didn't completely love it, and even missed her/didn't just discard the entire friendship.👩 SO MUCH ACTION! The first 100 pages or so are about setting up the convention, the actors/characters the girls fangirl over, and their drama. But after the zombies hit the page it is a constant go go go! Makes the story go by super quick."My favorite was the scared girl, who everyone kept discounting and who just kept surviving, impossibly, until the very end."👩 I loved how JUNE, who has been doubting herself due to her bad scores in the SATs and her anxiety, comes out being the one who is able to stay calm and think under pressure. She is an out of the box thinker, which is what her friends love about her. She is a leader, and the only one willing to provide some form of guidance."It's the zombie apocalypse. Falling in love is the most ridiculous thing you can do."👩 The romance was super cute and not at all eclipsing of the female friendships or zombie gore! It was a "hey, I see you, you see me, I like your humor and your strength, maybe we can like date after the apocalypse is over?" 😍 It left us full of promise for the future, and with lots of gushy good feelings!So I guess in the end it really is a book you can bring with you into the apocalypse cause it will lift up your spirits, it is just so adorable!
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  • Jen (Book Den)
    January 1, 1970
    Girls Save the World in This One was a really cute read. Three best friends spend the day at a zombie convention (ZombieCon!) which turns out to be the real start to the zompocalypse.I love the fandom in this book. There's a long set up here for the zombies to arrive, but the set up walks you through what it's really like to hang out with friends at a fan convention.While there are flesh eating zombies, Girls Save the World in This One is still a great book for those who don't care much for Girls Save the World in This One was a really cute read. Three best friends spend the day at a zombie convention (ZombieCon!) which turns out to be the real start to the zompocalypse.I love the fandom in this book. There's a long set up here for the zombies to arrive, but the set up walks you through what it's really like to hang out with friends at a fan convention.While there are flesh eating zombies, Girls Save the World in This One is still a great book for those who don't care much for horror. The zombies are an awesome backdrop to a story of friendship and fandom.I know I often tout YA horror that works well for adults, but I want to stress how well I think this book works for teens. I'm trying to get my son to read it but at (almost) 11 it's too pink and girly for him at the moment. I'll keep trying! He's the one I bring with me to conventions, and I think this book is a perfect first zombie book.Review copy provided by publisher
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  • Sacha
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication.Updated 4/16/20: Two starsI was super excited to read this based on the description and comparisons to both _Clueless_ and _Geekerella_, but this really did not work for me. At the 40% mark, I still felt like everything was moving SO slowly. I didn't need these long passages of waiting in lines with the characters. Also, there is an unnecessary amount of Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication.Updated 4/16/20: Two starsI was super excited to read this based on the description and comparisons to both _Clueless_ and _Geekerella_, but this really did not work for me. At the 40% mark, I still felt like everything was moving SO slowly. I didn't need these long passages of waiting in lines with the characters. Also, there is an unnecessary amount of detail at times. Do I need or want to know the first names and occupations of every character's parents, for example? No. This kind of detail doesn't bother me on its own, but I found the constant piling on of what felt like irrelevant details - in conjunction with the world's slowest plot development - painful. By the time the narrative shifts dramatically, I just could not find a way to care about what happened to these characters and their friendships. I was kind of ready to get bitten.This is a five-star concept with so much unrealized potential. I'm disappointed but hopeful that I'll see something similar - but much more refined - in the future.
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  • Kiara (TheNerdyBibliophile)
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS SOO MUCH! June is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read about! The female friendships in this book were so strong and badass!! I cant get enough😭🤩 I LOVED THIS SOO MUCH! June is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read about! The female friendships in this book were so strong and badass!! I cant get enough😭🥰🤩
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  • Read by Coco ✨
    January 1, 1970
    "Shaun of the Dead meets Clueless"
  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    ... hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie conventionfeaturing a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a horde of actual zombies. ... hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie convention—featuring a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a horde of actual zombies.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    Three zombie obsessed best friends find themselves in the middle of a real life outbreak at their long awaited zombie-com.June, Imani and Siggy are loyal followers of Human Wasteland, a Walking Dead esque series about humans during a zombie outbreak. When Zombiecon, a huge con celebrating all things zombie, arrives in their small town, they're desperate to go. But amongst the panels and autograph opportunities, there are a few strange moments...What a fantastic book. Funny, serious in the right Three zombie obsessed best friends find themselves in the middle of a real life outbreak at their long awaited zombie-com.June, Imani and Siggy are loyal followers of Human Wasteland, a Walking Dead esque series about humans during a zombie outbreak. When Zombiecon, a huge con celebrating all things zombie, arrives in their small town, they're desperate to go. But amongst the panels and autograph opportunities, there are a few strange moments...What a fantastic book. Funny, serious in the right spots, stakes high enough for it to mean something - (read, people actually die) - a romance that honestly I could take or leave; he was nice and sweet but was it really the time? and girls figuring things out and making a go of it themselves! I'd love to see a sequel, since the girls were obviously exposed to whatever caused this. Also, how handy that this happened at a zombie convention where everyone present knew enough about zombies to fight back!I really enjoyed this read. It's funny, cute and great escapism. I recommend it very highly.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly dont think Ive ever read a zombie book before, but this was a fun place to start! I will, however, say that it was a little creepy to read and see the parallels with the current pandemic going on. Now I understand why they say zombies are really just a metaphor for our deepest societal fears! Even though the timing is a little eerie on this one, it wasnt a dark novel at all. I couldve done without the tiresome descriptions of what every single character looked like and wore, but that I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a zombie book before, but this was a fun place to start! I will, however, say that it was a little creepy to read and see the parallels with the current pandemic going on. Now I understand why they say zombies are really just a metaphor for our deepest societal fears! Even though the timing is a little eerie on this one, it wasn’t a dark novel at all. I could’ve done without the tiresome descriptions of what every single character looked like and wore, but that descriptiveness came in handy with the action sequences. This book was full of friendship, teamwork, and girls kicking some serious ass! 💪🏼*I read an ARC of this book*
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much. It had zombies, deaths, love and everything. Best thing it happen all in zombie con. Be careful next time you go to a convention for fun, you might run into some zombies.
  • Malka
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThis was such a fun time!
  • Samantha Eck
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing special but not terrible. Really wasn't a big fan though. Oh well onto the next book.
  • Renata
    January 1, 1970
    I dug this! I'm into the trend of fandom-themed YA books, and you can definitely tell when authors really "get" fandom. This felt true to me (though as you may know I am NOT a zombie fan), and I also loved its crew of teenage girls working to reconcile their fandom with feminism and social justice. Also, the pain of friendship breakup (and, spoiler, reunion) was well-captured. Not to mention the dream celeb romance!I still don't really like zombies but the conceit of actual zombies at a zombie I dug this! I'm into the trend of fandom-themed YA books, and you can definitely tell when authors really "get" fandom. This felt true to me (though as you may know I am NOT a zombie fan), and I also loved its crew of teenage girls working to reconcile their fandom with feminism and social justice. Also, the pain of friendship breakup (and, spoiler, reunion) was well-captured. Not to mention the dream celeb romance!I still don't really like zombies but the conceit of actual zombies at a zombie fan con was clever and should definitely appeal to fans of Walking Dead etc.
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  • Carolina
    January 1, 1970
    i am SO underwhelmed rn :((
  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    I am in love with this book! I don't get to say that too often. But this book was a rollercoaster ride of action and daring. First off I liked the cover. It was cute. Colorful. Showed three badass looking girls on the cover. You'll enjoy this book if zombies and friendship is your thing.Once I started to read the book I really couldnt put it down. I hat to force myself to step away in order to do what I needed (like eat) but then I'd come back again. Finished it in about 4 days since I had lots I am in love with this book! I don't get to say that too often. But this book was a rollercoaster ride of action and daring. First off I liked the cover. It was cute. Colorful. Showed three badass looking girls on the cover. You'll enjoy this book if zombies and friendship is your thing.Once I started to read the book I really couldnt put it down. I hat to force myself to step away in order to do what I needed (like eat) but then I'd come back again. Finished it in about 4 days since I had lots of other things I needed to do. My favorite character is obviously June. With all her random thoughts in the middle of the ZA I really wondered how she would make it out sometimes. But that girl is a badass. And dont even get me started on Imani. The book is so action packed, while also managing to fit in some romance and emotional moments. Can this just be made into a movie or something? I've definitely recommended it to people already and can't wait to purchase a physical copy for myself.I recieved a digital ARC courtesy of Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Gulsah
    January 1, 1970
    Read to Review in SLJ
  • Lizz DiCesare
    January 1, 1970
    This is an attack. The scientist said the infected are here. Zombies. He called them zombies. The zombie apocalypse is here now.When I first received my copy of Girls Save The World in This One by Ash Parsons, I did not think I would be reading it during a global pandemic. This horror-comedy is about a group of best friends that attend a zombie convention and then find themselves in a very real zombie outbreak, and certain parts felt a little too off-putting to read during a worldwide viral “This is an attack. The scientist said the infected are here. Zombies. He called them zombies. The zombie apocalypse is here now.”When I first received my copy of Girls Save The World in This One by Ash Parsons, I did not think I would be reading it during a global pandemic. This horror-comedy is about a group of best friends that attend a zombie convention and then find themselves in a very real zombie outbreak, and certain parts felt a little too off-putting to read during a worldwide viral outbreak.Reading about quarantine zones and fighting for survival was a little too close to home, but after I put those aspects aside, the rest of the story was enjoyable.I usually find horror-comedies to be enjoyable, and the fact that this one features a cast of badass girls made it even better. Girls Save The World in This One follows the story of June and her two best friends over the course of a single day, as they attend the event of the year: ZombieCon. They’re all super excited to attend the zombie convention, until things get a little too real. . .Cosplayers start to act a little strange, a weird man is running around, saying he’s from the CDC and people need to isolate, and then all of a sudden, people start to panic. What will the group of girls do? Well, they find themselves trapped with the cast of their favorite zombie show, and it’s up to them to escape the convention center and save the world.Throughout the story, we also get an inside look at what’s happening in June’s life: friend drama, boy drama, stress over the SATs, and worrying about what will happen once everyone leaves for college. Yes, a lot of these things are typical teenage problems, but all of them play a role in the survival story, too. I know 16-year old me would have eaten this book up.If you’re looking for a book that celebrates strong female friendship, badass girls, and geeky fan culture (specifically zombies), pick up this book. I’m also going to keep my fingers crossed that it gets turned into a movie, because I think it would be amazing to watch this story as well.Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Girls Save The World in This One by Ash Parsons comes out on April 14, 2020, and can be pre-ordered or purchased wherever books are sold.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I did not care for this book. It had everything I normally love, but this one, I don't know exactly how to phrase it, irked me?+ Uplifting (by the end) female friendships+ Diverse representation within fandoms+ Gore+ Positive portrayals of women in horror+ Direct, dialogue heavy text that is great for reluctant readers+ Great, vibrant cover-Authentic teen voice? ehhhhh, this sounds like someone who was in high school in the 2000s. I haven't heard the term beffie used in at least a decade. Also I did not care for this book. It had everything I normally love, but this one, I don't know exactly how to phrase it, irked me?+ Uplifting (by the end) female friendships+ Diverse representation within fandoms+ Gore+ Positive portrayals of women in horror+ Direct, dialogue heavy text that is great for reluctant readers+ Great, vibrant cover-Authentic teen voice? ehhhhh, this sounds like someone who was in high school in the 2000s. I haven't heard the term beffie used in at least a decade. Also what teen says "oh look a cute teen boy?" No one. You would think oh look at that cute boy, being a teenager yourself you probably wouldn't specify that the cute boy was in fact a teen. I certainly don't think "ooh look a cute adult male."-Are zombies still a thing? I haven't heart a kid talk about zombies in a very long time. Kinda played out.-It starts so very slow. The first third is describing a con and the zombie fandom. Also a lot of unnecessary background info about friends parents? That didn't matter at all. It could easily be dropped.- Diverse representation felt incredibly awkward. Like "here is my white friend, she's Scandinavian so she can pull off this look" and "Here is my Indian friend," etc. etc. It made it feel like it was shoehorned in and not at all natural. I appreciate that the effort was made.- I wanted this to be funnier. I was expecting more witty quips and stronger satire. It certainly wasn't laugh out loud, at least for me.- Oof apocalyptic books are a hard sell right now. Overall it is a thrilling tale of survival, just not my cup of tea I guess.Thanks to Netgalley and Philomel for the Advanced Reader Copy.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    Zombies are my favorite, but throw in zombies at a fan convention and there was no way I was going to skip this story. I love love loved June and her friends. It was delightful to see three ladies completely supportive of each other, regardless of possible bad decisions and choices. I loved seeing Imani and Siggy through June's POV because her love for them is absolute and unwavering. Plot wise, it was mostly good. There are a lot of long passages of "doing things" (yes, I know this seems like a Zombies are my favorite, but throw in zombies at a fan convention and there was no way I was going to skip this story. I love love loved June and her friends. It was delightful to see three ladies completely supportive of each other, regardless of possible bad decisions and choices. I loved seeing Imani and Siggy through June's POV because her love for them is absolute and unwavering. Plot wise, it was mostly good. There are a lot of long passages of "doing things" (yes, I know this seems like a weird way to phrase it, hence the quotes, but it's the only way that makes sense to me) and I wanted more dialogue. Once the cast of the tv show gets involved it was interesting in a different way (Hunter, I'm looking at you). The idea of battling zombies while the actors from your favorite zombie show look to you for direction was just too much fun. Overall, it was a quick read with a group of girls I couldn't help but root for. I could have gone for a couple more chapters at the end (or even an in-the-future epilogue), but I think I'm being greedy because this slice of time was almost perfection. **Huge thanks to Philomel for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Kinsey
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.Three best friends go to a zombie con enjoying fangirling over their favorite show, until a real zombie outbreak forces them to team up with the show's cast to try to survive. This story starts out as a fun, sassy contemporary but then turns into a sci-fi survival with heart-pounding action and zombie fights, plus an unexpected romance which helps keeps the entire thing grounded. It is Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.Three best friends go to a zombie con enjoying fangirling over their favorite show, until a real zombie outbreak forces them to team up with the show's cast to try to survive. This story starts out as a fun, sassy contemporary but then turns into a sci-fi survival with heart-pounding action and zombie fights, plus an unexpected romance which helps keeps the entire thing grounded. It is an ambitious story but I think it pulled off the genre blending well, giving the reader realistic characters you relate to while also keeping them on the edge of their seat with suspense. I really liked the depictions of the friendships and having issues of betrayal, first crushes, and growing up all intertwined in a real way throughout the unrealistic events of the story. This was a fun thriller that I think appeals to geeks and fangirls like me who don't usually read zombie books, and those looking for zombie fighting action.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    https://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2020/0...I first wanted to read this because of the bad-ass Jen Bartel cover, but I am also here for books about bad-ass teen girls. Our story takes place at a zombie-themed fandom convention, where our protagonists and her two best friends (and one FORMER best friend) plan to meet the stars of their favorite tv show and do some zombie-themed shopping. Buttttttt . . . some of these zombie cosplayers seem . . . maybe tooooo realistic? Yup, it's a zombie apocalypse! https://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2020/0...I first wanted to read this because of the bad-ass Jen Bartel cover, but I am also here for books about bad-ass teen girls. Our story takes place at a zombie-themed fandom convention, where our protagonists and her two best friends (and one FORMER best friend) plan to meet the stars of their favorite tv show and do some zombie-themed shopping. Buttttttt . . . some of these zombie cosplayers seem . . . maybe tooooo realistic? Yup, it's a zombie apocalypse! (What better sort of book to read while practicing social distancing due to a pandemic?) I really liked this, it was super engaging and fun and a little bit silly. Great characters and friendships, too. A-.__A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released on April 14th.
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  • Vinny —.:* Artsy Draft
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Philomel Books for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Heather Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Philomel, for giving me a digital galley of this book in exchange for my feedback.I'm going to be completely honest with you, book review readers: I haven't watched "The Walking Dead." It sounded really good, I knew a lot of people whose opinions I respect loved it, but I watched one episode, got to the bit about the horse, and noped right out. So I'm pretty sure that there are levels of this book that whooshed right past me.With that said... I really enjoyed "Girls Save the World Thank you to Philomel, for giving me a digital galley of this book in exchange for my feedback.I'm going to be completely honest with you, book review readers: I haven't watched "The Walking Dead." It sounded really good, I knew a lot of people whose opinions I respect loved it, but I watched one episode, got to the bit about the horse, and noped right out. So I'm pretty sure that there are levels of this book that whooshed right past me.With that said... I really enjoyed "Girls Save the World in This One." It was exciting and funny and sweet.June and her three best friends - or rather, June, her two best friends, and her former friend who is estranged after an unfortunate incident involving a guy who in my opinion isn't good enough for either of them - have saved up every penny to go to a huge zombie convention, with panels and merchandise and, best of all, appearances by the stars of their favorite zombie-related TV show.I think my favorite bit was actually the next bit, at the beginning, when, amid the excitement and the interpersonal conflict, tiny signs appear that something has gone a little bit awry at the zombie convention. A few people whose cosplay is maybe just a little too good. A puddle of... something... on the floor. You know... obvious signs that the zombies are already here.Which, of course, they are.The rest of the book is a horror thriller, as June, her friends, and some of the cast of a popular zombie-related TV show use all their skills, all their wits, and all the weapons you could reasonably hope to find in a mid-sized convention venue to stay alive, save as many people as they can, and find a way to the exit, without unleashing the zombies on the rest of the city. This book was a lot of fun to read. It made me laugh, made me care, and occasionally made me go, "ew!" And, at the ending, the girls save the world in this one. Maybe you already guessed that, since it's the title of the book.
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  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    I started this one yesterday and, because it struck the perfect balance of scary and funny, managed to also finish it yesterday! While there are some slightly gruesome descriptions (it is a zombie book), this was never overly gory or scary. It was heartwarming while also being incredibly entertaining. Id recommend this one if youre looking for something fun and lighthearted that doesnt take itself too seriously!*Disclaimer: I received an advance digital copy of this book for free from the I started this one yesterday and, because it struck the perfect balance of scary and funny, managed to also finish it yesterday! While there are some slightly gruesome descriptions (it is a zombie book), this was never overly gory or scary. It was heartwarming while also being incredibly entertaining. I’d recommend this one if you’re looking for something fun and lighthearted that doesn’t take itself too seriously!*Disclaimer: I received an advance digital copy of this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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