Title: Girls Save the World in This One
Author: Ash Parsons
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Horror
Publisher: Philomel Books (Penguin Random House)
Date published: April 14, 2020
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
⤖ My Review ⬻
I don’t read about zombies, or watch movies or shows about zombies, often. So, when I do either, it’s because I’m very intrigued or excited about the plot. This was, of course, the case with Girls Save the World in This One as well! Female friendship + a convention + a surprise zombie apocalypse? Yes, please! And let me tell you, the female friendship didn’t disappoint! The relationships were complex. You could really tell that those girls had been friends for a while. It was all very well executed by the author.
I also really enjoyed the horror parts! For those of you who don’t know, I’m a big fan of gore if it’s done right (well, my version of right) and in my opinion, Parsons did it right. There was a lot of blood, lots of mauling, and it was a tiny big gross (which I prefer over a lot of gross, haha). Overall, I just thought that the pacing was a little off for me as well as the apocalypse plot. I also wish that the ending had been a bit more detailed. That being said, I enjoyed a surprise twist that happened (which I won’t go into detail about because spoilers) and, like I said, the friendship plots!
⤖ About the Author ⬻
Ash Parsons has been involved in Child and Youth Advocacy since college. Recently she taught English to middle- and high-school students in rural Alabama. Watching some of her students face seemingly impossible problems helped inspire her first novel, Still Waters. Additionally she has taught creative writing for Troy University’s ACCESS program and media studies at Auburn University. Ash lives in Alabama with her family. Still Waters is her first novel.
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