Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Book Review | Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons

Girls Save the World in This One is a YA horror comedy by Ash Parsons.

Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons

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 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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  1. Believe it or not, I have this on my TBR. Not so much for the zombies, but for the friendship aspect. Hanging at the con is a bonus for me though. I tend to enjoy becoming one with the fandom.

  2. I hope you manage to get your son to read this! It's worth a try to dismantle his 11 y.o. preconceptions, even though I guess the cover isn't of much help.

    1. It's definitely the cover. :) He's reading Mistborn right now which is a girl spending her time plotting to save the world. He's happy to get the content, but yeah... that cover is a hard sell. :)

  3. I totally want to read this one!! :D

  4. This sounds awesome. I love books for teens that also work well for adults😁


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