Review: Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart

October 9, 2013 Review 0

Review: Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff HartEat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
Published by HarperTeen on October 1st, 2013
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Graphic language, lots and lots of sexual references.
3 Stars

Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during lunch, Jake's whole life changed. He and Amanda suddenly locked eyes across the cafeteria, and at the exact same instant, they turned into zombies and devoured half their senior class.

Now Jake definitely has Amanda's attention-as well as Cass's, since she's been sent on a top-secret mission to hunt them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own-one that will lead the three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.

Eat, Brains, Love is a heartwarming and bloody blend of romance, deadpan humor, and suspense that fans of Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies will devour. With its irresistibly dry and authentic teen voice, as well as a zombie apocalypse worthy of AMC's The Walking Dead, this irreverent paperback original will leave readers dying for the sequel that's coming in Summer 2014

Jake Stephens is just your normal teenager until one day he suddenly finds himself eating half of his senior class. Oops.

EAT, BRAINS, LOVE was a book I requested simply because, hey, it's October. Gotta read something Halloween-y, right? Plus at the time I was going through The Walking Dead withdrawal and was all "Hey! Zombies!". I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from the book and what I got was a teenage coming-of-age story with zombie stuff tacked on.

The book is told from two views - Jake, the Zombie, and Cass, the zombie hunter. Jake is a typical teenage boy and while I found his viewpoint to easily be the more interesting of the two, his constant snark became kind of grating after awhile. Though if I had read this book back when I was a teenager I would probably have loved it. But I'm not, so I didn't. With Cass you get less snark -- which I liked -- but not a whole not of characterization. She's there to give us a break from zombie Jake and to play the love interest. That's about it.

It's always hard for an adult to read YA and not judge it from an adult's perspective. I'm no different. As a grown-up I would have liked to see more of the horror side of the zombie apocalypse. There's gore, but it's always tempered by Jake's snark so it's never, ya know, scary. I was also mildly annoyed by the lack of world-building until I found out this book is actually the first in a series.

All in all this was an okay book. I didn't hate it, yet I'll also never read it again or bother picking up the next book simply because it's a YA book that is truely just for young adults. If it wasn't solidy written for teens I'd give it two stars and if I was teenager myself I'd probably give it four. So I'm going to meet in the middle and give it a three.

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