Zombies Don’t Cry: A Living Dead Love Story by Rusty Fischer

Title: Zombies Don’t Cry: A Living Dead Love Story
Author: Rusty Fischer
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Medallion Press
Pages: 384
Source: Borrowed (Thanks, MJ!)
Buy the Book: Amazon

Summary via Goodreads:

In the sleepy small town of Barracuda Bay, Maddy Swift leads the life of a fairly typical teenager, but while attending a party one night, Maddy is struck by lightning and awakens to realize she has been reanimated and turned into a zombie.

While becoming acquainted with her new “lifestyle,” Maddy stumbles upon two unexpected undead chaperones, fellow students Dane and Chloe, who begin to teach her the ways of zombie life, including defending the populace from Zerkers—the bad zombies. Together, on prom night, the three teens must ultimately defend Barracuda Bay High from an all-out zombie Armageddon.

If you think zombies are merely gross creatures who only knows how to suck human brains or drool or well, be gross, think again!

Zombies Don’t Cry is the very first zombie book I’ve read and it was AWESOME!

I’ve always wanted to read a good YA zombie book so when a friend of mine told me about this book Zombies Don’t Cry: A Living Dead Love Story, I was immediately curious by the title (Who wouldn’t? It sounds intriguing!) then after I read the plot synopsis, I thought I need to read it. Stat. Furthermore, my friend goes on and on about how he enjoyed the book and all that. I knew I will enjoy it too because we have same taste in books.

Indeed. I was hooked with the story even before I knew it! There are so many things that I liked about this book. First and foremost is the writing. Rusty Fischer’s writing was fun, clear and simple yet downright fascinating and delightful! The pacing was also perfect, the plot is simply entertaining and super hilarious! I had no idea how many times I laughed when I was reading this book. Seriously this is one book you shouldn’t miss! The protagonist, Maddy, is very likable. She’s very relatable and I find it really easy to connect with her. Yes, you’ve read it right! The author is male but the protagonist is a female but you know what? I often forgot that because Rusty portrayed Maddy in an unmarred and solid way and I commend Rusty for that.

Just so you know, there’s a love triangle in this story and I actually liked it. Since the first few chapters, I was already rooting for Dane, Maddy’s ZFF (Zombie Friend Forever) and a super hot one too. Stamp, another hottie who is a high school jock and a Normal (human) who Maddy was fancying, I find him okay but he just seems a little too perfect and suave, and a potential candidate for Boyfriend of the Year but I felt what Maddy and he has was all too superficial. Unlike what Maddy and Dane has, I mean, I felt a connection between them (no, not just the “zombie connection”), there’s conversation, they had misunderstanding and all that and I want something like that in a love story….or…living dead love story, you get I what I mean. So yeah, I’m Team Dane!

The supporting characters was just as entertaining. They weren’t really just supporting characters as in “just another stranger in the background” they actually have purpose which is another thing that I really liked about the story.

There’s a lot of tension by the end of the story and I am (desperately) hoping there’s a sequel because I cannot (wouldn’t) move on if there isn’t. I’m DYING to know what’s going to happen next! I’m giving this a 5 out of 5 stars because I simply loved the story and pretty much everything about the book and I HIGHLY recommend this to Zombie fans out there who wants a fun and good read with great storyline and fantastic characters.

P.S. I’m officially a Zombie Fan now 🙂


  1. ABookVacation

    May 16, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    I'm about to read this one, so excited! As a new Zombie fan, I recommend you also check out Mercy, by Joshua Grover-Daivd Patterson. That is a zombie book with a lot of heart.

  2. Mia

    May 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    @ABookVacation: I hope you enjoy this too once you read it 🙂 It's SO GOOD and hilarious! Thank you so much for the recommendation! I'll definitely check that one out 😉

  3. Precious

    May 16, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Actually, before I saw this being added by Mia and Marrion, I didn't know that there was such a title! I'm glad you liked this book! I haven't read any zombie-focused book yet but with all the zombie books turning up, I will have to in the near future! Great review, Mia! The writing, the plot and the humour all scream that I should read this.

  4. Bonnie

    May 16, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    I have never actually read a Zombie book, but I keep hearing so much about them I know I need to do something about that! I think this would be a good book to start with.

  5. Penelope Lolohea

    May 17, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Oh my gosh, this is making me even more excited to read this! I just won this book in a contest, so I'm going to read it soon. SO glad to hear how much you liked it! 🙂

  6. Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic

    May 17, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    I've been hearing about this book more and more. Fab review. It sounds so exciting.

  7. mummazappa

    May 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    I'm a new zombie convert too 🙂 This sounds great, another one for the list!

  8. Marrion

    May 21, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    Hey Mia! Glad you liked the book! I hope Rusty will follow up this book… Great review! 😀

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