Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer

Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer
Publisher: Medallion Press
Format: ebook (which I won in a giveaway)
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication Date: 5.1.2011
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.

So I have never been much of a zombie fan, and no matter how many good reviews I read for this book, I still wasn't completely convinced that I would actually like a story about zombies. I have no idea what barrier is in my brain that allows me to love undead vampires, but not be too keen on undead zombies, but it's there. That being said, I was surprised by how much I liked it, that I'm still shaking my head and asking myself why I didn't read it sooner.

The writing is clever and funny and kept my mind entirely engaged. The story is told by the main character, Maddie, who talks to the reader as if she is telling us the story in person. She is humorous, witty, and a bit sarcastic, and that really came through in the writing. The light tone of the book was perfect for the events that took place. And I'm still a bit surprised at how well Fischer was able to capture and convey the attitude, thoughts, and feelings of a teenage girl.

The love interests (yes, there is a love triangle) were interesting, but I would have liked to see more interaction between them and Maddie to make more it believable. Things just happened so quickly, and then there was so much going on with the bad zombies (yep, there is such thing as a good zombie), that their relationships weren't developed enough for my tastes. The book did leave off in an interesting place though, and the epilogue did a wonderful job of putting most of my complaints to rest in that department. I loved the emotions Maddie experiences in the epilogue, but saying any more would be a spoiler. Let's just say that I'm interested to see where Fischer takes their relationships in the next book; very interested.

Overall, this is a fantastic read, one that will appeal to almost anyone. In has a love story for the romantics, the undead for paranormal lovers, some zombie violence for the zombie lovers, and near death experiences for the thrill-seekers. And all tied up in humor in the mind of a spunky teenager, for those of us YA lovers.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for something fun and fresh to read in the paranormal genre.

Read this if:
...you're new to the zombie genre, you like rich characters, and you want a book that will make you laugh.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Minor swearing, including religious names. Some zombie violence towards the end.}

Quotes from the book:
     You know, surprisingly, they don't sell a lot of brains in the local 24-hour grocery store around the corner from my house.
-Rusty Fischer, Zombies Don't Cry
     Why doesn't anyone pay attention to details anymore? Would it be so hard to add a simple line like, BTW, Maddy, 3 pounds of brains per week is plenty?
     Seriously, am I the first new zombie ever to ask?
-Rusty Fischer, Zombies Don't Cry
     I look at her and ask, flat out, "What's up?" Girl talk, of course, for, Back off my man, biotch.
-Rusty Fischer, Zombies Don't Cry

Some awesome chapter titles:

Did I mention how hilarious the chapter titles are? See for yourself:
4. A (Way!) Decent Proposal
5. Raindrops Keep Falling on my Dead
8. "Maddy, Do You Know?"
10. The Proper Care and Feeding of Zombies
11. Cloudy With a Chance of Gray Matter
22. Formerly Yours
31. A Pimp Called Death


  1. "A pimp called death"?! Haaaa! :) ok, I'm sold. If you gave it a 99% it MUST be good. We tend to have simular likes, so into the "to be bought" list it goes :) gosh, that list gets longer everyday! haha!


  2. I love paranormal but have never delved into zombies. I'm excited to check this one out.

  3. Diana: Lol. I hope you read it! I thought it was fantastic.

    Alisa: This is definitely a good book to start out with if you are just getting into zombies. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Rusty Fischer is officially my new hero! The story he created is simply phenomenal. Original and so unbelievably fun to read, it's a MUST-HAVE not only for every Zombie fan out there, but for anyone who loves great YA paranormal/horror books with amazing sense of humor.


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