I never thought I’d type out the phrase “this girl power, zombie apocalypse book is an absolute delight”, but here we are.
Rating: 4.75 Stars
This novel was originally sent to me via eARC by Penguin Teen with the option to review. I ended up purchasing my own copy of the novel via audiobook, which is what this review is based off of. However, I will still let you know that all thoughts and opinions expressed below are 100% my own and not influenced in any way.
Girls Save the World in This One
Author: Ash Parsons
Publisher: Philomel Books
Release Date: April 14th, 2020
Synopsis: Mega-fan June Blue’s whole life has been leading up to this moment: ZombieCon!The Ultimate in Undead Entertainment has finally come to her hometown. She and her two best friends—gorgeous, brilliant Imani and super-sweet, outrageously silly Siggy—plan on hitting all the panels and photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show, Human Wasteland. It’s going to be the best time of their lives—and one of their last adventures before they all split up for college.
And when they arrive, everything seems perfect. June’s definitely not going to let anything get in the way of the flawless con experience—even though she’s endlessly anxious about the SATs and college admissions, and she can’t seem to avoid her ex-best friend Blair, whose VIP badge lets her walk straight to the front of every single line. No matter what, June is determined to make the best of her dream day at ZombieCon!
But something’s not quite right at the con—there are strange people in hazmat suits running around, enthusiastic cosplayers taking their shambling a little too far, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then, at a panel gone wrong, June and her friends discover the truth: the zombie apocalypse is here.
Now June, Imani, and Siggy must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual flesh-eating zombies—and save the world. A hilarious and heartfelt horror comedy, that is an ode to zombies, friendship, and girl power.
Where can I even begin with this review? I just finished the book and I feel giddy and fizzy and I want to call my best friends to hang out (*shakes fist a COVID-19*). I didn’t expect this zombie story to make me feel this way and I love it for that. There were a lot of unexpected moments in this novel and I love how it kept true to the YA realm, but gave us a bit more to keep us on our toes.
Parsons crafted an action packed zombie thriller and balanced it out perfectly with strong female friendships and how to navigate through difficult times (like bad boyfriends and zombie apocalypses). The best thing about this book was how real the characters felt. I could feel the strength of the bond between June and her friends and it made me remember how it felt to have friends like that back in high school.
The setting of a Zombie fan convention was another stellar point in this story. I love how self aware the story and June are through everything. A zombie breakout at a ZombieCon is ridiculous and wonderful. From the way Parsons was able to capture the feeling of a pop culture convention to the internal thoughts of June, the story felt incredibly authentic, which considering the zombies, is saying a lot.
There were some cheesy moments, but never so much in a way that made me groan or roll my eyes. There were definitely some violent moments, though it never went too far (*glares in general direction of The Walking Dead*). The stakes throughout the whole story were very high and it always kept the tension taut.
Really, I’m not sure what more I could say without going into a play by play of all my favorite parts. Girls Save the World in This One is a wonderful read for the current times. It is a great balance of action, friendship, smashing the patriarchy, and special memories!