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Not Even- Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse

Title:  Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse

Author: Daphne Lamb

Publisher: Booktrope

Pub Date: September 1, 2015 

Type:  Science Fiction                               Book Rating: Normal

Pages: 218                                   Avid Reader Time: 1 hr

Review Rating:


 

Welcome to the Apocalypse. Your forecast includes acid rain, roving gangs and misplaced priorities, in this comedic take on the end of the world as we know it, from debut author Daphne Lamb. As a self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped millennial, Verdell probably wouldn’t have ranked very high on the list of those most likely to survive the end of the world, but here she is anyway. Add in travelling with her work addicted boss, her boyfriend who she has “meh” feelings for, and a handful of others who had no businesses surviving as long as they have, and things aren’t exactly going as planned. But despite threats of cannibalism, infected water supplies, and possibly even mutants, Verdell is willing to put in as little effort as she can get away with to survive

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This an ‘arc” copy eBook supplied by Netgalley. I am not receiving any monetary benefit or any kickback for this review. I received this arc for an honest review. This review is cross-posted on Amazon, Goodreads and given directly to the publisher.

I literally have no idea what I just read. I think it was trying to be funny and satire, but it failed. I ended up being annoyed and confused throughout all of the book. The plot was nonexistent and the characters unlikable. Girls Guide was slow and tedious. The character spent four chapters trying to go pee, and another chapter trying to find water. The cover is pretty and the premise had potential.

Lamb has good prose but it seemed like she was trying too hard. I had hoped from the premise for it to be a witty journal of character self-growth and survival. Instead what I got was a poorly executed premise that left me agonizing over the tediousness of the plot.  I didn’t feel any connection to the characters. I’m not sure if because they were one dimensional with nothing to them except what could be used as satirical points. Girls Guide is chock full of racist jokes ranging from typical Hispanic to ‘white girl problems’. No one was spared. The adults acted more like squabbling children that existed only to be a punchline.

It dragged out far longer than it should have. Even though I finished, I finished disappointed. I cannot give this more than 1 star. I also have nothing of note to say about this book. Just that whatever it was trying to be, it did not succeed.

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