Zombie by J. R. Angelella
Zombie by J. R. Angelella
[Soho Press]

BEST OF 2012

J.R. Angelella
WEBSITE | http://jrangelella.com


“Angelella’s debut novel crackles with energy and attitude.”
Publishers Weekly

“A breathless, white-knuckle experiment in pure terror.”

“A superb debut.”
—Zouch Magazine

“A brass-knuckle book, reminiscent in tone to Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club…. A great choice for readers who are excited by stories with offbeat characters.”
—School Library Journal

Zombie basically starts at 10 mph and ends at 100…. The book got better and better as I read.
Hello Giggles (Zooey Deschanel’s website)

“A coming-of-age tale—angry and violent but full of heart—with stellar prose, first-rate dialogue and a cinematic eye for detail.”
Shelf Awareness

“Dark and unforgettable.”
Horror News Net

Zombie is fierce, brave and entertaining literature.”
Opinionless Reviews

“You won’t forget these characters, or the Zombie Survival Code quickly.”
Bookshelf Bombshells

Zombie is truly a feat in storytelling. It reads like a novel Chuck Palahniuk would write after reading too much Robert Cormier while taking swearing lessons from Chuck Wendig.”
The Guilded Earlobe

“When it starts to slip into David Lynch territory, I was absolutely mesmerized…The final act is gruesome and cathartic, smart and gripping. I would recommend this book to anyone. This is easily one on of the most entertaining novels I’ve read in years.”
The Blog of the Living Dead

“It’s simultaneously a bildungsroman à la Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, an homage to zombies in pop culture, and a twisted mystery all wrapped up into one utterly original – and darkly delightful – novel. Angelella’s debut novel is a coming-of-age gem . . . one of those rare novels that was so satisfying, I actually hugged the book when I finished.”
Paul Goat Allen, BN.com


“Wow!  A crazy, wicked, knock-out of a book!”
Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“An irreverent and twisted coming-of-age story with one of the most shocking endings I’ve ever read.”
Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook

“J.R. Angelella has created a bracing tale of a fractured mind. Zombie will make you laugh, shake your head in recognition, and go for the aluminum bat in your basement.”
—Ned Vizzini, author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story and The Other Normals

“J.R. Angelella is a truly gifted writer. Zombie is one of the smartest, strangest, and most beautifully crafted coming-of-age stories you will ever encounter.”
Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time

“If you want to know how teenagers feel and what they say when adults aren’t around, Zombie—a funny and very authentic, well-written first novel by J. R. Angelella—should definitely be the next book you read.”
—John Waters
, author of Role Models, and writer/director of Hairspray and Pink Flamingos.

 “Your home life’s an apocalypse, school’s the plague, and you’re growing up in a wasteland. To survive this zombie movie of a life is probably going to take more than you’ve got. But a world where the dead walk is also a world with miracles. Have faith. Read this book.”
Stephen Graham Jones, author of Growing Up Dead in Texas


“J. R. Angelella’s Zombie is Holden Caulfield meets Eyes Wide Shut and Fight Club.  It’s like riding the Cyclone thinking you were on the Scooby Doo.”
—Richard Angelella, my father

“I really like your book. It’s a positive message.  Congratulations!  You are amazing. The book is amazing.”
—Ann Angelella, my mother


Barnes & Noble | “The Catcher in the Rye Meets Dawn of the Dead: Angelella’s Debut Novel a Coming-of-Age Gem” by Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly | Zombie Review

The Guilded Earlobe | “Audiobook Review: Zombie by J. R. Angelella” by Bob Reis

Concord Carlisle Young Adult Galley |Zombie: a Great Twist on Genre” by Robin Cicchetti

Bookshelf Bombshells | “REVIEW: Zombie by J.R. Angelella” by Laura Baas

Typographical Era |Zombie by J. R. Angelella”

Best of 2012

Bloody Disgusting’s BEST & WORST of Twenty Twelve  |  #9. Zombie, by J.R. Angelella (June 5; Soho Press) | “This coming of age tale doesn’t really qualify as horror, but the genre roots run so deep, it’s begging for a spot. Angelella’s story of a nerdy teenager using his love of zombie films to cope with an increasingly depressing reality manages to tap into the collective subconscious of horror geeks worldwide. An impressive debut.”

The Guilded Earlobe’s Top 20 Audiobooks of 2012  |  #18. Zombie by J. R. Angelella | Read by Alston Brown | AudioGo| “Zombie is truly a feat in storytelling. It reads like a novel Chuck Palahniuk would write after reading too much Robert Cormier. Full of witty dialogue, pop culture references and a unique rivalry between the bittersweet and the bizarre, Zombie is a buzz worthy book that defies classification, but would definitely make a wonderful edition to anyone’s bookshelf.”

Cozy Little Book Journal | Best of 2012: Mystery/Thriller Roundup  |  #11. Zombie by J.R. Angelella

Atomic Books | 2012 Best Sellers: Fiction  |  #20. Zombie by J.R. Angelella

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