I Love Him To Pieces (My Boyfriend Is A Monster #1) is a graphic novel following the new romance between jock Dicey and supernerd Jack Chen during the zombie apocalypse. The title page sets the tone for the rest of the story with:
I Love Him To Pieces
My Date Is Dead Weight
He Only Loves Me For My Brains
Hilarious. You can tell right away that this book is going to have all the right sorts of fun within a very established genre.
Jack Chen is a nerd with anime hair (what's not to like?) and Dicey is hilarious. The first thing she says to him is "JACK CHEN YOU'RE THE FATHER OF MY BABY". I laughed out loud as on the next two pages Jack cleans up his destroyed science experiment and Dicey smiles (with only a little bit of guilt) as she introduces Jack to their baby egg for Health class.
Then we took some time to get to know them, and they were easy to like... Dicey with the dead mother who loves her little brother and father and Jack Chen with the scientist parents who leave him alone for long periods of time while they try to save the world. It was nice to see Dicey and Jack Chen grow to like each other instead of falling for each other in the panic of a zombie onslaught. Their romance felt natural, not desperate like they are just worried that they may never have the chance to love someone again.
Even so, they said the "L-word" pretty quickly. It's pretty heavy for a first date, even if your first date is fighting your way out of the zombie apocalypse. And although the stakes are raised and they are now fighting zombies instead of skipping school, the story still manages to be incredibly fun. Jack gets bit, but has medicine that will fight the infection (courtesy of his parents--the lead scientists on curing the zombie fungus), but when he runs out they have to find a way to slow down the infection. They do so with the use of an ice cream truck. It would be funny enough on its own, but Dicey turns on the music and all the zombies come running.
Like I said, this book is fun from beginning to end, even if it did wrap up a little neater than I expected. I loved the story, I loved the storytelling, and I loved the characters. It is the perfect example of why I want to read more graphic novels.
I read this e-galley from the publisher on my iPhone using Netgally. It counts toward my 100+ reading challenge and where are you reading for Florida. Track my progress on the 2011 Challenges page.