Eat, Brains, Love: A Zombie Love Story

Jeff Hart's first novel draws the reader in and keeps them on the edge of their seat.

Jeff Hart’s first novel draws the reader in and keeps them on the edge of their seat.

By Rahma Ali, ’15

During the summer, I was one of the ten lucky winners on to win a free copy of Jeff Hart’s first book, “Eat, Brains, Love.”

  The book is written from the points-of-view of two characters: Jake Stephens, a senior in high school who turns into a zombie, and Cassandra, a teenage psychic who works with the secret part of the government that hunts down zombies.

  When this book first arrived at my home, I wasn’t that excited. Zombies and psychics were a little bit too much for me at first. I really didn’t think that Hart could actually pull it off and make it interesting for me because I’ve never read any books like this before. I didn’t believe that anyone could actually make me like this style of novel, let alone Hart, a new writer that I’d never heard of before.

  I really liked the character of Jake instantly (though I wasn’t crazy about the fact that he was a stoner). In the first few chapters I really got to know him and his personality. Amanda Blake’s character was very self-centered and had the biggest ego. She didn’t change as much as I wanted her to during the book and I was often unsure about how I felt about Cass. She’s really sweet and caring, just like Jake. I felt really bad for her towards the end of the book because you could tell that  she didn’t want to work for the government anymore. All she wanted was to become a normal teenager again. At the end though I was a huge fan of her character.

  One of the huge reasons why I didn’t stop reading this book was because I had no clue what was going to happen next. Often I have an idea of what is going to happen. Best friends fall in love, popular guy ends up with the nerdy girl and vice versa, and all the usual cliches, but with Hart’s book my predictions weren’t even close. It was as if I was on Jake’s back through the whole book, experiencing things as Jake did, not knowing what I would see or do next.

  In many cases I read books because the topic interests me and then it’s the author’s writing that tells me to keep on going or to stop. It was very different though for “Eat, Brains, Love.” It was fate that brought us together and then Jeff Hart’s writing that had me glued to my seat.

  When I read the last sentence, I was actually very angry. ‘“Guide us,’ said Jake, lowering his voice conspiratorially and looking right at me. ‘We have no idea what we’re doing.’ That made three of us.” There were so many unanswered questions and loose ends. After some research I’m very happy to say, the book will become a series.

  Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I can’t wait to see what Hart has in store for us in the next installment.

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