I Love Him to Pieces (My Boyfriend Is a Monster Series #1)

I Love Him to Pieces (My Boyfriend Is a Monster Series #1)

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Overview

Can love survive the zombie apocalypse? Maybe Dicey's first chance at a real relationship was dead from the start. She's the star of her high school baseball team, and Jack's the star of the science program. Her idea of a study session includes sleeping in the sun, and his idea of a good game involves dungeons and dice. But opposites start attracting when they're assigned to be partners in a class project. Now an outbreak of a weird infection—it eats your brains and leaves you hungry for more—might not mean just the end of their first date. It might mean the end of everything. Will their relationship fall apart faster than zombies in the Florida sun, or can Dicey and Jack beat the odds and find a happy ending?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761370796
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Series: My Boyfriend Is a Monster Series , #1
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 636,247
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: GN260L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Evonne Tsang is a native New Yorker who earned a BA in English with a minor in Creative Writing from New York University.


Janina Görrissen was born and raised in Ludwigshafen, Germany. After finishing high school she studied Graphic Arts at the Joso Comic School in Barcelona, Spain. After finishing the three-year course, Janina was able to start working in the comic industry and got to draw her first published work, Kairi. Janina has also done the graphic novel Black is for Beginnings for Flux Publishing and I Love Him to Pieces for Lerner Publishing Group. She has also done various smaller illustration commissions.

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I Love Him to Pieces 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Cathy_Keaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There was nothing particularly earth-shattering about the story-telling, nor the characterization (but, what happens is earth-shattering to the characters' lives, of course). There's nothing here that I haven't seen done before somewhere else, but it is a nice way to turn off your brain and read a brain-eating zombie story before you turn in for the night, assuming that sort of thing relaxes you.I will say that it is very sweet and romantic, but I just didn't buy Dicey's and Jack Chen's very quickly burgeoning love for each other. Seriously, it was way too fast to be falling in love with each other, since they barely knew each other before being paired up for their Health Ed project. But, I did like Dicey as a character. She was lively and tough enough to be the only girl on the boy's high school baseball team. Jack Chen was cute in a geeky sort of way.The art is very good, although I usually prefer manga-style art. But, the art in this volume is very professional-looking and pleasing to the eye. It's worth reading if you already like zombie fiction with a side of romance, or already like reading graphic novels.
the1stdaughter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I Love Him to Pieces is the classic, boy meets girl ¿ boy turns into a zombie romance. Yes, Dicey happens to be captain of her high school baseball team and incredibly intelligent, but she¿s also interested in a very unlikely match, Jack. When they¿re paired up for a science project Dicey learns that Jack truly does have feelings for her, but what happens when the zombie apocalypse suddenly happens and Jack may have been infected? Will Dicey fight for him or run for her life?Are you a graphic novel fan and/or a zombie/paranormal fan? If you answered yes to either than you absolutely need to check out this series. I Love Him to Pieces is the second in the series by Evonne Tsang and Janina Görrissen and it¿s fantastic! Not only is the story captivating, but the illustrations are superb. A cross between a comic and a purely graphic novel, the illustrations combined with the text make the story literally jump off the page. With some graphic novels you can feel a disconnect between the writing and/or the illustrations with one or both being too choppy, but that certainly wasn¿t the case here. I Love Him to Pieces had characters that came to life, the story felt genuine and overall it was incredibly fun to read.Now, as I mentioned, the story was fantastic. Obviously my readers know I¿m a big fan of zombie related reading in any form, from picture books to adult books if it has a zombie in it I¿ll consider it. That doesn¿t mean that each is enjoyable, but in this case it certainly was. The romance between Dicey and Jack was fun and intriguing, because who doesn¿t like a popular tomboy falling for the school nerd? Jack always has his nose in a book, but that also has something to do with his background as well. Jack¿s parents are gone during the majority of the book and it has you wondering what type of scientific research they are doing that would keep them away. Soon enough you learn exactly what it is and it makes what happens with Jack that much more compelling. Overall, a truly enjoyable and fast paced story with characters you can¿t help but get attached to.Perfect for the season, I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang and Janina Görrissen, is a zombie graphic novel that will have readers engrossed and excited for the full ¿My Boyfriend Is a Monster¿ series. Tsang shares a story that¿s well written and Görrissen¿s illustrations connect seamlessly to make a fantastic graphic novel reading experience. With main characters struggling to deal with regular life and the sudden onslaught of the zombie apocalypse is easy to feel compelled to see where Dicey and Jack will end up. I¿d highly recommend this I Love Him to Pieces (as well as the rest of the series) to not only graphic novel fans, but regular print book readers who love the paranormal as well. This would be the perfect addition to a reluctant reader¿s library, especially for those who may enjoy things that go bump in the night!My original review was posted at There's A Book.
christina4703 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I Love Him to Pieces follows two teenagers falling in love in the least ideal Dicey is a jock. She has played baseball since she was a little girl and now she's the only girl on the high school baseball team. Jack is a nerd. Bona fide, class A, RPG playing nerd with nerdy microbiologist parents. The two should have absolutely nothing in common. In fact, until they are paired up as partners for a school project, their paths never crossed. But once they do, the two find out they have more in common than you would think.Their romance is slow to progress. It isn't until half-way through the book that Jack even asks Dicey out on their first date. However, what ensues may be the absolute worst date in the history of the world. As Jack and Dicey sit down to a pleasant picnic while playing hooky from school, the zombie apocalypse begins. That's right, sirens wail and the two flee to a secure location to wait for rescue as chaos reigns. The rest of the book is a madcap dash for safety featuring a mysterious zombie hunter named Mack and an ice cream truck.Overall, though at times, the plot lines up a little too neatly. For example, as the title would indicate, Jack is bitten by a zombie and faces the deterioration of all higher brain function but the agents escorting him and Dicey happen to have a dosage of the new experimental drug developed by Jack's parents to halt the zombie fungus before it can destroy his humanity. Of course they do.It also seemed like the ending of the book was a little rushed. Given that we were half-way through the book before zombies ever make an appearance, there isn't much time for the climax and resolution of the story. I would have preferred to spend a little more time zombie-bashing and a little less time at Dicey's baseball games and Jack's D&D sessions.Still, the characters were well developed and delightfully flawed. I also enjoyed the reversal of the "She's All That" roles. I was quite smitten with Jack, who is endearingly geeky and socially awkward. At one romantic moment, he breaks the tension by pointing out a factual inaccuracy on Dicey's tee-shirt. Dicey, on the other hand, is hot-tempered but loyal to the point of self-destruction. When she discovers that Jack has ventured out on his own in an attempt to keep her safe, she foolishly forges out after him alone. And when she finds him, she proceeds to rip into him for abandoning her in the first place and then saves his life.I Love Him to Pieces is a promising start to a new series, one I look forward to reading the rest of.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a super-cute story with cute artwork (minus the zombies) and cute characters! Don't expect anything too deep or thought-provoking - this is more like a fun read that is mostly romantic with a hint of zombies. I really enjoyed learning about Jack's role-playing group and watching them go through their dungeon run - so funny!
smmorris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dicey is the star of her high school baseball team in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is paired with Jack Chen, a science prodigy, son of science prodigies, for a project where they are parents to an egg. These two are total opposites, which, by tradition, are not supposed to get along. One is a jock, the other a nerd. Dicey and Jack Chen do get along and decide to go on a first date. An infection making its rounds in the city has other plans for these two. The infection is eating the brains of humans turning them into zombies. Jack Chen calls it the ¿zombie apocalypse.¿ Without a cure, it will soon be the end of the world. To make matters worse for these two, they are on their own, stranded in a city of zombies. Soon a zombie bites Jack Chen. Now that he is a zombie nerd, can Dicey still date Jack Chen? It is one thing for a jock to date a nerd, but a zombie nerd. I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang is a fun, fast-paced graphic novel for teens. The illustrations, by Janina Görrisse, are spot on, with expressions that enhance the story of Dicey and Jack Chen. The story of a jock and nerd, with the jock being the female, is an interesting role reversal. Dicey is the outgoing personality; Jack Chen the reserved, introverted, nerdy scientist. He thinks Dicey swapped names so she could be his partner in the egg baby project and is not what sure what to make of this. The official first date is definitely a make-or-break it date. The writing is well paced and authentic. The illustrations bring the story to life. Dicey and Jack Chen look close to what I imagined they would. I have read comics before but never have they come to life the way I Love Him To Pieces does. I Love Him to Pieces is the first in a series of My Boyfriend is a Monster graphic novels for teens. Number 2, due out this Spring, is called Made for Each Other, written by Paul D. Storrie. This one involves a conservation minded funeral parlor, whose director does not want his son¿s new girlfriend hanging around. I wonder why? I suggest you read I Love Him to Pieces now and then move on to Made for Each Other. These are two sure hits for teens. Wonderful relationship stories combined with awesome illustrations give the novels the excitement teens will love. If you have never read a graphic novel, like me, I Love Him to Pieces is the one to sink your teeth into.Note: received from Net Galley
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Isn't that nice, the jock (Dicey) and the geek (Jack Chen) go on a date, since well, clearly they like each other and I'm like aww there kind of, no, they are freaking adorable. I think the expressions and how they drawn, helps make the couple, like I said, freaking adorable. You can't help but smile. Then what happens when there on their date, freaking zombies. Don't you hate it when that happens? Worst, date, ever? Anyway, while looking for graphic novels to read, this series showed up and well, the covers caught my eye and I figure, eh, let's give them a read. The art style reminded me of Black is for Beginnings, especially with how the facial expressions are drawn or something. Anyway, pretty good read and wonder what the other books in the series and couples are like and what scenario they'll find themselves in.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Dicey Bell bombed into the lab and shouted, "Jack Chen, you're the father of my baby." Yeah, right, but nonetheless her announcement made him drop his beaker. Dicey had chosen him to be her baby's father for the "egg for health ed project," but neither one of them was exactly thrilled at the thought of working with the other one. He was the biggest science geek at St. Petersburg High and she was a baseball jock for the Pelicans. Later Dicey needed him to babysit the egg because she had a big game coming up with Gulfport High and it was the team's last chance to cream them during the season. Jack was surprised to discover that Dicey was actually in the honor society, because jocks were like ... dumb weren't they? He was letting himself in for a bit more than he thought when she came over to his house to work on their report. No getting around it, Dicey was hot and Jack fell for her like a ton of bricks, but how could he get her to notice him? Everyone knew that "jocks and nerds are natural enemies," but no doubt they had the right chemistry. Jack finally got the guts to ask her out and they decided to cut school for their first date. They were on a bus heading to Demens Landing, but it seemed strange that police cars were whizzing by and sirens could be heard all over town. When they arrived at the landing, Jack moved away from Dicey so he could talk to his father, scientist Dr. Chen. He put the phone down and grasped either side of his head in uncertainly. The outbreak had begun . . . a Zombie fungus would destroy them all. Jack told Dicey the "disease destroys higher brain functions" and "makes people attack each other." Would they be able to escape St. Petersburg before they were struck down by the fungus or would it be the end of their relationship before it began? This high action, intensely dramatic tale of the Zombie Apocalypse will rivet the young reader. This is a tale of young love between a seemingly disparate couple, but they soon discover that a jock and a nerd really can gel with one another. This graphic novel is presented in the typical black-and-white high action serialized format. The initial cells in the story are neat, tidy, and presented in typical comic book fashion, but the later ones become highly dramatic and are spectacularly explosive. The apocalyptic scenery is quite impressive and the reluctant reader and Zombie/monster lover will appreciate the wildly animated pages. Stereotypical behaviors are tossed out the window and we see Jack and Dicey as well rounded, appealing individuals, even if their first date "brought on the Zombie Apocalypse". Quill says: This wild and weird apocalyptic tale of love, friendship, monsters, cordyceps, and Zombies is sure to please the reader who likes tales a bit on the weird and wild side!
AnAbundanceofBooks More than 1 year ago
I was expecting something more along the lines of The Walking Dead or at the least High School of the Dead, but I got a far more kinder and gentler version of the zombie genre. Dicey is the only girl on the baseball team, but she and her teammates have been playing together since her dad coached their little league team. Dicey is a loved and respected member of the team. She's also a very capable individual and Jack has no problem letting her protect or rescue him. This chick has chops! Jack is a super smart science nerd who plays role playing games on the weekends. In the high school world they are on different sides of the spectrum, but a health class project partners them up and it's the start of a beautiful friendship (and a little something more). What really struck me about I Love Him To Pieces was the humor and the supportive characters that surround Dicey and Jack. The parents are loving and involved, though in Jack's case they aren't as present as he would like. They each have a group of friends that support their interests and were noticed Jack and Dicey's deepening relationship before our hero and heroine did. While there was death and destruction, this is not a gory book but the humor and the sexual references make it a better read for middle grades and YA readers. Now, before anyone's Red Alert alarm goes off, the sexual references are regarding parenting an egg for health class (Jack is called the "baby daddy"). In my opinion it's all very clean, not tacky or inappropriate at all, I just don't know if most older elementary students would understand the references and find them funny. (The student newspaper interview transcript at the end of the book made me laugh out loud.) The story was well paced but I the passage of time was not represented well. I would get confused, go back a page or two, and then realize that hours or days had passed between one panel and the next. Despite my enjoyment of the story, I found this to be a real problem. I also had a few issues with the art. I can see that Gorrissen is a talented artist and the coloring and shading on the front and back covers is fantastic. While many pages and panels were well drawn, I found that sometimes it was a bit hard to tell what exactly was happening. The fact that I was reading a digital copy might be to blame for the clarity of the image, but I don't think so. Like the previous problem, this is something that should have been fixed at the story boarding stage. Evonne Tsang has written a delightfully witty treat of a zombie story. While Janina Gorrissen is a great artist, there are places where I can't figure out what's going on in the picture, and this the storytelling. This, combined with a small but problem with the flow of events brings the book down a notch.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
This is a super-cute story with cute artwork (minus the zombies) and cute characters! Don't expect anything too deep or thought-provoking - this is more like a fun read that is mostly romantic with a hint of zombies. I really enjoyed learning about Jack's role-playing group and watching them go through their dungeon run - so funny!
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
Dicey is the star of her high school baseball team in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is paired with Jack Chen, a science prodigy, son of science prodigies, for a project where they are parents to an egg. These two are total opposites, which, by tradition, are not supposed to get along. One is a jock, the other a nerd. Dicey and Jack Chen do get along and decide to go on a first date. An infection making its rounds in the city has other plans for these two. The infection is eating the brains of humans turning them into zombies. Jack Chen calls it the "zombie apocalypse." Without a cure, it will soon be the end of the world. To make matters worse for these two, they are on their own, stranded in a city of zombies. Soon a zombie bites Jack Chen. Now that he is a zombie nerd, can Dicey still date Jack Chen? It is one thing for a jock to date a nerd, but a zombie nerd. I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang is a fun, fast-paced graphic novel for teens. The illustrations, by Janina Görrisse, are spot on, with expressions that enhance the story of Dicey and Jack Chen. The story of a jock and nerd, with the jock being the female, is an interesting role reversal. Dicey is the outgoing personality; Jack Chen the reserved, introverted, nerdy scientist. He thinks Dicey swapped names so she could be his partner in the egg baby project and is not what sure what to make of this. The official first date is definitely a make-or-break it date. The writing is well paced and authentic. The illustrations bring the story to life. Dicey and Jack Chen look close to what I imagined they would. I have read comics before but never have they come to life the way I Love Him To Pieces does. I Love Him to Pieces is the first in a series of My Boyfriend is a Monster graphic novels for teens. Number 2, due out this Spring, is called Made for Each Other, written by Paul D. Storrie. This one involves a conservation minded funeral parlor, whose director does not want his son's new girlfriend hanging around. I wonder why? I suggest you read I Love Him to Pieces now and then move on to Made for Each Other. These are two sure hits for teens. Wonderful relationship stories combined with awesome illustrations give the novels the excitement teens will love. If you have never read a graphic novel, like me, I Love Him to Pieces is the one to sink your teeth into. Note: received from NetGalley