I Love Him to Pieces

Book 1

From the Series My Boyfriend Is a Monster

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

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?

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.7
Text Type Fiction—Paranormal
BISACS YAF010000, YAF052050, YAF045000
Dewey 741.5'973
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 260
ATOS Reading Level 2.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 142615
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Top Ten, Winner, 2012
  • Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List, Winner, 2011


School Library Journal

“A baseball-playing girl and a nerdy boy begin an improbably romance after being teamed up in a school project. Then the zombies arrive. Görrissen’s black-and-white drawings make skillful use of facial expressions and body language to convey the characters’ thoughts and emotions, adding much to the story.” —School Library Journal

Library Media Connection

“Be prepared for these titles to fly off the shelves.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“Görrissen captures the personalities of the characters in body language and facial expressions, revealing far more about what they’re thinking and feeling than is provided in the dialogue alone. This is a strong beginning to a series of short teen romances that will later feature a vampire, faerie, and ‘monster’ boyfriend. Readers of R. L. Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ graphic-novel series (Scholastic) will enjoy this more mature, character-driven horror story.” —School Library Journal

School Library Journal

“The road to true love is never easy, whether you’re a jock, a nerd, or the new guy. But throw in zombies and Frankenstein’s monster and things get really difficult! Terrific art and sweet romances make these fun stories winners for fans of the paranormal. Every volume in the series (more are planned for the fall) features different characters, paranormal creatures, writers, and artists, giving readers a chance to enjoy the variety.” —School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“This series, with the flashy titles (each extended with a sequence of several funny subtitles), eye-catching covers, and popular themes, will easily attract readers; happily, they will be rewarded with sturdy plots and clever takes on human/monster love.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Publishers Weekly

“Görrissen’s artwork is slick and attractive, and she clearly has a skill for facial expressions.” —Publishers Weekly


“When the two teens try to fight their way out of embattled St. Petersburg, Florida, is scary and gory and exciting but not too bloody for a middle-school audience. Görrissen’s refreshing, black-and-white art gives the story a crisp, modern feel, with clearly individuated characters and realistic body types. A great beginning to a fun new series.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A hoot from opening salvo (‘JACK CHEN, YOU’RE THE FATHER OF MY BABY!’) to closing clinch.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author: Evonne Tsang

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

Illustrator: Janina Görrissen

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.