Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

Title: Bad Taste in Boys
Author: Carrie Harris
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Category: Paranormal
Release date: July 12th, 2011
Pages:  201 (Hardcover)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Won

Someone's been a very bad zombie.

Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate!

She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town. . . and stay hormonally human.

Bad Taste in Boys is laugh-out-loud funny.  Kate Grable isn't necessarily the most popular girl in school, and she's definitely not what you'd picture to be the bad-ass zombie fighting heroine.  She helps assist the school's football team with their injuries- and believe me, there are a lot of them since all the players get pummeled.  Let's just say they're not the best varsity football team.  When she finds unmarked vials in the medical cabinet, her suspicions begin to rise.  Kate only figured that the coach injected the team with steroids, nothing out of the norm such as a zombie virus.  Boy, was she wrong.

Kate is the type of main character that everyone will learn to love.  She's incredibly talented, witty, and though she's quite clumsy, she saves the day.  Kate's all around admirable.  That being said, I don't know how she does it.  I always knew that if there was such a thing as the zombie apocalypse, I'd be dead right away.  I'm not a fighter and I definitely can't rely on my wits in a situation like that.  She deserves a medal.

My favorite line was "Randy Ho- Gynecology and Acupuncture.  The thought of combining those particular services made me want to permanently staple my knees together."  There are various lines in the book that deserve a good chuckle.  I know I found myself giggling quite a few times.  There's just something hilarious about these mindless zombies.  Especially the ones with missing limbs.

I chose this book to be my first Halloween read because it was fairly short and I was looking for a good laugh (and I found more than one).  The next one I choose may be a little more on the creepy side, but I did enjoy this one a lot.  That being said, I'll be looking forward to the next book in the series, just to see what shenanigans Kate gets herself into next time.

If you've read this book, tell me what you thought or leave the link to your review in the comments!


  1. I have not read this book yet but I have been dying to get my hands on it! In the past 9 months, zombie books have grown on me and there is such a wide range of them. Your review just makes me want to get this book even sooner! Thanks!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  2. Great review! So glad you liked it. I've read this book and I was "LOL-ing" most of the time. And I agree with you, Kate deserves a medal! Haha. I'll probably end up dead in a zombie apocalypse, too.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

    Pam @ jellylovesbooks

  3. Amber- It's a really fun read. I hope you can get it soon!
    Pam- I know, it was hilarious. Carrie really has a way of writing. I can't wait until the next one comes out. :)