Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

Title: Bad Taste in Boys
Series: Kate Grable #1
Author: Carrie Harris
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Supernatural Fiction
Elements: Zombies
Publisher: Delacorte Press, Random House Inc.
Format: Hardcover, 201 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-385-73968-9
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Source: Borrowed from Wentworth Library
Rating: 4.5/5

Tagline(s): Take a bite... / Someone's been a very bad zombie. / It's scary. It's twisted. It's sick. It's high school.

Summary: Super-smartie Kate Grable gets to play doctor, helping out her high school football team. Not only will the experience look good on her college apps, she gets to be thisclose to her quarterback crush, Aaron. Then something disturbing happens. Kate finds out that the coach has given the team steroids. Except...the vials she finds don't exactly contain steroids. Whatever's in them is turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless, flesh-eating...zombies.

Unless she finds an antidote, no one is safe. Not Aaron, not Kate's brother, not her best friend...not even Kate.


In Bad Taste in Boys, Kate Grable is faced with curing a zombie virus outbreak. All it takes is one bite or exposure to any bodily fluids and you're infected. With those more suited to deal with the outbreak unbelieving that an entire school's student body is turning into zombies, the only one who can save the day is Kate, but what could possibly cure a zombie?

(there may be spoilers in this review after this point)

Bad Taste in Boys is such a fun read! Kate is such a funny and awesome heroine. She's really smart, but can also kick zombie butt. And she has so much courage--I don't know what I'd do if zombies were chomping on me.

And what a coincidence that the one person who has the ability to find a cure is epileptic. Who would have thought that the cure to zombie-ism would be epilepsy medication? Seriously, epilepsy medication! Some thing that Kate takes everyday and therefore makes her immune to the virus.

You know how most of the time the guy gets the girl in the end? Well, in Bad Taste in Boys, it's the girl who gets the guy. Kate has had a crush on the hot quarterback of the football team, Aaron. AND he likes her back! I tell you, things just seem to fall in place for Kate--even with flesh-eating zombies running around.

I had so much fun reading this book and I can't wait to see what Kate's next adventure will be.

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About this Author: 

Carrie Harris is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. Brains are her specialty; she used to work at a lab where they were delivered daily via FedEx. After that, it seemed only natural to write a zombie book. Now she lives in Michigan with her ninja-doctor husband and three zombie-obsessed children.


  1. I love me a good zombie story and Bad Taste in Boys is a particularly fun tale of limb loss, undead cannibalism and really bad breath. Kate is the perfect heroine and much closer to real life than your standard fictional science geek. She may be socially awkward from time to time, but she's not a total outcast. She has friends and a relatively normal family and a combination of insecurities and strengths that you would expect to find in any normal high school girl. The secondary characters - Kate's friends, her brother, Aaron, the zombies - are also well drawn and even though we don't know their life stories, they're three dimensional individuals.

    1. This is copied from this review on Amazon:

      I don't know if France is the original writer of this review, but there have been a rash of review comments being copy and pasted in the comments of another review. I will not tolerate plagiarism. These people work hard on their reviews and it's not right to copy them unless given permission or a source link is provided.