Saturday, August 1, 2015

[Review] Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Kate Grable #1
Published July 12th, 2011.
Delacorte Press.
Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy


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 steriods 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.

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My thoughts: 

This book was fun. It wasn't the best but I enjoyed it. The protagonist is funny and smart, a little crazy and all, which was entertaining but if I'm being real, her "personality" was all over the place and her behavior was kind of erratic. That was the main thing with this book: I had to make the conscious decision of not taking it too seriously. Maybe it's because I'm used to read stories with amazingly well-built worlds and characters that feel so real they could be real people, so when I'm presented with something like Bad Taste in Boys, I don't really know what to make of it. 

The story was really far-fetched, and although it was entertaining, I was rolling my eyes most of the time at the happy coincidences and the ridiculousness of it all.

I don't really get what kind of program would allow teenagers to be checking injured classmates just so they can learn as a pre-pre-med student. At least we never had anything like that in any of my schools. 

It's a difficult book to take seriously, but if you're not trying to, you'll be in for a fun read. At least that was the case for me: As soon as I stopped trying to look at it like a serious horror book, and taking it as a paranormal comedy, I started enjoying the read so much more. 

So... If you're looking for a semi-serious zombie book, with scenes that would make you want to sleep with your lights on, this is definitely not for you. This like "Scary Movie", you know? It has more of the comedy zombie element than the spooky, terrifying zombie thing. Either way, this was overall a decent read. 



About the 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.

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