Monday, April 9, 2012

Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris

Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris.
Publisher: Delacorte Press.
Pages: 201.
Release Date: July 12, 2011.
Source: Purchased.
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.

It took me a few days to really process this novel, but now that I've really digested it, I can say that Bad Taste in Boys might possibly be one of the most amusing books I've ever read. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, but this almost felt like a satirical take on zombies (or any other monsters, for that matter) in YA today. But maybe that's just me. Either way, it was incredibly hilarious and extremely entertaining.

I love how this book doesn't really take itself seriously. It was so much fun to read. I went from being grossed out, to cracking up, to swooning and then most likely I was grossed out again. Kate and her needle and Jonah and his sword have landed them spots on my favorite characters of all-time lists. The Batman and Robin of YA. If Robin was Batman's annoying little brother, that is.

I absolutely loved Kate. She was smart and brave and down-to-earth. My only issue with her is that sometimes her priorities were way out of whack. It was like "I almost just got eaten by a zombie classmate. I better go get ready to work at that pancake breakfast now!" But as I've said before, I couldn't really be put off by that for too long because the story really has a carefree, nonchalant attitude about it.

Overall, Bad Taste in Boys is a ridiculously fun read. It's got action, it's got humor, it's got romance and it's got a lot of disgustingly cool gore. If you want something quick, fast-paced, scary but hilarious at the same time - this is definitely the book for you!

Other reviews for Bad Taste In Boys:
Early Nerd Special
Bewitched Bookworms.
Book Brats.


  1. Normally I don't like zombies, but I loved that the book didn't take itself too seriously as well and that's why it endeared itself to me. I've met Carrie a couple times - she's actually going to come visit my school this month - and I can say that her personality shines right through in her writing.

    1. Definitely agree with you! I met Carrie at a signing in Ann Arbor a couple years ago and she is absolutely HILARIOUS!

  2. I seriously loved this book. It was so fun and funny. Plus, I'm a huge zombie fanatic :P

    1. Zombies usually terrify me but Carrie's zombies were so fun hahah.

  3. I have a weird fascination with zombies so I want to smack my head for not giving any attention to this book until now. Kate sounds exactly like my kind of heroine, quirky and clever. Great review Katie!

    1. Thank you! This definitely sounds like you're kind of book. Kate is absolutely quirky and clever and the zombies are well ... whatever words you would use to describe zombies! Hahah.

  4. 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.