Monday, March 7, 2011

Book Review:Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

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. (From Goodreads)


I may have drawn this conclusion from the cover, but I was expecting Bad Taste in Boys to be a silly zombie book, where the zombies don't really pose a threat. Yeah, I was incredibly wrong about that. Harris didn't shy away from violence (although, there isn't too much), and it was actually quite scary.

Kate is smart, snarky, and already has a plan for her future. This plan involves working as a trainer for the school football team...it gives her experience before college, and a chance to check out football star Aaron. She's definitely a take charge kind of character, especially after she realizes that she may have played a role in the zombification of a large percent of the football team. The football star wasn't a jerk, hurrah. I was happy that Kate didn't spend her time crushing on a guy who was going to treat her badly. I also think that Jonah, Kate's brother, may have been my favorite character. He tried to protect his family, and was both dorky and awesome.

I don't think it's too spoilery to tell you that not everyone survives. I won't say who/how people perish, but it actually made it an interesting zombie book. I mean, it really isn't that fun to read about a zombie epidemic that doesn't actually have consequences. I feel that I should also mention that the zombies were slow. Personal preference, I hate fast zombies. They scare the living daylights out of me.

I will say that this one was really short. I read it within a few hours, and I wish there had been more. On the other hand, everything fit really well into the story, so adding length would have been unnecessary, and may have altered the flow of the story. Overall, it was a zombie book that was both surprising and entertaining.

Bad Taste in Boys
By Carrie Harris
Published by Delacorte Press
256 pages
Release Date:July 12, 2011
Review from Around the World ARC Tours
Rating: C+

6 comments:

Nina said...

I had no idea that this was going to be creepy and scary! The cover looks too cute. ;) Great to hear that you really liked it. Do you know if it's part of a series?

Laura (All of Everything) said...

When I first saw this cover I had no idea it was about zombies either lol But it does sound interesting!
And fast zombies would definitely be super creepy :O

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review! It's nice to know everyone survives.

Sally said...

I don't think I have read any zombie books before but this one sounds good. I may have to get it when it comes out.
Sally.

Jenny N. said...

I like the slow zombies more too then the characters at least have a chance to get away.

Julie said...

I didn't know what to think from the cover (silly or scary). Glad to hear you really liked it. But why did you give it a C+? Was it because it was short? Also glad to hear the football star isn't a jerk. I don't know why some authors make them that. LOL A really scary zombie book is The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I hope my library gets Bad Taste Boys when it comes out!

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