Review: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

“Great fodder for the silver screen.”

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Title:Bad Taste in Boys
Author:Harris, Carrie
Publisher:Dutton
Pages:201

From Goodreads: 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 a super fun summer read. The plot is fast moving and the conclusion albeit predictable was interesting to read on the pages. Kate is an interesting character but with all characters in this book I felt she lacked depth. The story itself is light and heavy on the comedy so the lack of depth in character while noted didn’t inhibit me from enjoying the plot.

The book is zombie fluff and fodder for a great teen zombie movie but I think the book failed in bringing that B movie vibe to the page. I felt many things were unobtainable or just didn’t make sense to the plot and the character was self confident one page then lacking confidence the next which very well relates to many teens I am sure.

I do not have a medical degree, but I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night and I felt the solution to the zombie problem was completely out of left field, not at all possible based on the drug families mentioned and gave pause to just how far we are supposed to believe the character is incredible tres science chic when the answer to the whole virus/problem is incredibly simple (and unbelievable) but it took Kate the whole book to figure it out.

I am not saying at all that I disliked the book, it was an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon as long as you don’t think too much about the logistics or start looking for depth where there is none to be found. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to zombie story lovers and horror movie aficionados.

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7 Responses so far

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    Definitely sounds like something I’ll be reading when I’m out to laugh/read something fluffy versus discovering the meaning of life.

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    Sort of hard to connect with a book when it seems sort of implausible…and that’s saying a bit for a Zombie book. Love the cover, though.

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    i can’t get over the fact that it looks like she has lip herpes. EW.

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    Aw now that’s not nice. I love the sugar lips.

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    Glad we disagreed, Pam. Sometimes, I love a light (albeit fluffy) read. And oh God, it made me laugh. I am Zombie-Light Queen and a watcher of every tween movie/show that Disney has created in the last 6 years, so I suspend belief easily. I read it with my tongue firmly embedded in my cheek, snickering the entire time.

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    zombies? sound like my kind of book :)

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