Bad Taste in Boys

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Heather Christensen
For as long as she can remember, Kate Grable has wanted to be a doctor. Working as the student trainer for her high school's losing football team gives her plenty of opportunities to get experience with basic first aid. It also gives her the opportunity to admire her crush, Aaron, the star quarterback. When she discovers some unmarked vials in the coach's office, she is convinced he is giving the team steroids on the sly. That is, until some members of the team begin acting strangely, vomiting up a smelly, black substance, and showing an unusual tendency to bite people. Instead of steroids, it turns out the football players are infected with a bizarre virus that morphs them into flesh-eating zombies. It is up to Kate to find a cure and prevent the spread of the virus throughout the entire town. Like a good slasher movie, what this book lacks in literary merit, it makes up for in a plethora of blood and gore and disgusting bodily fluids. Harris excels at bringing to life the sights, sounds, and smells of putrefying zombie flesh. The plot, though action-packed, is at times structurally weak. There are inconsistencies in the ways the virus affects people, with some becoming much more violent than others. Kate's medical expertise seems unusually strong for someone still in high school. Still, there are flickers of humor throughout the book, as well as moments of pure terror. Fans of this genre who do not mind the occasional dropping of body parts will relish every bite and splatter. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
When Coach asks student trainer Kate Grable to inject the football team with unmarked vials of "medicine," the former-geek-turned-popular girl fears that he is turning to illegal steroids to help the hapless high school football team win a game. But the situation quickly goes from suspicious to dangerous when the team turns into zombies! No one else seems to notice the odd behavior, but Kate's penchant for science and ambition to become a doctor means she observes the unusual symptoms—black vomit, blank expressions, and a ghastly grey pallor. Determined to find out how the zombie virus is spreading, Kate traces the clues back to Coach's vials. Having the help and attention of star quarterback and major hottie Aaron Kingman only serves to increase her adrenaline and urgency, and Kate races to find a way to save her friends. Harris' plot zooms along, with zombies leaping out by chapter three, in a wild ride that will keep readers turning page after page. Bad Taste in Boys veers into campy territory, but Kate is a strong, likeable character whose personality anchors the story and will have nerds-at-heart clamoring for more. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
Kirkus Reviews

A geeky girl gets the guy in this comic romp through a high school infested with zombies.

Kate, who owns underpants printed with "I heart Science," desperately wants to become a doctor, and she's the student medical assistant for her school's perpetually losing football team. She develops dark suspicions when she sees unmarked drug vials in the coach's office, especially when Coach injects the players with his mystery medication. In short order, Mike, one of the players, apparently dies but lurches to life again and bites a chunk out of Kate's lip. Harris draws on a wealth of zombie clichés as Kate watches the infection spread rapidly. Worse, the now-zombie coach attacks her even after his foot falls off, and her annoying but loyal little brother shows unmistakable zombie symptoms. But why hasn't Kate succumbed? Can she find a cure? Meanwhile, Aaron, her secret heartthrob, confesses his love because of her brains (although Mike would like to eat Kate's brains). But can the mad science teacher derail Kate's medical-school dreams? And can Kate get the local health department to listen? Throughout, the author keeps the focus on laughs as Kate speeds through car crashes, tries to keep her dog from eating the coach's foot and chases zombies as she wields syringes like six-shooters.

A hilarious frolic, especially for fans of Shaun of the Dead. (Zombie humor. 12 & up)

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Kate Grable is a scientific genius who helps train the school's football team. When she discovers suspicious vials in the coach's office, she assumes that he is trying to improve the team's performance with steroids. Then members of the team develop mysterious, violent symptoms—one of them even bites Kate—and she learns that the coach has been giving them injections of a zombie virus that spreads mainly through being bitten. She soon falls prey to the infected, which become extraordinarily violent, yet humorous, as fingers and feet start to fall off the victims as the disease runs its course. Being an epileptic, she soon discovers that the only cure for the virus is her own medicine. With the help of her longtime crush and goofy brother and his pseudo-sword, Kate manages to restore order. Teens will admire how Kate uses her brains to win the hearts of her male classmates. The plot moves along quickly, making readers feel as if they were watching an actual zombie movie. The short chapters are filled with light humor along with a silly, gory edge that will make readers laugh, rather than cringe.—Krista Welz, North Bergen Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385739689
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,459,194
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CARRIE HARRIS is a geek of all trades and proud of it. Brains are her specialty; she used to work in 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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Chapter One

“You’re one of those genius types,” said Coach, nudging me with a beefy elbow. “Make yourself useful for once. Say something inspirational.”

Morning football practice had just ended and I was standing in a hallway that stank of sweat and industrial cleaner, holding the door while the varsity team hauled their pitiful butts into the locker room. As the student trainer, I handled random sprains and strains, and in my spare time I pushed Gatorade like it was the nectar of the gods. But motivating the worst football team in existence? Couldn’t do it.

The only thing I could think of was “Look! Naked cheerleaders!” Not exactly appropriate.

Coach elbowed me again.

“What do you want me to say?” I asked, shifting away from him. “They don’t suck?”

I wasn’t trying to be insulting, just honest. Earlier one of our linebackers had given himself a bloody nose by falling on his own fist, and it had gotten worse from there. Now our players looked so depressed that I thought they might commit hara-kiri.

Aaron Kingsman, the starting quarterback, trudged past. He usually nodded at me, and once he even smiled. Sad but true: that smile was the highlight of my junior year. Today he didn’t even look up. He had a little cut above his right eyebrow, a bead of blood poised at one end. I wanted to give him first aid but couldn’t find a way to make the offer sound reasonable. I had to say something, though.

“Nice hustle out there!” I bleated, blinking behind my glasses. They were a holdover from my formerly one-hundred-percent geeky self. Now, thanks to my friends and some expensive antifrizz conditioner, I was only fifty percent.

Aaron hunched over farther and pushed through the door.

“Way to step up, Grable.” Coach made his best attempt at sarcasm. It wasn’t one of his strong points. “Put this stuff away, at least, will ya?”

He handed me the keys to his office. They were on a ring the size of my steering wheel. I had no idea why one man needed so many keys. I’d counted them once: ninety-one and a half--one was broken. That key ring was heavier than I was.

Coach launched into his usual load-of-rubbish postpractice speech before the locker room door closed, leaving me in the hallway with an entirely different load of rubbish: the Gatorade cart, clipboard, keys, and the first-aid kit. I performed my usual juggling act down the hall: push the cart two feet, drop the key ring, pick it up, lose the clipboard in the struggle, retrieve the scattered paper, push the cart another two feet, reassemble the clipboard, nearly knock the Gatorade over, and so on. On days like this, I had to chant “Kate Grable, MD” to keep from quitting. All the annoyance would be worth it when I got into a pre-med program next year.

“Kate Grable, MD. Kate Grable, MD.” Coach’s office had one of those perennially malfunctioning fluorescent bulbs that infested our school. I didn’t risk turning it on, because I was an epileptic. I hadn’t had a seizure in almost a year, but before that I’d had them practically every week. It was a force of habit to avoid things that might trigger them. Flashing bulbs had always been a guaranteed ticket to seizuretown.

I propped open the door, put the clipboard on Coach’s desk, and flipped through a million keys before I found the right one for the med cabinet. I had to put away Mike Luzier’s EpiPen. Mike had a bee allergy and the mental capacity of a newt. We weren’t supposed to leave the Epi out at night; Coach seemed to think there was a serious black-market epinephrine trade.

When I was putting the Epi in the cabinet, I noticed an unfamiliar rack of medication vials on the top shelf. The labels were blank, which instantly set off my med-geek alarm. I labeled all our drugs, and I was quite proud of my cataloging system. Even Coach could find his way around the cabinet, and he had problems following directions. Heck, he had problems reading words of more than one syllable.

I picked up the rack and a used syringe tumbled out. I yelped as the needle landed in the toe of my shoe. Carefully I extracted the needle and wrapped it in a big wad of paper towels. Coach had an ancient dispenser in his office; it squealed loud enough to raise the dead.

I wasn’t sure what to make of this. Our trainer, Dr. Ho, was in charge of delivering and dispensing team meds. Everyone forgets things once in a while, but there was no way he’d leave a syringe uncapped. And Coach was the only other person with access to the med cabinet.

“Holy crap, are these steroids?” I whispered, staring down at the lump of towel in my hand. If the meds were legit, the Ho would have given me the rack for check-in. Legal drugs don’t require secrecy and unmarked vials. I was pondering this when I heard the boom of the locker room door as it flew open and hit the wall.

I knew what that sound meant: Coach was coming. I slammed the office door to buy some time, vaulted the desk with more physical prowess than I knew I had, and shoved the rack back into the cabinet.

“Grable?” He knocked. “You in there?”

Duh. The door had one of those automatic locks, which meant the desk vault had been completely unnecessary. I took a deep breath and turned the handle.

“Hey, Coach!” My voice was so perky that I wanted to punch myself.

“Grable.” His eyes flicked over to the cabinet on his way in. It happened so fast I almost thought I’d imagined it.

“Clean up your crap, will ya?” he said, sitting down at his desk and scowling at the wad of paper towels. He picked it up, and I half expected him to stick himself with the needle, but apparently he was a lot luckier than I was.

“Sorry about that!” I held out my hand. “I’ll throw it out for you.”

He gave me an odd look before dropping it into the wastebasket at his feet. There went my evidence. I wasn’t going to go Dumpster diving for it, though. Reforming geeks like me avoided Dumpsters at all costs.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

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    Lighthearted Zombie Tale

    Let me start by saying that Bad Taste in Boys' cover and the content do not match. The cover is great and pretty in pink with the sugar (salted?) lips. It made me think of a frothy romance chock full of high school drama. (Not usually my style, but I was down as soon as I saw the word "zombie" in the blurb...)

    Well, the content (which I also liked) was a little bit of romance and lots of high school drama, but none of it was frothy, pink or sugary. (More like bloody, red and salty.)

    Bad Taste in Boys will not tickle everyone's fancy, but it sure did mine. It's a tongue-in-cheek zombie novel that was never intended to take too seriously. At 200 pages, it's a quick and fun read that reminded me a little of John Hughes+Buffy+Jane Jones Worst. Vampire. Ever.+zombies. The key to enjoying this novel it to go along for the ride and don't ask too many questions or dig too deep. It would really be like trying to analyze Shaun of the Dead.

    So, Kate is a braniac jr. scientist that finds herself in the midst of a full-fledged zombie outbreak at her high school. She's the only one who can find a cure, save the school and try to catch a cute boy at the same time. She is smart, funny and has plenty of spunk.

    Bad Taste in Boys was a fun zombie rollick that I fully enjoyed spending my afternoon with. I noticed on Goodreads that Harris has a sequel, Bad Hair Day, coming out in November of this year and I can't wait.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    This was Hilarious!

    What I Liked: 1) There was this whole, science-y thing going on! I mean, she, Kate, a future med student, is doing science experiments to figure out what is going on with the kids at her school, what kind of virus is causing them to turn into zombies!? I loved that because she found an answer, instead of it just being, oh, we don't know why suddenly people are zombies. 2) The descriptions. I got very caught up in this story, and felt like I was running from these creepies right along with Kate because of how well everything was described. A little too well, at some points, because there are some particularly nasty scents that I swear I could smell while I was reading it. Blech. 3) Something about Kate made me want to laugh. She was one of those unintentionally funny people that I always like to be friends with. I could just picture her standing there blinking like, "am I really seeing this?!" She was very well written and became a very real, and very likeable person. I also really liked how determined she was. 4) How casual everything seemed. This was probably what I enjoyed the most about the book, was how casual everything was treated. Oh, she's carrying around a severed foot. Ya know. Just every day stuff. This attitude just had me laughing to hard.

    What I Didn't Like: Well, there was some gross stuff going on. And it's described so vividly that...yeah, you aren't spared the details. But again, it's written in such a casual manner that you can brush past it very easily. This isn't really something I didn't like, because I enjoyed everything about this book, more as a warning for anyone who may be squeamish.

    Overall thoughts: An easy read (I think it took me like 2 hours to read the whole book), with a lot of humor, some creepy zombies, and a great heroine! This was a light and fun read, and I really enjoyed the characters that Miz Harris created! I'll be looking forward to reading more from her! Oh, and yes, the title does have something to do with it! Read it and find out what!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Great read!

    This was a good short book and something i could see more for teens. Setting was high school and so were the main characters. Still a good read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Loved it

    One of my favorite books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    MUST READ

    I read this over the summer and LOVED IT!

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Bad Taste in Boys was everything I wanted and needed. It was a c

    Bad Taste in Boys was everything I wanted and needed. It was a cute, quick, fun read, that held my interest but didn’t force me to think too much. This book runs mainly on a high concentrate of humor mixed with some light-romance, action, and science. Although I’d place it in the paranormal category, the idea in Bad Taste in Boys is that this “zombie” epidemic is purely scientific having been of viral origins. This turns out to be a good thing because our heroine, Kate Grable, besides being known as the geeky “braid girl” is super smart, brave, and pre-pre-med. Definitely made up that last part. But I’m sure you get the gist. When this mysterious “flu” affects a significant quantity of the student body, Kate is fierce and fearless using her medical knowledge and wit to determine the symptoms, cause, and ultimately, cure.
    I instantly liked Kate, most likely because I can relate to her on that whole geek-status level. Proud Member FYI. Although she struggles in most social aspects, when it comes to her pre-pre-med learning and practicing, she’s got it together. She knows what’s she’s doing and she’s confident in her ability. As the student trainer for her school’s bad, nay horrible football team, she’s gets a lot of medical practice. Although she’s not really friends with the players she still refers to them as “her’s” which riles her up even more when they are the first to get hit with this zombie-rific wave of sickness. Kate’s extremely compassionate. Although there might be some players who she has every right to dislike *cough, cough, Mike* she still plunges forward and tries her best to help/cure everyone.

    Kate’s little brother, Jonah is a sweet yet hella-funny character. As the little brother (by a year) you expect him to be super annoying, which at times he definitely is. However, he’s also extremely caring and protective of his sister. When one of the first players start getting sick and decides to mess with Kate, Jonah jumps right in the middle. He’s willing to beat up a guy two times his size in order to protect his sister. Beside his sweet nature, he’s also got a bit of geek to him, including his mad-computer hacking skills, zed head status, and proud ownership of wearable elvish ears.

    On many levels this book is kind of cheesy but it’s a yummy kind of cheese. It’s not meant to be a deeply, philosophical book that leaves you enlightened. It’s supposed to be an funny, quirky, and entertaining ride; that which it definitely was. Although along the way Kate does have various friends and her brother helping her, when the really difficult times came she handled them on her own, splendidly. Well, except for the various parts of flesh she lost along the way…

    I really enjoyed Bad Taste in Boys because it was light-hearted and funny. Kate as the main character was extremely likable because of her witty and spunky personality. Another book is set to be released in Fall 2012 which I fully plan to read because I’m sure it’ll be just as enjoyable. So if you’re looking for a quick, fun, and funny read, Bad Taste in Boys is definitely for you. However just to be clear, this is a book about zombies and although the tone is light-hearted, there’s still a slight darker edge which includes dislocated body parts and death.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Amazing

    This book is amazing not only does it have romance an mystery but it has the greatest thing of all ZOMBIES!! Another cool thing is i know her husband he's my transplant doctor:)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    Funny

    A laugh out loud adventure involving a geek, a football star and zombies.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    Sugar, oh, zombie, zombie, You are my zombie girl, and you got me wanting you

    I've been waiting for this debut since last year when I first stumbled upon Carrie Harris's Monster Mash of a blog that celebrates zombies like it's the new Britney Spears. Sometimes I heart an author blog, but don't find the same sparkly in their books. So I must admit that I had some concerns about liking Bad Taste In Boys. I mean, how can this book even hope to top bacon rose bouquets, lucky werewolf heels, sparkly vampires and merpires, and Princess Sparkles the Third?

    THE GOOD BITS
    {The blog is a tough act to follow - but BAD TASTE IN BOYS pulls it off!} The best way I can describe this book is a teenaged zombie movie with just the perfect balance of humor, action, and zombies. Kate is awesome - she comes across as incredibly wise beyond her years when it comes to all things scientific, but her humor and mine just coincide so well, especially in drastic situations! She was just so brainy that I don't blame the zombies for wanting a bite of her!

    {For a book with not so many pages, BAD TASTE IN BOYS sure packs a lot of excitement!} Carrie Harris introduces us to the mysterious zombie outbreak right from the start, and the story will seize you and never let go until the very end when all things go chomp. Some might complain about the inconsistencies between the various characters who turn zombies, but I actually think it created a new level of panic and confusion. Considering it is a science experiment gone wrong, why wouldn't there be different levels of progress? Why must we assume the same rapid rate of deterioration for all peoples?

    {When the zombie outbreak starts to become more widespread, I loved the various reactions and precautions that the characters had.} Most notably Kate's younger brother - he was pretty adorable and awesome! By now, I think everyone knows the basic zombie survival tactics - and I get a kick when the characters apply them to their real-life situation :) Sometimes it goes haywire, and sometimes it goes very, very right.

    THE BAD BITS
    {A little too happy of an ending and easy on the explanation?} Who can fault an author who ties up loose ends so neatly? I enjoy a well-contained story, but I wished there had been more explanation as to how we reached the zombie happily-ever-after. Kate sure seems awfully lucky in the scheme of things - and the ending seems too simple to believe. However, I didn't mind too much because I was cracking up too much :D

    THE OVERALL
    Bad Taste In Boys is a bite of zombie goodness, and I definitely recommend it for those of us who have been itching for a fun zombie YA read since Stacey Jay's Undead series. I think the sequel won't be as zombified, but I am definitey looking forward to seeing how Kate faces off the next paranormal problem!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Ughhhh

    Omg my head hurts sooooo bad, the book isn't that bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Uh

    Is this book really good???????....i wanna read it but i dont know

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    This book was awful

    Ok so if i think thi book is awful y did i give it so many stars? Caus its not awful!LOL I TRICKED YIU

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Ok

    Omg at first i thought this was gonna be one if those romance book
    I havent read it

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    I have to admit, it was the cover of this book that really got m

    I have to admit, it was the cover of this book that really got me wanting to read it. That is probably one of the best covers I've ever seen. And thank goodness I'm the "judge a book by it's cover" type, because this book was so much fun! And being an analytical chemist myself I LOVED that the MC was a science geek, and used her awesome brain to save the day and win the boy. Every girl who grew up a science geek wanted to save the day and win the boy!

    If you're looking for a fun, quick read with plenty of nerdy situations and a little bit of zombie body-parts-falling-off squick you've found the right book.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    READ IT. Oh my God was this such an engrossing book. Hilarious,

    READ IT.

    Oh my God was this such an engrossing book. Hilarious, witty, quirky, and ZOMBIES who doesn't love a good zombie book? I for one am a zombie-loving-freak and this book hit a home run out of my field.

    The characterization was amazing, the conversations were realistic, Kate's narrative cracked me up from time to time and her heroics were kick-ass! When a zombie virus strikes my home town I would definitely call Kate for her wise words of wisdom, her being the biology genius and all.

    It's a short read and it definitely packs a punch for its length. Correct me if i'm wrong, and trust me, i'm not, but great things come in small packages and this one was a doozy of a small package!

    Zombies, comedy, flesh eating, homecoming, its a teenage fantasy and it should be on your TBR list this minute!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Good

    I havent read it, but i know the author she seems legit

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    Quick, Light, Fun Zombie Read

    Bad Taste in Boys is a fun romp through the world of zombie-dom. Kate Grable is a smart high school student who is the first to learn about the zombie epidemic and is trying to manage containing and curing the infection along with trying not to look like a dork while doing it. She has her crush to worry about. She realizes that the coach is providing unlabeled medicine to the football team and he's telling them it's vitamins, but it's got a bad side effect. A zombie side effect. Once one of the football players turns and turns on her the race is on to figure out what's going on and how she can save them. It seems she's the only one who's really paying attention and figuring this out will look great on her college applications.

    The story is a really quick, light, and easy read and I devoured it in one afternoon. I laughed out loud a few times and loved the different characters in the story. Her brother and his geeky friends with their "swords" made of PVC pipe and covered in foam are particularly entertaining and her crush, Aaron is definitely worthy of some more attention as well. I would have loved to have read more interactions with them. Kate is a smart, no-nonsense kind of a girl, perfectly suited to be a heroine. This is a girl you would want your daughter looking up to and you would want to be. She kicks some serious butt. The book has very few down moments; I never found myself bored or wanting to skip over anything. It's always entertaining and every moment pushes the story further along. If you are looking for a fun summer beach read that has a big chunk of zombies in it, this is it!

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Great!

    A good read!

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Science and zombies, what's not to love?

    BAD TASTE IN BOYS, by Carrie Harris, is a smart, hilarious, and sometimes creepy story about a zombie takeover in a small town. Harris' depiction of a too-smart-for-her-own-good teen in the midst of a crisis of epic proportions will keep your eyes glued to the pages.

    I loved this book. If you are not a fan of gushing I recommend you stop reading now. From the first few pages I connected with Kate. She is an intelligent, nerdy, and caring girl who I definitely want on my side during a zombie takeover. Her only downfall is that she didn't see how magnificent she was. Her minor obsession with football quarterback, Aaron, was typical and absolutely adorable. While reading, I transported myself back to high school and Harris definitely covered all the symptoms of having a major crush.

    I liked how Kate processed what was happening around her in pure scientific fashion. She observed, collected samples, and tested her theories in true experimental reasoning. She was also quite a detective in figuring out who created this mass of zombies.

    I really loved the cover of this book. When it was first released I thought it was a bit strange but it definitely grew on me. The lips definitely play a role in the book, but I'm not sure about the sugar (is that sugar?) crystals on the mouth having much meaning besides corellating with the title of the book.

    Overall, this was a pretty fantastic book. It was a quick read and I enjoyed every second of it. And even though Harris wrapped it up nicely, I wouldn't mind seeing more of Kate in the future.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

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    A dark, entertaining story

    Kate Grable's gift is being beyond intelligent. And she is counting the days until she graduates and enters the pre-med program next year. As Kate gets ready for her big medical career, she spends her time serving as the student trainer of the worst football team in existence - Bayview High. Kate has had her own difficulties in the past. She is an epileptic but has been seizure-free for a year, and really devotes herself to taking care of sprains, bumps, and bruises, while always making sure Gatorade is available for the players. This is a team who keeps Kate very busy, seeing as that the members actually give themselves bloody noses because they trip and fall on their own fists. One day, after putting things away in the coach's office after practice, Kate finds vials of medication with blank labels and.a needle. She knows something isn't right, and is determined to find out what the medication is, and if the coach of Bayview High has actually resorted to steroids in order to get a win. Kate is surrounded by many: Her friend, Kiki, who is a buxom blonde bombshell WITH a brain; her best friend, Rocky; her brother, Jonah, who is so into cheerleaders he can barely see straight when Kiki and others like her are in the room; and, a quarterback by the name of Aaron Kingsman who Kate has a serious crush on. One night, Kate attends a party and brings her brother with her because he KNOWS the cheerleading squad will be there, Unfortunately, the party goes seriously wrong. One of the football team members is found on the floor completely contorted and absolutely dead. Even a 'Pre-Med' can spot when there's no pulse or heartbeat. But, oddly enough, the boy sits up, grabs Kate's butt, and goes right on partying. Soon there are many members of the team who are getting extremely ill; their skin is turning gray and limbs are falling off all over the place. Kate is a very down-to-earth girl, but all of a sudden she has to deal with the fact that Bayview High students are turning into flesh-eating zombies. Kate not only has to figure out why but, who's responsible, what was in those vials stashed in the coach's office, and how she can stop the boy, the brother, and the friends she loves from joining the creepy crowd. The writer has done a fantastic job of writing a truly funny - slightly, gross - book that covers the demon fascination that is so very popular in our world nowadays! It is a great deal of fun to follow along behind Kate and watch as she 'takes on' her very first medical virus.a virus that may just take her out before she ever becomes a full-fledged 'medicine woman.' Quill Says: A dark, entertaining story that will keep younger kids on the edge of their seats and older kids enthralled. They'll probably even look at their school's football team in a whole new light. Enjoy!

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