Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Published  uly 12th 2011
Hardcover, 201 pages
Challenges:  100 Books in 2011, 2011 Debut Author 

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.

I will admit that it was the cover that drew my attention right away.  Also, I will admit that this is the first zombie book I have EVER read… and I was not disappointed.  Carrie Harris’ novel is fun, exciting, entertaining and full of zombie action!  It is hard to not think of zombie movies with slow, dumb, and gross creatures when you think of Zombies.  While Carrie Harris’ zombies are gross they were anything but dumb. Our main character, Kate, really comes out on top in this book.  Kate, a science geek, is not who you would expect to lead a fight against zombies, literally with a sword in hand.  But alas, we find her more than once face to face with a zombie whose only goal is to bite her. Even in battle Kate’s voice is human and real. 

Carrie Harris’ comparison of Zombies and High School are uncanny.  I found myself laughing out loud numerous times.  Bad Taste in Boys is a refreshing read amongst serious paranormal novels.  While there was a romantic interest it was not overwhelming and it did not overshadow the main point of Kate’s mission in this book.   

If you are looking for a nice break from overdone and ‘the world is ending’ paranormal novels, Bad Taste in Boys is the perfect read.  Even if you don’t need a break you still must read this book!  I for one am no longer afraid to read Zombie books – I just hope they are able to compare to Carrie Harris’ funny version of Zombies. 

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** Disclosure: I received this book from The {Teen} Book Scene in exchange for an honest review.

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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.