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Bad Hair Day (Kate Grable #2)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  359 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Senior year is positively hair-raising.

Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school’s pre-med program. Except when he’s arrested for murder, she’s left with the bodies. And when Kate’s brother Jonah stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, she realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taki
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 13, 2012 Carrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this, so of course I like it. You might like it too! This is especially true if:

- You like movies like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland or (insert movie in which people alternately chase monsters and make really ridiculous wisecracks).

- You liked BAD TASTE IN BOYS. (In which case, you make my heart happy.)

- You have a werewolf fetish. (Which probably means you HAVE bad taste in boys. And yes, I dated a boy who thought he was a werewolf, so I realize I'm not exactly one to throw stones her
Veronica Morfi
Rating: 4/5

Another Kate Grable book. I love this girl and the situations she finds herself in. It's refreshing to see a way too smart, geeky heroine for a change, who is not extremely beautiful and doesn't really care about it either. She is hilarious and entertaining in her own special way.

With that said, in the second book of the series the zombie virus is long gone and Kate is about to start a week long -kind of- intership in the hospital. Her mentor is the head of the morgue and the very fir
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Immediately after finish Bad Taste In Boys I flowed into the sequel not looking back. It is amazing :)

So the book started where the last book left off and Kate is pretty famous. She is even offered a internship with doctors who are just as fascinated with her. I really adored that Kate took everything in with ease. She is proud of what she discovered but not stuck up. Instead she wants to continue to explore the area of medicine and biology to continue to save those who need help. The zombie dis
This was a funny, hilarious, tale of werewolves that only the geeky Kate Grable can pull off!

Kate Grable is just trying to get back to her normal nerdy, everyday life since finding a cure for the zombie epidemic that took over her town. I mean yeah, sure, there is your random zombie from time to time. And the once "under the radar" geek, Kate Grable, is now famous and being interviewed by CNN. She also has a boyfriend, which she has absolutely no idea how to deal with. But things where starting
Eh, more or less the same story development and progression as the first book - except it's werewolves instead of zombies. I find it a little hard to believe that the same person who TOO conveniently found the cure for zombies is going to be the one who solves the mystery about werewolves too. But hey, that's fiction for you.

So, since everything is going great in the romance department, why not stir is up by throwing a cute guy in there and a cute girl in there. And I'm sorry, but Elle is too st
I love Kate! She is so geeky, smart, a typical girl in a new relationship, and she makes me relate to her besides her being like super smart. I still feel her brother to be acting a wee younger than his age. I wanted to smack that Elle chick so much for being so blatantly hitting on someone who is in a relationship! Jeez! The book seems really quick into action and wrapping things up. Overall, characters made it a great read.

I just love this series. Carrie Harris is hilarious and Kate Grable is the perfect heroine. She’s smart, sassy, and just generally kick-ass. This time, instead of dealing with zombies, Kate is busy trying to solve murders and prove her medical examiner mentor innocent. With strange evidence, such as dead bodies healing themselves, and tufts of white hair, we just know that this isn’t your average run-of-the-mill serial killer.

Carrie Harries writes with frankness and a simple finesse that is easy
Paula  Phillips
Bad Hair Day is actually Book #2 in a series that I haven't yet read Book #1 but judging by the way that I got the gist of what Book #1 was about , you don't nessecarily have to read them in order but I guess it does help too. Reeling from the Zombie virus in Book #1 Kate is hoping things can get back to normal and she can resume her future plans with medical school, though what happens when her first day of an outside-school programme lands her in the medical county morgue and her boss ends up ...more
High school senior Kate Grable has just arrived at the morgue to be mentored by the local medical examiner when the police come and arrest her mentor. At the same time, mutilated bodies are brought in prompting Kate to wonder - were they murdered by something inhuman? Not again! In this second installment, teen medical geek Kate may be tracking a new threat, different from the zombies she hunted in Harris’ Bad Taste in Boys. The book is so outrageous that it’s comical. It’s high school science g ...more
Crystal (Kris)
Life can't stay normal for long if your name is Kate Grable. After the "zombie" epidemic, Kate finds herself investigating a series of murders and figuring out what is causing the murder scenes to look like the attack was committed by a supernatural creature. Truth be told, I hadn't read Bad Taste in Boys (Kate Grables #1). I was able to read through this without having read the first book; however, it really would have added to the reading experience.

There are flaws in this book. If I look at i
I haven't heard of this series by Carrie Harris, so I haven't read the first book Bad Taste In Boys. When this book showed up on my doorstep for review, I thought I'd give it a try! I like werewolves and murder mysteries, so I was excited to see what Kate Grable had in store for me.

Kate is definitely not your average teenager; she cured the zombie virus in the first book and has been accepted into the FDA (Future Doctors of America), where she has the chance to be a medical examiner's assistant
I loved Bad Taste In Boys because, despite being a book about zombies, it was so lighthearted and hilarious and action-packed. And Bad Hair Day definitely lived up to that. Carrie's take on werewolves is nothing short of brilliant and funny and the way the characters matured from book one was so awesome.

Kate is still the same kick-ass, smartypants heroine she was in the first book. And Jonah is still the same geeky, adorable little brother. But like I said before, they seemed to mature and their
Warning: Bad Taste in Boys spoilers in the first paragraph. Read at your own peril if you haven't read the first book yet.

Kate Grable became a national hero after she discovered a cure for the zombie virus that was running rampant through her high school. Little did she know that would just be the beginning of her fame and notoriety.

When Kate's brother Jonah discovers a dead girl at one of his gamer meetings, something suspicious is clearly afoot - something suspicious AND hairy. And now that s
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Anyone who knows me knows that I just don't love zombie books, well for the most part anyways. Yet, I find I buy them all the time. I think it is some weird fascination honestly. I don't know.

Anywhoo, there are very few books about zombies that I have truly wanted to pick up and read and then actually enjoyed. And the first book in this series, Bad Taste In Boys was one of them. It was just a really fun read without being boring or too horrific or gory. I mean a geeky girl that save the town and
Jennifer Strand
Review originally posted 10/30/12 on

Oh, boy. Carrie Harris has done it again. No other author has made me laugh out loud as much as Carrie has. I read this on a 2 1/2 hour plane ride (it's a short, fast read) and not even the sound of the plane's two big engines were enough to drown out my laughter. I woke my sleeping husband in seat 34D TWICE to share the hilarious dialogue that was going down in this second installment of the Kate Grable series. I'm sure y'all reme
"The mayor gave me the key to the city."
Wait, wait let's go back to the beginning, rewind. As if finding the cure to zombie-ism isn't enough, Kate Grable has a new epidemic on her hands, one that is almost too hard to believe. When scientists experiment on something new and it gets into the hands of the wrong person murder may be afoot and the only person thinking outside the box on this one may just be Kate Grable.
Kate can take a zombie outbreak and cure it, but when her boyfriend Aaron start
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
What I Liked: 1) Once again, I really liked Kate, and her geekiness. She's mostly comfortable with it even though she calls herself a "reformed geek." Kate seems to have decided that since she's dating the hot quarterback, that cancels out her geekiness. But I really like that no matter what's happening, you can count on Kate being there with her research and her scientific answers. And I especially loved her scientific insults. "Cephaloproctitis" bahahahahah! Kate is an MC that will endear hers ...more
Julia King
I enjoyed this book. It was funny in its lycanthrope theme. It was laced with odd creations of last names and intelligent sciency talk. I liked how the main character is way book smart, but the street smarts is lacking… a ton. She is the girlfriend of a popular boy which I think is awesome. Harris developed her characters not to be like the cocky cool person on campus or superhot hunk, but more down to earth, real. Good for her!

I don’t do this often, but I think it is important to share some of
Review originally posted on my blog

Carrie Harris never fails to deliver the giggles, whether it’s her blog, her twitter, or her first book, Bad Taste in Boys. And let me tell you, Bad Hair Day is just as funny and entertaining.

Bad Hair Day has an entertaining and engaging plot that makes the pages really fly by. I swear I had just started reading and suddenly it was an hour later and I was almost finished with Bad Hair Day.

I loved Kate in Bad Hair Day. Th
I wasn’t in love with the first book, but it was better than this sequel. After I finished the book, I was just left with an overwhelming sense of ‘ok, I guess that was alright’. This is the type of book that you have to suspend your disbelief in order to enjoy it. I understand that Kate cured a zombie virus, but I got so annoyed by how much EVERYBODY loved her. It became aggravating watching random people in diners fawning over her awesomeness. I also didn’t understand what was up with the figh ...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Oh man, how I loved Bad Hair Day. I really enjoyed Bad Taste In Boys but Bad Hair Day was even better. Instead of dealing with zombies, we are dealing with werewolves.

We are back with Kate Grable, our super smart heroine who is half brains and half funny. She's a bit of a nerd but she makes it look so cool. She's finally dating her crush Aaron and she has best friends named Kiki and Rocky.

Her family is still super cool, her mom is away a lot, her dads around, and her dorky brother J
This is the second book in the Kate Grable series and I must say that I expected to enjoy it a little more than I did. Don’t get me wrong, there were aspects of this book that I greatly enjoyed, but I expected to love it all. Our story once again focuses around Kate Grable as she defeats the supernatural. In the first book, Kate develops the remedy to cure the zombie curse. Kate develops quite a name for herself in the first book and is returning for more in book number two. Only in this book, s ...more
This was a fun book to read :.Loved the mix of supernatural and science. I like that Katie is a sassy and fun heroine and I love her odd sense of humor and Jonah is amazingly cool.
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“It probably wasn't smart to judge them based on appearance. I, for instance, was destined to be a world-renowned surgeon, but between my long, brown braid, square-framed glasses, and boyish figure, I looked more like the kind of girl who works in a library and spends Friday nights having deep, meaningful conversatio
The Lost Lola
Definitely a significant drop in quality in this book, I was really disappointed. All the things I loved about Kate in the first book (her geekiness, her female friendships, her flaws, her humor) went right out the door in this second installment in the Kate Grable series. This time around, Carrie Harris tackles werewolves as a genuine medical condition, much like her first book did with zombies. I didn't feel like there was much mystery in this one, however, nor did I find there to be much in t ...more
I had the first book in the series, “Bad Taste in Boys” on my radar thanks to its gleefully kitsch 50s sci-fi B-movie synopsis yet never got around to reading it, mainly because I could never find it in UK and I’m too cheap to pay for shipping. I began reading the 2nd in the series with the typical hesitations of a reader coming into a series without the full story, but luckily it was easy enough to pick up in this short, if tiresome read. Once again, this is a paranormal YA that promises big an ...more
Book Twirps
Bad Hair Day picks up not long after Bad Taste in Boys ends. As you may recall, super geeky, seizure prone, science nerd Kate found the cure for what was turning her classmates into zombies at the end of the last book. It was a close call, but she managed. Now, Kate is pretty much a celebrity. Not only that, but she's landed a spot on the county premed program. She can't wait to dive in and get her surgery on, but in Kate's world, everything doesn't always work out exactly the way she had planne ...more
This book was very cute. Although its the sequel to another book that I haven't read, the beginning gives all you really need to know.

Now that Kate Grable has solved the zombie epidemic (as far as I know, it entitled biology and a miraculous cure by her), the disease has been renamed Grable's disease, she's world-famous, and has finally hooked up with a love interest that was probably introduced in the previous book. That I didn't read.

But now (le gasp!) there is another threat in town. Evidence
Kate Grable has scored an internship shadowing the county medical examiner as part of her school’s pre-med program (we’re assuming that high schools have pre-med programs, I guess). When he’s arrested for murder, she’s left with the bodies. Then her brother Jonah finds a dead gamer girl, and Kate starts to realize that someone is killing kids–and whoever is doing it is really, really hairy. Is it a werewolf? Kate’s skeptical, but if she doesn’t solve the mystery, kids are going to keep dying.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Bad Hair Day picks right up were Bad Taste in Boys finishes. Kate is now famous after saving everyone from a zombie outbreak. Being the book nerd she is she is super excited to get an internship with the county medical examiner. Things quickly go strange when the medical examiner is arrested for murder. Her brother stumbles across a dead body and Kate realizes there may be a new type of outbreak in the town. A hairy one with cl ...more
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“So I started running through our weaponry to distract myself. I had my stun gun. Jonah had a pseudosword, and Aaron had a really cute butt. Not that his butt would be useful in de-botting Trey, but it's always good to have a full catalog of your strengths before going into battle.” 5 likes
“It probably wasn't smart to judge them based on appearance. I, for instance, was destined to be a world-renowned surgeon, but between my long, brown braid, square-framed glasses, and boyish figure, I looked more like the kind of girl who works in a library and spends Friday nights having deep, meaningful conversations with her cats.” 3 likes
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