Bad Taste in Boys (Kate Grable, #1)
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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 he...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Delacorte Press
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Carrie
Oct 27, 2011 Carrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it. If I didn't like it, there would be something wrong with me!

Okay, so there IS something wrong with me. A few things, even. Like I'm obsessed with Richard Simmons and I tend to do zombie impressions at inappropriate moments, but the not-liking-my-own-book thing is just going too far.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I’m at a loss on how to rate this book. It’s really in a league of its own. I was tempted to give five stars, but I just couldn’t do that out of respect for Feed, The Reapers Are the Angels, Raw Blue and other books that blew me away and changed me forever. But in all (un)seriousness: this book is five star material and it’s absolutely hilarious!

You know those comedies that don’t make the least bit of sense? The ones you watch fully aware that they are stupid, and yet you can’t help laughing you...more
The Holy Terror
It is really disconcerting when I hate a book everyone loved. I don't look forward to writing these kinds of reviews (most of the time.) It especially pains me because Harris lives in Michigan, and I know she's been inside the book store I used to work at. To be honest though, the writing was juvenile and amateurish, and the plot was even more ridiculous than I thought a zombie story had any right to be.

At 200 pages, this short novel seems like it was written with middle-school children in mind...more
Nic
FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cute, entertaining, fast paced fun from start to finish! This book was a blast to read!

Oh and the cover is even more gorgeous when you see it up close!
Midu Hadi
So, what I liked about the book:
its cover is beautiful and related to the story-many beautiful covers have no connection to the story these days.
the story began and ended perfectly and I had no trouble getting into it.
it was the right length and a very fast read for me.
humor was done just right.
the balance between science and the paranormal elements was good.
What I did not like:
the female lead seemed to be head over heels in love with the coolest guy in school-how many more times is this going t...more
Bonnie
Aug 13, 2011 Bonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone in dire need of a good giggle
Recommended to Bonnie by: Maja!
I can’t remember the last time that a book made me laugh till I cried and made me feel like if I didn't stop reading right this second I just might wet myself. I think I timed this read at the perfect moment. I’m stuck at home on Friday night working from home… fortunately work is slow so all I have to do is sit here and… sit here. So I decide I’m going to start ‘Bad Taste for Boys’. My Friday night did a 180° to the point where I’m actually enjoying ‘working’ from home right now. :D

Keep in mind...more
Crowinator
Well, that was just plain stupid fun. It would make a great horror-comedy of the B-movie persuasion, like a lighter, teen-ier version of Cabin Fever or Return of the Living Dead Part II, but much wittier and with better characters and a happier ending (and no nudity). Plus, you can read it in two, three hours. Yes, the entire story is ridiculous and has more holes than the movie Holes, but that's part of the fun. And Kate, the super-zombie-killing-science-nerd, is an appealing, self-depreciating...more
oliviasbooks
"That puke was the most wonderful thing I'd ever seen. It was green and a little red. Technicolor, really, the color puke is supposed to be. It definitely wasn't black, and it didn't smell like toasty poop. This was a good sign."

I breezed through this book in one day. And let me tell you: I had an awfully good time, although I was very relieved that my commuter train compartment did not emanate the penetrating stink of stale sweat, geasy hair, beer and hamburgers gone bad like it usually does at...more
Heidi
“Four stars: A zany and entertaining zombie book.

Katie is a high school science geek whose main goal is to get into a premed program. She is the student medical adviser for the school's horrific football team. Honestly, their team is epically bad and they need all the help they can get. Unfortunately, for Katie and the team, the coach decides to pluck help from a seedy source. After another miserable loss, Katie finds a used syringe in the Coach's office. Later, Coach asks her to administer shot...more
Amy Jacobs
I was first intrigued by this book because of the cover. I thought it was creepy and eerie with the frost covered lips. I also have been trying to read more books about zombies lately since they seem to be the new rage in the book genre. Unfortunately, this book fell flat as a dead zombie for me.


Within the first chapter of this book, I could already tell that it was not going to be a book I would enjoy. The character is suppose to be in high school, yet her actions and personality of her friends...more
~Tina~
Bad Taste in Boys was kinda gross, kinda cute but it was also totally entertaining and ridiculously fun!
Vilda
Jul 20, 2013 Vilda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA zombie readers who likes it light!
"I might not have been great with the romance thing, but no one was going to outscience me."

Bad Taste in Boys sure was one quick read! I really liked this take on zombies; steroids gone wrong when trying to improve the schools football team. This also took it's time to turn them into the crazed zombies, making it harder to find the infected at first. As Kate is into science and medicine, it's even more interesting to follow her as she ends up in the middle of the chaos!

I loved Kate and Jonah; t...more
laaaaames
Ag, this is a really great one. Like I said about A.M. Robinson's Vampire Crush, if more books were like it and Bad Taste in Boys, I wouldn't get so annoyed by paranormal's hold on the YA section.

Because, really. This is smart and funny with a heroine who could never be described as dull or passive or dim or in need of rescuing. I love me some Kate.

(read awhile ago, can't add to count, sadly!)
Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
"The noise came from the direction of the cafeteria, and I had horrific mental images of zombie lunch ladies. Our lunch ladies were kind of scary to begin with. But zombie lunch ladies? Almost as scary as clowns" -Kate Grable

You might have noticed by now that The Crazy Bookworm loves Zombie's about as much as they love brraaiinns. When I first heard about this novel, I was instantly excited to read it.

High school, romance AND Zombies? That is my kind of book, and Bad Taste in Boys gave me the f...more
Isamlq
3.75

Bad taste in Boys is mindless fun. It also marks the third book that I have read in a span of seven days where YA PNR has taken a comic twist. *See Durst's Drink, Slay, Love (vampires and unicorns) and Moore's Texas Gothic ( witches, some ghosts and cowbboys).* This one has Girl-genius single handedly attempting to save her highschool/her town from a zombie outbreak! If this is the new direction, please give me some more!

Again, mindless fun. Nevermind that a said girl with ziplock stash in...more
Kristy
Street Corner TBR Challenge
August pick #5 per Flannery


This was not what I expected. Looking at the cover, I thought this would be more deep, like Wintergirls or something. I sure wasn't expecting a zombie fest! Am I dissapointed? A little, but the story was fun nonetheless.

The Quick Version:
This was the quirky tale of Kate, the science geek; A virus that spread through a steriod like injection that turns the town into "zombies". It was her story of figuring this virus out, of saving the town.
E...more
Noelle
I was considering 3.5 stars but the only reason I'd bump this down a half star would be because I read it on vacation, meaning I was pretty distracted (by people watching, frozen drinks and seriously underestimating my SPF protection level.) This gave me a Buffy the Vampire Slayer "monster of the week" episode feel. If you don't know me, I'll translate: it was awesome. The heroine isn't the (physically) kick butt Buffy type but she seriously ruled. Kate saves the day with SCIENCE and determinati...more
Seesen9
Dear Good Reads, how could you have misled me so much? Claiming this book deserves more than 4star average? For the record – I DID expect a farfetched humoristic novel about zombies taking over high school. I was looking forward to it! My problem is that even though I could easily identify all the jokes, I just DIDNT laugh. I DID chuckle exactly 3 times (2 missing body parts incidents, 1 Twilight sparkling episode). That’s all. Geeky heroine with a periodic table for a bathing robe jumping into...more
Chanelle
*Very annoying, Goodreads, that I typed up my review days ago and you choose not to save it*

Bad Taste in Boys was one of those books I was REALLY looking forward to. I had high hopes for it. I mean, look at that cover! Not to say that great books and great covers are always hand in hand, but the cover of this novel has to go down in my top favourite covers of ALL TIME. Seriously. Once I saw that cover, I had to know what the book was about. It just sealed me needing to read it even more. Zombies...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I used to think anyone over the age of three who went by the name Kiki deserved to be drawn and quartered with a spork.

I’m with you on that sistah! But let me rephrase it a little bit.
I always think that anyone over the age of sixteen who writes a boring book about zombie fighting teenage geeks deserves to be drawn and quartered with a sledgehammer.

Much better, isn’t it?

So, what is Bad Taste in Boys all about? Geeks gone wild. With zombies. I love zombies!

Every highschool geeky girl’s dream is...more
D.J.
Mar 25, 2011 D.J. added it
Carrie Harris' Bad Taste in Boys is only the second zombie book I've read. Zombies kind of gross me out, so I haven't really imersed myself into the zombie world. But when I read the description for this, I knew I had to read it and I would just have to face my zombie fear, haha.

Boy, am I glad I read it.

Despite the dark and rather serious-looking cover, the book is quite hilarious. Ms. Harris has given Kate a great voice, one that had me smiling and laughing like a fool. Kate's thoughts and rea...more
Nan
I knew that Carrie Harris was signing books at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor the other day. I couldn't make it to the signing, but since I was going there in the days following it, I decided to pick up a copy of her book while I was there. It was signed "Brains! Carrie Harris," and that should tell you a great deal about this book.

I'm not a huge fan of the zombie movement. I don't tend to find them all that fun, and I think they tend to make better zombie movies than books. However, this one was w...more
Alex Bennett
Bad Taste in Boys looked to be very promising when I first heard about it. There aren’t too many books about zombies in YA, so I was very excited to pick it up. And once I started, I never stopped. This book is so addicting that I was able to start it a few hours after I got home from school, and finish in time to watch Jersey Shore. But I totally would have skipped Jersey Shore if I could read more of this book. It’s that good.

The whole plot of this book is quirky, fun, and completely original...more
Katy
This book was filled with action, but it was like watching a bad horror movie. I know Harris was aiming for a fun read, but it was actually really ridiculous. Getting shot in the butt. Attacking his sister with a toy sword. Being in the middle of a crisis and kissing. Going through her underwear drawer. The dog dragging around a leg? And what's next - vampire virus? It was like Harris tried TOO hard to make the book bizarre.

And I know this wasn't meant to be a difficult book, but the whole conce...more
Andrea
3.5 out of 5 rating

The whole time I was reading this book, I kept thinking that it read like one of those teeny-bopper horror movies. Which sounds bad, but the thing is, I LIKE those teeny bopper movies!

Kate is a butt-kicking character with good morals--I liked that! And I liked the fact that she had such strong goals for her future and didn't question who she was and what she liked. And the secondary characters were good too (Rocky, Kiki, Jonah, Aaron) but I would have liked to know more about...more
Anne
It's a campy zombie-comedy. If you know that going into it, then you will probably enjoy the book.
There are pretty massive plot holes, and none of the characters are very fleshed-out, but the story is still fun in a silly sort of way.
It's also pretty short, which may explain some of the above mentioned problems.
Bottom line: I wouldn't mind reading something by this author again.
A.L.
Mar 17, 2013 A.L. added it
This book was really funny. It would have been totally gory and scary if the main character weren't such a hoot. She was purely and adorably NERD and you just HAVE to love her. So fun.
K
Oct 03, 2011 K rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: library
Quick and dirty and fun. Pure entertainment.

Kate’s a student trainer for her school’s football team. She locks up the meds, keeps track of EpiPens, and bandages minor wounds. Geeky though she may be, she’s the first one people run to when one of the players collapses at a party. It’s pretty obvious that Mike is dead, so color her surprised when he sits up, all monosyllabic. He’s much worse for the wear and she notices an injection site on his arm. She immediately recalls some mystery vials in Co...more
Laura
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris is a pure, hilarious jolt of fun! You really need to just jump in and enjoy the ride though. Don’t try to make sense of the madness! :) This book has it all from a virus of unknown origins, zombie football players, dismembered body parts, vomit, blood, and homecoming! It’s all packed in a fun, fast paced story with a wicked sense of humor. You can tell Carrie Harris is having just as much fun as we are with Kate and her zombie plagued world.

Kate Grable is the s...more
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
I love that cover. So much. I think this is a case in which judging a book by its cover was a bad idea.

Bad Taste in Boys wasn’t bad. It was entertaining, it made me smile a few times, but it wasn’t at all what I expected. I don’t really understand the purpose of the cover OR the title. Neither seems to fit. I expected something dark and twisted, and I got light and fun. Not a bad thing, just an unexpected thing.

Enjoying all aspects of this story requires you to suspend a great deal of disbelief,...more
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