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Bad Hair Day

(Kate Grable #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  101 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 weirdnes
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle

Why this book?

I liked the first book in the series and I have a thing for werewolves

What I thought

Kate is trying to back to her normal life after the attack but she finds out soon enough that's not gonna happen anytime soon. This was another entertaining read from Carrie Harris. I like her writing style and I definitely will be checking out more from her in the future. Bad Hair Day was a fast paced read that only took me a couple of hours to finish. Even though it wasn't as good as the
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
Jay G
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
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After curing a zombie disease, Kate is back again... this time... killer werewolves are on the loose.

blaaaaaaaaaaargh. The more I think about this book the more annoyed I get by it...

This book was basically the exact same as the first book but instead of Zombies it was switched to werewolves. I found it boring and repetitive. I also felt like the au
Veronica Morfi
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it

I borrowed this book from my library's e-book selection. Prior to starting Bad Hair Day, I'd read somewhere that to enjoy it, you have to be able to suspend your disbelief and also not take the story very seriously.

And I'll be honest - those two things are spot-on. I really enjoyed this book, but for me the enjoyment came from the silliness, the geekiness, and what I tend to call the "fluffiness" of the book. It feels like I've been reading a lot of "serious books" lately, and Bad Hair Day wa
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it

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Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, paranormal
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.
Lol, this was funny. I loved the first two books and this was great as well. There was even more science in this. Although I think there was less Jonah which made me sad - I love Jonah. I was also sad Mike didn't make any appearances. (view spoiler)

I love Kate. She was much better at focusing on the science and less on the romance with this one. Although there was still the usual teen
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
teen fiction (sci fi/fantasy adventure with humor - high school geek saves the day, again)
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book.
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
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal, thriller
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
Chelsey Wolford
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Book Twirps
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Princess Bookie
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2012
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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, mystery
I didn't like this book as much as the first in the series, BAD TASTE IN BOYS. It just didn't have the same "must keep reading" pace the first one did. There weren't really any zombies, so that's a bummer. I do so love zombie shows. This time it was werewolf-ish things, which I wasn't fond of. Kate was, again, doing dumb things. The first time around her not telling others about the drama she found made sense somehow, there were enough explanations, but this time... it was just silly. Why wouldn ...more
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
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
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Angela Fristoe
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
Carrie Harris's sequel to Bad Taste in Boys is exactly what I expected from her. If you've ever visited her website you'll know what I mean. Bad Hair Day picks up soon after Bad Taste in Boys ends and Kate is still adjusting to all of the attention she's been getting ever since curing the "zombie" virus. In Bad Taste in Boys she got the boy she wanted and now she's struggling to deal with having a boyfriend who is really beyond her geeky social status while at the same time trying to save the wo ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone 13+
Recommended to Kristen by: No one
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What a great sequel to the book!
Bad Taste in Boys! (Click the link to see my review of the first book!) I really enjoyed this read. It brought on a whole new issues with a new monster... Werewolves. I absolutely loved the twist in how the werewolves were created. The author really got creative with this new mutation and I thought it was pure genius! In Bad Taste in Boys, our main character, Kate Grable entered a relationship with her b
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal, 2012
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.

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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 Utah with her ninja-doctor husband and three zombie-obsessed children.

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