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Bad Taste in Boys

(Kate Grable #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,208 ratings  ·  519 reviews
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--bef
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Delacorte Press
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Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
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
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle

Why this book?

I love zombie books

What I thought

Kate starts to realize something is wrong with some of the football players at her school and is determined to find out what. This was amusing read with relatable characters and a great premise and ofcourse zombies. It was a fast paced and entertaining and altogether fun. I recommend it to anybody who likes zombies.
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
Reposting an Old Review  
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
"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
Jay G
Nov 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Kate Grable is the student therapist for her high school's football team. She discovers that the Coach has been injecting his players with an unknown substance that is turning them all into zombies. She decides to take matters into her own hands to stop the spread of the virus before its too late.

I really did not enjoy this book.... It seemed to me l
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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 dr
Amy Jacobs
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bad Taste in Boys was kinda gross, kinda cute but it was also totally entertaining and ridiculously fun!
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun read! Kate is smart, witty, an everything you want in a high school science genius/kick-butt zombie fighter!
Paige  Bookdragon
If there is such a thing as cozy horror then this one is for you.Bad Taste in Boys is a funny read with moments of disgustingness. It's a good thing I was enjoying this one 'coz if not, I would have puked on it.

"Excuse me if I feel skeptical," I said. "Coach's foot fell off. How exactly do you propose to cure that? Superglue?"

**If you don't do a technical criticism to this book, you would actually enjoy it.
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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)
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"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
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it

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
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
Veronica Morfi
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kate Grable is the student trainer for her school football team and while the team sucks she is enjoying every minute of playing the doctor and staring at the team's quaterback, Aaron. But one day the team's coach decided that he needs to boost up the team by injecting them with steroids. Only the steroids are not working the way the should instead of making the palyers stronger and faster they are making them dead, or better yet undead. Now there are zombies walking the corridors of the school ...more
Jul 19, 2010 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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 15, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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.
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sarah (YA Love)
I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but I never thought I’d like a zombie book, let alone love one. Zombies simply aren’t my thing. When I bought Zombies vs. Unicorns I already knew I was Team Unicorn. I adored unicorn books when I was growing up. Zombies just gross me out. But then I heard about Bad Taste in Boys and read a ton of positive reviews. Plus, Carrie is signed up to be interviewed by my students so I wanted to get the book for them to read. I gave it a shot and loved every ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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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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