21 September 2011

Review: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

Posted by Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea at 7:09 PM

Bad Taste in Boys (Kate Grable #1)

  Title: Bad Taste in Boys                                         Pages: 201
  Author: Carrie Harris                                              Source: Library
  Publisher: Delacorte Press                                     Published: July 12, 2011
  Series: Kate Grable #1                                           Purchase: Amazon
  Rating: 3.5/4 out of 5

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.

Bad Taste in Boys was a random read for me, something I just picked up for something quick to read.

The characters weren’t as polished as some other novels I’ve read as of late. They seemed a little rushed, but still enjoyable. Kate Grable, the main heroine, was a very insecure girl, yet she didn’t get any sympathy from me for it. It seemed a tad bit overdone, with Kate constantly putting down herself as being a geek and generally not very pretty and also putting down her work, saying she wasn’t great enough to make it in medical school. This bothered me, because I didn’t feel that she needed to be insecure and it just wasn’t very believable for me.

The romance in Bad Taste in Boys wasn’t as plentiful as I would have liked, but what with all her running around trying to find a cure for the zombies – yeah, well she really didn’t have time for romance. What romance there was, however, was sweet and cute and made me go aww.

Now, the plot.. What can I say about the plot? The plot was like a teenage soap opera with zombies. It seemed overdramatic, yet it was still enjoyable and was more tongue in cheek, rather than serious.

Overall, Bad Taste in Boys is an entertaining read, despite some character flaws. It was light and fun and a great stepping stone to more heavier zombie novels.

Cover Thoughts: I’m not quite sure what the lips with sugar on them really have to do with the story, other than a bit of an oxymoron with the title. However, if I forget about the story, this cover appeals to me and I love the font and colors used.


I give Bad Taste in Boys a 3.5/4 out of 5.

Why a 3.5/4? Well.. I don’t have any half ratings made and am a bit too lazy to make any :).


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