Bad Taste in Boys is a YA horror-comedy debut by Carrie Harris.
Kate Grable helps out her high school's horribly inept football team, using her aspiring doctor skills to treat injuries. Getting a chance to diagnose and fix up a broken bone is almost as exciting as being near hottie quarterback Aaron. Almost.
But as she's putting stuff away and locking up cabinets after the game, Kate sees a bunch of unlabeled vials and even a used needle. All she can think it can be is steroids and she is very disappointed and concerned that the coach seems to be the one initiating such dangerous activities.
Poor Kate doesn't get a chance to do anything about it, though, before one of the football players starts to vomit up horrible smelling black gunk and dies right in front of her.
But then he gets up. Not dead? Well, that's what everybody else thinks. But Kate isn't so sure. She may be a good doctor-in-training, but even she hasn't mastered the whole "bring back the dead" trick. Plus, he keeps staring at her like she's the juiciest steak in town and he's starving. And then things get even weirder...
Kate's pretty sure the whole school is slowly turning into mindless, flesh-eating zombies. Yet since quite a few of them weren't exactly Einstein's in the first place, people aren't noticing as quickly as they should.
Being that she's convinced those mysterious vials are the source of all of this, Kate is determined to figure out an antidote and keep her brother, best friend, and crush Aaron from wanting to take bites out of her.
That just wouldn't be cool.
Bad Taste in Boys is awesome!!!
First off, I want to take my hat off to Carrie Harris who has penned a memorable debut!
We are provided with a main character, Kate, who is instantly likable with her geeky personality, doctor aspirations, and fun friends. She's a great voice to narrate a great book.
Bad Taste in Boys has a ton of hilarious dialogue! Harris introduces us to an entire cast of fantastic characters, from Kate's sweet but dorky younger brother, her gorgeous yet nice buds, a football team of idiots - some meanspirited, some not - and a swoon-worthy crush in cheerful, outgoing Aaron.
This is a hysterical zombie adventure with an awesome heroine - a wild and crazy ride in a gross, laugh-out-loud funny and kickass-geek style!!! Fantastic and original!!! It's a short little book, but each and every word is oozing with wit and creativity. Bad Taste in Boys is also oddly empowering. Who woulda guessed that a gal with a medical textbook in one hand and a syringe in the other could be cooler than any cheerleader?!
Read this!!! This is most definitely an author to watch!
***ALERT: Due to continued bibliophile reading overdosing, I am continuing the 5 reviews a week through August. After that, I am absolutely returning to only 3 reviews a week in September and on. So, we'll just think of this as a summer special! Thanks for reading!!!