Title: Bad Taste in Boys
Author: Carrie Harris
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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.
This was a pretty quick read, but not in a bad way. Like the last book I reviewed, I feel like the synopsis didn’t really prepare me for what this book was really about, but not in a bad way.
Kate wasn’t exactly who I expected. When we’re first introduced to her, we learn she’s a nerd who’s helping the football team as a medical assistant (I don’t think this is the actual term, but I can’t remember it offhand at the moment) who hopes to be a doctor someday. Despite being a self-proclaimed nerd, though, she is quite sarcastic and seems to be friends with some girls who seem more A-List than Honor Roll-list (not in a bad way, necessarily, though). Carrie Harris also threw in a past barely-romance with one of the first ‘zombie’ victims.
Because it was such a short book, I feel like we didn’t get the chance to see the characters fletched out much. The love interest had few traits, as well as the friends, and the romance seemed to start up slightly out of nowhere. Instead, we mostly get to know Kate, as well as her brother. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, as long as we get to know the characters better in the next book, and considering how short it was, it’s not too surprising. It did make for some instances where I didn’t really understand the characters and their motivations, but I didn’t mind, not when there was a mystery to be solved.
And what a mystery that was. Based on the summary, I wasn’t expecting such a focus on a medical mystery. Instead, I thought it would be some random, paranormal disease that’s spread by vicious zombie bites, but in reality it’s more sci-fi than paranormal. Kate has to figure things out using her medical and scientific skills, rather than just running around trying to kill zombies (although there are some funny and gross zombie ‘fight’ scenes, including one involving a car).
Overall, I think the book packed a bigger punch than I was expecting, especially considering how short it is. When I finished it, I was glad to see that there’s a sequel, this time involving werewolves, I believe. I’ll definitely be checking it out, if only to see how Harris takes supernatural creatures and manages to make them seem realistic.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars