Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Paranormal Pick: Bad Taste in Boys--Don't Miss ( I Nearly Did!)

Bad Taste in Boys
by Carrie Harris
Delacourte Press
2011
201 pages

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I can't believe I nearly missed reading this hilarious, twisted, sick, funny, punny, amusing, laugh-out-loud zombie farce, satirical romp, sarcastic zombie parady, teenage mutant human young adult novel! The cover says, "It's scary. It's twisted. It's sick. It's high school" and I couldn't agree more! Bad Taste in Boys is a hilarious zombie send-up that will resonate with both girl and boy zombie lovers. Author Carrie Harris is just as funny as seasoned writer Libba Bray!

Kate Grable is a super-smart, super-geeky science nerd who can't wait to get into medical school. She even volunteers to work long hours in the science lab at school just for fun. After school, she is the football team's trainer with access to the coach's office and medical supplies. When she accidentally spots strange vials of unmarked drugs in the coach's office, she suspects he is doping his players with steroids.

When her ex-hook-up Mike vomits putrid black vile and begins acting really strange, Kate suspects "zombie attack!" Is the coach really infecting his own players with some kind of secret zombie goop? Kate has to protect her players and find out what's going on. She is also crushing on quarterback Aaron who helps her find answers to why some of his teammates are getting sick. They find themselves in close quarters, hiding from Coach and other players, and romance blossoms. Can a super-geeky science nerd and a uber-hot quarterback make sweet music together?

Kate gets bitten but strangely enough displays no zombie behavior. Why isn't Kate turning? She takes meds for her epilepsy and realizes that her medicine may be the antidote for the zombie toxin. Kate uses her skills in science and the school's science lab to discover a cure.

Carrie Harris has a sure winner! Zombies have never been this much fun, and Kate is clever, sarcastic, and winsome--sure to appeal to feisty female readers. Science geeks are the new popular "in" crowd. Fans of zombie and paranormal books with a sense of humor will love Bad Taste in Boys.

Highly, highly recommended grades 7-up. Some kissing, some zombie gore but it's mild.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I purchased this book for my library after reading some comments from a librarians' listserv. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

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