Title/Author: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris.
Publisher: Delacort Press for Young Readers.
Source: Borrowed from a friend.
Favorite character: Kate and Jonas.
All in all: Adorable!
Synopsis: 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--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.~Goodreads.
My Thoughts: When I saw this cover before it came out and found out what it was about I wanted to read it. It was lieing around my guest room (where my books live) for a long time and I kept passing it over. But I needed something light and easy to read, plus it's not a tome (only 201 pages). I am happy to say this book surpassed my expectations.
I was caught up in the story right away and in Kate's awkward, self proclaimed dorky voice. She is funny and self depracating, but does not come off as whiny or a constant "poor me" type. In fact, she is anything but a victim as she navigates the mystery of the zombie outbreak and what's more proving it so the powers that be believe her. All the while she is also dealing with High School and her crush on one of the Football players, Aaron.
I also liked that some of the more popular kids were also her friends. Kiki is a cheerleader and gorgeous, but also nice and befriended Kate without any agenda. I thought this was refreshing and original. She does have some trouble at school and with certain people, but does not lament or dwell too much on it, but uses humor and practicality and seems to accept and at times thrive in her place as a geek.
Although her mom is overseas teaching and her dad is a bit preoccupied, I still like the fact that she seems close to them. And, I love the relationship between her and her younger brother Jonas. They are so cute and very enjoyable to read about. Jonas is hysterical and heroic and everyone should have a brother like him.
The romance is present, but not the main concern. Aason is on her mind, at some times more heavily than on others, but Kate's main concern is the "zombie virus" and what or who is behind it. She's got her priorities straight.
Although Kate's humor made the scary parts a little less so, I still thought they had some real "bite" to them. (Sorry.) There was gore and zombie run-ins and close calls.
The story and plot move and make this a fast, fun, thrilling read.