Books Review

Review: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

March 4, 2011

Carrie Harris’ Bad Taste in Boys is only the second zombie book I’ve read. Zombies kind of gross me out, so I haven’t really imersed myself into the zombie world. But when I read the description for this, I knew I had to read it and I would just have to face my zombie fear, haha.

Boy, am I glad I read it.

Despite the dark and rather serious-looking cover, the book is quite hilarious. Ms. Harris has given Kate a great voice, one that had me smiling and laughing like a fool. Kate’s thoughts and reactions are believable, and help readers relate to and like her. In regards to the writing, the descriptions are spot-on, not over-the-top, and are quick, yet effective. The dialogue is smooth and the conversations between Kate and Aaron is never cheesy.

I really liked that Kate has two good friends by her side and that they are always there to help her no matter what. I did think Rocky’s reaction to the zombies came across as rushed and kind of unbelievable. Nonetheless, I was glad Rocky was involved and same goes for Kate’s brother.

Although the zombies have cannibalistic tendencies, they didn’t freak me out! Well, they kind of did, but not in an I’m-gonna-have-nightmares kind of way. The zombies provide a seriousness to the otherwise funny story, and I like that they’re not used in an overly dramatic manner.

All in all, I thoroughly loved Bad Taste in Boys! There are Lady Gaga and Twilight references, which made me smile even more, and I truly hope Ms. Harris revisits these characters again with a new story. She is an author to watch and she has written a fun, quirky, zombie-tastic story that many will eat up. Pun fully intended. (Please note that this doesn’t come out until July 12th)

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    March 4, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Thanks for the review!
    Like you I’ve not read a bunch of Zombie books, but I’ve heard good things about this book, but I was still on the fence about it.

    After reading your review I might have to get a copy

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    Jamie - I'm a guy, btw
    March 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Excellent review as always, DJ! I love that cover, and I’ve seen this one around, but I had no idea it had zombies in it! Now I’m gonna have to add it to my list. And with Gaga and Twilight references? Yeah, definitely gotta read it now!

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    Kiki Hamilton
    March 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Hi DJ! I read BTIB (and I’m not a zombie lover either) but I LOVED this book! Carrie is SO FUNNY!

    Niecole – you MUST get a copy. You’ll laugh your brains out……f you know what I mean! 😉

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    March 7, 2011 at 2:30 am

    This book looks really good and I love the cover! 😀

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    Book Sp(l)ot
    March 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Lucy you for having read this! I really loved your review, too 🙂 Now I’m even more anxious for BTIB to be released!

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    March 8, 2011 at 12:12 am

    This looks good. I like the cover.

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    March 8, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Heard of this book but didn’t know much until your review! Wonderfully done!

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