My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*Very annoying, Goodreads, that I typed up my review days ago and you choose not to save it*
Bad Taste in Boys was one of those books I was REALLY looking forward to. I had high hopes for it. I mean, look at that cover! Not to say that great books and great covers are always hand in hand, but the cover of this novel has to go down in my top favourite covers of ALL TIME. Seriously. Once I saw that cover, I had to know what the book was about. It just sealed me needing to read it even more. Zombies? Awesome!!
Except the book wasn’t due out for months. I was sad. I emailed Carrie to talk to her and gush about how excited I was for the release, and she was so sweet. She said my gushing made her day! Even though she’d made mine just by answering my email.
Anyway, not long after that I landed myself an ARC of the book. I was nervous/excited to see the book in my hand. What if I read it and didn’t like it? What if it was a huge let down? I never usually allow myself to get excited about books.
But I started reading and…
I really, really enjoyed it. It wasn’t what I expected, but that was okay because what it actually was, was very enjoyable and entertaining. A light read to brighten up a dull journey to and from work.
The book follows self confessed nerd, Kate, as she crushes on a hot football player and tries to build up her college application by helping out the football team with medical problems. She accepts that she is not the prettiest of girls, but still manages to find happiness in herself. Those types of girls, I think, are the best kind for young ladies to read about.
I hoped this book would take a more serious approach to a virus turning people into zombies. And, wow, were there some sickening and gorey scenes!! Scenes, I loved, by the way. But the tone of the book was very light and humourous. Kate and her brother run over their zombie coach, and neither of them are remarkably freaked out by it. Or the severed foot they end up taking home.
But, in a weird way, this added to the likeability of Kate and the story itself. I think maybe if it were more serious, the readers would probably be a lot more freaked out at this book. There would be implications that would have to be addressed otherwise. And that would just take the book into a place it doesn’t need to be.
There was a hot love interest, and while the romance between Kate and him wasn’t sizzling, it was sweet and very realistic of your first high school love. All the supporting characters were well developed too. I especially liked Kate’s younger brother. It was refreshing to see such a normal sibling relationship that wasn’t the sole plot point of the book.
All in all, I really did enjoy this book. The zombie virus was gross, but so, so cool and the characters were realistically done and very entertaining to read about. I would recommend to zombie lovers who aren’t afraid of a little gore, and who like light reads.