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Bad Hair Day [Kindle Edition]

Carrie Harris
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school's premed program. But after he's arrested for murder, she's left with the bodies. And when Kate's brother, Jonah, stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, Kate realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone—or something—is murdering kids. Something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws.

Could it be werewolves, like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate's supposed to be a butt-kicking, zombie-killing genius . . . but if she can't figure out what's behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what's left of them—are going to keep piling up.

"Readers will get a kick out of this book that reads like a Wes Craven movie. The plot may be a little far-fetched, but the ride is so much fun it doesn't much matter . . .  what's not to love?"--Kirkus Reviews

"Kate combines the smarts of Veronica Mars with the attitude of Buffy . . .  a fast-paced read."--School Library Journal  

"Entirely enjoyable."--Publishers Weekly


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-In this sequel to Bad Taste in Boys (Delacorte, 2011), 17-year-old Kate Grable's confidence has shot way up. Not only did she cure the zombie virus that terrorized her town, but she also snagged popular quarterback Aaron as her boyfriend. When Kate joins the Future Doctors of America program, she gets an opportunity to work with the county medical examiner until he's arrested for murder. In an unlikely turn of events, she finds herself taking charge of the morgue. When one of her friends is attacked, Kate conducts her own investigation and discovers that it's not zombies she has to worry about this time, but something just as deadly. She has to autopsy dead bodies, solve a murder, chase down a monster, and keep a flirt from stealing her boyfriend. Kate combines the smarts of Veronica Mars with the attitude of Buffy. What the novel lacks in substance, it makes up for with Kate's unique, funny voice. She's fearless, likable, and everyone's go-to girl. At times both gory and completely over-the-top, Bad Hair Day is a fast-paced read sure to entice both male and female readers, and stands on its own.-Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

CARRIE HARRIS is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. She's always been a bit of a brain, so she wrote a zombie book—Bad Taste in Boys. And she has hair, so she wrote a werewolf book next—Bad Hair Day. Luckily, she won't be running out of body parts anytime soon. Carrie lives in Michigan with her ninja-doctor husband and three monster-obsessed children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3756 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084U0QH0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Installment of a Fun Series February 7, 2013
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Format:Hardcover
I just love this series. Carrie Harris is hilarious and Kate Grable is the perfect heroine. She's smart, sassy, and just generally kick-ass. This time, instead of dealing with zombies, Kate is busy trying to solve murders and prove her medical examiner mentor innocent. With strange evidence, such as dead bodies healing themselves, and tufts of white hair, we just know that this isn't your average run-of-the-mill serial killer.

Carrie Harries writes with frankness and a simple finesse that is easy to read and at the same time gripping and entertaining. I was never taken out the story by out-of-place 6 figure words or stilted dialog. Her characters come to life on the page easily, and are one hundred percent believable. On top of all this, she sticks in an exasperated humor. Amid all the craziness (zombie viruses and suspected werewolves) Kate can keep her head straight enough to still make a joke.

The mystery surrounding the strange murders was fun and unexpected. I wasn't sure who the bad guy was for the better part of the book. Carrie Harris has a way of painting each character suspicious in their own ways. It was fun trying to figure out who was responsible, but it was even more so trying to figure out the scientific reasons behind these seemingly supernatural happenings. I loved that most about the book: it took what should be paranormal and gave scientific explanations.

I would definitely recommend Bad Hair Day. I've even seen readers who read this without reading the first in the series, Bad Taste in Boys. While I think that's weird, I can say that Harris gives ample 'catching-up' in this book to where it's not totally necessary to read them in order. In all, though, the Kate Grable series is fun, smart, and addictive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great, fun read! January 20, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I've put off writing a review for Bad Hair Day for a few weeks now. Every time I sit down to write it, I can't. And not because it was bad, because guys, it was good. Good in the kind of way in which I could really pick it apart and point out all the flaws if I wanted to, but I don't. Because I read it, and I enjoyed it despite of all the little things I noticed along the way. So I'm just going to write down my thoughts in a few short sentences and hope they make some sense to you. It'll be a pretty pointless review, but I still feel like I must share it's awesomeness with you, regardless of my apparent inability to review this book.

Bad Hair Day is cute and funny, kind of romantic (just a little, but enough), and the plot. It's there! No romance to weigh it down. Just awesome plot, plenty of laughs, and an awesome spin on werewolves. It's geeky in a cute way, and is actually a pretty fun read instead of the eerie seriousness that the cover somewhat suggests. It's enjoyable, and fast-paced. You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy Bad Hair Day. I was told that I didn't, and I didn't, but I still understood all of it completely. It's one of the books I pick up and read when I get sick and tired of all the angsty, romance-heavy, over-protective and controlling sparkly/glittery/glowy/whatever-y young adult books.

I'm breaking out of my normal review format - no pros, cons, and overall summaries - for Bad Hair Day (sorry, Meg!), because, like I said, it's the kind of book I really enjoyed, but I could really pick it apart if I wanted to. And I really don't, because then I might not enjoy it as much anymore. It's quirky and fun, with a strong heroine, and science fiction elements that are easily understood.

If you're debating on whether or not to read Bad Hair Day, do it. Don't think - just read it. Bad Hair Day makes for a great, quick read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Expected More But Still Enjoyed It December 31, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is the second book in the Kate Grable series and I must say that I expected to enjoy it a little more than I did. Don't get me wrong, there were aspects of this book that I greatly enjoyed, but I expected to love it all. Our story once again focuses around Kate Grable as she defeats the supernatural. In the first book, Kate develops the remedy to cure the zombie curse. Kate develops quite a name for herself in the first book and is returning for more in book number two. Only in this book, she is fighting a whole different evil. The question is, what is it?!

Let's start with what I didn't like about this book first. I like the idea of Kate having a boyfriend and I like Aaron's character for the most part, but Kate became a little too obsessed for my liking. A new girl steps on the scene named Elle, who has her sights equally set on Aaron. By the end of the book Kate had stopped going on so much about Aaron and Elle, but at first I found it rather annoying. It's just all too predictable to me and I think it could have been cut out, especially because Elle was such a clichéd character. I mean come on, give us something different here! I am here to read about zombies and werewolves, not a silly and rather immature teenage girl who is trying to move in on another girl's guy.

Now I am going to sandwich in the good things about this novel. Carrie Harris' writing is always fast, smooth and very easy to breeze through. This is always important to me because I like being able to get through a book at a steady pace. I can honestly say that with Carrie's books I seldom get bored and she keeps me in the action, front and center at all times. Carrie's witticism came out through Kate and many of Kate's one liners had me dying laughing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Geek Power!
Another Kate Grable book. I love this girl and the situations she finds herself in. It's refreshing to see a way too smart, geeky heroine for a change, who is not extremely... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Veronica @ Mostly Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
This book reminds me of a better Twilight; where the heroine actually saves the day without pining for seven chapters!
Published 14 months ago by John J. Garrison, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Teens
Being an over 70 something grandma, it is not the book I would usually choose, however, since I am around a lot of teens, I wanted to keep abreast of what interests them. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Susan B. Wojcik
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I read the book before it, and I loved it so I thought I would read this one for school
Published 22 months ago by Scott Uddenberg
3.0 out of 5 stars A Light read with a hint of supernatural madness and mayhem
Bad Hair Day is actually Book #2 in a series that I haven't yet read Book #1 but judging by the way that I got the gist of what Book #1 was about , you don't nessecarily have to... Read more
Published on April 12, 2013 by Paula L. Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun To See What Happens Next
The follow up to Bad Taste in Boys is as fun as the original. Kate is in a new situation, trying to solve murders instead of a zombie-plague, but finds even more weirdness than... Read more
Published on December 28, 2012 by Book Sake
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed being in Kate's world again
I loved BAD TASTE IN BOYS, so I was eager to get my hands on this sequel. Kate Grable, high school scientist extraordinaire, is back. Read more
Published on December 23, 2012 by Sharif
4.0 out of 5 stars Hobbitsies Reviews: Entertaining and engaging
Carrie Harris never fails to deliver the giggles, whether it's her blog, her twitter, or her first book, Bad Taste in Boys. Read more
Published on December 21, 2012 by Tara Gonzalez
3.0 out of 5 stars Review - Bad Hair Day
Life can't stay normal for long if your name is Kate Grable. After the "zombie" epidemic, Kate finds herself investigating a series of murders and figuring out what is causing the... Read more
Published on December 14, 2012 by Kris
4.0 out of 5 stars Great YA read
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Bad Hair Day picks right up were Bad Taste in Boys finishes. Read more
Published on December 8, 2012 by PamM
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More About the Author

Carrie Harris is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. She's always been a bit of a brain, so she wrote a zombie book--BAD TASTE IN BOYS. And she has hair, so she wrote a werewolf book next--BAD HAIR DAY. And she likes to pretend that she's a Yeti, so you guessed it--BAD YETI. Sadly, she's not a demon-fighting derby girl, but that didn't stop her from tackling her upcoming book, DEMON DERBY. Carrie lives with her ninja-doctor husband and three monster-obsessed children. Learn more about her at carrieharrisbooks.com.

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