Version: eGalley from NetGalley
Release Date: November 13th, 2012
Here's the summary from Goodreads: Senior year is positively hair-raising. Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school’s pre-med program. Except when he’s arrested for murder, she’s left with the bodies. And when Kate’s brother Jonah stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, she realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone’s murdering kids—something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws. Is it werewolf awesomeness 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 who’s behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what’s left of them—are going to keep piling up. It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.
What I Liked: 1) Once again, I really liked Kate, and her geekiness. She's mostly comfortable with it even though she calls herself a "reformed geek." Kate seems to have decided that since she's dating the hot quarterback, that cancels out her geekiness. But I really like that no matter what's happening, you can count on Kate being there with her research and her scientific answers. And I especially loved her scientific insults. "Cephaloproctitis" bahahahahah! Kate is an MC that will endear herself to a lot of readers just because she's smart, curious, geeky, and not afraid to be who she is. 2) The ME. I don't mean the doctor, persay. We actually didn't get to know him very well. But it cracked me up that Kate was assigned to shadow the Medical Examiner as a part of her Future Doctors program. It kind of seemed like, with her new found fame after curing the Zombie Virus, she's get her pick. But she got really excited about it after the first initial idea. So it was really interesting spending time with Kate in the morgue and learning about the ME's office. 3) As a continuation from BTIB, Kate's name is very well-known after learning how to cure the Zombie Virus. And because of that, they named it after her! It's now called Grable's Disease. <----I laughed for like, 5 straight minutes about this. And how she feels about it. I think no matter how much scientific prowess I had or cured something dangerous, I really wouldn't want a disease named after me. Just putting that out there for any of you who were considering naming a disease after me. 4) The humor. It's inescapable, and something I'm coming to expect from Miz Harris's writing. It lightens the mood of the story in a really fabulous way, and fits perfectly with the maturity level of the characters. Despite Kate's fame and smarts, she is still a high school girl with reservations, insecurities, and a sarcastic tongue.
What I Didn't Like: This one is a little harder to follow than the first - the plot picks up the pace at the very end, then suddenly the book is over and you're like, wait, what just happened? I'll say part of this was just excitement on my part, reading so fast to find out what happened, but it does speed up and action and events start to run together so you aren't sure what exactly was happening. Like a really fast basketball game, or hockey game. Where is the dang ball?
Overall Thoughts: Werewolf stories have become increasingly popular (Hmmmm....Jacob Black!) but in most of them, you'll find a pattern to the werewolf lore. Bad Hair Day presents a refreshingly new idea when it comes to that old idea. In smarty-pants Kate's quest for a scientific explanation, she discovers the breech that led to the spread of the newest epidemic spreading through Bayview. While Kate's geekery leads to a lot of discussions of scientific protocol, it never bogs the reader down or bores you. Miz Harris's humor lightens the mood and makes Bad Hair Day a funny, smart, and interesting story that paranormal fans will all enjoy!
My Rating: 4 shots