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Taffy Snackerge is a high school senior who likes doing things her way Gifted in science she'd rather analyze infectious diseases and pick up a girl for the occasional fling than deal with her boring schoolwork or the high school social sceneWhen she notices a surprising number of cases of food poisoning in the area she's eager to dig in and find the cause To help with the investigation Taffy approaches the only teacher she's ever liked and respected Van Brenner As a former state epidemiologist Van is uniuely ualified to help Taffy get the data and insights that she needsHowever Van has one condition Taffy needs to work with two other students on the case and she doesn't get to pick them As the cases start to multiply and the underfunded state health department continues to drag their feet Taffy knows that it's up to her to find out what's making so many people sickBut can she learn to work with her two teammates including a beautiful hyper organized girl who's president of the Young Attachés Club and an emotional overeater who can't go out in public without his lucha libre mask while still retaining her autonomy? Can the team fend off a snooping assistant principal and step up when the adults let them down? And can they locate the source of the outbreak before it reaches epidemic proportions?If you enjoyed Extra Credit Epidemic be sure to search for these other titles by Nina Post One Ghost Per Serving Eric Snackerge and the ghost that he's possessed by must get to the bottom of a supernatural infestation Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse the debut novel that started it all with talking ferrets fallen angels and the high stakes world of post apocalyptic snack foods Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse the madness takes a fatty sugary turn as Kelly Driscoll must prevent the apocalypse AGAIN Danger in Cat World a homicide detective must solve the murder of an heiress while dealing with the dozens of cats mysteriously materializing in his house


10 thoughts on “Extra Credit Epidemic

  1. says:

    Actual rating is 35 stars but I'm rounding up for the fun factor Disclaimer I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewLet me preface by saying the people at Curiosity uills are amazing There were some synchronisation issues between Netgalley and my kindle and by the time I noticed this galley had already expired When I told the publisher this they sent me a new galley and I am so glad they did because this book was super funI have to admit that the driving force behind the story at least for me was Taffy Snackerge Classic BAMF she makes her own candy and sells it which makes her as much money as the prizes she wins for the scientific experiments she conducts in her free time She is a force but the funny thing is that everyone knows this but her Her parents are touring the States and while she'll never admit it she has a hard time being on her own She goes to school extra early so she can spend time on her research without intrusion Science is her life and she's not afraid to show itTaffy isn't very forthcoming with her emotions but not because she's been hurt before or because she's damaged That's just how she is As someone who often has trouble emoting I appreciate this It's not that she doesn't care she just doesn't know how to communicate it especially to other people She means well but she can be really brusue and hurts people without intending to or realising it However when this is brought to her attention she will go through a whole lot of trouble to make it rightThat's just Taffy she creates trouble everywhere she goes and she couldn't care less if it's against school policy She easily makes judgements based on appearances but you can tell it's sort of a defence mechanism Her favourite science teacher and friend Van Brenner is worried that her solitary lifestyle will cause her to miss out on many things To prevent this from happening he teams her up with Taylor and Gabe The three of them couldn't be different but they challenge each other and create this awesome dynamic that's filled with hilarious banterTaffy popped a CD in the aftermarket player and ambient electronic music filled the carWhat is this? Gabe saidIt doesn't bother me when I think Taffy said It's not intrusiveI find it soothing Van offered Me too Taylor added Do you have any Metallica? Gabe askedDo you? Taffy askedWhy would I have that on me?If you like it so much you can't sit in someone else's car without it then you should bring it with you at all timesSee? About 90% of their conversations cracked me up I love how passionate Taffy is about science but I have to be honest and say the whole scientific mystery didn't do much for me I primarily read this for the characters and boy did I enjoy reading about them One of the things that impressed me most was how subtle this book was Sometimes things are mentioned offhandedly but never dismissively There was an instance where Taffy drove by a house her father temporarily lived in when her parents had problems and that's the only thought she'll waste on it This reads as very realistic to me Sometimes you're reminded of a certain time of your life in passing but you don't feel the need to dwell on it For the most time we see the story through Taffy's eyes but every once in while the perspective will switch to Taylor or Overboard While I won't deny that these moments are necessary for the development of the story and simultaneously add nice touches to the supporting cast their infreuency made them seem a bit random I wonder if there was a better organic way to incorporate differing POVs but overall it didn't bother meTaffy's sexuality is mentioned very casually I love this Taffy happens to be a lesbian but it's a complete non issue There is no angst over her sexuality and importantly she isn't the only one She doesn't have to go to gay bars to meet a girl On the contrary they are just as omnipresent as heterosexual people Halle freaking lujah She can just walk into a bar and chances are high she'll run into her next one night stand in a matter of minutes I was so happy with the way Post portrayed this as completely normal and mainstream because that is how it should beThe romance between Taffy and Taylor is one of the best I've read to date Their relationship developed very organically It starts from a place of pure attraction lust on Taffy's side and curiosity on Taylor's They get to know each other better and are not afraid to address the other's flaws Both of them grow so much while they're coming to terms with what they have For Taffy this means opening herself up to a meaningful relationship while Taylor is still in the process of accepting her sexuality This is primarily shown and not angsted over There are no big I love yous or even I like yous just a gradually developing relationship that's still going strong by the end of the book Extra Credit Epidemic started out very strong for me I immediately took to Taffy's closed off character and I love how Post gradually showed us her fragile and insecure side The story did lose some of its steam for me towards the end but I like how not everything was neatly wrapped up Unfortunately it didn't captivate me as much as the first 85% However I cannot stress enough how happy Post's treatment of homosexuality made me This is a contemporary I can wholeheartedly recommend This review also appears on The Random Transliterator the epicentre for random thoughts and rambles


  2. says:

    Her name is Taffy Snackerge and its got positive glbt representation ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME


  3. says:

    Please note I had this listed under the wrong genre All Nina Post's books up to this point have been either fantasy or had paranormal elements so I just assumed and stuck on that genre and didn't think to change it before posting Oops Book Info Genre Coming of ageYAReading Level Young Adult FF romantic interestsRecommended for Fans of surreal comedy FF coming of age relationshipsBook Available July 1 2013 from Curiosity uillsTrigger Warnings bullyingMy Thoughts Taffy was my favorite character in the previous book from Nina Post One Ghost per Serving my review linked here where formatting allowed so I was super excited to hear she was featuring in this bookI think a lot of people won't uite understand or appreciate the humor in this one It's not the sort of almost slapstick that Nina Post uses in her Last of the Apocalypse series; it's a sort of surreality shown through the interactions of the characters People who enjoy things like Monty Python's Holy Grail or the TV series will probably like Extra Credit Epidemic A small sample of dialogue with Taffy's mother “How are you? Are you eating? Are you sleeping?”“Don't you think your extraordinarily high expectations could be putting too much pressure on me?” Taffy askedTaffy is such a player and that really amuses me since so often the stereotypical lesbian behavior is “bringing a U Haul for the second date” It also seems so counter to her usual behavior which is to hold everyone at arm's length andor completely ignore them that I have to wonder how she so thoroughly switches on the charm for her pick ups We are never given the details just the information that she did it again Taylor's silly little ditties on her banjo and Gabe's wrestling mask gave them each a fun uirk but their characters were also well developed otherwise which I appreciated I really loved the growth that Taffy showed through the course of the book and the strong team she built with Taylor Gabe and VanThe major problem I had with this was a formatting issue chapters 15 and 16 were mixed up so it went Chapter 14 chapter 16 then chapter 15 which left me very confused until I figured that out because it went from heading into the farm in Ohio to pulling into Taffy's house with everyone mad at Taffy and I having no idea why until I noticed the chapter mix up This was an ARC so hopefully that will be fixed by the time this book is released on July 1 2013Nina Post is a recent addition to my favorite author roster I've read all of her books so far and enjoyed them uite a lot My favorite is “ Danger in Cat World” review linked here where formatting allowedDisclosure I received an ARC e book copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my ownSynopsis Taffy Snackerge is a high school senior who likes doing things her way Gifted in science she'd rather analyze infectious diseases and pick up a girl for the occasional fling than deal with her boring schoolwork or the high school social scene When she notices a surprising number of cases of food poisoning in the area she's eager to dig in and find the causeTo help with the investigation Taffy approaches the only teacher she's ever liked and respected Van Brenner As a former state epidemiologist Van is uniuely ualified to help Taffy get the data and insights that she needs However Van has one condition Taffy needs to work with two other students on the case and she doesn't get to pick themAs the cases start to multiply and the underfunded state health department continues to drag their feet Taffy knows that it's up to her to find out what's making so many people sick But can she learn to work with her two teammates—including a beautiful hyper organized girl who's president of the Young Attachés Club and an emotional overeater who can't go out in public without his lucha libre mask—while still retaining her autonomy? Can the team fend off a snooping assistant principal and step up when the adults let them down? And can they locate the source of the outbreak before it reaches epidemic proportions?


  4. says:

    We're all screwed up fragile sacks of meat overly dependent on a brain and memory structure that we barely understand here on earth for this specific time and possibly never again It's harrowing This was definitely different The plot revolves around a salmonella outbreak The protagonist is Taffy Snackerge a very sarcastic and cynical 17 year old whose goal is to be an epidemiologist hunting down outbreaks around the world She prefers to work on her own considering other people not good enough After she discovers a high number of cases of food poisoning she goes to her science teacher former state epidemiologist to investigateHer agrees to help her on the condition that she works with two other students One of them is Gabe an insecure guy who feels the need to wear a mask in public and Taylor president of the Young Attachés Club who likes to go around with her banjo and is basically very different from Taffy friendly sweet a people personTaffy is also a lesbian and sets her eye on Taylor who of course considers herself straight But this is definitely not a romance the book focuses on the plot on the team investigating the outbreak which includes searching through garbage and hilariously uestioning people and the characters' development with some romance in thereI liked all of the characters even Taffy who's the most 'detached' one And as with many YA this is not very realistic I mean students who of course seemed older investigating an outbreak which felt way too easy? A principal or whatever he was haha who feels almost like a caricature with an irrational hatedislike towards a simple student? A teacher whose emergency contact is a student? but it was entertaining it's written with much humor and doesn't take itself too seriously


  5. says:

    Very funny I really enjoyed this book well written engaging characters and such weird and interesting subject matter epidemiology no less I had a laugh and learned something about public health in the process


  6. says:

    This book has everything without giving too much away it contains a cute ueer girl relationship a bacterial infection epidemic luchador masks several villains an absurd breakfast food concoction almost no violence science y detective work the right combination of silliness and sappyness


  7. says:

    Extra Credit Epidemic — Nina Post 17 chapters June 11 12 2017This was a funky eclectic read It was uniue and came at a great time in my to read list Uniue you say? Well the protagonist was a science girl genius And her story was very nerdy I think this story would really attract WISE girls and if you know that acronym then you are the perfect reader for this storyThe characters worked well together and the protagonist actually grew from where she started at Yea for that This is definitely YA; the way it was written and the romantic scenes are as glossy as those in heterosexual teen stories; I am uite a bit older but still enjoyed the dynamics of the plot I really enjoyed all the secondary characters and was glad the author took the time to tell their backstory It was just the right amount of time spent on them The character names were very funny reminding me of Captain Underpants or other such funny stories that use word play for characters namesAbout the only knock I have on the story is that the fontstype was crazy in places It was italic and a completely different font in some places and that made it hard to read at times I didn't understand if there was a reason they were italicized out not Both my iPhone and laptop had this issue so I’m guessing it was done on purpose by the author That was distracting and unfortunate for this reader Also there were a few typosgrammatical errorspunctuation issues; not many but they did stand outOverall a fast and enjoyable read I like the artwork used to illustrate the chaptersI could see myself reading another Taffy adventure but only if Taylor is still in the picture Four stars


  8. says:

    Nut cases solve a nut caseA very eccentric cast A hopefully unrealistic case


  9. says:

    Taffy Snackerge is a minor character in Nina Post's One Ghost Per Serving and though she doesn't feature prominently in the book she's one of Post's standout characters For this reason alone I was delighted to learn Post was writing a book with Taffy as the main character—and even delighted that I got to read it early so note this review is based on a non final draft of the book Extra Credit Epidemic Post's first foray into YA is without a doubt her best book The plot is tighter the characterization richer and the humor funnier than anything she's ever written The book is aimed at a YA audience but should be reuired reading for one and allTaffy Snackerge is a high school genius She's knows what she wants knows how to get it and suffers no fools When she finds herself in a bit of trouble her science teacher and confidant Van Brenner gives her the only type of assignment she has no aptitude for a group assignment Though seething at the prospect of having to do anything with other people Taffy can't resist the opportunity to investigate a mysterious salmonella outbreak plaguing her town and so she acuiesces Eventually learning to work as a team she and the Jamesville Four attempt to track down the source of the outbreak and expose whoever's behind itThough there are a lot of books that tackle the virtue of teamwork this is one I'd recommend to teenagers like me Though Taffy displays some truly outrageous behavior at least I hope no one would read this and say Taffy is to a T exactly like me her struggles are relatable to people who absolutely despised group work in school because they knew for a fact that no one else could possibly do as good a job as they could by themselves because everyone else simply wasn't as smart and it's galling to have to delegate any responsibilities to these morons and it's totally unfair that your grade is in any way based on what they in their incompetence manage to doNot that that was meNo truly I got better mostlyAnyway for teens that find this feeling familiar I think ECE does a fairly good job arguing in favor of compromise and teamwork There are pros and cons; it can work with effort At the very least it should prove therapeutic to realize that others have experienced the same angstThat aside though this is one of the funniest books I've ever read I defy you to read the fourth chapter of this book and not laugh out loud which is what I tried and failed to do as it was late and my wife was asleep In fact I just went back and reread the section I was thinking of Still laughing Ms Post knows funnyIn addition it's nice to read a YA book whose main character is a lesbian without that be the primary focus of the book Taffy is out and accepted by her parents and her sexuality isn't even really a topic of discussion She is who she is It's an authorial decision which I think only makes sense in a 21st century world but well that's where we are and this is where fiction should be headed There will always be a place for characters who are exploring their own interiority be it sexuality gender ethnicity spirituality or any of the other important facets of one's identity—someone very much like Taylor Taffy's love interest in fact but it's refreshing to see characters who've answered these uestions for themselves and who can go through the world as confident humans beings comfortable in their own skin who happen to be homosexualAgain Extra Credit Epidemic is YA but I'd recommend it to all readers It's as much as fun as you can possibly have with a virulent outbreak of salmonella and you won't regret it and will also learn a bit about identifying and avoiding salmonella uite useful though I won't stop eating at restaurants


  10. says:

    Taffy Snackerge cares about nothing than being a scientist She is pretty much a social reject perfectly content to lock herself away in a lab and do her own thing When she notices an increasing number of salmonella outbreaks in the area she starts digging for data and investigating the origin She heads straight to her mentor and favorite teacher Van Brenner He was an epidemiologist for the state Taffy’s dream job and agrees to help her with the investigation but only if she meets one condition — she must work with two other students He insists upon it only because she’s a loner and he doesn’t want her to go to college with zero social skills After careful consideration she hesitantly agrees to his condition As with any good book there are those that want to hinder her progress mainly the assistant principal or deputy principal as he likes to be addressed Phil Overboard He can’t wait to put Taffy in her place for thinking she’s far superior to everyone else His shenanigans are downright scandalous and could ruin everything for Taffy including her future at Penn StateYou know how when you read a synopsis a picture begins to form in your mind about how you think the book will be? Yeah I thought I had this book all figured out after reading the blurb WRONG It’s nothing like you think it will be it’s actually FAR BETTER After the first chapter I thought “What kind of lunacy is this?” I’m pretty sure a few things went over my head at first but before long I was fluent in Nina Post Taffy Snackerge is a brilliant uirky snarky Science nerd — minus the nerd really who likes to uote The Dead Milkmen and also shares an appreciation for one of my favorite movies The Big Lebowski She reminds me of Ellen Page in Juno but maybe with a supplement of crack I’m kidding of course but she’s absolutely crazy and I’m totally smitten Taffy speaks to everyone as if they have limited intelligence but she does it with such flare you just can’t stop yourself from loving her characterExtra Credit Epidemic made me chuckle then giggle and after a while I was full out belly laughing I don’t recall ever being so amused by a book I read some parts than once not because I was distracted but so I could keep the snickering momentum going I thoroughly enjoyed the character arcs All three students in their group — Taffy Gabe and even Taylor — though hers was subtle make some remarkable changes The friendship bonds created are extremely touching and I found myself wishing I didn’t have to say goodbye This awesome story is one that everyone can enjoy and is one that I will add to my re read list and you all know I don’t usually read a book than once This book deserves a double rating of ten stars in my opinion I recently learned that Taffy Snackerge is in another of Nina’s books though not a main character Suee Taffy