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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BBReview: "Babe in Boyland" By Jody Gehrman and Question of the Moment 43

From Goodreads.com
*Question of the Moment is at the bottom*

Genre: Young Adult -Contempoary
Publishing Date: February 17th, 2011
Page Count: 292
Source: Borrowed from local library
Format: Hardcover


Description from Goodreads:
When high school junior Natalie - or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper - is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won't give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected - especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?

Review:
I am kind of wishy washy on this novel, because there were somethings about this novel that i really loved or enjoyed and others that were just unrealistic and didn't make sense. I really liked the story as a whole and the only thing about the ending that i didn't like was that it ended, i wanted to know more about what was going to happen now. I also really, really loved the beginning and was very drawn in by it, because it was humorous and made you wonder how everything was going to turn out. As far as the characters i really liked them and liked that they weren't all cookie cutter characters and actually had some depth and some different sides to them, like normal human beings. I also really liked the idea of everything, but felt that the beginning of Natalie's plan was rushed. For example, she cut her hair before she even found out if she was going to be able to pull off the plan. I though that was nuts.

I think that some of the things that Natalie did were a little unrealistic, but made a good story and sometimes i found myself wanting to hit her upside the head and say "Why would you do that!". I think she should have just told Emilio who she really was. I don't think she should have done it in the beginning, because it made some really interesting things happen and i especially wouldn't want the swimming scene to be re-written haha, but i think she should have told him before the school play or at least after.

Overall:
I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the beginning middle and end, but found some of the events or details to be a little unrealistic or maybe just too crazy. I think they did make a good story, though, so i understand why Jody would write it that way. I loved that the characters each had different sides to them, like what Natalie was trying to prove through this crazy plan, and enjoyed reading the things they got themselves into. I recommend this to those who want a good laugh, but also a really good story.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 31/2 /5

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Question of the Moment 43

Would you ever go undercover or pretend to be someone else to find something out?

Nope. I don't think i would or even could, because i would be too worried the entire time. I would end up giving up and quitting due to fear. I am a pessimist so i only think of the bad outcomes and that would be all that would run through my head.  I would be too worried about blowing my cover, what these people would think of me afterward, and random other things that would pop in my head and scare the crap out of me. i would have to tell at least one of the people in the group that i was undercover in what was going on, because i would need to have some kind of security blanket in case anything happened.

So could you be a "Babe in Boyland"? Let me know in the comments below =]

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