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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Review: Babe In Boyland By Jody Gehrman

 Babe In Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Genre: Young Adult/ Contemporary.
Publisher: Dial.
Rating: 3.0 stars/ B.

Summary: 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 was sent this book from the author herself Jody, thank you! And immediately loved the cover. It was so beautiful. With the way she has the mistash on her finger, it represents the book well. The story is about a girl named Natalie who has her own relationship column which seems to be going down hill when everyone starts criticising her work for they think she writes what they want to hear. So to get back in the good books of her school fans and to win the newspaper article competition she decides to go under cover to a guys private school, as 'Nat' a boy, and get answers from the boys at Underwood Academy about what boys really want. But along the way she meets new friends and a boy that she actually finds herself falling for.

First impressions was the film Shes the man. And when reading this book I had that vibe to it aswell. I think I would of enjoyed this book allot more if I had never watched that film. But saying that Shes the man is one of my favourite all time films. It just annoyed me in parts because some of the scenes going on were actually like the film and even some of the comments they made were the same. It annoyed me a little because I found myself thinking has this story been written from certain parts of the film.

I did enjoy the whole idea of her going undercover though. I really liked how her friends helped her get in and how hard it was to be a completely different agenda. This book was very funny and I did laugh in certain places. I like how we got to see how boys act totally different to relationships and situations to girls and how sometimes girls are way to paranoid over things and should take a step back and think first.

The relationship between Natalie and Emilio was cute yet strange all at the same time. I felt myself enjoying it and not liking it all together. It was cute but then I kept thinking Emilio's connecting with someone he thinks is a boy.. so it was just hard to place and love at certain times. I also wanted more background on him. I felt we didn't know him as well as we could have done, just that he wasnt orignally from America but from Mexico and maybe that's where their relationship would of connected more.

I did love the ending though. I felt it ended really sweet and the way it would in a movie. If you are looking for a light summer read then I definitely recommend this book.

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