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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman
Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman "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?"- summary from Amazon
Even though the concept is a bit unbelievable, that didn't really bother me that much. This is a really cute, funny book and I love this sort-of updated version of Twelfth Night. Plus, any inclusion of theatre gets me excited too. Gehrman is a wonderful writer and she does a great job writing friendships and relationships between the sexes. The dialogue is always realistic and with tons of humor thrown in.
This is a fast read too. I went through it in less than a day. Natalie's journey is just so compelling and fun that I didn't want to put the book down. The romance is also very juicy, fun, and realistic (well, as realistic as it can get with the MC dressed as a boy for the majority of the novel).
Overall, Gehrman has a great new YA book that is sure to please her old fans and gain her some new ones. Such a good read!
FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.
I'm a 30 year old male who started a book blog over on Myspace back in June 2007. I have since moved completely to Blogspot as of July 2009- feel free to follow me on here! I mainly review YA books, but will also do the occasional MG or adult title, as well as interview authors and sometimes have them guest blog.