Dec 9, 2011

Book Review: Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Babe in Boyland
Author:  Jody Gehrman
Publisher:  Dial
Publication Date:  February 17th 2011

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 a 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?


The Plot:  

One of my favorite movies is She's the Man starring Amanda Bynes, Babe in Boyland reminded me of the movie.  Yeah, some situations are so far-fetched that they could possibly bother some, but it's all fun.  Babe in Boyland is just reading entertainment, it's not thought provoking or suppose to move you in any way.  I laughed reading the numerous situations Natalie got herself into, also cringed but in a good way during some parts.  Being a guy would be hard..seriously.

The Characters:

Natalie is a normal girl who hasn't found love but feels she knows the basics of romance and love that she could be Dr. Aphrodite, her high school's under cover love advice guru.  I really enjoyed Natalie, she is down to earth and approachable.  Her relationship with her friends are great, and I loved the sections that only involved Natalie and her two best friends conversing.  The main protagonist's crush is perfect.  Emilio is everything you would want in a guy as a teenager.  He's good looking, hard working and compassionate.  I am totally digging him.

The Setting:

Most of Babe in Boyland takes place around both Natalie's High School and the all boy's school, Underwood Academy, she attends posing as a guy.  Interesting reading about the social circles at Underwood Academy.  I figured girls are way cattier than boys, but maybe we aren't so different in those matters.  

Final Thoughts:

I would recommend reading Babe in Boyland if you are looking for a fluff read, and especially if you love the movie She's the Man.

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