Mar 23, 2012

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci

Boy Proof
Author:  Cecil Castellucci
Publisher:  Candlewick Press
Publication Date:  February 17th 2005

From Goodreads:

What happens when an antisocial cinephile meets up with the worldly new guy at school - a quick-witted artist who's savvy enough to see through her sci-fi disguise?

Meet Egg.  Her real name is Victoria Jurgen, but she's renamed herself after the kick-ass heroine of her favorite sci-fi movie, Terminal Earth.  Like her namesake, Egg dresses all in white, colors her eyebrows, and shaves her head.  She always knows the right answer, she's always in control, and she's far too busy- taking photos for the school paper, meeting with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, and hanging out at the creature shop with her dad, the special effects makeup wizard- to be bothered with friends, much less members of the opposite sex.  As far as Egg is concerned, she's boy proof, and she likes it that way.  But then Egg meets a boy named Max, a boy who's smart and funny and creative and cool....and happens to like Egg.  Could this be the end of the world-at least as Egg knows it?


Boy Proof is effin great! Seriously 208 pages of awesomeness.

Victoria Jurgen is a great character.  She starts off very judgmental of others, and really not sure of herself.  She takes on the persona  and name of her favorite character Egg from her favorite sci-fi movie, Terminal Earth even donning a cloak.  She keeps people at a distance never wanting to give anyone a chance to get close to her.  With the help of the new guy Max she realizes that it's okay to be herself.  I love how much Egg grows throughout the story.  She starts peeling off these layers, slowly revealing herself to her peers, and the readers.  What can I say, I love Egg!

Ms. Castellucci's writing is wonderful.  Straight to the point with great pacing.  I felt the story constantly moving.  The progression of Victoria's changes is done in such a way that I was excited to see who Victoria really was behind the whole Egg persona.  Boy Proof is so much more than just a girl meets boy story, it's about one finding themselves and being happy with who they are.  It's about possibilities and being open to them.  It's about taking a chance on people.

I really can't say enough great things about Boy Proof.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow this sounds really good and I haven't even heard of it before!? What the heck!? I love that cover too it's very eye catching. Great review Melissa!


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