Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Review: Babe In Boyland - 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?

Oh my gosh this book was so funny, seriously there were so many scenes where I was laughing out loud, I ended up re-reading a lot of them. When you have a girly-girl dressing up as a boy, staying at an all boys school and it's written by Jody Gehrman of course it's going to be funny.

The whole plot is pretty inconceivable but it's so much fun to read that you just have to go with it. Natalie gets herself into so many hilarious situations and has to improvises some impressive lies to get out of them. The cute shoes exchange with the secretary seriously cracked me up and Natalie's attempts at street slang and Emilio's reaction to it was so funny, but if you want to know more about all that you'll have to read the book. Speaking of Emilio, he was so great, you end up really rooting for him and Natalie. Another thing I enjoyed about this book were the friendships, whether it be with Natalie's two best girlfriends or the the new guy friends she makes, it shows you how great things can be if you just have your friends. I love the trend of YA novels to use the backdrop of theatre, it gives that added drama.

It is so cute at how Natalie tries so hard in a really misguided way. No matter how she goes about things she has good intentions at heart. The plot is quite predictable, you can see the disastrous situations coming from a mile off but it is so funny to watch Natalie getting into them and then trying to get herself out of them. The article she writes at the end was perfect, it shows that even though she might not have achieved quite what she thought she was going to her experiences really do make a difference and she really does grow up a lot. I liked that although it was a light, fluffy, funny book it had a serious message in there too.

If you haven't read them yet I recommend you read her Triple Shot Betty books, which combine the same heart and hilariousness Jody Gehrman writes.

That's all for now.

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