|Babe in Boyland|
by Jody Gherman
Released: Feb 17, 2011
Summary: Natalie (or Dr. Aphrodite) is a columnist for her school newspaper--giving students relationship advice. People (mainly guys) begin to complain about her advice saying she only tells girls what they want to hear. She decides to take this as her calling and goes undercover as "Nat" to find out how guys really think. Natalie plans on spending an entire week at Underwood Academy, a all-boys private boarding school to answer the questions that girls want to know:
1) When you say you're going to call and you don't, what happened?
2) Why are you so different when your friends are around? Which one is the real you?
3) What do you really look for in a girl?
4) Is it true that guys think about sex every eight seconds, or is that just a myth?
5)What's the surest way to tell the difference between a guy who's being sincere and one who's just looking to score?
6) What can make you lose interest in a girl overnight?
7) If you won't talk about your feelings, how are we supposed to know what they are?
During her time at Underwood, she meets some new and interesting guys including her roommate, Emilio, who she falls for. Will she be able to pull this off or this end up being a huge disaster?
My Thoughts: Reminds me of She's the Man.
What I liked: Natalie, the protagonist is my favorite part of the book. She's quirky, funny, witty, clever, awkward as a boy, and just a really likable character. I thought the story was very entertaining and I didn't want to put this book down. I think the fun really starts when Natalie starts school at Underwood, that is when hilarity ensues. I just found this book laugh-out-loud funny. Gehrman's writing style is fantastic, I enjoyed the dialogue exchange between the characters and it's a page turner.
What I disliked: There wasn't anything I really disliked. I just wish the ending would give us more, but other than that it's great.
Conclusion: It's a fun light read. For some reason, this reminded me of Anna & the French Kiss in a way because of the writing, protagonist, and silliness. (E.g. when Natalie gets nervous around Emilio and some awkward moments).This is one of those laugh-out-loud type books.