Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Natalie writes an advice column for her school newspaper. Working under the alias Dr. Aphrodite, she gives advice to teenage girls about how to deal with their current, future or past boyfriends. It isn’t until she receives a backlash of comments from angry or just annoyed guys about Dr. Aphrodite’s one-sided advice that Natalie realizes she knows almost nothing about love, and even less about guys. She decides to write an undercover story, and transforms herself into Nat Rogers, and enrolls in the all-boy school in town. It is there she meets Emilio, and her tricky role becomes even more unstable.
This was a very cute, light-hearted read. Natalie is a great character, down to earth and very likable. I really enjoyed Natalie’s experiences, many times I was laughing out loud at some crazy thing that is happening to her, but the best part of the book is her learning that guys and girls really aren’t so different. They may say different things, and behave in different ways – but both act differently with different people, and are expected to behave a certain way. Jody Gehrman really touches on one of the main problems between guys and girls, how we put on a show for the opposite sex thinking that it will make them like us better. From afar it looks like some kookie flamingo dance (my words, not the authors).
I loved the happy ending. Well, let’s face it, I love happily endings period, but Emilio was too sexy and nice to leave unattached and confused. Plus, it’s always nice to get the warm and fuzzies when everything works out, right?
Like I said, this was a cute book. No award winning material here or ground breaking or even a new concept – but it was entertaining and fun. So many crazy situations and conversations that make you want to groan or laugh out loud. It leaves you wanting to go cut your hair and try it for yourself (I do not, however, recommend it!)