Sunday, November 17, 2013

Babe in Boyland by, Jody Gehrmen























 

 

Summary:

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? (Via Goodreads.com)

 

Pages: 292

 

Release Date: February 17th 2011

 

Review: 

     After reading both Allegiant and Champion, I needed a break. Not from books in general, but series and trilogies. Both of those books had me in information overload and I was having trouble keeping things straight, so I needed a break. I had said in my Champion review that I would be reading Never Fade next but like I said I need a break. Instead, I picked up Babe in Boyland which was light and fluffy, exactly what I needed. I will continue reading single novels until November 19th, next Tuesday, which is the release date of The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. I have been anticipating that release since July when I finished The Indigo Spell. But after The Fiery Heart I will most likely read Never Fade.
     Back to the book at hand. Since Babe in Boyland's release in 2011, I have wanted to read it. I recently bought a hardcover of it at Ollie's for only $1.99, which I could hardly pass up. I am glad that I did only purchased the book for $1.99, it was a decent book and I may reread it, but I would not have wanted to pay $20 for it.
     When Natalie's best friend, Chloe entered for the first scenes I could picture myself as her. Not by appearance but some of her characteristics. We both have that deep sassy side but I can lose it if I want to, unlike Chloe. She is like that 24/7. Some of the things Chloe came out with reminded me of what I would say in certain situations. Another trait we had in common was our determination. When Chloe and Natalie were debating whether Josh actually loved Chloe or not, Chloe was determined to win the argument. I am that same way, but I have yet to argue over a guy and I hope to keep it that way.
     The basics of the novel is Natalie Rowan poses as a guy, Nat Rogers, and goes undercover at an all boy boarding school in town, Underwood Academy, to get the insight on how boys really think. It was conducted to save her Dr. Aphrodite love column for her school newspaper and to win 'Story of the Year'. That plan was named operation 'Babe in Boyland' hence the title of the novel. It was thought up by Natalie, and her best friends Chloe and Darcy who happened to be a part of the school play Underwood was hosting.
     How Natalie acted throughout her time spent at Underwood as Nat she should have been figured out. Not that I know boys better but some of the things she did or said was not something I had ever heard from a guy. Like her obsessive use of "oh my god" and so forth. Her male acting was inaccurate. 
     I like that Natalie realized that both of her friends, Chloe and Darcy, acted different around guys than they did around her. I could not agree with her more, I see my friends like that all the time. They claim that a boy will never change them, but it always happens. Guys tend to do the same as well.
     I automatically knew that Emilio and Natalie would end up together. Right off the bat when Natalie started crushing on him, as well as the first time she said about how hot he was, I knew he was going to be the love interest. As well as the love interest was Natalie's roommate at Underwood, it did not shock me.
     Though I did not think that Emilio would try to set Natalie up with his sister, Erica. I thought it was an interesting, funny and an unexpected plot twist. 
     Overall, Babe in Boyland had its funny moments and was a quick read. It fulfilled its purpose of a filler read until The Fiery Heart by, Richelle Mead is released. I probably will not reread the book but one of my friend wants to borrow it because I told her some of the funny quotes. I would not highly recommend Babe In Boyland but if you need a quick, light, fluffy, filler read, I would suggest it.
~Casey

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