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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312333765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312333768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up This book is earthy and crude, but intensely honest. A nameless girl at Midvale Academy suddenly and inexplicably finds herself inside the head of 15-year-old Gideon, a new student at the Connecticut prep school. Hearing his thoughts gives her a unique understanding of how the mind of an intelligent but hormone-ruled boy works. Gid's wealthy, handsome, and popular roommates, Cullen and Nicholas, attempt to help him adjust, pointing out the hottest girls. Recognizing that he is limited in his coolness factor, they pick a girl who's not the top of the heap and bet on whether Gideon will be able to have sex with her before Halloween. The lucky girl is Molly McGarry. It's a shame, Gideon thinks, because although she is cute and smart, she's not his first pick; he's set his sights on beautiful, oozing-with-sexuality Pilar Benitez-Jones, who has indicated that she'll take him on, any time, any place. But a bet's a bet, and Gideon is excited about fulfilling the terms since he's still a virgin. The conceit sometimes makes it difficult to tell who's actually thinking, Gid or the girl, but if readers can get past this issue, the story works on many levels. There's a tremendous amount of pot smoking, drinking, and sneaking out at night, making the story most appropriate for older teens. The humor, well-developed characters, and fast-moving plot make the book deserving of shelf space, and teens will enjoy figuring out the identity of the narrator, who is revealed at the end. Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
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Gr. 9-12. "Everything you've ever wondered about what guys think (and feared about what they want), I'm going to tell you," says the anonymous narrator. And she does--every kind, gentle, anxious, sordid, crazy, vindictive, sexy thought that goes through 15-year-old Gideon Rayburn's head is channeled through the narrator's pen, a fellow student at Midvale, a Massachusetts prep school. We never learn her identity, only that she is one of the beautiful girls about whom Gid fantasizes. The mysterious voice is a clever device and part of the book's charm, but it's also part of its problem. It's easy to forget that Gid's brain is running through a female filter, so when that female viewpoint appears, usually in a funny comment at male expense, it can be jarring. Still, the book will be an easy sell. Gid is the kind of truly nice guy most girls want guys to be: sensitive, funny, and a bit lusty. And average nice guys will relate to Gid's worries about popularity and girls. Lots of fun and food for thought. Frances Bradburn
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I was intrigued with the plot of the book.
Yalitza
Good book, fast read would recommend to friends also had the book The Other Girl that was a continuance of this book.
Kimberly Williams
And personally, the font used in the book, and the paragraph spacing was perfect.
L. Bailey

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Doyle on May 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The premise of this novel grabbed me: the narrator is a girl who knows everything that the title character Gideon is thinking. It's a creative and funny way to explore the simple fact that, really, most of the time girls are ahead of boys in knowing what the really want! It's kindof like "Being John Malkovitch" - except here Malkovitch is a teenage boy who finds himself at a prep school surrounded by boys and girls way cooler (and richer) than he is. And the girl inside his head is a mystery - someone in his world, but who? Miller pulls no punches, she gets right up in there, taking on the awful years of sorting out how and where we fit in the world. Not only do I recommend this book to teens, I recommend it to grown-ups looking for a smart and funny read. It'll take you back (and make you glad you don't have to GO back!).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By judy holliday on May 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
reading this book is like being on a joy ride - hijaking the psyche of the boy you were crushed out on at school. or should have been crushed out on. gideon is hilarious, and sarah miller is a genius. i've already loaned this book to my best friend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Franny Dear on June 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really loved this book. The characters are well developed and very realistic. Gideon isn't perfect but that is what makes him so lovable. Sarah Miller truly captures the spirit of being a teenager in this day and age. Her narrator has a funny, refreshingly sarcastic sense of humor but still maintains a carefully hopeful attitude throughout the book. It is a light, fun read that will have you looking forward to the next book the talented Ms. Miller puts out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Billy Morrissette on May 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You'll feel trapped in a 10 x10 dorm room with hysterically frightening roomates, desperately following them to parties. I know it's the cliche of cliches but I honestly didn't put it down. The characters are so specific and fun. It's a smart, witty, anti-coming of age story....Jesus, I sound like a f***ing book jacket-but I swear it's all true...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Capalla on May 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from a friend and I absolutely loved it. Gideon is so funny and I think anyone who reads this book will be easily entertained for an afternoon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a boy name Gideon Rayburn, and about how he moves to a new school, the Connecticut Prep School, and his room mates are two very popular boys called Cullen and Nicholas, and they find out that Gid is a virgin, and so to make him cool, they point out hot girls he could lose his virginity to. They make a bet: if he loses his virginity to Molly McGarry, Cullen and Nicholas have to do what Gid says, but if not, then he has to do what they say. So then Gideon then meets Pilar, one of the best-looking girls in school who hints that she wants to take him on any time, so he wants to forget about the bet, but he realizes that he likes Molly, too.

I really enjoyed reading this book, Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn, because it shows how the male mind works when they are fifteen. However, there were some parts in this novel that I did not like, for example, when Gideon was alienated because basically everyone else was a druggie. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get into a teenage boy's mind at work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on February 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Being inside the mind of a boy is every teen girl's dream. It's the perfect solution to finally understand what they are thinking and why they do what they do. In INSIDE THE MIND OF GIDEON RAYBURN, a female narrator (whose identity remains a mystery until the end of the novel) wakes up one morning and hears the thoughts of Gideon Rayburn echoing around her head. And there's nothing she can do but listen and learn.

INSIDE THE MIND OF GIDEON RAYBURN takes place at a fancy New England prep school, and Gideon is a new kid from Virginia who feels like a fish out of water. The other students are all rich and good looking and from exotic places. Gideon is only there because his father got him in on "a favor." In an attempt to bond with his two roommates, Nick and Cullen, Gideon tells them a story about his girlfriend, a yellow thong, and nearly losing his virginity.

Hearing the story, Nick and Cullen come up with "the bet" involving the sassy Molly McGarry and a Halloween deadline. Gideon gets to know Molly especially when they share a Spanish class project and starts to like the feisty girl who hails from "the McGarry's of Buffalo, New York," a not-so-exotic place either.

Gideon finds himself distracted from "the bet" and pleasing his roommates when the sexy Pilar Benitz-Jones begins paying attention to him. Molly might be cute and sassy, but if Gideon could snag Pilar, it would be "legendary."

INSIDE THE MIND OF GIDEON RAYBURN puts a twist on the typical prep school novel with the mysterious narrator hearing Gideon's thoughts and telling the story through these thoughts. This device leads to many elements of humor, especially when the narrator makes fun of Gideon for his thoughts about girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What would happen if you could see inside the mind of a boyfriend? A mystery girl who sees in Gideon's mind can - and she tells of a clueless boy who flunks his way into a fancy prep school in New England, only to face cute, feisty girls who vie for his attention. The focus on his thoughts throughout provides an unusual, compelling story.
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