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Babe in Boyland Paperback – February 16, 2012
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I got to admit I regularly don't read books like these, mostly because I feel I've read my fair share of them. And when I mean this kind, I mean the fluffy, high school books. But I felt I understood Natalie from the start because I sometimes questioned myself the same things she did & felt similarly like her. I obviously never went to the same extent as she for I barely survived the questioning part.
Regardless of all that, I must admit I loved the story. It was incredibly clichéish & silly at times, but it was fun to read about. Jody Gehrman took a cliché, gave it some latin spice and a tiny bit of swearing in spanish & Babe in Boyland was born. I found myself laughing at times all alone in my room. It was sweet, innocent and great to read about.
Still some clichés made me want to scream at loud, hence my rate. So, anyway DON'T listen to me and think it will suck a bit, but DO listen to me and read it. I swear it WILL surprise you!
― Jody Gehrman, Babe in Boyland
This was such a feel-good book. So light and very funny. I giggled through out Natalie's journey. Without ruining the journey and giving away all the "secrets," I can say that it was much more enlightening then I thought it would be. You really do get the answers that you would wonder as a young girl about boys. Maybe not straight forward, but through your own "investigation" shall we say. It's funny how many things are so apparent if we would only "look" at them. I will read this book again and I will hope to enjoy the re-entry of the journey as much as the first time. I would really recommend this book, it's a delightful, lighthearted read.
This was a quick and very predictable read. It pretty much follows along with all other stories/movies that have a similar plot. Of course there has to be a boy she falls for as well. Her secret has to be revealed somehow at the end (I won't tell you whether she gets figured out, called out, or reveals her secret herself.) Then she has to deal with everyone knowing she lied to them.
I wasn't bored while reading this, as it went so fast, but like I said, I knew what was going to happen. There were absolutely no surprises whatsoever. The writing was good. I wouldn't mind reading another book by this author. Sometimes I really am in the mood for cute, girlie teen reads, and she seems to write them well. So, cute story, but nothing original at all. If you like girl dresses as boy, falls for boy who thinks she is a boy and has no interest in her, things happen, she goes back to being a girl stories, then this would be a fun one to read. If you haven't ever seen those types of movies, then it would definitely be fun to read. It is definitely a teen book. Usually, those are right up my alley. For a change, I might just be showing my age (not a teen) in my feelings for it.
I have to add, there are a couple big high school parties involving drinking. Nothing I thought was out of line, and no one being super bad by any means, but it was there. Most people, especially teens, have no problem with this. It didn't affect my review in the slightest. But I do like to put that in there for any parents who are against it.
So the premise noted for the book does a pretty good job of summing up the plot. Actually, when I popped open the book I was half expecting to read something similar to that cheesy 80's flick Just One of The Guys (for those of you who haven't seen it, you're not missing much). Thankfully, this novel never degenerating into that madcap, hokey, over the top kind of cliched story. In fact, it was charming and hysterical and, at times, very poignant.
Nat/Natalie was a wonderful character, as were her BFF's Chloe and Darcy, and her love interest Emilio. Each individual character had a distinct voice that was all their own and even the peripheral characters were endearing and charming. I could not recommend this book more. My only caveat is, there is occasional strong language. While this doesn't bother me, it may not be appropriate for the under 16 ilk.
I'm not a fan of this book because Nat--or Natalie--wasn't likeable. Yeah, sure, she made me laugh here and there, but humor alone doesn't make a book. I had a hard time figuring out if she was nice or rude, popular or nerd, sweet or confident! She wasn't hard to figure out, but she was just dry without good traits, and I lost desire to know her better. I didn't give the book a second thought after wards. I had no connection with Natalie/Nat--or any of the characters.
Initially, all of her decisions were impulsive. Ideas kept coming to her, and she decided she wanted to attend boy's school. This might look plausible if it was a movie--it was for She's the man--but not for a book. I wasn't surprised or shocked when someone point out something weird about her. Additionally, I was hoping to see the answers for Natalie's questions throughout the book instead of all at once, at the end. Instead of developing the real story--studying guys in general, that is--the book was mostly about Natalie's manifestation and her battle to fit in(even if I know they're as important as the real story, it'd make the story interesting to let us know in a subtle way), and she, drooling over Emilio (her roommate).
Natalie and Emilio's relationship doesn't make a lot sense let alone feel the connection.Read more ›
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