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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Girls dressing up as boys are a staple of Shakespeare and teen historical fiction. The device works in this likable modern comedy even though it sometimes strains readers' suspension of disbelief. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Rowan writes an advice column about relationships for her school paper. While "Dr. Aphrodite" is wildly popular, she's accused of only supporting the girls' points of view and telling them what they want to hear. When she learns about the Story of the Year Award for investigative reporting, she decides to go undercover as "Nat" at a local boys' academy for a week to discover how the other half thinks. She hits bottom socially but, after she's discovered cavorting with her two girl friends in a theater storage room, she's considered a "player." Meanwhile, she falls for her roommate, Emilio, a sensitive guy who opens up to her thinking she's a he. The plotline gets more absurd as Emilio sets Nat up with his sister. Natalie is unmasked by a theater rival whom she upstages while appearing as herself and pretending to be Nat's cousin. At first, Emilio is unforgiving but all's well that ends well. Natalie flubs up so much as a boy, it's hard to imagine that she doesn't get caught earlier. She endures plenty of guy nudity and grossness as well. The conclusions she draws in her article are thought-provoking but heavy-handed. Natalie and Emilio are well-rounded, appealing characters, and this book will challenge girls' perceptions about the opposite sex even as they enjoy a quick humorous read.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jody Gehrman is a Betty of all trades. She writes novels for adults, is a playwright, an actress, and a singer-songwriter. This is her first foray into young adult literature. She lives in Potter Valley, California.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142420840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142420843
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I LOVED this book, but I was unsure of how to rate it, so I settled for a common ground.

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!
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“If he’s just not into you anymore, then buy yourself a cute pair of shoes and strut your fabulousness elsewhere.”
― 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.
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Here you have the story of Natalie, or Nat as she becomes when she infiltrates an all boys' school to get a great story for her high school paper. Normally, she writes an advice column for the girls at her school. When she gets called out on not really understanding boys at all, she comes up with the idea of getting into the minds of boys by becoming one. Sound relatively familiar? I thought so too.

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.
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Oh my gosh, what a joy this was to read! Jody Gehrman is now on my "Authors to Watch" list and as soon as I'm done typing, I'm going to cyber stalk her to see what she's writing next! Okay, maybe "Stalking" is a little strong, but you get my point.

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.
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Although I read this book equate the movie "She's the man" on many reviews, I still had some expectation for this book (what's wrong with me?). Seeing as the story has a different scheme--interesting and catchy--I figured it'd be a little different. Wrong! If I hadn't seen the movie, I'd probably enjoy this book a lot better. There was nothing fresh about this book. It wasn't gripping but it wasn't dull either. However, the writing was easy to read and it flows effortlessly.

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.
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