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Boyology: A Teen Girl's Crash Course in All Things Boy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by K. Osborn Sullivan for TeensReadToo.com

Just like the title says, BOYOLOGY is a "crash course," although it's more of a crash course in dating, rather than boys in general. For instance, if you want to know what a "safety" is in football so you can have a conversation with your brother on a Sunday afternoon, ...
Just like the title says, BOYOLOGY is a "crash course," although it's more of a crash course in dating, rather than boys in general. For instance, if you want to know what a "safety" is in football so you can have a conversation with your brother on a Sunday afternoon, then this book is not what you're looking for. However, if you want to figure out whether your brother's friend is flirting with you while you're all watching Sunday afternoon football, then this is the book for you.

Before we go any further, I must offer a clarification: Where I'm from, teenage males are not referred to as "boys." They are "guys." For me, the word "boy" conjures up images of dimpled 5-year-olds with gaps where their front teeth should be. The only people around here who call teenagers "boys" are school principals. This is doubtless just a regional difference, so if you're from Chicago like I am, just mentally substitute the word "guy" for "boy" when you're reading BOYOLOGY (i.e. GUYOLOGY). Please don't let that little objection turn you off from this book, because it has a lot of good advice to offer about boys or guys or whatever you call them.

BOYOLOGY contains a great deal of useful information for teenage girls who are trying to find their way around the confusing world of crushes and dating. While much of the advice might be things you have heard before in one form or another, it's nice to have it reinforced by a neutral third-party (i.e. someone who's not your mom or your minister). For instance, the book tells girls to be themselves and establish their physical boundaries before things get hot and heavy. There are also plenty of things that you probably haven't heard before, including fun date ideas for couples or groups, step-by-step instructions on how to kiss, and a quiz to see if you're a good date or not.

The book is optimistic, by which I mean that it spends relatively little time on the "What if he's not into you?" scenarios, and many more pages on successful flirting, dating, and becoming a couple. The author balances her approach by offering not only the fun side of dating, but also worthwhile safety information. She points out the importance of letting your parents know if you're "seeing" someone online, as well as how to avoid and, if necessary, deal with sexual assault. I recommend her tip on taking a minute to program a taxi service phone number into your cell phone so you can always get home safely. The book even has a chapter at the end about breaking up. You might never need tips on maintaining your dignity when running into the ex and his new girlfriend, but when you do need them, they're worth their weight in gold.

The book doesn't just offer the author's perspective. It has words of wisdom from celebrities, like Daniel Radcliffe and Zac Efron, and it provides advice from actual teenagers (lots of them boys/guys) who have "been there, done that." Even the author's husband (who used to be a boy/guy) chimes in from time to time.

Read the full review at www.teensreadtoo.com!

posted by TeensReadToo on April 10, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

To i need help asap

I think you should go for it and if he dosen't feel the same wway just say you were dared by your firend

posted by Anonymous on December 22, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    To i need help asap

    I think you should go for it and if he dosen't feel the same wway just say you were dared by your firend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Shut up

    Shut up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    to all u desperate grlz

    u r pathetic. stop trying to hook up with guyz in the reviews it's not what they're 4. either comment on the book or go do something better with ur life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Could someone

    Lend it to me?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    To:to all guys

    Honesty and just be yourself :) i know for a fact no guy likes a girl who acts like someone tthey're not. If u have more questions feel free to text me at 8157661295. I am also fourteen years old if that helps in any way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    To maranda

    I used to hav the same problem and i threw my heart out there and told him i liked him and now me and him are bf and gf so u just have to tell him and hope for the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Help me people!

    I have guy problem. His name is Jagger and everyone says were the perfect couple. And i know he likes me and he knowd i like him because i hugged him a bunch :3 but i cant work up the courage to ask him to be my boyfriend. My friends convince me to but then when i walk up to him i embarrass myself somehow. I feel like once i ask him he might reject and it will ruin our great friendship we already have. So please reply. Title: To Miranda. Thank you!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Read this

    My girlfriend is cheating on me for my best bud and im really pissed but she is the only girl i like,respond to crazy4589

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    To Ben

    I guess ur right..but what im really sad about is before him and i stared dating, he was my best friend...and that might end..~Jordan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    If

    If youre under the age if 13 gtfo of here yall are tio young to be thinking about this stuff...SLOW DIWN dont b so quick to gr up......

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Anonymous

    I like this guy and i heard and now know for sure he likes me too. Should i wait for him to make the first move or should i???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    To the 11 year old

    YOU ARE WAYYYYY TOO YOUNG CHICKIDEE!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    To lids

    Thanks he did say we could be friends and he wasnt interested in a relationship well thanks anyway :D you rock for the advice thanks again :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Hi

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    To preston

    Im so confused about you

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Sup

    Hey sidter

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    Posted March 30, 2013

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