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Natalie (aka Dr. Aphrodite) pens the love column for her school's newspaper. Criticized for her lack of understanding of how guys think, she decides to go undercover at Underwood, an all-boys boarding school. Drawing upon her experience as an actress and her friends' knowledge of make-up and wardrobe, Natalie transforms herself into Nat and infiltrates the school. She soon finds out that guys are as varied as girls and that they are equally clueless in their dealings with the opposite gender. In a breathless, first-person narration, Natalie manages to tiptoe through the minefield of urinals, gym class and neckties only to find herself facing her biggest challenge: her attraction to her yummy roommate, Emilio. Brash and clueless as a girl and unconvincing as a boy, Natalie is barely likable and infrequently real. Hobbled by the overfamiliar girl-in-boy-drag premise, one-dimensional characters and predictable plot twists, this story never makes it out of the starting gate.(Fiction. 12 & up)
Posted March 20, 2011
Having not read any of Jody Gehrman's other books, I opened Babe in Boyland, not knowing what to expect. The synopsis reminds me of Amanda Bynes' movie - She's The Man, K-Drama He's Beautiful and Taiwanese drama, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, in which the heroines go cross-dressing as a guy in a foreign place, but with different motives. I was a little worried that Babe in Boyland will fall into the same mold as the movies/dramas, but turns out, it doesn't fall back on tired stereotypes. The cross-dressing is just a factor in the story that enables our gutsy heroine to find out the Top 7 Secrets about Guys.
In fact, Jody Gehrman does a great job in explaining how Natalie goes undercover as a new (male) student - Nat Rodgers - in Underwood High. The details on how she does certain things are brilliantly explained, like how she mimicks a guy's strut, how she practices to keep her voice low and manly, and ultimately: how she keeps her identity a secret to the guys at Underwood. She uses Natalie's character to give readers an insight on how people act around different surroundings, which is quite true considering how multifaceted us humans are.
This story is told from Natalie's (a.k.a. Nat Rodgers) perspective, which is a good choice since we get to see things through her eyes. What makes this book so entertaining is that the author has a wry sense of humour which never fail to make me chortle like a maniac. Really, it is hilarious! There was one particular scene where I laughed until my tears start rolling down, and my distracted little brother peeled himself away from his computer game to ask me what's wrong. LOL.
Although Babe in Boyland seems to be funny and cheery, it has a real depth within. The story itself actually offers truths about real friendship and why love relationships get strained or broken. Tolerance and acceptance is indispensable to maintain a loving relationship between a couple. With witty dialogues and realistic scenes, this book is bound to capture your heart.
Overall, Babe in Boyland is a refreshing, light and quick read. Jody Gehrman definitely deserves a bunch of compliments for creating such a highly lovable and enjoyable story. Well done, Jody!
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Posted June 18, 2011
Natalie Rowan, seventeen of Mountain View High becomes Nat Rodgers, seventeen, of Underwood in this extremely funny and compulsive page-turning book.
Natalie (a.k.a Dr. Aphrodite, a relationship guru for her school's newspaper) just got the shock of her life. The guys at her school think she knows nothing about boys and have been feeding all the girls out there BS! Seeing how she hasn't been in a relationship before, she comes to the conclusion that they might just be right. When she hears about the Story of the Year contest she decides she'll write her story about decoding boys. It kills two birds with one stone: it'll help her with her column and it'll show that she's a real journalist to her editors who think she's a joke.
But her plan doesn't work out as well as she thought it would, so she comes up with a plan B. Go undercover as a boy at the local all-boys high school for a week and report about her findings. Let the fun begin!
Babe in Boyland was hilarious! All the characters were well-rounded and fleshed out. My favorite character has to be Natalie. She had a little bit of every kind of girl in her, which makes her very relatable to most every female reader, in my opinion. The situations Natalie gets into, and how she deals with them, are extremely funny. At the end of the book I felt like I knew a bit more about guys than I did starting it. The one issue I have with Babe in Boyland is that it reads a lot like the movie She's the Man, starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, would if it were a book. I don't know if the author ever watched that movie but there were many times when I was reading a scene where I had a sense of déjà vu.
Overall, it was a light and hilarious summer read. A perfect book if you need some laughter in your life.
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Don't listen the the negative people writing the reviews. If you think you'll like it, read it. You won't waste your money just because other people didn't like it . I'm 15 and I love this book so far and I'm only half way through. Its not cheesy, its reality.
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Posted July 21, 2012
I bought this book thinking it was going to be funny, and similar to the movie She's the Man. I HATED it. I could only get to about the fourth chapter when I decided that I didn't even want to finish the book. There is way to much use of curse words and it is very hard to get into to begin with. If you are 16 and below this book is not for you. I was very mad at the author for the use of language and themes (drinking, etc.). I decided to return the book to Barnes and Noble because I did not want it to sit on my bookshelf. Overall, the book was not good and not worth your money. If you must read it- check it out from the library, do not buy it. It isn't something you want to keep.
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I didnt hate the book but i didnt like it.Therfore this enigma has compelled me to write a review.Remember that cute little movie Shes the man...this was basically that,with no twist or anything.Not only did get on my nerves but i kept saying to myself that if she says scheisse one more time i will personally smack her.I mean how many times can rhe girlsay schiesse.This book just felt shallow and overdone.Sure its cute if u want something light and kinda stupid,but after a while i just kinda felt pissed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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This book could have so easily been cheesy, but Ms. Gehrman does a lovely job handling the subject matter. The read was fun and offered some insightful points. I really enjoyed it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2012
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! My friends and I call this our girl bible because u learn so much about yourself from this book. I love her paper of the year peice because it made me relieze i sometimes change myself for boys. Great book !!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.