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A crash course in understanding boys, Boyology delves into the many mysteries of teen guys, dissecting flirting tactics, offering dating suggestions, and providing tips on forming solid friendships. It's an up-close-and-personal look at boys in their natural habitats, with analyses by teen girlsand insight from the boys.

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VOYA - Ria Newhouse
In this crash course to "all things boy," Burningham gives girls the skinny on who boys really are and what they really think. With quotes from real boys peppered throughout the book, girls get answers to pressing questions: what's hot and what's not, whether guys really wash their hands after using the bathroom, and whether mean girls are really sexy. Chapters include advice on how to find your "type," how to play the dating game (including a fantastic guide on how to make the proper music mix for your date), how to become a better kisser, how to set your own (and respect your own) boundaries, and how to end a relationship that is not working. This title is definitely written for the teenage girl, and with its pink and purple cover and fun illustrations, it will probably never spend time sitting on the shelf—but do not expect it to appeal to boys. Burningham gives sound advice. In the chapter titled "You Wear the Pants," she writes, "When it comes to your body and how your guy treats you, you call the shots. No ifs, ands, or buts." So although the book is chock full of advice on how to land (and keep) the guy of your dreams (and really figure out what he's thinking), the author also encourages girls to set limits and keep going even after heartbreak. Be prepared—readers might become "boy experts" after reading this book. Reviewer: Ria Newhouse
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This humorous guide provides insight into the elusive universe of boys, using questions, answers and quotations from real teens. Nebulous topics like "hooking up" ("by definition, hook-ups don't lead to boyfriends") and being "just friends" (in one image, a beaming girl is clearly thinking "skateboarding partner" while the boy beside her has a heart in his thought bubble) are addressed with oodles of pop-culture literacy. The plethora of "how to" sections (an illustrated guide to kissing), lists (including mood-setting playlists featuring Avril Lavigne and Sleater-Kinney) and "Extra Credit" quizzes provide an entertaining tour of love and dating etiquette for beginners. More seasoned daters may find the advice formulaic. Ages 13-up. (May)

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Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
What adolescent girl could resist a title like this? Boys are the great mystery at that age (and perhaps any age), so advice from someone who purports to know will be appealing. Burningham not only includes her own advice, but she has interviewed teen girls and boys, and quoted famous young actors and rock stars, and even gotten her husband Grant to give his separate input in many chapters. The advice ranges from how to flirt, to how to set boundaries, to how to survive (or initiate) a breakup. The book itself is several shades of pink and lavender with sidebars, "shout outs," and (strangely sexless) cartoons of boys and girls, which make for an entertaining format, which can be read from time to time or all at once. Most of the advice is practical and solid and leaves the question up to the girl (and maybe her parents) as to what her boundaries should include or keep out. The author is young herself, apparently, but enough of an adult that some of her attempts to sound like a "with it" kind of girl sound a little strained at times. Otherwise, this would be a good resource for any young girl dipping a toe into the treacherous waters of teenage dating. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
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Gr 7 Up

Burningham's humorous text and personal approach will make readers feel like an older sister or cousin is chatting with them. The author uses celebrity quotes alongside quotes from real teens culled from the MySpace polling research she conducted for this book. From basics to boy friend vs. boyfriend to first dates and breakups, the text covers all points in between. Burningham's focus is on giving girls confidence to navigate the dating experience successfully. The chapter entitled "You Wear the Pants: Setting Your Boundaries," which deals with the physical side of dating relationships, is particularly good. The author doesn't belabor the point or make suggestions for what that boundary might be but rather empowers readers throughout to make decisions for themselves. The open layout and Smith's line drawings are also standouts. Well-written and smart, Boyology is a strong addition to books about relationships.-Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta

Kirkus Reviews
Adolescent girls seeking a deeper understanding of the opposite sex will appreciate this appealing, entertaining guide full of useful facts and sound advice. Burningham, author of the equally wise and witty How to Raise Your Parents (2008), explores a wide range of subjects, including how to determine which "breed" of boy you're dealing with, first dates and the rules of the dating game, setting boundaries, peer conflicts and pressures, dealing with parents, the difference between having a boyfriend and boy friends and coping with the inevitable breakup. The author also discusses "e-love" and offers sensible advice on navigating the online world of social networking. Entertaining and informative asides and sidebars feature quotes from young celebrities and regular teens, quizzes, polling results from her own MySpace page and lists like the ten best songs for the "I-Want-a-Kiss-at-the-End-of-the-Night Romance Mix." The whimsical cartoon illustrations are a good complement to the breezy, conversational style. (Nonfiction. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811864367
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah O'Leary Burningham is the author of How to Raise Your Parents. Still a teenager at heart, she lives in Manhattan.

Keri Smith is the author and illustrator of several books including the Guerilla Art Kit, Living Out Loud, Tear Up This Book, Story in a Box — Cinderella, and Princess and the Pea. She lives in Troy, NY.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    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, 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!

    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    To M&M

    Im 13, and boys at my middle school are doing tht same stuff. Heres some advice: you dont hav to change for boys. You are beauitful, and those stuck-up popular girls are not. Dont assume that a boy doesnt like u and u have to change yourself to get him. If u be yourself, the right boy will come along and love you for who u are, not something your not. And if u do like a boy, tell him that. Its scary, it requires a lot of courage, but once you get it over with you'll feel a lot better even if he says he doesnt like u back. B who u are, and never change that.
    -Rooster check out our youtube videos, just search "radfilms18"

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    To JUMP12 and anyone else

    Hai! I have a crush on this really cute and sweet guy in my class(aka mr perfect) and i slow danced with him at the last dance and since then, my friends and i catch him lookin at me sometimes and he talks to me a lot more. Also, today my friends forced me to sit next to him while the class watched a movie and his knee touched my leg and he pressed my leg a bit harder and just left it there for the rest of the movie(i know, weird but cute). Do u think he likes me??

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    A 12 Year old Lover

    This book is awesome and gives great advise that made me feel really happy about and because of a certain boy. I recommend this book to 12 year olds and all teens from13- around 15 or 16 :) Enjoy

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Should I buy this book

    Is this a good book? I wanna kniw how to get a guys fone number. Im 12 and I think Im ready for my first kiss. Would this book help me?
    Love,
    Haily

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Help lease! Help please!

    My boyfriend and i are happy together, never fight, and he has the cutest accent. Just one problem: there is this guy todd and he is into me to and wants to get to talk together with me-advice anyone?:)

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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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 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Tap This

    If u r reading this u r my nme and is sooo s2pid. I am sooo mad bquz i have no friends at skool. So most of the time i crbt( cry big tears) at home wishing for a friend. But those jerks need to stop and see wat a gr8 person i am. Btw i hav a pos( parent over shoulder. Watevs if i dont get a friend i will grind every1 in skool till their brain comes out their nose. I dont know who they r and idk and idc. This is the EOL.

    :-)
    ;-)
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    You can stop reading now...
    Seriously!!!!
    STOPPPPP!!!!
    GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Boyolgy

    I loved this it explained alot about boys. Truthfully i really never understood boys and there behavior and why they did just dumb stuff. if you need answers i would definetly buy this book and read it the first page is a hook its such a good book so hurry up happy reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    PLEASE HELP

    Ok so i REALLY like this guy named Josh and i cant tell if he likes me or not like sometimes he totally ignores me but when he dose talk to me he flirts with me he smiles blushes and he always sits by me so i liked this book cuz it told me that he probley likes me but he is shy and playing hard to get a little.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    I got a question about boys and i was hoping a boy could help me

    U can call me kyla the y sounds like an i. I am in 8th and my boyfriend is 16. If u will help me here is my question my boyfriend i were planning on having sex befor school started but then a while after he keep making the dates for us to have sex a week away and then it would be the morning when he was spossed to come over so we could but he kep making exseses and when i would ask him if was scared hed say no but i would blam him if he was scared i meen i was not but he didnt know that and he went and told his mom it was al my idea which it was not it was both of ours and now im in trouble because they beleive him and not me. Im still dating him what should i do?

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    Jaguarz I NEED HELP PLZ TAP HERE

    Ok so my crush started talkin with me about a HUGE storm that was outside. And before we considered ourselves enemies. But then he kept talkin with me and he said we arent enemies anymore and he started smilin and all that. Then we went home and he never talks to me anymore. Instead he has lunch with two other girls and his best friend. I could just tell he hated both of them. But now? He smiles and talks to them and automatically goes over to talk to them without them having to force them over. One girl has a crush on his best friend. The other has a cruh on the boy i like. And the thing is both of the girls are drop dead gorgeous and im not. I wonder if he forgot me and now likes one of the girls!!! Is it kinda obvious or is it just because they force them to? PLEASE HELP!! Reply to jaguarz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    jaguarz

    Hmm wow thats strange. ok this is comlicated but heres what i think, just tell me if this upsets you-Its sounds like maybe he was just like making up and either just enjoys these grlz company or sadly might possibly (tho hopefully not!) like one of these grlz. But you seem lucky-if neither of these grlz have a crush on him then youll have better chances. Regardless, the note sounds best to me. Just dont take me too seriously cuz rly the only experience i have with boys r with my brothers:/ lol so good luck! 3rdkid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Good

    This is a good but npt a lot of help on my crushe he is leaving nexr uear help me get the courage to go out with mee plz write love problems to help or give advoce

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    To Arayofsunshine From Dede

    I need help.So ive known this guy since kindergarton.He likes me i like him but heres the cetch,im in Russell and hes in Chardon.I moved the summer after second grade.And the problem is a few days after school ended for me when i was in fourth grade(Im going to be in fith this year.)his mom posted somthing on my moms facebook pagr saying,and i quote Zane (the guy)really misses Delia. So what do i do?Im never going to see him again,and i dont know his address.Pkease respond ASAP.Thanks and by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    to christian girl

    Well then I think you should definitely go for j then because you basically cancelled out any chances with t

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    To MIBNJB

    Wow really but what about it is helpful anyone could have thought of it and why would u put it in a book. Christian Girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Help

    Im 13 about to have a baby in like 8months and father is my dad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    To Help

    I am a strong christian and I believe that God controlls the past present and future. If you are pregnant, then God has a reason for it. Nothing that happens, whether bad or good, is an accident; because all things are created to glorify God and exalt him on his throne of glory. I have no idea where you are in terms of your religon. I know and respect that some people have had bad experiences with religon, but God, like allof our friends, needs a second chance becase he gave us a secind chance when we sinned. If you truly need guidance, or just a comforter, title the review: To Cocobrum; and I will get you hooked up with my friends or the lead pastor of our church, Trevor DeVage. BTW, my name is Meghan Ramsey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    TO MAJOR PROBLEM

    The boy who u have known since 2nd grade. U obvously understand each other and trust each other. The other guy u have not known for so long so u migt not be able to trust him. If hes too funny hes probably self obsorbed.
    XOXOXOXOX Arayofsunshine

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