Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn

Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn

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by Sarah Miller
     
 

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What if you could see inside the head of the guy you love? Know his every thought? Feel his every dream and fantasy? The mystery girl who's Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn can. She tells us the intoxicating story of her beloved Gideon, an adorably clueless boy who flukes his way into New England's fanciest prep school.

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What if you could see inside the head of the guy you love? Know his every thought? Feel his every dream and fantasy? The mystery girl who's Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn can. She tells us the intoxicating story of her beloved Gideon, an adorably clueless boy who flukes his way into New England's fanciest prep school.

Gideon's naïve compared to the wolves at Midvale Academy, especially Cullen and Nicholas, his charming, morally ambiguous roommates. They welcome Gid by trashing his music and betting big on when he'll lose his virginity. Will he lose it with the cute and feisty Molly McGarry? Or Pilar Benitez-Jones, the most beautiful girl Gid's ever seen? Gid actually likes Molly and hooking up with her might be possible. But winning Pilar would be legendary. Gid is torn—he wants to prove himself to his roommates, but he also wants love.

Through it all there is one hysterically funny girl sharing every thought in Gid's conflicted little mind. But who is she?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This amusing novel, with a kind of Being John Malkovich premise, introduces a guy who "isn't stereotypically crushworthy" as he starts at an exclusive prep school. But the book has a unique twist: Gideon's thoughts and actions are related by a girl at the school who is somehow able to get inside his head. She knows what he's doing and "what he wishes he were doing, what he thinks he should be doing, and what he would wish he were doing if he were just a slightly better person." Through her narration, readers observe Gid as he meets his two popular roommates, who make him the center of a bet: Can he have sex by the end of October with a nice, pretty classmate named Molly? Along with some outrageous antics, readers gain insight into Gid's kind, often insecure character. They will also find plenty to ponder in terms of guy friendships and dating dynamics (Gid's womanizing roommate Cullen advises him that the way to make a girl like him is to pay attention to the way she wants to be seen; he even draws Gid a chart so he can record facts about Molly). Though the narrator remains a mystery for most of the book, readers will not be too surprised when her identity is finally revealed; still, the conclusion is wholly satisfying. Readers will have a good time living inside Gid's head as he slowly becomes more confident-and goes a little wild along the way. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This uninspired novel recounts sixteen-year-old Gideon's first semester at the posh Midvale Academy. Average looking, insecure, and unworldly, Gideon rooms with rich, good-looking, self-indulgent, girl-magnets Cullen and Nicholas. Immediately his roommates introduce him to the pleasures of pot and alcohol. To alleviate the boredom of the semester, Cullen and Nicholas make a bet that by Halloween Gideon will have had sex with the down-to-earth, self-confident outsider, Molly, from Buffalo. Gideon readily agrees, as having a sex life is one of his major goals at Midvale. Midvale's female population is described generally as gorgeous and well dressed. The remainder of the book outlines in dreary detail Gideon's exploits, from his total crush on the exquisite, South American beauty, Pilar, to the various parties he goes to, his innumerable alcoholic and drug-induced thoughts and actions, and his close encounters with sex and the outcome of the bet. Narrated by a Midvale coed who inexplicably finds herself inside Gideon's head, seeing what he sees and sharing his thoughts, this book takes an interesting and potentially humorous concept and falls flat. The writing is colorless and uninspired. The action is mundane. The characters, although possibly realistic, do not endear themselves to the reader in any way. Appearing to model itself somewhat after the rich kids of Gossip Girls series, this book falls far short. Teen collections should not bother. VOYA CODES: 2Q 3P S A/YA (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2006, St. Martin's, 304p., Ages 15 toAdult.
—Ed Goldberg
Library Journal
Teenage angst has never been so appealing. First-time novelist Miller has written a funny and penetrating story about students at a New England prep school. In a unique twist, the narrator, a female classmate of new student Gideon Rayburn, is inside his mind and privy to his thoughts and feelings. While narrating events through Gideon's perspective, she interjects her own comments with biting humor and insight. The plot centers on a bet between Gideon's two roommates over whether or not Gideon will lose his virginity by Halloween. As shallow as this sounds, the book has depth and charm and is populated with amusing characters: beautiful Pilar, who wears white outfits but doesn't want anyone to know she got the idea from J. Lo; Nicholas, who is something of an ascetic except when it comes to smoking pot; Molly, a "stealth babe" whose intelligence and confidence are refreshing in this high-school setting; and Gideon himself, honest and likable in his struggles with self-esteem. Miller's humor is sophisticated, and her character portrayal is rich and discerning; an enjoyable read for adults and YAs alike. Recommended for public libraries.-Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This book is earthy and crude, but intensely honest. A nameless girl at Midvale Academy suddenly and inexplicably finds herself inside the head of 15-year-old Gideon, a new student at the Connecticut prep school. Hearing his thoughts gives her a unique understanding of how the mind of an intelligent but hormone-ruled boy works. Gid's wealthy, handsome, and popular roommates, Cullen and Nicholas, attempt to help him adjust, pointing out the hottest girls. Recognizing that he is limited in his coolness factor, they pick a girl who's not the top of the heap and bet on whether Gideon will be able to have sex with her before Halloween. The "lucky" girl is Molly McGarry. It's a shame, Gideon thinks, because although she is cute and smart, she's not his first pick; he's set his sights on beautiful, oozing-with-sexuality Pilar Benitez-Jones, who has indicated that she'll take him on, any time, any place. But a bet's a bet, and Gideon is excited about fulfilling the terms since he's still a virgin. The conceit sometimes makes it difficult to tell who's actually thinking, Gid or the girl, but if readers can get past this issue, the story works on many levels. There's a tremendous amount of pot smoking, drinking, and sneaking out at night, making the story most appropriate for older teens. The humor, well-developed characters, and fast-moving plot make the book deserving of shelf space, and teens will enjoy figuring out the identity of the narrator, who is revealed at the end.-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
On his first day at an elite New England boarding school, Gideon Rayburn doesn't know about the mysterious female visitor inexplicably tucked inside his head listening to and commenting on his most intimate thoughts ranging from cafeteria food to losing his virginity. So through an often confusing jumble of Gideon's own thoughts and the quasi-omnipotent female's observations, readers watch from two vantage points as Gideon shakes off his working-class roots and tries to fit in with his wealthy and generally vapid classmates. Attempting to assimilate, Gideon bets his roommates that he will bed his classmate Molly McGarry. Unsurprisingly, Gideon falls for Molly and faces a moral conflict, which he solves in a way that slightly and possibly unrealistically panders to a female audience. A typical prep-school tale complete with excess, drugs and sex, but with a failed twist that is frequently awkward and quickly grows predictable. (Fiction. YA)
From the Publisher
"[An] amusing novel…[with] a unique twist…Readers will have a good time living inside Gid's head as he slowly becomes more confident—and goes a little wild along the way."

-Publishers Weekly

"Smart, funny, sexy and totally true, reading Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn is like getting access to a club you've always wondered about...and then you're inside and it's better than you imagined it ever could be. And everyone is wearing the cutest yellow thongs!"

-Zoey Dean, author of the New York Times bestselling A-List series

"Being inside Gideon's mind is like reading the personal diary of a guy you have a huge crush on and discovering that he's funny, sexy, wise, and more human than you ever imagined."

-Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl series

"Teenage angst has never been so appealing. First-time novelist Sarah Miller has written a funny and penetrating story….[her] humor is sophisticated, and her character portrayal is rich and discerning."

-Library Journal

"The humor, well-developed characters, and fast-moving plot make the book deserving of shelf-space, and teens will enjoy figuring out the identity of the narrator, who is revealed at the end."

-School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429932431
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/02/2006
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,258,694
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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Chapter One Who am I?

Like most girls, I want a lot. Fame and fortune. Equal rights. Shoes no one else has. But I'd trade all that in for the Perfect Guy. (Don't tell me there's something wrong with that. I dare you to name a single person who doesn't spend most of her time thinking about love.) Anyway, ever since I could think, I have been imagining and reimagining the exact sort of boy I want to love and would love me back. Basically, I imagine someone who has all the good attributes of the male species and whose bad ones wouldn't ruin my life.

I never thought it would be a guy like Gideon Rayburn. He's not gorgeous, not overwhelmingly brilliant, not all that great at sports. Jesus. Why am I bothering to explain to you why the guy isn't stereotypically crushworthy? Trust me, you'll see for yourself soon enough.

The point is he's so not the kind of guy I ever thought I would fall for. But then again, how would I have guessed that I'd be seeing what goes on inside his head? That my eyes and thoughts would go with him everywhere? When you know someone this great this well, it's kind of impossible not to fall in love with him. And when I say I know him well, understand: As I tell you his story, as it happens, I not only know what he's doing, I know what he wishes he were doing, what he thinks he should be doing, and what he would wish he were doing if he were just a slightly better person. (Don't get me wrong, I said he was great and he is. But he's a boy. He's fifteen. And he's a typical American kid from the suburbs. My point: He's got a lot working for and against him.)

By the way, Gideon has no idea I'm inside his head. Guys are cute, but they're not very observant.

My feelings, though perhaps passionate for someone of my age and experience, are pretty normal. But my situation---that is unique, and that's what puts me in a position to tell you everything. I mean it. Everything you've ever wondered about what guys think (and feared about what they want), I'm going to tell you. You are going to learn what boys say when girls are not in the room and how they feel when they're on top of one. I will, for now, leave out one very crucial thing: who I am. I'm in this story too, and not just inside Gid's head. But there are a lot of girls---and women---in this story. Which one am I?

Copyright © 2006 by Sarah Miller and Alloy Entertainment

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"[An] amusing novel…[with] a unique twist…Readers will have a good time living inside Gid's head as he slowly becomes more confident—and goes a little wild along the way."

-Publishers Weekly "Smart, funny, sexy and totally true, reading Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn is like getting access to a club you've always wondered about...and then you're inside and it's better than you imagined it ever could be. And everyone is wearing the cutest yellow thongs!"

-Zoey Dean, author of the New York Times bestselling A-List series

"Being inside Gideon's mind is like reading the personal diary of a guy you have a huge crush on and discovering that he's funny, sexy, wise, and more human than you ever imagined."

-Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl series

"Teenage angst has never been so appealing. First-time novelist Sarah Miller has written a funny and penetrating story….[her] humor is sophisticated, and her character portrayal is rich and discerning."

-Library Journal

"The humor, well-developed characters, and fast-moving plot make the book deserving of shelf-space, and teens will enjoy figuring out the identity of the narrator, who is revealed at the end."

-School Library Journal

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