The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy

The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy

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by Kami Kinard
     
 

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This companion novel to THE BOY PROJECT is the perfect "next step" for fans of DORK DIARIES.

Tabitha "Tabbi" Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara (star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her

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This companion novel to THE BOY PROJECT is the perfect "next step" for fans of DORK DIARIES.

Tabitha "Tabbi" Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara (star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her own "project" in the hopes of finding a cute crush. With the help of a math lesson on probability, Tabbi tries to predict who the right boy for her might be! Where is she most likely to meet him? What is he most likely to look like? Full of fun illustrations, hilarious equations, and lessons in cupcake-baking, life, love, and friendship, this book has a 100% probability of awesomeness. A perfect "next step" for fans of DORK DIARIES.

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Praise for THE BOY PROBLEM: NOTES AND PREDICTIONS OF TABITHA REDDY:

"For any spirited, entrepreneurial teen that's ever had a crush, this sweet read is sprinkled with lessons on life, love and business." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

Praise for THE BOY PROJECT: NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS OF KARA MCALLISTER:

"This debut novel is a rollicking ride through middle-school affairs of the heart. With a premise that is original, a unique layout featuring Kara's note cards and charts, and timely references to Facebook and books like INKHEART this story feels like today. Kara's wicked sense of humor and her ability to navigate the waters of love and friendship will give readers in similar situations hope, especially as Kara slowly realizes that best friends trump crushes any day." -- BOOKLIST

"[F]or the girl bent on hooking a particular fish, Kara's advice might do the trick." -- THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

"Kara's boy-crazy experiment lends refreshing perspective on teen relationships, and the results point to self-enlightenment." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

"[Kinard] hits all the right notes as Kara learns that first opinions are rarely accurate and that the scientific method does not always apply to human beings." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"[Kara's] convincing voice gives an authentic account of this awkward age." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Children's Literature - Sarah Raymond
When Tabitha Reddy finds the profile of her dream boy in the glob of cheese that has accidentally slid off her pizza and on to the floor, she knows her luck is changing and that her future looks bright. Tabitha strongly believes in signs and she looks for them everywhere in her quest to find the special guy in her life. While on her mission to find the perfect guy, Tabby, her best friend Kara, and her new but eccentric friend Pri, decide to raise money for her niece’s school that was completely demolished by a hurricane. Her cupcake selling endeavors bring her closer to finding that special guy in her life. Right from the beginning this novel is hilarious. Readers cannot help but find Tabitha’s antics funny and endearing. The book is filled with little lists and drawings that only add to the story and Tabitha’s strange but sweet tactics. Luckily everything works out for Tabitha and her friends. Reviewer: Sarah Raymond; Ages 8 to 14.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 6–10—Tabitha Reddy has been unlucky in love as of late, but her belief in the power of prediction means that she's starting to see signs that things are looking up. Once she's assigned a probability project, she sees the perfect opportunity to use math as a means to predict her romantic future. The Boy Problem feels like several books at once—one about life as a seventh grader, one about a budding cupcake business, and another about a girl hunting for a boyfriend. The concept of a young teenager using a math instead of guesswork as a way to predict the future is an interesting one, but the convenient solutions to problems and lack of character development weaken the book as a whole. The stakes are raised as the story progresses and the plotline about the cupcake business is interesting, but it gets drowned out by the melodrama. The diary format and light material may appeal to struggling readers, but it is not a necessary purchase.—Erinn Black Salge, Saint Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-26
Middle schooler Tabitha, Kara's BFF from The Boy Project (2012), is looking for a boyfriend in this perky sequel. Boy-crazy Tabitha is a big believer in signs as predictors of the future. In the opening scene, she decides that the spilled pizza cheese is an indicator that there is a Mr. Right for her after all. Though a smidge gushy and dramatic, Tabitha never lacks smarts. She uses all manner of data-collecting devices to figure out how to find her Mr. Right, from surveys and cootie catchers to the Magic 8 Ball. When she learns that her relatives have been hit by a hurricane, Tabitha and her best friends bake cupcakes as a fundraiser for her cousin's school. Predicting which cupcake flavors will be the most popular conveniently becomes her math-probability assignment, and all this ultimately helps solve the boy puzzle. The novel is liberally decorated with drawings and charts and rolls out in a chatty journal format. Tabitha's impulsiveness is tempered by maturing introspection and quirky observations: "It seems like the sky is the world's largest mood ring and it's currently displaying my mood to the entire world." As the girls struggle to make their fundraising goal, they learn about handling competition, working in partnership and even a little something about cyberbullying. For any spirited, entrepreneurial teen that's ever had a crush, this sweet read is sprinkled with lessons on life, love and business. (Fiction. 10-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545575867
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,226,882
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Kami Kinard enjoys writing about the boyfriend quest more than she enjoyed experiencing it. A teaching artist on the SC Arts Commission's Roster of Approved Artists, she writes from Beaufort, South Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children. Please visit her online at: www.kamikinard.com.

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The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, but what's more important is that my daughters (ages 12 and 13) not only liked it, they recommended it to their friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of dork diaries this seems like a really good book on the go i am always reading so i think i will buy this book my bff recommended it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Even more funny than the first one! (Boy Problem). I hope there is a third!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago