Boy Proof

Boy Proof

by Cecil Castellucci


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Time Magazine 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time Selection 

"This novel's funny first-person narrative will grab teens (and not just sci-fi fans) with its romance and the screwball special effects." — Booklist

Meet Egg. Her real name is Victoria Jurgen, but she's renamed herself after the kick-ass heroine of her favorite sci-fi movie, Terminal Earth. Like her namesake, Egg dresses all in white, colors her eyebrows, and shaves her head. She always knows the right answers, she's always in control, and she's far too busy — taking photos for the school paper, meeting with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, and hanging out at the "creature shop" with her dad, the special-effects makeup wizard — to be bothered with friends, much less members of the opposite sex. As far as Egg is concerned, she's boy proof, and she likes it that way. But then Egg meets a boy named Max, a boy who's smart and funny and creative and cool . . . and happens to like Egg. Could this be the end of the world — at least as Egg knows it?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763627966
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/08/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,217,821
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cecil Castellucci grew up in New York City. She is a writer, a filmmaker, an actress, and a singer-songwriter, and engages in many other creative pursuits. She is also an avid science fiction fan. Currently, Cecil Castellucci lives in Los Angeles, in the "belly of the beast" known as Hollywood. This is her first book with Candlewick Press.

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I slide my eyes over to the girls who know how to stand nonchalantly in underwear, just chatting. The group includes Nelly and Inez. Nelly's leg is up on the bench between the lockers and she is rubbing glitter lotion onto her calves.

How did girls like that become so comfortable with their bodies? How did I miss out on that lesson?

I am uncomfortable in this body.

I cannot wear a cute tank top with confidence.

I listen like a fly on the wall. It doesn't matter to them that I'm there. Because I'm the Invisible Girl.

"Well, I think Max Carter is cute," Nelly says. "There's just something about him."

"Yeah, but he's always got his nose in that little sketchbook. It's kind of creepy," Inez says while fixing the braids in her hair.

"It's not creepy. It's mysterious. He's totally driven," Nelly says. "He's really smart and cultured. He's so not a boy."

I suck my lips in and mock her to myself.

"Maybe you should ask him out," another girl says.

"Yeah, maybe I should. I love talking to him. He's so deep."

The lockers slam shut, and the voices echo down the hallway to the door to the gym until it's just me and the tick of the large caged clock.

I smart a little. A pinprick. I'm used to envy, but this pain is different.

Max Carter doesn't have deep conversations only with me.

BOY PROOF by Cecil Castellucci. Copyright (c) 2005 by Cecil Castellucci. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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Boy Proof 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
blonde_bookworm13 More than 1 year ago
Egg is such a fun silly character I loved her to death. I am not the person who usually likes people obsessed with Sci-Fi since my brother is one but her character is just so original, unique, and odd I felt like we could be friends and laugh at the people always trying to fit in. She is the type of person you would want for a friend. The plot also has such deep struggles that every person over 18 has gone through in their life. Just from the title you know this book is going to be about a boy but this story takes such a twist around that, that it is almost comical in the end when you realize she and the guy did end up together because for a while it doesn't look like they will even though the characters so perfect for each other. A very good teen book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book its funny intersting and its what the real world is all about i read it in 2 hours it was so good cant wait to read more of her books!
Awfki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read in a day. Good story about a nerd girl coming out of her shell. It wrapped up a little to neatly but was definitely worth while, especially for nerd girls (or guys) who may feel like they're all alone. It's always nice to know you're not the only mutant out there.
coriblake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book for the student who is a little different, quirky and doesn't quite fit in. Many middle and high school students would be able to relate to "Egg", the female character in this novel who finds that her tough exterior softens as she falls for the new boy in school, something she thought would never happen. I loved the way the book's chapters were organized; according to day and time. This book is an easy and quick read. 'Boy Proof' is a great read for all students in that one of its major themes is acceptance of others; an important lesson of which we all need to be continuoulsy reminded.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was just sort of there. I had a hard time relating to the main character and often her responses and actions seemed completely random to me. I liked the supporting characters, but I feel as though we never really got to know them. I feel like this book just captured the surface of the story and never went deep enough to hold my interest.
helgagrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Inscribed with a dedication to "all nerdy girls everywhere," Boy Proof, by Cecil Castellucci, an endearing romantic comedy-type novel set in Hollywood, has plenty of Sci-Fi references to go around. Now, as someone who recently made an X-Files related "Erlenmeyer Flask" reference in casual conversation, I may be biased, but I found the book's geekiness refreshing and engaging. Victoria "Egg" Jurgen is obsessed with the Sci-Fi movie Terminal Earth to the point where she dresses like Egg, its main character, quotes extensively from the movie, and holds everyone and everything else at a generous distance. She believes that her big brain and general aloofness have made her "boy proof," which of course invites the introduction of the other main character, Max Carter, a cool transfer student who seems genuinely smart and wonders why Egg doesn't use her talents for some better purpose. Cue adorableness!
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Victoria has declared herself boy-proof. She has embraced her geekiness and dresses up like her favorite sci-fi movie character every day. She even makes everyone call her Egg (after said character). This way Victoria never has to worry about being rejected because she automatically rejects everyone first. The only problem is this new kid at school Max. He talks to her and tries to bring her out of her shell.. and worse, Victoria thinks that maybe, just maybe, he actually gets her... maybe he's worth opening up for... Once I got into this book, I literally could not put it down and I ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting. The characters were so great and you can really see Victoria grow and develop as the story goes on. Highly recommended, especially for g33k girls and boys.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the first page or so, I thought that I was going to read a lightly enjoyable teen romance with stock characters. But the story has nicely three dimensional people living in it. I will hunt out more works by this author.
emithomp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Egg is deliberately boy proof and revels in being a loner. Then Max moves to town.One would suppose that all geeks need to be the prom queen is a makeover. At least, that's what most books and movies tell us. Boy Proof looks at the geeks that are happy being geeks. His protagonist loves sci fi and even dresses up like her favorite character every day. It's nice to see that although she may eventually drop the character, she never gives up what makes her different from other people. This books belongs in every high school that has "alternative" people.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main character, Egg, doesn't know how to handle things when a new student, Max enters her world. I gave this book away because it wasn't as wonderful as I'd hoped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written as if its target audience is a second-grader, but the characters are high school-aged and there is some cursing. Most of the dialogue seems fake, and it is simply unbearable when the main character attempts to be "deep." The pacing is odd, and i had to reread several parts to make sure I hadn't skipped anything. Overall, definitely not worth your eight dollars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title exposes a relationship that is going to take place and the story is a different journey of a love story that u could never imagine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't too great... there was way too much cussing. The plotline was alright, and I think the ending could have used a little bit more work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bluegrass state of mind So it is easier to talk to u umder the book that i am reading
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Cecil Castellucci's first novel for young adults was released in 2005. Since then Boy Proof has received a wide variety of accolades including selection as a Booksense 76 Children's Pick, BBYA 2006 and a Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers by the American Library Association (ALA). Happily, Ms. Castellucci has continued to write teen books as well as graphic novels targeted at teens. There are a lot of books (and television adaptations) out there that detail the lifestyles of the young and beautiful people. Boy Proof offers something slightly different. Victoria Jurgen, narrator of Boy Proof, would be the first to tell you that she is not beautiful (although she is young having skipped a grade she is a sixteen-year-old high school senior). Preferring the world of sci-fi movies for which her dad designs special effects and makeup, Victoria made a conscious choice to reinvent herself as her favorite character from "Terminal Earth." Victoria is, therefore, no longer Victoria but Egg. She wears a cloak, has shaved her head as well as her eyebrows which she colors with orange makeup, and is determined to keep everyone at bay--no matter how much they might want to be friends, especially boys. In other words, Egg has worked to make herself boy proof. At least, she thought she had until Max Carter starts at her school. In many ways, Max is the perfect counterpart to Egg, sharing her interest in the film industry (and sci-fi movies) as well as art, and acting as a good foil to her banter. But the harder Max tries to break into Egg's world, the harder she fights back. When Max starts dating a less boy proof (and more boring) girl, and Egg's own people--the members of her school's sci-fi club--forsake her, Egg begins to realize that maybe being boy proof isn't all it's cracked up to be. But after trying so hard to keep herself apart from, well, everyone, Egg has to think long and hard about how to get back in and what that might mean for a self-made loner. I love this book. It's one of the first I ever read that was written in the present tense which, at the time, seemed very original indeed (less so currently I muse admit) and made the narrative really grab readers' attention. This novel is really something unique, Egg lives a fairly privileged life being the daughter of a famous actress and a special effects guru but instead of stopping there, Boy Proof really focuses on Egg and her interactions with people. Castellucci's writing is excellent here creating a funny and compelling voice for Egg as well as a really enjoyable book. Many other reviewers have said this novel is great for people who want to embrace their inner-geek, loners, and even tough girls. I'd go a step further: Boy Proof is a great book for readers trying to find themselves--even if they think they've already done that.
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