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Boyology: A Teen Girl's Crash Course in All Things Boy

Boyology: A Teen Girl's Crash Course in All Things Boy

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by Sarah O'Leary Burningham, Keri Smith

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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 girls—and insight from the boys.


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 girls—and insight from the boys.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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
School Library Journal

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)
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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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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Boyology: A Teen Girl's Crash Course in All Things Boy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 161 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand post this on three other books and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2004? Are you ten?? Stop that!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't as useful like the cover convinces you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand then post this in 3 different places and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really really REALLY like this guy. We are aquantinces, I barely know anything about him except from overhearing his conversations. He never remembers my name, but he is always looking at me. Or, more like staring at me. But the thing that confuses me is that seven other boys stare at me too... I need to know FOR SURE if the one I like likes me back. I am new to this guy stuff, because I've never had a boyfriend yet (*murmers to self* but I wish I did have one).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey my name is Tori I cant tell you my age though I have eye color depending on the season I have brown hair with lots of red highlights natural and blond and black also natural color I am from all sorts of heritiges and I am currently "dating someone " he is my boyfriend but it isnt going well so i am tecllicly single but to date you i need age and qualiyies one paragraph
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey 14 looking for any 14 yearold boys to talk to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not seeking advice but i totally agree with everything you said!! The stuff you wrote can only come from somebody who has truly seen him in all of his glory. You are a truly faithful girl who believes what everyone should believe. I hope you continue to be faithful for the rest of your life. If i ever need advice i will contact you at kai ninja of fire, so could you plz check there like every month? Also if you dont mind helping with little stuff like crushes plz check out my review posted on jan 9 2016 at crushes flirts and friends. To anybody who is not Meghan Ramesy you should read her review. It is titled To help and was posted on oct 5 2015.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk but i am a girl so i can help!!! Respond to HPFREAK474
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so theres this boy that likes me alot ( lets say his nickname was Q) we dated for awile but it did not work it was a boring relationship so i broke up with him. I felt super bad but he is kinda like 2inches shorter than me. But we did not talk at all during 7th grade. In september i was dating this fat ugly guy but me and Q texted ALL the time and he called me the most beautiful girl he has ever seen but then i got my phone taken away and still dont have it. All during the school year my friends made fun of me because he was always staring at me at lunch.But the last week of school we started talking all the time every time we saw each other. But i think i like him and he likes me but i am worried of what my friends will think because 1 he is short 2 he is very very hipper 3 he is SHORT and i like this one guy who is a basket ball jock with brown hair and BLUE EYES with feckles who is so freaken hot but i dont think he is into me, like who would like a dork? Who should a pick short dork or tall jock? Please help respond to kylie105
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this boy who is in my class and lives around the corner. But this jerk teases him and me. We are bedt girl and boy friends. What should i do?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so I dated this guy in 5th grade for like 2 days and I dumped him because my bet friend was still into him and my friends in 6th grade asked him out for me and he said no I mean I am so into this guy I went to the bathroom and cried and jut the other day I realized and now im in 7 th grad that i still really like him but im scared to try and ask him out cause im afraid i will start crying again but i really like him what do i do?????????????????:(
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanna be in yalls group too... pleaseeee??? Yall do seem cool hahaha. Oh and im 14.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont. You still on Anna?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey Morgan:) you gonna stay? What tablet did chu get?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh good Morgan! We havent chatted in forever. To below. Yeah........just yesterday........why? Whats the matter?