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Girlfriend Project
     

Girlfriend Project

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by Robin Friedman
 

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On the outside, Reed is the high school hottie, but on the inside, he's still the clueless dork with braces and thick glasses who has never been kissed. Reed simply doesn't know how to talk with girls, and it's up to the Internet to get him up to speed and out on the market. Reed's friend sets up a website to help him figure out how to meet girls and get in to

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On the outside, Reed is the high school hottie, but on the inside, he's still the clueless dork with braces and thick glasses who has never been kissed. Reed simply doesn't know how to talk with girls, and it's up to the Internet to get him up to speed and out on the market. Reed's friend sets up a website to help him figure out how to meet girls and get in to dating circulation, but he's confused about what he wants in a relationship. Soon, the website develops into more than just a way to get Reed a girlfriend.

The Girlfriend Project reveals the struggle of teen dating with all it's extraordinary highs and heart breaking lows, with rare insight into the vulnerability and insecurity guys often hide. This book is for any teen who has ever felt like the odd one out when it comes to dating—or in other words, every teen.

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“This book addresses the whole issue of high school dating very clearly, with a lot of humor, but also with a lot of truth. Robin Friedman has a great understanding of how confusing the teenage years can be, especially when you are trying to figure out just what 'being yourself' really means.” —TeensReadToo.com

“If you want a cute story about first dates and gentle break-ups, if you liked Saved by the Bell, or if your heart belongs in New Jersey, give THE GIRLFRIEND PROJECT by Robin Friedman a try.” —Bildungsroman Book Blog

Publishers Weekly

Seventeen-year-old narrator Reed, a "Card-Carrying Dork," has never had a girlfriend or even kissed a girl, so his popular best friends launch "The Girlfriend Project." Twins Ronnie, a girl, and Lonnie, a guy, provide Reed with a "tip list," and Ronnie builds a Web site where classmates answer survey questions, creating an instant buzz about Reed. But even with his new social life, the hero struggles with some big questions, from how important appearance really is, to how to tell Ronnie that sheis the girl of his dreams. Friedman (How I Survived My Summer Vacation) adds some clever touches here: she blends Reed's own identity search with his home state's search for a motto, which leads to some fun exchanges between the characters ("New Jersey," Reed suggests after a heart-to-heart with his grandma, "We'll Let You Know When We Figure It Out"). Readers might be unnerved by Reed's first kiss with a girl so drunk that she is nearly "lifeless," or when he begins watching another girl play basketball from his car, making confessions that she cannot hear. The plot does take a creative turn towards the end, but even so, readers may wish for more about Reed's dates and Web site—and less of his angst. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)

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VOYA - Rollie Welch
Braces removed, coke-bottle glasses replaced by contacts, and voila! — Reed Walton turns into every girl's dreamboat. The metamorphosis from ugly duckling to swan-or in his words from dork to hottie-comes with hazards. The new-and-improved seventeen-year-old, although comfortable solving complex calculus problems, finds his mouth mangling simple greetings to Marsha Peterman, the gorgeous girl he has been crushing over since ninth grade. Lifelong friends and twins, Lonnie (male) and Ronnie (female), nudge Reed back onto the dating track. Partying and influenced by alcohol, the romance novice stumbles onto his remarkable kissing ability. Soon girls are lining up for some serious lip action to see if the rumors are true. Questions abound. Do girls really want a bad boy? Do nice guys finish last? Now that he can have his pick, what kind of girl does Reed want? Tagged as the school's greatest kisser, Reed realizes he wants Ronnie, his best friend. Friedman's effort is packed with laughs and dang-I-pity-the-fool embarrassing scenes. A metaphor comparing Reed's newfound popularity to his Grandmother penning license plate slogans to change New Jersey's image becomes strained, but it offers a change of pace from the slapstick comedy. Recommended for teenage girls of almost all ages, this title is a feel-good story for those who are hoping to find their true love. Pair it with Alex Bradley's 24 Girls in 7 Days (Dutton, 2005/VOYA February 2005) to offer two delightful novels featuring boys caught up in love's mysteries, thrills, and heartbreaks.
VOYA - Arianna Carlson
Reed Walton is the classic case of a once-burned, twice-shy guy. Awkward and confused, seventeen-year-old Reed is practically a super genius, pretty good-looking guy. He's nice, funny, has great friends-what more could he possibly ask for? Aside from a girlfriend, that is. In the high school hierarchy, it doesn't matter if you can do calculus or recite everything Shakespeare ever said if you can't get a girlfriend. In this short, quirky work, Friedman brings to life what every teenager fears-rejection. This easygoing novel presents pressures and insecurities that every teenager faces and ties off the book's morals with a flourish. The Girlfriend Project will keep everyone laughing and make you remember the awkward years of high school and just trying to make it through your first date.
Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Friedman's novel is a fun read. She tells the story of seventeen-year-old Reed Walton who has a big problem. He has never dated a girl nor kissed one. His friends, and the sister and brother team Ronnie and Lonnie, want to change that by creating the girlfriend project. A list of tips on how to ask girls out on a date is put together by Ronnie and Lonnie, who are heavy daters, and also includes words of wisdom for their friend. Then, the brother and sister team have another idea: what about a web site enlisting the aid of girls who know all about dating? Along the way Reed does date, finally has his first kiss, and suddenly he is known as a good kisser. Now he finds that girls want to date him to find out if he really is a terrific kisser. Reed's web site is also working out. He is getting lots of responses and hints about his love life. One e-mailer by the name of floweringgarlic intrigues him. But, after a few misses and wins with the girls, Reed decides he really wants Ronnie to be his girlfriend. He has known her for years as a friend, but would she accept him as a boyfriend? Reed is going away to Princeton and Ronnie still has a year left of high school. How will their romance continue? The ending is just right for this book about the trials and tribulations of young people navigating the world of dating and first love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802797810
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
06/24/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

ROBIN FRIEDMAN has worked as a children's book editor, freelance writer, newspaper reporter, and advertising copywriter. Her novel How I Survived My Summer Vacation has been published in 3 countries. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Joel, and their cats, Peppercorn, Peaches, and Butterscotch.

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Girlfriend Project 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Girlfriend Project by Robin Freidman, is a recommended story for everyone. Ages 12 to 20. I think its highly entertaining. Me and my friend Rissa were talking about this book and it seems we both couldn't put the book down. Just when you seemed you figured everything out, It turned into something you wouldnt dream of happening.You definatly should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really got into this book. I could totally relate to the fun things about New jersey because that is where i'm from. (NEW JERSEY ROCKS). Its funny and realistic as well. Reed seems super cool yet smart and his story is really crazy and different.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Nice guys don't always have to finish last.

In THE GIRLFRIEND PROJECT by Robin Friedman, Reed Walton is a slightly shy high school senior who understands his AP classes much better than girls. In fact, he's never had a girlfriend before in his life. But his best friends, Lonnie and Ronnie, have decided that this year is going to be different. They have put together a 'girlfriend project' with the ultimate goal of finding a girlfriend for Reed. It doesn't hurt that over the summer Reed has grown taller, gotten his braces off, and the girls at his school now think he is smokin' hot!

Reed is pleasantly surprised by this change in attitude that the girls have towards him, but he adamantly maintains that he is still the same person. Watching Reed slowly morph from a completely awkward AP dork to a more confident and independent young man is amusing, with plenty of hilarious, embarrassing moments. It's great to get a look inside Reed's mind, and find out what high school guys are really thinking.

The website Ronnie sets up for The Girlfriend Project serves as a place for Reed to pose questions to the student body, such as "If a guy doesn't kiss you on the first date, what does that mean?" and "How important are looks to you?" These questions are followed by several comical and some very honest answers hidden behind the veil of anonymity that an online screen name provides.

After going out on a couple of unsuccessful dates, Reed realizes that maybe the girl he likes the most was right in front of him all along. Now, if only he could work up the courage to tell her how he feels about her.

Reed really dispels the myth that high school boys are only interested in the physical part of a relationship. He is a surprisingly sensitive and sweet guy, and maybe after reading this book, girls will give that shy guy at the back of the class a chance when he tries to talk to you. This book addresses the whole issue of high school dating very clearly, with a lot of humor, but also with a lot of truth. Robin Friedman has a great understanding of how confusing the teenage years can be, especially when you are trying to figure out just what 'being yourself' really means.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice guys don't always have to finish last. In THE GIRLFRIEND PROJECT by Robin Friedman, Reed Walton is a slightly shy high school senior who understands his AP classes much better than girls. In fact, he's never had a girlfriend before in his life. But his best friends, Lonnie and Ronnie, have decided that this year is going to be different. They have put together a 'girlfriend project' with the ultimate goal of finding a girlfriend for Reed. It doesn't hurt that over the summer Reed has grown taller, gotten his braces off, and the girls at his school now think he is smokin' hot! Reed is pleasantly surprised by this change in attitude that the girls have towards him, but he adamantly maintains that he is still the same person. Watching Reed slowly morph from a completely awkward AP dork to a more confident and independent young man is amusing, with plenty of hilarious, embarrassing moments. It's great to get a look inside Reed's mind, and find out what high school guys are really thinking. The website Ronnie sets up for The Girlfriend Project serves as a place for Reed to pose questions to the student body, such as 'If a guy doesn't kiss you on the first date, what does that mean?' and 'How important are looks to you?' These questions are followed by several comical and some very honest answers hidden behind the veil of anonymity that an online screen name provides. After going out on a couple of unsuccessful dates, Reed realizes that maybe the girl he likes the most was right in front of him all along. Now, if only he could work up the courage to tell her how he feels about her. Reed really dispels the myth that high school boys are only interested in the physical part of a relationship. He is a surprisingly sensitive and sweet guy, and maybe after reading this book, girls will give that shy guy at the back of the class a chance when he tries to talk to you. This book addresses the whole issue of high school dating very clearly, with a lot of humor, but also with a lot of truth. Robin Friedman has a great understanding of how confusing the teenage years can be, especially when you are trying to figure out just what 'being yourself' really means. **Reviewed by: Amber Gibson
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found The Girlfriend Project by Robin Friedman absolutely charming. Although I've passed my awkward female teen years many decades ago, I enjoyed her ability to get into the head of Reed Walton, a very confused young man trying to find his true identity. It brought me back to my dating days and the inability at the time to understand why certain boyfriends acted so goofy. Ms. Friedman captured very well Reed's frustrations when dealing with girls and it was clever of her to use the Girlfriend Project as a vehicle to alert Reed to how others felt about him. I wish there would have been a book called The Boyfriend Project by Ms. Friedman to have helped me in my awkwardness at that time. Coming from NJ, I particularly enjoyed her references to familiar locales, the NJ motto contest and all the little 'NJ-isms.' Brava Ms. Friedman!