by Carolyn Mackler


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"Mackler’s unsentimental feel for how kids think and talk, and how they go about entering the grown-up world, makes V’s journey engrossing." — THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOKS REVIEW

Ever since V’s mom dumped her with her grandparents, she’s bounced from guy to guy. That is, until a fateful hockey puck lands her in the lap of Sam Almond, who is different from the start. But V makes an irreversible mistake at her graduation party and risks losing Sam forever, spurring her on a crosscountry road trip to visit her mom in hopes of putting two thousand miles between herself, Sam, and the wreckage of that night. With humor and compassion, Carolyn Mackler takes readers on an unforgettable ride of missed exits, misadventures, and the kind of epiphanies that come only when you’re on a route you’ve never taken before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763628017
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 834,967
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Mackler is the author of VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE, the acclaimed prequel to this novel, as well as the Michael L. Printz Honor Book THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS. She lives in New York.

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It all started with the puck.

In March of my senior year, I went to a Brockport High School hockey game. I’m not a big sports fan, but I’d been hooking up with Amos Harrington since the past weekend and he played center and kept saying I should come cheer on the team.

I also went to the game because I didn’t have work or rehearsal that afternoon. And my grandparents’ annoying friends were visiting for the weekend, so I was steering clear of the house as much as possible. But most of all, Amos was my only current prospect. And more than anything, I hated being without a prospect.

Amos and I had fooled around three times in the past week. Once at a party, once at his house, and once in the auditorium after school. I’d never had a guy last longer than two weeks, and most of them didn’t make it beyond a night. So with Amos’s expiration date rapidly approaching, I needed to milk this for all it was worth or get out and scout new prospects.

I got to the rink late because my grandparents’ friends cornered me in the kitchen. I had my headphones on, so I was hoping they’d get the hint. But Chuck hugged me, and Gwen, whose eyebrows were plucked into a permanent state of shock, gestured at my jeans and sleeveless red top and said, "You’re leaving the house in that?"

I considered pretending I couldn’t hear her, but my grandparents were hovering nearby, so I switched off my music. "It’s not that cold out," I said. "Anyway, I’ll be indoors the whole time."

"Won’t you be at the ice rink?" my grandpa asked. "V, you just got over a sore throat, and you really should—"

"Fine," I said, gritting my teeth. "I’ll take a sweater."

By the time I arrived at the game, the bleachers were jammed. I stood at the top, scanning the stands. Finally, I recognized some kids from Chicago, the play in which I’d just been cast as a lead. They were sitting down in the front row. I stripped off my sweater, stuffed it in my bag, and squeezed through the crowd until I reached Chastity and Trinity Morgenstern. They were identical twins and the biggest party girls I’d ever met, which was ironic given their names and those delicate crosses around their necks. The only way I could tell them apart was that Chastity’s necklace was silver and Trinity’s was gold. Also, at parties Chastity tended to make out in public places while Trinity consumed massive amounts of alcohol and then conked out for the remainder of the night.

"Hey, V!" Trinity said. "I love your shirt."

"Where’d you get those boobs?" Chastity asked.

"Victoria’s Secret," I said. "My latest addiction."

"Among others," Trinity said, laughing.

"You’re one to talk," I murmured.

As Chastity cracked up, I scanned the ice for Amos or, more notably, his butt. But before I compose a novel about the hotness of Amos’s hindquarters, I have to interject a quick word about my boobs. I’m the first to admit that I’m not endowed in the mammary department and had recently begun siphoning my Pizza Hut paychecks into expensive padded bras. But guys love cleavage and, well, I love guys.

The hockey game charged forward. I was partially chatting with the twins, partially watching Amos, and mostly exchanging glances with a guy to my left and a few rows up. As I was maneuvering down the bleachers, I saw him check me out. He was wearing a canary-yellow jacket with a ski-lift tag hanging off the zipper. He had a coating of stubble and he looked older, like he went to the college.

I shook out my hair and looked back at Ski Lift Boy. He was saying something to his buddy, and then he glanced at me with that lusty look that guys save for video games, red meat, and cute girls.

I’m not saying I’m this gorgeous prom queen, but my skin is clear and my nose is okay and my honey-colored hair is long and everyone tells me I have a good body, though it doesn’t help that I’m taller than most human beings, at least the ones in high school. I think the biggest thing going for me, though, is that if there’s an attractive guy in my radius, I can work it hard and generally get him interested.

Ski Lift Boy raised his eyebrows as if to say, Do I know you? I smiled back, already envisioning how we could meet near the concession stand and exchange numbers and I’d go to his dorm tonight and he’d have a single room so we could—


I whipped my head around in time to see the hockey puck hurtling toward me, but not in time enough to dodge it.

I heard the impact as it splintered my forehead. I felt intense pain. I sat still for a second, totally stunned, before wilting backward.

Someone shrieked, "Oh my god! She’s been hit!"

Someone else screamed, "Call 911!"

Someone else shouted, "Does anyone get cellphone reception in here?"

My head landed in a lap. My eyes were closed, and there was blood leaking onto my hair. And the pain. Oh my god. The pain.

The person with the lap pressed a sweatshirt against my forehead.

"I’m sure it looks worse than it is," he said.

I wondered how bad it looked.

"Is she dead?" I heard someone ask.

"The ambulance is here!" someone else announced.

"Should they bring in the stretcher, or can she walk out?"

I recognized the voice. It was that genius who’d just wondered whether I was dead.

"Real genius," the guy with the lap muttered.

If I weren’t dealing with a major head injury, I would have cracked up. But it’s hard to laugh when you’re drenched with blood and possibly dead.

The guy with the lap kept pressing the sweatshirt to my head.

I remember smelling basil and garlic.

I remember thinking it smelled good.

GUYAHOLIC by Carolyn Mackler. Copyright (c) 2007 by Carolyn Mackler. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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Guyaholic 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read Mackler's My Earth my butt and other big round things and then found this book. It's a cute story but I wish it would have had more of an ending other than that its a good short read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Vivienne Vail Valentine - no wonder she needs a nickname. "V" is her name, and guys are her game. A game she learned well ...from her mom. That would be the same mom who dumped her at her grandparents house to live, which, by the way, was probably the best gift she ever gave her one and only child. To say V has trust issues would be like saying the sun can burn. She shimmies from one guy to the next with the grace of a goddess, leaving nothing but broken hearts in her wake. That is, until she finds herself on the wrong end of a hockey puck, bleeding in the lap of a fellow fan. Head wounds bleed, by the way, a lot. And Sam Almond didn't flinch when he used his sweatshirt to plug the hole in her head that would later require eighteen stitches. Sam didn't consider himself a hero, and V didn't want to think of him as such, because it scared her. He scared her. He was different. When the opportunity arises for her to return to her old ways, she convinces herself it's the way to go, it's who she is; it's who her mother made her. But at what cost?
Anonymous 5 months ago
It was not good half the time I did not know what was going on and I hate the plot of the book
nicole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow. That was my first reaction to this book. I didn¿t realize that today¿s YA involves such powerful storylines that are this masterfully done. (Guess I¿ve been reading too much Gossip Girl, Private, and the like¿while enjoyable, they¿re nothing like this!) Throughout Guyaholic, I felt I was right there with V to experience all her ups and downs.V was born to a teenager who moved them from place to place and, of course, boyfriend to boyfriend before leaving V with her parents so she could pursue yet another man. Even though V¿s had stability for a while with her grandparents, she still experiences many letdowns at the hands of her mother. Promises are made and quickly broken, which causes V¿s grandparents to become concerned enough to suggest therapy. V¿s unhappy relationship with her mother is likely why she sets about sabotaging her relationship with Sam, the one guy who made it past her two week limit, before he ¿abandons¿ her when it comes time for both of them to leave for college.I quite enjoyed the ending. It actually came as a surprise to me. Somehow I just expected a different outcome to her road trip; although part of the ending is sad, V does get the chance for a happy ending.
ZareksMom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed Guyaholic, I wouldn't call it Mackler's best work. The story seemed a little on the simplistic side, wrapping up way too quickly with a minimal of fuss. V's attitude toward guys in general will probably put off most young female readers, and her road trip isn't very believable. All in all, it was a pretty cute story that was over a little too quickly and easily, but still an enjoyable read.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
V Valentine, the insuppressible anti-hero from VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE, is back in a story about her own growing up and falling into love. All her life, V has flitted from one boy to the next at breakneck speed, never stopping to allow any possible emotions to cling to her. Then one fateful hockey game she crosses paths with Sam. Somehow things with him are different.Could it be that Sam is V¿s first real boyfriend? V isn¿t so sure. And given her own mother¿s history with numerous men, she¿s pretty certain that love, the kind of emotion that causes you to remain faithful to only one person, doesn¿t exist. So she constantly pushes Sam away, denying her feelings and, finally, permanently wrecking any relationship they had.Ashamed, V decides to take a cross-country car trip by herself to visit her mother, whom she has not seen for a while now. Her adventure is nothing spectacular, but it¿s the thinking that V does on the trip that causes her to realize how she¿s different from her mother, and how she¿s grown and is, just maybe, ready to open up to love.While not one of my favorite books of hers, Carolyn Mackler¿s novel GUYAHOLIC is nevertheless entertaining, a heartwarming overture for a girl who, despite her faults, we love. It¿s impossible not to cheer for V as she survives her car trip and learns about herself in the process.
wsquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sequel to Mackler's Vegan Virgin Valentine, Guyaholic features V Valentine, who had a supporting role in the earlier book. V almost has it figured out. She finally feels at home with her grandparents, has a nice boyfriend and just graduated from high school. But after her mom flakes on her (again), she messes everything up again. Lost again, V decides to make the long drive from New York to Texas to see her mother, but she finds a lot more along the way. The book is endearing, but mostly forgettable, like its predecessor (I actually had to double check that I read it, the characters seemed so unfamiliar). Only recommended to fans of the author or those looking for a quick, easy read.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We first met V in Vegan Virgin Valentine, but now she's a senior and this is her book. She's finally met a guy who's pretty good for her, and things are going good, but issues with her mother start to crop up and make her mess up her relationship. In order for V to realize what she wants and needs from a guy and what she's capable of giving, she has to reconcile her feelings for her mother.
lalalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to Vegan Virgin Valentine. Carolyn Mackler also wrote The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things (which is still my favorite book of hers). This one is very similar to Sarah Dessen's This Lullaby. In both the mom can't keep a relationship and acts very immature. The daughter is afraid of love and commitment and pushes every guy away until the right one refuses to be pushed away. I think I liked This Lullaby better, but it was definitely still a satisfying read.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
V's conquests have an expiration date of about 2 weeks. She's always chasing a new guy. She loves 'em and leaves 'em. So why is it that Sam has stuck around for three whole months? All V has ever known has been boucing around different places while her mom goes from guy to guy. Now that V's living with her grandparents, getting into college, and dating Sam, things can finally change... Until V does something to mess everything up. It'll take more than she knows to fix everything... but maybe everything can really change.In this book, Mackler explores the character of Vivienne Vail Valentine who first appeared in Vegan Virgin Valentine. She's a much different main characters than some of Mackler's others and it certainly shows Mackler's strength as a writer that she's able to get inside her head and actually make readers feel sympathetic. (I have to admit that it took me probably half the book to really start feeling sympathetic, but I did!)Seeing a different kind of character was off-putting at first, but ultimately I think it made me like Carolyn Mackler even more. I still think I liked her others more, but this one was definitely worth the read.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
V has been disappointed by her absent mother time and after time. When she meets Sam after getting hit in the head with a hockey puck, they start dating. But V is pulled into patterns of her past that involve her not letting anyone get too close. After making a mistake she is sure ruins everything, V heads to Texas to try to reconnect with her mom. Along the way she has some time to think, grow, and try to figure out who she wants to be.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good book. The main character has issues with maintaining relationships which is completely understandable because of the way her mother is. She screws up her one good relationship and goes on a journey to ultimately correct it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like hhibook very interedting & s
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Started off well, but through most of the book, the heroine is pretty much wondering around aimlessly and feeling sorry for herself. Could have been better.
blonde_bookworm13 More than 1 year ago
the main character V is a classic girl with an unpredictable mother trying to solve her problems and going about it the wrong way. She is a great role model for young readers since in the end she is able to find and save herself. She also still gets prince charming and is a strong woman figure. V if no damsel in distress this is for sure. The book has really good life lessons and the characters are very real. This book makes a great summer read and is good just for fun. Nothing less could ever be expected of Carolyn Mackler.
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songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Guyaholic is the sequel to Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler. This time the spotlight is on V, and she's on a mission. V has been living with her grandparents since her mom took off on her to follow some guy. Because V's mom is always letting her down she has some commitment issues and is afraid to fall in love and have somebody love her back. Sam is the closest she's come to true love and she messes everything up with him, sending him running away to California for a change of scenery. V's mom was supposed to come to V's high school graduation, skips out on it and invites V to drive down to Texas to visit her. V decides she's up for a road trip and heads out on the highway where misshapes, adventures and epiphanies ensue. On her way down to Texas she figures out what she's truly looking for. Can she forgive her mother and make amends in Texas? Or will she realize what she lost in Sam and head in the direction of California? This is a decent follow up to Vegan Virgin Valentine with a really good ending. I found myself rooting for V and hoping she would make the right decision in the end. I was not disappointed.