Gr 6-10-Told from a 15-year-old boy's point of view, this humorous novel is set in Great Britain. When a beautiful new girl comes to town, it's love at first sight for Kevin. The trouble is, he's not a "babe magnet" like his friend Jack. In fact when it comes to girls, Kev is clueless. Luckily, Jack, who is writing a book on how to attract the opposite sex, is willing to reveal his secrets. While Kev is doubtful at first about following his friend's advice, desperation finally propels him into doing so. Unfortunately, Jack's Girlfriend Management the Easy Way lands Kev in a series of comic situations that make him appear to be dorkier than he really is. Of course, true love wins out in the end. Several qualities set this book apart from the typical teen romance. It glitters with a sarcastic wit that is similar to that found in Louise Rennison's novels. Kev's thoughts and feelings about his situation are so exaggerated that readers will laugh out loud, and they'll find his slightly eccentric sidekick equally funny. This is a fast and fun read.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Fifteen-year-old Kevin falls in love at first sight and does everything wrong in this sidesplitting romp through adolescent love. Kevin deliberately fades into the background until a rich, talented, drop-dead gorgeous girl moves to his school. At first Vanessa seems to like Kevin, but his efforts to win her love always backfire hilariously. In desperation he turns to his friend Jack, who is such a babe magnet that he's writing a book on how to get girls. Kevin puts himself under Jack's tutelage with Monty Python-like disastrous results. He alienates Vanessa's famous parents first, and finally Vanessa. Can Kevin overcome his obsession, or will he finally achieve his seemingly impossible goal? The expertly written British humor here can easily appeal to American readers. Most YA comedies make you smile. This one makes you laugh out loud. It's flat-out uproarious. (Fiction. YA)