What Boys Really Want

What Boys Really Want

by Pete Hautman


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ISBN-13: 9780545113151
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,258,833
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Pete Hautman won the National Book Award for his novel Godless. He is also the author of the acclaimed novels The Big Crunch, How to Steal a Car, Rash, Invisible, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, No Limit, and Mr. Was. His home in the world is Minnesota, and his home on the web is www.petehautman.com.

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What Boys Really Want 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gurllllllls read this book it is od good this make u know what a boy really wants from u
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why should i b uy it, it looks good nd sounds good but why??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the comments, but they are vague about the book. Is is short (100-150 pages) or long (250-) or normal (175-200)? Does the author use large vocabulary? How long does a normal scene go on for short (acouple paragraphs) normal (a page) or long (2 pages or longer)? Does it fall into regular YA steriotypes (big popular guy notices shy geeky girl, boy meets girl some kind of problem then they fall in love, etc.)? How far does the author go into detail? And how did you like tye book? Thank you for the time, Amanda.
mountie9 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The Good StuffVery realistic in terms of dialogue and the relationships between the friendsAbsolutely hilarious at timesNice messages about understanding the differences between men and women and how they can communicate more effectively and not done in a preachy way which really ticks off YA readers (and old Mom's too)Characters of Lita and Adam are likeable and develop throughout the storyLikeable Librarian who is not at all stereotypical (ok there is another stereotypical librarian in it too, but hey at least we got one good one)Fabulous snarky witty dialogueHonestly its just a fun light read to spend the afternoon with The Not So Good StuffNot sure Adam realized how horrific plagiarism is and he really wasn't punished enough for itCould have been fleshed out a bitFavorite Quotes/ Passages"It was the incredibly hot Mrs Corinna Crowe, who has done more to increase the number of guys using the school library than Harry Potter and Stephen King combined.""Mrs Crowe had implied that he wouldn't mention my little escapade to Mrs Crowe, but I didn't believe him. Married people are notoriously bad at keeping secrets from each other." "Why not?" She saw the expression on my face."Oh. Sorry, I thought you'd gotten past that being-embarrassed-to-have-parents thing.""I think I have another year or two to go on that." I saidWho Should/Shouldn't ReadPerfect for those looking for a funny light readNot for those looking to find out what boys want -- trust me its better not knowing LOL!Fans of Hautman's other books might be a tad disappointed in this one3.75 Dewey'sI received this from Scholastic in Exchange for an Honest Review
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 11 months ago
No, this is not a nonfiction informational book about what boys really want. Instead, this is a hilarious fiction book about a boy writing said nonfiction book. But Lita, the other half of their best-friend relationship, is mad (or rather jealous) - she is supposed to be the writer in this relationship! When Adam becomes obsessed with writing this book, getting it published as soon as possible, his relationship with Lita seems to be getting jeopardized in the process. Which begs the question, what are they really looking for?I was very pleasantly surprised with this one! I like the light humor that was woven through the whole novel. I liked Lita's sarcastic, dry humor, which helped greatly when she was being annoying. I enjoyed the fact that Adam had no clue what he was doing, how he tried to publish his novel without looking it over. It made it seem more real, since Adam is not the kind of person to be writing a book in the first place!This is a very light, funny read. There is not much depth, so don't read this if that is what you're looking for. But, not every book needs to be extremely deep and thought provoking, some books are just plain fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome girls need this book
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
This one was a chore. After having read so many well written, honest, appealing, and interesting Young Adult novels, I was beginning to think that it’s impossible for a novelist with adequate writing skills to produce a bad YA novel. *What Boys Really Want* has proven me wrong. Defying the old adage, in this case, we really can judge a book by its cover. This cover depicts four presumably teenage girls curiously engrossed in a black book (which cleverly shares the novel’s title) emblazoned with a giant question mark. The cover image implies that the girls simply cannot suppress their curiosity about the true nature of male desire—and this heteronormative, male-centered premise permeates the novel, along with countless other sexist assumptions and stereotypes that motivate the one-dimensional characters. As for the young women who appear on the cover, three of them are (undoubtedly) upper middle class, suburban, privileged, white icons of the dominant culture. They are interchangeable, and any or all of them could easily represent any one of the three primary white female characters in the novel. One of the young women who appears on the cover is black—but this is quite misleading, since the only person of color who appears in the novel does so briefly, and she spends no amount of time associating with the three white women. Upon encountering her, the female protagonist (Lita) describes her (Chelsea) as follows: “Chelsea had a reputation for saying whatever was on her mind, which was a little scary, but the main reason she scared me was because she was black” (p. 89). And this is just the most obvious of the offensive stereotypes that appear in this book. There’s also Dennis, the young Asian man who is great at math and science but helpless around girls to whom he is attracted. Then there’s Adam, the male protagonist who isn’t very scholarly but gets by on his charm and his wit—and by plagiarizing his best friend’s website, publishing a book, and being offered a publishing contract. Sounds plausible, right? But even forgiving the book’s reliance on sexist and racist stereotypes, perhaps the most egregious of the book’s flaws is that it is dull. There is nothing original about this insipid, upper middle class suburban tale of goofy teenagers whose primary obsessions are getting rich, buying expensive accessories, and “figuring out” the opposite sex. The novel might hold a small degree of appeal for teens who resemble these forgettable and uninteresting characters, but adolescents who possess any level of literary sophistication will surely dismiss this as not worth their time or energy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good book read it
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AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its a must!
CRocs More than 1 year ago
It's one of the best books I've read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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