REVIEW: Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Title: Babe in Boyland
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: Dial
Date of Release: February 17th 2011 
Pages: 292

When high school junior Natalie-or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper-is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won't give her and straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected-especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?

You know those times when your smiling, but it starts to really hurt and you feel like your mouth is frozen in that position because you just find something so funny you can't stop, so you just ignore the pain? Thats what its like all the way through this book, it is hilariously funny.

The cover is great, it really adds to the theme of her going undercover as a boy with the moustache, I couldn't help but smile.

Natalie is Dr. A from the school newspaper, but nobody knows that. She dishes out the tips on relationships every girl wants to hear, telling them they are fabulous and if the boy can't accept them to 'buy yourself a cute pair of shoes and strut your fabulousness elsewhere!' But she never considered it from a males point of view, obviously because she's a girl. After being hounded with fair accusations and rude comments, Natalie begins to come up with the ultimate article for the reporter competition. And how she does that? She enroles in an all boy prep school to try and solve the crossword puzzle of a boys brain...(lets just say you are in for a hilarious, and a lot of the time, some awkward moments!)

Natalie is a very funny character but she is also very determined. She lets no one stand in her way and definitely gets most of her attitude from her best friends. Though her time at the boys prep school causes her concentration and patience to be taken to the limit as she attempts to act as one of 'the guys', such as controlling her giggling habit, staring and sayings that just don't sound manly enough especially when she starts gushing and twiddling her hair (big mistake!) She also finds out some insightful revelations about herself and others and the way an outside person might view it. But she is very clever in the way she does and avoids situations easily and she is not easily put off and so does not run away at a first chance (even if the urge passed through her brain constantly) I also loved the characters of her best friends, all three of them were the complete opposite but they got on well with each other so well, you would never have thought they were different. They are also all very loyal to one another and have some very funny moments in the prop room. You also got to see Natalie's friends through the view of her as their best friend and the way they are completely different with others, through the eyes of Nat.

Throughout this book you could not move your mouth from a smile to a frown, it is completely impossible! You also could not help but feel exactly how Natalie felt at times, especially the awkwardness... there was more awkwardness there than I have ever witnessed in those 292 pages, I'm surprised it hasn't scarred her for life. But it is described incredibly well and all the different ideas and uniqueness really made it very realistic and even little things you never thought about and then read it and your like 'Oh yeah!'.

This book is a fun and hilarious read that will keep you turning and turning the pages to see what Nat wakes up to next. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading another one of Jody Gehrman's books: Audrey's Guide to Witch Craft.

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