Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Review: Babe in Boyland
By Jody Gehrman
Genre YA contemporary
Recommended by Me
First sentence My name is Natalie Rowan.
Natalie writes a relationship column for her high school paper and thinks she does a pretty good job. When she's accused of not knowing anything about guys and becomes the laughingstock of her high school, she comes up with a plan to change all that. She's going undercover as a boy at an all boy boarding school to learn what guys really think.
What is has going for it
Well, I love books about girls pretending to be guys. It's a premise that's always good for a laugh. The cover, while weird, is sort of eye catching and fun...and, yeah, that's about all there is to say for this one.
It started off with promise. Sure these types are always rather unbelievable. After all, there's only a small percentage of people that could actually cross dress and be convincing, but it's still fun to read about. Or it was supposed to be. What really irked me about this one was it's blatant copycatting of the hilarious movie, She's The Man. I tried to ignore the first offense when our heroine, dressed as a guy, tells a girl she likes her shoes in front of another guy. Obviously that's not something a normal straight guy would do so, sure, it makes for an awkwardly funny moment but, once again, it's been done. Then, our heroine is playing basketball in gym and gets hit in the nether regions with a ball. Just like in, She's The Man, our character pauses and then, realizing how she should be acting, starts screaming in false pain. But when our heroine is ostracized and considered a loser by the "cool guys", how does she get them to think she's cool? By getting caught by one of these said cool guys with her two girlfriends in a provocative situation. Suddenly she's a cool guy...Really?! Now maybe the author wrote the book before she saw She's The Man, or maybe she hasn't seen the movie at all, but those sure are a lot of coincidences. Don't you think? Besides all that I just didn't care for the characters overmuch and the plot was fine but was obviously ripped off from STM.
Yea or Nay?
No. Just no. Watch She's The Man, at least it has Channing Tatum in it!