Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman (Book Review)

Babe in BoylandBabe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever try to infiltrate in an all-boy prep school just to get a good story? You guys might think its ludicrous what with the disastrous consequences if caught red handed. For Natalie Rowan this might be the most sensible solution in winning the ‘Story of the Year’ proving herself worthy to be called as an ‘investigative reporter’ and not just some love doctor for their high school newspaper.

Intriguing isn’t it? I recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh (cause I sure hell laugh my butt off just by reading this fine piece). Before I continue, let me give you a short description on what the book is all about. Read on!

Natalie is Dr. Aphrodite–the love guru for her high school paper. But Natalie’s relationship advice is totally bombing, especially when it comes to knowing what guys really think and want. When she tries to investigate, the guys in her class won’t give her serious or straight answers.

The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boys boarding school in town. There “Nat” 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?

Sounds familiar? Does Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum ring a bell to you? What about the famous Asian manga-turned-drama Hana-Kimi? No?! Scheisse! Fine, fine. Ever seen the 2006 movie “She’s The Man“? Thank God! Now, we’re on the same page. Moving on! The plot of this book is so similar with the movie/show I mentioned since it involves a girl posing as a guy to penetrate and study the opposite sex. Sounds exciting? Sure but its actually nerve-racking (not to mention outrageous) with all the constant hiding, strapping one’s boobs (which I think is agonizingly uncomfortable), stocking a sock in between the legs to look like an enormous appendage, and cutting your glorious hair off!

I wonder how our women-in-uniform deal with this everyday? Sure they’re not disguise as guys but their work is physically and mentally demanding. They need to be tough to gain respect from the opposite sex (and keeping those hormones at bay). Talk about emotional restraint! Tough job indeed. Kidding aside, you ladies are our inspiration to be strong on whatever unfortunate events life throws at us. Thank you!

Forgive me for my sudden ad-lib, that was on the spur of the moment. Moving on, the book is absolutely lovable! The characters compliment each other especially Natalie’s friends, Chloe and Darcy. It reminds you of your old pals who’s always at your beck-and-call whether its a boy crisis, makeover fiasco, or being an undercover student in an all-boy school (which involves persuading and saying stuff like “twisted and doomed to fail but I’ll support you, anyway”). Oh, yes! That’s true friendship. The setting of Underwood Academy and how its describe is just amazing: picture Hogwarts grounds and Hogwarts uniform (omit the cape, wands and broomsticks). And last but not least, Jody Gehrman’s writing is flawless. The punch lines are all in perfect place, easy to read and understand. It’s a definite chic lit read for all ages.
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