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Smart Boys & Fast Girls (The Girlfriend’s Guide to Boys #4)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
When she makes the varsity cross country team, Natalie finds her grades suffering from her new-found popularity and gets a very cute, yet very taken, tutor who unfortunately has no romantic interest in her. Original.
Paperback, First Edition, 178 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Leisure Books
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Kat Stark
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it it was ok

Well there goes another doozy...

At least I’m clearing my shelves (because I don’t keep books I rate low), I thought that I’d love this one since I loved it in high school, but unfortunately my taste changed a lot. This is a love story between two people who stereotype each other as jock girl and nerd boy. The girl wants nothing more than life than to be popular and the guy wants a good internship with her father so they pretend to be boyfriend/girlfriend. Girl feels “wanted” and guy gets job. It
This is the last book in the series! And I'm feeling so sad about this. I had fun getting to know Natalie, Blue, Allie and Frances -- the author can't end this now. But apparently, this series is over. And I'm left in my pool of tears.


I'll try to make a semi-coherent review.

Quick Overview
Natalie has gotten into the varsity cross-country team. The problem? She's being ignored by the popular runners in the team, she's the only one who doesn't have a boyfriend among her circle of friends and she's
Jul 10, 2011 Danielle rated it liked it

Natalie Page is overlooked and unappreciated.
Yeah, sure, she can run fast.
Yeah, sure, all the boys love a buddy.
Yeah, she has plans every weekend night...with her friends and their boyfriends.


It's time for the world to sit up and take notice. When Natalie makes the varsity cross country team, it seems like the fast track to being cool. The popular girls notice her, the hunky captain of the boys team is giving her rides home. Natalie Page is off and running.

Megan (The Book Babe)
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I actually ended up liking Smart Boys and Fast Girls a bit more than I expected. At first, I really wasn't sure about it. It didn't start out very good, what with that terrible cliquishness in the beginning, and that the "bomb" so to speak was dropped within the first few pages. But I kept reading in the hope that it would would get better. And I definitely think that it did.

At first, I was convinced that this was going to be an ove
Stephanie Powdar
Dec 25, 2012 Stephanie Powdar rated it it was amazing
The fourth and final book in a series about friends finding their first loves. By far my favorite aspect of the book was the sincerity of the main characters. You can feel Natalie's pain of always being seen as one of the guys, especially now that her best friends all are dating. You see through Matt's facade of being an all-business tutor and tell that he is gradually becoming more invested in Natalie's life. And when Natalie, the narrator, thinks about Matt or any other person, you feel what s ...more
Anna Motteler
Sep 21, 2008 Anna Motteler rated it really liked it
I didn't like this book at the beginning, because it seemed to me that it was just a book about a dumb jock and her fighting over two boys. But in the end, it showed me even jocks really do have their own problems, even if they are really stuck-up.
Sep 02, 2011 Katy rated it really liked it
Yes, the book was fluff, but hey, don't dog on it because you HAD to know that this book would be just that. I was disappointed the ranking is so low on this book, but people who read fun reads like this should understand that these are fun reads and rank them to the types of books they are, what audience they are geared to and whether or not they accomplished the goal of that particular genre - in this case, keep the reader entertained.

I LOVED this book.. I had read the Boyfriend Game and liked
Lexi Rydstrom
Dec 14, 2012 Lexi Rydstrom rated it it was amazing
My math teacher? "What did she want?"
He sighed. "To remove you from the team."
I blinked. "What?"
"Natalie, you've failed all three geometry tests this year."
He said it like it was a big secret I'd been hiding from him. In fact, he sounded almost like my dad, which was really bad. I mean, Coach was the one person who'd been giving me time over the last six weeks, and he'd kept telling me I was fast. He was the one person I wanted to still think I was cool.
And instead, he now he knew I was stupid,
Jan 14, 2008 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Smart boys & fast girls is about a girl named Natalie who makes the varsity cross country team. It seems like the fast track to being cool. She wants to be noticed by the popular girl on the team. She then starts to have a crush on the hunky captain of the boys team Zach. All her friends have boyfriends besides her. She feels they abandoned her because she doesn’t have a boyfriend.

Then Natalie begins to fail geometry. Her teacher tells her that she needs a tutor or she will be kicked of th
Ashley Sunderland
Nov 29, 2015 Ashley Sunderland rated it liked it
What a slow beginning... I was having a little trouble finishing but pushed threw it and I'm glad I did. I was even annoyed with the main character, Natalie but grew to like her. Just happy I finished the book and I thought it ended perfectly. I found myself smiling while reading the last page. I also can't complain because I snagged this book at the dollar store!
Ivy Manongdo
May 11, 2015 Ivy Manongdo rated it really liked it
This is the last book of The Girlfriend's Guides to Boys by Stephie Davis. I find this book enjoyable. It is fun-filled and lite. If you want an easy-read book far from dystopians and weighty stories, I recommend this book. It is a story about love, friendship, sports, studies, and teen issues all incorporated in one book.
May 15, 2009 Minerva rated it liked it
It's the YA kind of book teenage girls love to read (not to mention anybody else who is still young at heart and remembers what a high school crush and romance feels like). One of the things I really enjoy about the novel is the voice of Natalie Page. She is authentic in showing what it feels like to work your way to appreciated status in the high school bureaucracy of cliques. Jocks have standards, the brainiacs have standards, but isn't wonderful when the two can sort of mesh? Well, without gi ...more
Sam :)
May 15, 2015 Sam :) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ibooks
Actual Rating: 1.5 stars

Although I loved this quartet (as a quick, cute, predictable read, of course) this was my least favorite of the series. Natalie was incessantly winy, and she was SO SELF CONSCIOUS AND NOT AT ALL CONFIDENT. Every single little thing Matt says makes her cry or think he's making fun of her, and poor Matt has to console her and pick up all the pieces. It's also so unfair that she asks him to defy HIS GIRLFRIEND. It's his life! Let the man be, okay?
That aside, the romance was
Jun 17, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
What a great book! Very cute and funny. I found myself laughing out loud at the main character.
Jan 02, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
It is one of those feel good love stories but I couldn't resist it.
Bernice Tsao
sounds like my type of book
Kitty Occeno
Funny, witty, flirty.
Erin Schoendienst
Feb 28, 2016 Erin Schoendienst rated it liked it
really cute book
Sandra Strange
Sep 02, 2009 Sandra Strange rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Natalie Page is the fast girl: one of the varsity cross country team’s brightest stars, and only a sophomore. However, she feels unwanted, unnoticed and unappreciated by her team, hunky boys, and her three best friends, all of whom ignore her for their boyfriends. Then because her failing geometry grade endangers her athletic eligibility, she is forced to submit to tutoring by a real “math geek,” an annoying “smart boy” who thinks she’s stupid. Predictable, but positive and enjoyable “chick” nov ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Drucilla rated it it was ok
Shelves: d
I'd been wanting to read this book for a long time and I went to a lot of trouble to get it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Natalie is 15 but acts so immature. She's soley concerned with popularity and it's annoying to read. She also had too many friends. I know this sounds weird but each of her three friends had boyfriends and it was difficult keeping track of who was who. (view spoiler)
Feb 13, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it


If you're having a cranky day or just want to kill time I would definitely read this novel. It's a fun one time read that you should totally borrow from the library some day. :)


Hannah Goodman
Dec 29, 2009 Hannah Goodman rated it liked it
I connected to this book because the girl opens the story by saying she is every boy’s “buddy” and now, junior year, wants more. I expected to see this struggle played out, and it really wasn’t the main thrust of the plot. However, I did let go of that enough to enjoy it. But it made me realize that it’s important to go through your story to make sure that things you “say” are things that you “show” and if you don’t, maybe that’s not something you need.
Kara Chavez
Sep 25, 2014 Kara Chavez rated it really liked it
I read this book as an adult and what can I say..I read it one sitting it was super cute!! I gave it to my cousin to read and she really liked it too. Its hard to find really good CLEAN romance stories for young teenage girls. And this was one of the best that I have come across in a long time. I especially like how the main character is this girl on the track team and how she ends up with the nerdy guy who ends up being her tutor
Kate (VerbVixen)
May 31, 2010 Kate (VerbVixen) rated it really liked it
Stephanie Davis’ novel is so cute and disarming, you have to like it, even if you aren’t a runner, which I am not. While Natalie is really insecure and Matt has serious jock issues, their story was so cute. Classic brain and jock romance, but I rooted for them to get together the entire time.

Plus, it was a short read. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Soundtrack Song: Virginia Coalition, “Look My Way”

Overall: A-
Sep 30, 2013 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh My!

Siempre tendré sentimientos encontrados con esta serie, pero realmente me alegro de haberla terminado. Casi un año después de haberla comenzado, sí, pero misión cumplida.

A nivel de la historia como tal, la de Nat y Matt fue mi favorita de las cuatro, ambos personajes son geniales y me pareció hermosa toda su relación.

Definitivamente esta es una de esas series que compartiré con Bella
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
I love the title! Making the varsity cross-country team puts Natalie Page on the fast track to popularity, but her nearly perfect new life is tripped up when she starts to fail geometry and falls for her new tutor, a cute, smart boy with a girlfriend, a disdain for sports and athletes, and no interest in Natalie whatsoever.
Apr 02, 2015 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-kath
This book was very cute. I really love this author. It took me a couple of hours to read, and was just a fun YA book. If you don't mind high school crushes and funny situtions, then you would enjoy this book. This author knows how to keep it clean and entertaining. I wish our library had more of her books.
 Jenny ➳
actual rating: 3.5 stars

Heaps cute, at times I thought the heroine was a little obnoxious and (yes, stupid) but i mean... She's a 15 year old girl, what else do you expect? I loved the hero, he was a cutie for his age and I may also read the authors other works as well :)
Diana Johnson
Apr 13, 2015 Diana Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, read-again
finished this book in 4 hours, it was an easy read. And i loved the characters in it even though it may have been a bit predictable. Natalie and Matt were cute together, not perfect but that added a nice realistic edge to it. I usually hate love triangles but it worked well in this.
Katrina Knittle
Dec 02, 2013 Katrina Knittle rated it it was ok
A short and fast girlie read. In the beginning of the book I just couldn't find myself to like the book. It seemed like it was just going to be about a jock and her fighting over two boys. In the end, I came to find that I enjoyed the book. Also, that anyone can have their own problems.
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