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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  2,246 ratings  ·  265 reviews
What happens when an antisocial cinephile meets up with the worldly new guy at school — a quick-witted artist who's savvy enough to see through her sci-fi disguise?
Meet Egg. Her real name is Victoria Jurgen, but she's renamed herself after the kick-ass heroine of her favorite sci-fi movie, Terminal Earth. Like her namesake, Egg dresses all in white, colors her eyebrows, an
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Candlewick Press (first published February 17th 2005)
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Asenath
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Judy

Last month I attended a reading by Jonathan Evison (The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving) at Skylight Books in Hollywood. Introducing Jonathan was Cecil Castellucci. "I know that name," I thought. Sure enough she is one of the more truly hip YA authors writing these days. I had seen her books all the time when I worked at Once Upon A Time Bookstore, but somehow never read any.

In my usual fashion I started with her first novel. Cecil Castellucci, in my opinion, is a direct literary descendant o
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Sally Kruger
Inspire by John Green's 18 Books You Probably Haven't Read, I found my copy of BOY PROOF by Cecil Castellucci. It has been on my classroom shelf for some time, but for some reason I've never read it. Thanks for the suggestion, John.

With a mother who is an actress and a father who is a respected makeup and special effects artist, one would think that Victoria's life would include one amazing event after another. The reality is Victoria, who prefers to be called Egg, goes out of her way to be a lo
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Rose
I read "Boy Proof" in one afternoon and for a quick read, this was actually a rather well-told tale, even if the protagonist isn't necessarily the kind of character you would align with at the very beginning. Egg, who's real name is Victoria, idolizes a character from her favorite movie, Terminal Earth. She's a sci-fi geek (and there are numerous references to sci-fi works in this novel) who self-loathes about her life despite vying to become the valedictorian of her school, having famous parent ...more
Emily
If you think that you are boy proof you should read Boy Proof. It proves that you’re not boy proof, but just that you haven’t found the right person yet. I say this because I feel like I am boy proof. If you’re not that into love stories don’t worry, it’s there but it is not the most important part of the book. The story takes place in Hollywood and follows a high school senior thru a journey of making friends. There is some foul language in the book. I can’t think of my favorite part of the boo ...more
Lisa
Oct 04, 2011 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
I saw Cecil Castellucci at the West Hollywood Book Fair, and went over to say hi, because we're both supporters of WriteGirl (an awesome creative writing mentoring nonprofit in Los Angeles). I decided to buy one of her books, and after we talked for a few minutes, she recommended Boy Proof.

I don't know if she's reader-psychic or what, but I have a weakness for books with dorky, socially awkward main characters, and I absolutely loved this one. Reading Cecil Castellucci's writing makes me want to
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Caroline Turla
This book is funny, geeky, witty, weird and smart. Cecil Castelluci have written a novel that easily explore some of the lives of introverted people and how they just keep silent not just because they don't know how to socialize but because if they keep on talking on what is in their great minds, other people will surely not understand. That is their loneliness. Yeah.

The book started with the life of Victoria or Egg (which she would like to be called, name's after her idol in the movie Terminal
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Minli
Boy Proof is a solid. Short, contained and good, hitting a lot of the right themes. I smiled when I finished the last page.

Victoria, alias Egg, is pretty much the quirky of the quirky. She was quirky before it was cool to be quirky, and wants you to know it. She doesn't care for makeup or appearances, she's a smartass, perfectionist and a bit of a snob about it too. She wears a cloak, and is a self-professed cinephile and a sci-fi/fantasy geek. She also strikes me as borderline autistic (or has
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Tracy
Such a lovely read and totally worth a night without sleep. I liked the spare writing, which was necessary as an internal monologue is how the story gets told. The main character is a girl, Egg, who is "boy proof." She dresses and acts in such a manner to repel the opposite sex, but she's equal opportunity in closing herself off from anybody...so a more accurate title would be "People Proof." (Betcha that was an interesting meeting with the marketing team--"Boy Proof" catches the eye faster, but ...more
jess
Having re-sprained my ankle (yes, again), I settled into my miserable days of RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate, for those of you outside the soft tissue injury scene) with a pile of library books, including this quick jaunt into YAF. I picked it up because the author was also involved in the P.L.A.I.N JANES book, a graphic novel that I adored.

Yes, there was too much of myself here (skipping a grade, graduating early, the loneliness of high school, the excruciating torture of first crushes, an
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Karin
Victoria "Egg" Jurgen is a loner and she likes it that way. Dressed in her long white cloak, with a shaved head and drawn-in eyebrows, she doesn't talk to people and doesn't want people to talk to her. Her look and attitude cause her to be "boy proof," according to her mother. Egg's unique style is fashioned after her favorite character from the movie Terminal Earth, which she has seen multiple times and as many as four times in one day. Egg refers to herself as a cinephile. She loves the film i ...more
Alysha Speer
Feb 05, 2009 Alysha Speer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alysha by: Kim
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Edan
I pretty much ate this book whole it was so fun and readable. I'd never read a young adult novel before, or, I should say I'd never before read a contemporary young adult novel as an adult reader. I found the narrator really lovable and flawed, and complicated--I mean, she wears a cape for most of the book! It was so interesting to think of how this book differed from an book for adults about a teenager. For one thing, the prose is really spare and straightforward. Also, there's more telling--so ...more
Banusha
the rating is based on 20 year old me re reading the book, because i recall 14 year old me loving it.

20 year old me found the book a bit too unrealistic with many changes in Egg's personality over a too short period of time. i also found it way too predicting and not too exciting or anything.

but 14 year old me loved it. she was sort of like egg, proud since no boys liked her. proud that she wasn't like anyone else with their crushes and almost obsession over the opposite gender. and through th
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Carien
Apr 30, 2014 Carien rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I picked this book up after reading Castellucci's Tin Star, because I was curious if her other books were just as good.

This book is even better in my opinion!

I devoured this book in one sitting. I just couldn't stop reading.

This is such a recognizable story. Egg is a bit of an outcast. She doesn't know how to fit in, and therefor has decided to close herself off from those around her. She's a bit of a know-it-all at times, but otherwise I could totally relate with her.

When Egg meets Max, she's s
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K. Bird
Yummy, yummy bite of geeky-hollywood media obsessed high school girlhood. This one reminded me of Rainbow Rowell's book, Fangirl, in the realistic, get-inside-your-brain depiction of the main character's geeky, socially-introverted voice.

And she's heck-a-fun to read.

Egg/Victoria is the daughter of a Hollywood actress and a special effects man. She is obsessed with science fiction, movies, and in particular, the movie Terminal Earth. She even dresses like the leading lady of that movie. However,
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laaaaames
I've heard from a lot of people that this book is pretty so-so, but honestly I enjoyed it a lot and flew through it. Basically what I loved is that none of the geek stuff is sugar-coated. Meg had mentioned to me that the great thing about this book is it doesn't pretend geeks are just cool kids who need a second look or to take off their glasses or whatever, and I fully agree. So, you know. I'd give three stars, but I'm doing four because I think props for that should be huge.
Becca
May 26, 2014 Becca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary YA and is looking for something a bit different
Shelves: favourites
This was a book that I hadn’t heard of until I watched John Green’s vlog titled 18 great books you probably haven’t read. I added it to my TBR and kind of forgot about it until Amazon recommended it to me. Owing to the fact that it was relatively cheap for my Kindle, I decided to download it and give it a go. And I am so glad that I did.

Boy Proof truly is a gem - an undiscovered one at that. With only just under 2000 ratings on Goodreads, and a measly 4 on amazon.co.uk, it is clear that this bo
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Joey
May 11, 2008 Joey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fnas of click here and raisin rodriguez
Recommended to Joey by: my local book store
i fell in love with this book! i couldn't believe how much i can relate to egg's problems. she feels the same feelings and hopes and wants of teenage girls that age. the want to be your own person and odd and out there but liked at the same time. she wants to believe that she is boy proof because she doesn't want to get hurt.i don't want to spoil the book but i love the way that it ends!
Michael Burhans
My second book by Cecil Castellucci , and a distinct improvement. The previous book I read, Beige, was a great story, very compelling and then crashed and burned in the ending to the point I dropped two stars from where it had been.

Like that book, this one involves a fish out of water story to a degree. Also like that book the protagonist goes through some serious changes during the course of the book. UNLIKE Beige, the character changes in this book were within character, believable, and made
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Desiree
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Tuxedotwig
This is a good coming of age story. Victoria is the only daughter of a well known actress and a famous special effects guy. She is obsessed with movies, preferring them to real life. At school she is a loner, ignoring everyone except for an occasional conversation about sci-fi with the other members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club. At the moment, she is especially obsessed with a new movie, Terminal Earth. She dresses up as the main character, Egg, in a costume she made herself, even sha ...more
Claire N
I thought I might like this book. Like the protagonist, I hate pretty much everything and everyone; I was super into scifi & fantasy as a young adult.
-There is no explanation or exploration of why, exactly, the protagonist is such an a-hole to everyone, why Victoria/Egg wants to be "boy proof," why she insists on isolating herself, etc. For a book set entirely in the protagonist's head, there's very little depth, change, or revelation.
+Short book, quick read. Seriously. Maybe it's just the p
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Liz
I think this is a good book about a girl who is trying to figure out who she is, and also a good book about realizing that someone you look up to isn't what you thought they were - one happens in a good way for her and one in a bad way. I think it would be a good book for a teenage girl to read, that they would get a good message of it. However, I don't think it's a book that a teenage girl is likely to read or make it all the way through. It starts out slow, and never really moves quickly plotw ...more
Ariel
One of my favourite books of all time. This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I've read it, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it.
elissa
Sep 19, 2007 elissa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fiction fans
Good, but it hasn't stuck with me so well. Main character's name (Egg) is definitely memorable, though.
Kelly
It's hard to enjoy a book when you dislike the protagonist. I found little about Egg/Victoria redeemable until a good 150 pages into the 200 page book. I understand the power of character growth and change, but as a reader, I generally appreciate feeling some level of connection to the main character. I found that hard in this book. Victoria's a pretty privileged kid with a TON of positive stuff going for her. It's hard for me to relate when I found her to be so whiny, unappreciative, disrespect ...more
Ashley
This book was a lot shorter than I was expecting but I didn't know this when buying it as it was bought for kindle. I finished it within a few hours which I didn't enjoy.

This book was recommended by John Green John Green, therefore I thought it would be worth the read but it really just made me angry. In my opinion this is just another book about a girl who likes to be a little different conforming to societies' idea of "normal" to please others.
Eric Juneau
Nothing special at all. And in fact, kinda boring. It's just a series of things that happened and the title makes it sound more interesting than it is. She's not boy proof, she's just an anti-social asshole. She's Miss Independent until some cute guy transfers schools. Of course.

But this takes place in Hollywood, so Miss Independent has the added weirdness of mimicking a girl from a Matrix pastiche, so much so that she dresses like her and wants to be called by that character's name (which is "
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Michelle
Boy Proof is another book I picked up on a whim at the library. The summary that comes with the actual book is a little different from what is written in the summary in the sense that it is very brief and left a lot to be imagined. Needless to say I picked up Boy Proof because it sounded different from anything I had been reading at the time and I was drawn to the unique main character Victoria who prefers to be called Egg.

Like many contemporary novels, Boy Proof moves at a slow yet steady pace.
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Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books. Titles include Boy Proof, The Year of the Beasts (illustrated by Nate Powell), First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool The Plain Janes and Janes in Love (illustrated by Jim Rugg), Tin Star and Odd Duck (illustrated by Sara Varon).

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