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Boys Are Dogs (Annabelle Unleashed #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  2,554 Ratings  ·  302 Reviews
The book that inspired the Disney Channel movie Zapped, starring Zendaya!

When Annabelle returns from summer camp, her life is totally different. She's moving to a new house with her mom's new boyfriend, and that means starting sixth grade at a brand-new school. Birchwood Middle School is very different from her old all-girls elementary-the boys practically run wild in the
Paperback, 195 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published September 2nd 2008)
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Sophiaaa No it's very different...the movie was only inspired by the book; I wouldn't even say it was based on it.
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Oct 23, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle school students
I liked this. The main character, Annabelle, goes through a few key changes. Mom is dating Ted and they move in together so Annabelle has a new father figure. Annabelle and Mom move 30 miles away so Annabelle must start at a new middle school. Annabelle must make new friends. Annabelle faces a lot of bullying at her school. And Annabelle gets a new dog.

There's a lot going on here but the strongest part of this book was the parallel between Annabelle's dog training and how she dealt with bullyin
Sep 29, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw this in the thrift store for 20 cents I almost had a little accident on the floor.

The title is just too true and generally, the men that they grow up to be are dogs as well.

Still, for the price this was worth the investment, and at just under 200 pages is a very quick read with some amusing perspectives.

Told by a pre-teen girl this book is primarily aimed that those that are not estregenally challenged like myself, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Oct 28, 2009 Jennahua2000 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now Annabelle is at her friend Rachel's birthday party with Rachel,Yumi,Emma,and Claire when Annabelle heard somthing loud she moved away then it was Jackson her friend Rachel's brother jumped in the pool,all girls got wet.Annabelle got really angry she said"why can't leave us alone we were having a great time before you showed up acting like this crazy out of control dog!!!!" Jack son looked at her like he didn't know what she was talking about.He said"what did you just call me???" "A DOG!!!" A ...more
May 15, 2017 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theme of this book is don't judge people if you don't know who they actually are like don't judge a book by its cover. If you don't know the person or never have met them before then you can't make a judgement about them. Annabelle didn't know what it was like to go to school with boys in the end she figured out they are not so bad.
Jul 07, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tweens
Recommended to Jamie by: Chris Spitzel
Shelves: tween-books
Sorry guys, this book’s probably not for you. It’s pretty much a girl book. :) And what a girl book it is!

Annabelle life is in upheaval. It’s summer between 5th and 6th grade. Annabelle and her Mom are moving about an hour away from their North Hollywood (CA) apartment so that Annabelle’s Mom and her Mom’s new boyfriend, Ted Weeble (Annabelle calls him “Dweeble”) can live together. Annabelle has to start 6th grade in a new school. She’s always gone to an all-girls Catholic school where they all
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boys Are Dogs is a really cute book with an entertaining plot. Annabelle and her mother have just moved in with her mother’s boyfriend. His name is Ted, but Annabelle calls him Dweeble. They give Annabelle a puppy to help her deal with all the changes. The puppy comes complete with a training manual that becomes a key part of the plot.

One of the big changes for Annabelle is her school. She starts sixth grade at a co-ed middle school and realizes just how immature the boys can be. I mean no disre
Autumn Skowrenski
Autumn Skowrenski
Boys are dogs
Genre: Comedy and Humor

It used to just be Annabelle and her mom. Now Annabelle's mom has a new boyfriend and they are going to move in with him. Annabelle has to take a big step and join Birchwood Middle School instead of her old school which was an all girls school. And Annabelle is not very happy about it. So, to try and make up for the moving, Annabelle's mom and Ted decide to surprise Annabelle with a puppy. At first Annabelle isn't too happy with the bribe but
Aug 11, 2009 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's cute. That's the first thing that pops into my head.

When Annabelle's mother decides to move in with her new boyfriend, Annabelle's prepared for everything to change - her home, her school, her friends. What she's not prepared for is the puppy her mother's boyfriend chooses for her - or the fact that for the first time, she's going to a co-ed school.

Fortunately for her, she soon learns that the dog-training manual works equally well on obnoxious boys.

Some seriously cute scenes in here - espe
Sep 10, 2014 2017claudiag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The book "Boys are Dogs" by Lesie Margolis is about a young girl named Annable who is coming from an all girls school to co-ed middle school. Annable and her mom move in with her mom's boyfriend who Annable has nicknamed, Dweeble. Once she gets a dog and reads the book on training she realizes that boys are much alike dogs, she then uses dog training tricks on boys.

It is nonfiction and makes you realize that it really could happen to anyone but you just have to be extra clever. I think it mig
Sixth grade Annabelle just moved into a new house with her mom and her mom's boyfriend Ted Weeble. Annabelle creates a secret nickname for Ted, Dweeble, which is very fitting with his dorky running shorts and nerdy music. New house equals a new school, and her new middle school is filled with pesky boys that take great pleasure in teasing and tormenting Annabelle. Mom and Ted surprise Annabelle with a new puppy, hoping the distraction will help her adjust. Annabelle soon discovers that boys and ...more
Sep 29, 2010 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, children
A fourth grader REALLY wanted me to get this for my library, so I am reading it to see if it is too mature or not.

UPDATE: I think this book is perfect for the 4th-5th grade crowd (of girls; I'm not sure if boys would like it). The premise of the book is that boys with bad behavior can be "trained" like new puppies, and it's all practical advice on how to handle anyone with whom a person might be having difficulty. I got a big kick out of the story. It's not too mature at all, and I am going to r
Kat (the_bookish_kat)
Annabelle is a good character. First, she is starting middle school so she gives out pretty good tips about it. Second, she moves from an all-girls school to a school with both boys and girls so she realizes how boys act(she is an only child). And lastly, because she gets a dog she has to train him. And when she starts learning the dog tricks she realizes that the tips in the book work on the boys at Birchwood Middle School. So over about a month she has learned how to tame the wild boys at Birc ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Madison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about how the main character deals with boys bugging her around. This writer isn't that great. She's pretty robotic and her writing is just boring because she is telling us the characters entire day. Even the stuff I don't care about. For example she is telling us her thought process through what she wears every single day. And it has nothing to do with the book. Quite frankly, I think that the author is just trying to fill up pages.
Katie. R
Boys and Dogs by Leslie Margolis is a great book. Boys and Dogs is about a girl named Annabelle that comes back from summer camp with having her mom have a new boyfriend, a new house,and a new puppy. At her new school theirs boys that acts like dogs but she thinks at least the dog comes with training manuel.
Megan G
Sep 07, 2014 Megan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It gives you so many tips for so many things. Tips like how to deal with crazy mean boys, how to train puppies and how you should stand up for your self. I love reading books where the kids are set at my age. Again this is a awesome book and can't wait to read girls getting catish I'm pretty shore that's what is called:)
Jul 08, 2012 Delaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know EXACTLY what Annabelle is going through. I feel her pain. Except for the fact that I have to bring a dog home at the end if the school day. I have a 7 year old brother. I have to clean up after him and my dog Josey. She has it better than I do. Good luck Annabelle!
Dec 12, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a funny yet true book!!!!!
Leila Amos
Jan 22, 2015 Leila Amos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it talks about girls having to deal with boys and how their always annoying them and I can relate to it.
Oct 03, 2009 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this is a good book so far!
Julie Bristol Colwell
It is appalling that a book with this title makes it to publication. If you replace the word "boys" with any other demographic, you'd get clobbered with lawsuits, but because it's "boys" this one goes unchecked to scholastic book fairs all over the country. A sad indication of the collective opinion on boys today. Leslie Margolis, you should be ashamed of yourself for this title.
May 16, 2017 Isabel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked how through out the story Anabelle makes connections between how to train a dog and how to train a boy.
Feb 04, 2017 Maddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had me laughing!
Five stars to all of the books that Leslie Margolis wrote. Except Fix and Price Of Admission, I haven't read those, probably never gonna. I loved that they turned this book into a movie because I love the book. I didn't read it before I saw Zendaya was going to be in a movie based on the book, but when I read the book, I fell in love with the book. And the author. Leslie Margolis is my all time favorite author in the world. You can't go wrong with Annabelle Stevens. She's awesome, funny, and sup ...more
Dec 16, 2014 Rania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This story written by Leslie Margolies talks about a teenage girl that is growing

up . Throughout this story we see how the main character is becoming more

mature. She is having a really bad time because her parents are going to divorce

and she hates her mother’s boyfriend. She doesn’t want her mother to get back

with someone because her parents recently divorced. I think in this story the

author used a lot of conflicts and a good sense of conflicts and I hope you enjoy

them as I di
Laura Hughes
Mar 14, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girly-ya
I'm normally irritated by gender stereotypes in so-called "chick lit," even the chick lit that I enjoy (that which is aimed at 11-year-old girls). Ordinarily, I'd never pick up a book called "Boys are Dogs." But I'd enjoyed a sequel to this, so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised; rather than the actually misogynist messages that underlie many "men are from mars" type stories, this one came off to me as clever, positive, and empowering.

When Annabelle transfers from an all-girl
May 24, 2014 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolis is a fun book that really had me laughing at times. I enjoyed it a lot and it was quite interesting to watch how young Annabelle coped with her changing situations.
As the book starts out, the main character, Annabelle, has just started middle school at Birchwood Middle School--a boys-and-girls school that’s a huge change from her all-girls elementary school. At first, Annabelle is really excited about her new school, but after just one day, she realizes that th
Mar 14, 2010 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Boys Are Dogs was another fun, light read. It was definitely targeted for a younger audience, but I still enjoyed it. Annabelle was a relatable narrator and her troubles brought back a lot of my own sixth grade memories. I could definitely understand what Annabelle meant about the boys! Sixth grade boys are about as far from mature as you can get. Although this plot line can be a little overdone, Margolis added her own cute twist to it. I loved how Annabelle dealt with the boys in her own unique ...more
Dogs are Boys is about a teenage girl dealing with boys for the first time, her mom's new boyfriend, moving, middle school teachers, and other problems the sterotypical girl deals with. Although the problems that Annabelle, the main character, deals with are sterotypical, the way she deals with it is different. So Annabelle has a new dog, un-trained and absolutely adorable. Her mom's boyfriend and her mom provide her with a guide to train her new dog. As she trains her dog, one day, she stopped ...more
3.5 stars.

Another YALSA amazing audiobooks pick, and another one that seems much too young to classify as YA. The narrator does a great job with Annabelle's voice.

I started out loving this book and Annabelle, the sassy and sweet narrator. She's a little over-the-top with the sassy sometimes, but anyone who has ever interacted with a sixth grade girl knows that this is pretty standard behavior. Around the middle of the book I found that some of the situations Annabelle ends up in actually made me
Audrey Wilkerson
Briefly: Annabelle’s life won’t be the same when she gets home from summer camp. First, her home has changed from the apartment that she and her mom shared to the two of them living with her mom’s boyfriend, Ted Weeble. Dweeble. On top of that, she will no longer be going to the all-girls school where her friends are; she has to attend the neighborhood middle school where she knows no one.

One bright spot? Her mom and Dweeble got her a puppy. Which is great, unless he’s peeing on the floor, eatin
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Leslie Margolis at a young age aspired to be a writer, and she had been successful at it through her books. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her family.
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