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Babe in Boyland

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  9,664 Ratings  ·  955 Reviews
Natalie boldly goes where no girl has gone before in this fresh, funny peek inside the male mind!
Natalie writes the relationship column for her high school newspaper. Then she is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, so she decides to disguise herself as a guy and spend a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boys boarding s
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Speak
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars It's pretty much impossible to read this book and not smile throughout most of it. Impossible, I say! I've never read this author before, but the quirky cover appealed to my sense of humor and the premise reminded me a of A Different Twist, one of those Scholastic paperbacks I really liked in grade school.

Have you ever wondered why guys don't call back when they say they will? Natalie has, so she decides to go undercover at a boys' prep school for some inside info for her newspaper sto
Dec 27, 2011 Catie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catie by: Wendy Darling
For those of you who read my reviews, this one might feel like a bit of déjà vu.

Which is exactly how this book feels to me. Granted, sometimes this premise is done well. But mostly, it’s not.

I actually think that this theme could use a reboot, especially in this day and age, with gender roles becoming more and more fluid and undefined. I would love to see one of these characters discover that the old, “Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” paradigm is a load of crap and that we’re all actuall
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
Full review posted at Amaterasu Reads

From the summary, you'd probably think of Amanda Bynes' movie She's The Man. A girl who disguises herself as a boy and went to an all boys school? Ring a bell? Or if you're familiar with Hisaya Nakajo's Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, which is also about a girl who went to an all boys school. Or if you want to look even further, I would say this also reminds me a bit of Drew Barrymore's Never Been Kissed. You're probably right in that part of the story, but I th
I loved this book. I want to snuggle up and cuddle it and marvel in its sweetness. It was fun, clever, made me laugh (a lot) and HELLOOOO EMILIO! That boy made me swoon.

The characters in this book were so easy to love. Natalie (AKA Nat) felt so real, she's the type of girl who'd be great to have as a friend. Chloe and Darcy were awesome, best friends so different but when matched with Nat, the perfect balance. Tyler was a cutie, I have a thing for nerdy-but-shy-and-cute guys (or POKSI as Natali
Yin Chien 인첸
Having not read any of Jody Gehrman’s other books, I opened Babe in Boyland, not knowing what to expect. The synopsis reminds me of Amanda Bynes' movie - She's The Man, K-Drama He's Beautiful and Taiwanese drama, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, in which the heroines go cross-dressing as a guy in a foreign place, but with different motives. I was a little worried that Babe in Boyland will fall into the same mold as the movies/dramas, but turns out, it doesn’t fall back on tired stereotypes. The cross- ...more
Whaaaat the fuck.
This book is literally just a cheap rip off of that Amanda Bynes movie.
Want to know what guys ACTUALLY think? Watch that freaking movie at least it would be some what accurate.
2 solid stars no more no less.
3.5 stars. I do not really know exactly why I enjoy stories that picture girls masquerading as men so much – I do not mean stories that focus on girls feeling wrong in their own female skins, but plots that show girls cross-dressing because their gender would be an unacceptable obstactle to doing what they want or what they have to do (like spy work, having a career or evading a certain unwelcome fate). For instance, I loved Alle halten mich für einen Jungen, in which 12-years-old Simone just do ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Nafiza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
First, let’s discuss the cover. The girl has huuuuge eyes (I suspect photoshop) and the reason I mention it is because the huge eyes is common in shoujo (girl’s) manga. So, the huge eyes automatically led me to expect something a bit wacky because well, suspension of belief is quite necessary to read some manga -_- (the shoujo ones anyway) and the mustache makeup is kinda genius. You have to admit that. It elicited a chuckle out of me anyway.

First, let me just say that I love gender benders. I l
Mar 17, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Rowan wants to know a couple of things:

1. When you say you’re going to call and you don’t, what happened?
2. What are you do different when your friends are around? Which one is the real you?
3. What do you really look for in a girl?
4. Is it true that guys think about sex every eight seconds, or is it just a myth?
5. What’s the surest way to tell the difference between a guy who’s being sincere and one who’s just looking to score?
6. What can make you lose interest in a girl overnight?
7. I
Mar 22, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was HILARIOUS! So many laugh-out-loud moments..... and such a feel good novel. I could read it again right now! Despite being a novel full of humor and witty one liners there is also an important underlying message, that not only teens but all readers can appreciate.

If you haven't read Jody's Triple Shot Bettys books I'd recommend you pick those up as well. I love Jody's characters and her depictions of friendship. That's something that I can always expect when picking up her novels...
Dec 31, 2011 Kaisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read-naow
I did enjoy this book.
Yeah, I guess that's how I'm gonna start this review.

Listen, if you've seen "Just one of the guys" or "She's the man", you know this story by heart. And I mean that. 95% of EVERYTHING in this book is taken directly from those two movies. I started wondering if this book was the basis for "She's the man". But... that's impossible.
So! This book gets a big fat 0 for originality.
Just imagine someone getting their Twilight fanfiction published. That would be weird. And dumb.
Apr 07, 2013 Beleth marked it as abandonados  ·  review of another edition
Menudo espanto, ha sido llegar a la página 50 y dar saltos de alegría por poderlo abandonar de una vez. Creo que no había visto jamás más tópicos de adolescentes superficiales resumidos en tan pocas páginas.


Protagonista superficial y absurda - check
Trama totalmente absurda - check
Amigas totalmente absurdas - check
Narración excéntrica y absurda - check

Pues eso, maravilloso.
Aug 27, 2016 Nihaarika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a refreshing and funny book , and I liked the concept
Aug 30, 2016 Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently in the process of avoiding studying for a test so naturally I decide to read. I read this because I was in the mood for something funny and optimistic. It was hilarious and embarrassing, but as you've probably guessed, a predictable fluffy book.

Quick Overview: Natalie, aka Dr. Aphrodite, knows nothing about how boys really think even though she writes a column for her school paper dishing relationship advice. After reading some harsh words from guys about her horrible advice and t
This isn't going to win any awards for best writing or creativity, even, but it was a quick, clean, fun read.

Natalie Rowan writes a love advise column, generally tossing bad advise to her female followers. Basically, she has a tendency to tell them what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear. Desperately wanting to prove herself knowledgeable and write a killer article on the male mind, she cross-dresses as Nat Rodgers and enrolls herself into a male only private school. You must
I know I say this every time I review a contemporary novel, but I rarely actively want to read contemporary. I just can't get over this roadblock in my head that says contemporary is either Gossip Girl fluff or slit-your-wrists depressing. This, despite all of the incrediblecontemporary I've read. Whatever, welcome to my brain. The point is, I rarely wishlist contemporary books, but Babe in Boyland, for whatever reason*, was one I wishlisted. So when Jody emailed me, asking if I'd like to review ...more
Princess Bookie
May 02, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: We are introduced to Natalie who loves the drama club and loves her role on the school newspaper. She gives advice about guys and love. She's never really had a boyfriend or been in love and so she starts to feel fake. Along with her two best friends she decides she will enroll in the all boys school and get to know how boys really think. She than starts to have feelings for her roommate. Yes, this book is very much like She's The Man (the movie). I'm sure I'm not the first person t ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Gale rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most overused storyline in the history of romance. Huh. A girl in a boys' school? I've come across this too many times. However, Natalie aka Dr. Aphrodite enters the realm of testosterone in order to find out more information about the opposite sex. She did this for the betterment of her writing and investigative skills - which she majorly lacks. What annoyed me was, she plans on submitting a paper about the "secrets of the male specimen - what makes them act the way they do?" ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fly on the wall—we always want to know what someone else is thinking or if what we see or feel is for real—“if only I was a fly on the wall”. How many times have you said that in one form or another when it comes to the opposite sex? Babe in Boyland takes that concept to a hilarious, madcap level!

Natalie is determined to find out how boys think, act, and especially why they do certain things that drive girls crazy! After a few painfully funny interviews, Natalie discovers the only way to uncov
I give this book 5 stars because it was just too catching and awesome. But I have to warn you, this is no extraordinary story. You might have read similar ones.

This story is just so cute and amazing and funny. I couldn't put the book down and I do have a lot of work to do. It's just one of those books that make you smile and happy and girly and swoony. It's genuine, down to earth, completely crazy. I just fell in love with it and the characters are smart, kind and lovely.

I'll definitely be rea
Feb 15, 2016 Madeleine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was nice and funny!
I'd give this book 4.5 stars, but you know that's not how goodreads rolls. So I'm rounding up for sheer adorableness.

Even though I have hundreds of books on my shelves, I go to the library every week. And this book caught my eye when I walked by the "New Reads" shelf in the YA section. You know how your mom told you that can't judge a book by its cover?

She was wrong.

This book is utterly charming from the beginning to the end, and I really loved it. The cover is totally cute, and that's why I pic
Natalie is a romance advice columnist, Dr. Aphrodite, for her school paper. When some harsh comments crop up on her latest online help column, she realizes that maybe she isn't the best person to be dispensing advice about relationships, especially since she hasn't had a boyfriend since...forever. She decides to ask the boys at her school some questions that girls really want to know the answers to. They all clam up though and give her nothing. Natalie isn't sure what to do. Then she has a plan, ...more
Nov 28, 2015 Amelie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Ich bin ein RIESIGER Fan von She's the Man. Ihr wisst schon, dieser Teenie Film mit Amanda Bynes, in dem sie sich als ihr Bruder ausgibt und sich ein Zimmer mit Channing Tatum teilt? Nun, Babe in Boyland war wie eine etwas abgeänderte Buchversion von diesem Film, was es mir irgendwie unmöglich machte, das Buch NICHT zu mögen.
Es geht hier um die junge Nat, die in ihrer Highschool die Ratgeberkomlumne schreibt und damit alle Mädchen begeistern kann. Als ihr ihre männlichen Fans aber sagen, dass si
Oct 15, 2011 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't want to like this book because I thought it was going to be so cliche. But I found that I couldn't help but really like it. It was quite humorous.

When a friend first recommended this to me, I looked up the summary and thought: Oh no. Another book about getting into the minds of boys, and to top it all of, about a so-called journalist. I'm sorry, but for some reason authors think it's the thing to write about reporters and columnists, and they can't be more off about what it's like in th
Sep 08, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Street Corner TBR Challenge
September pick #1 per Janina

The gist:
Natalie has decided to go under-cover as a boy... in an all boys' school. She wants to understand guys. She wants to write an awesome story for a competition. She wants to give girls all the answers into the male species' mind. Only, it's harder than she thought to be a boy. Especially when you have a hot roomate.

I like that it wasn't all picture perfect, like she had to witness guys changing clothes and peeing. It wasn't as easy
Ana Banda
Feb 22, 2012 Ana Banda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como disfrute al leer este libro!

Natalie es la tipica niña fresilla; cinica pero buena oyente!
Al ser Nat no cambio; bueno solo fisicamente pero nos mostro un lado de los niños que suponiamos pero no tan divertido como es!
La escena de Max usando la toalla como si fuera hilo dental JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA la ame! :)
Tyler aw el chavito al cual solo prestamos atencion para ser un amigo pero es tan lindo para la chica indicada :3
Summer cara de zorra la deteste :k
Chloe & Darcy; muy buenas amigas aunqe Ch
Genre: YA chick lit

Read like a movie adaptation if the movie was a cocktail of CLUELESS, SHE'S THE MAN, and JUST ONE OF THE GUYS. Many a description of what everyone is wearing and what music is playing in the background. The soundtrack is important, right?

I found the 17 yr old first person narrator vacuous with little of the sweetness or perception that would make her more bearable to me. I admit that I don't usually read YA romances but do loves me some cross-dressing teen comedy. From that pe
Queue Aerosmith's Dude (Looks Like A Lady)

I laughed so hard while reading this; it was therapeutic -- lord knows I needed a good laugh. I will say that the story line is very similar to the movie
She's the Man
starring Amanda Bynes but I had such a good time reading I didn't mind... much.


Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
3,5 stars
Well it is obvious I can't give any more than 3,5 stars because well lets be honest it's not something we've never seen before.
But it was a really funny and entertaining book.

I had so much fun with Babe in Boyland that I was literally laughing out loud at some scenes. I especially like the one with Max and the towel.
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Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey's Guide to Black Magic, Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Be ...more
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“I despise the rituals of fake friendship. I wish we could just claw each other's eyes out and call it a day; instead we put on huge radiant smiles and spout compliments until our teeth hurt from the saccharine sweetness of it all.” 302 likes
“Are you mad?" I ask.
"I was." He glances at the ceiling then back at me. "Or confused, anyway. The whole thing threw me through for a loop. I thought I'd finally met a guy at Underwood I could relate to, and it turns out he wasn't a guy at all."
I swallow. "I can see how that would be weird."
"In a way though, I was relieved."
"Relieved?" I echo. "Why?"
He looks around embarrased. "Let's just say you had me questioning my sexual orientation.”
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