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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,253 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Is he a girl? Is she a boy?

Matthew's American cousin, Sam, has come to London to live with the family. Sam is a charismatic, funny kid, but can he be trusted to be a reliable friend? Matthew and his "mates" decide that Sam must undertake a challenge in order to prove himself: he must start off his new year at their school posing as a girl. It turns out that Sam makes a gre
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 9th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published May 1st 2004)
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Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, uk
I was sent this book and i read it in 1 day.
Cute story. Good for kids aged 9-12 i would say.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
I went in to this book thinking it was going to engage all kinds of important issues with gender, which was exciting, especially in a book aimed towards a younger audience. Maybe my expectations were a bit high, but this book was nothing but disappointing.

Reading it, it feels like an effort to engage topics of gender made by somebody who doesn't know what they're talking about. When a character refers to a group of girls as "chicks" another character tells him not to be sexist, despite the enti
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOOOOOOOOOL this was HILARIOUS, entertaining and amazing!!!!!!!!!!loved it!!!!!!

Tyrone: That's him? Bit of a titch, isn't he?
Jake: And get a load of that hair
Matthew: It's like I told you. He's a hippy.
Jake: Looks more like a girl to me
Matthew: You wait
"Over the next few days, as we showed Sam around what he insisted on calling 'the hood', he talked about his life back home."
Kirsty Grant
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book deserved a five star rating because it made me laugh out loud so often. It was a brilliant book and I loved Blacker's use of narrative voice. It is a multiple first person narrative which allows the reader a close and personal account of the characters feelings and emotions, this is particular interesting as there is a mixture of both adult and child characters. The book gives the reader a wonderful insight into gender and demonstrates the way in which gender is socially constructed. I ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was recommended this book by a teen patron who loves John Green. I can see why kids would like it, but it must have just not been my thing, because it took me FOREVER to get through it (and it's not a hard book). It was funny, but not quite funny enough to make me laugh out loud -- clever, but not quite clever enough to make me think. I did like the way the author chose to tell the story, as if each of the characters in the book were being interviewed about Sam throughout the novel, but I thou ...more
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Book Review
Title: Boy2Girl
Author: Terence Blacker
Genre: YA/Family/Social
Rating: ****
Review: In the beginning of Boy2Girl we meet Matthew Burton as his American cousin Sam arrives after the death of his mother; Matthew’s aunt Galaxy. Sam is exactly what you’d expect a 13-year-old orphan to be angry, withdrawn and everything else. As he tries to adjust to a life in a London he struggles but seems to be trying at least. Even for a multiple P.O.V. novel there are loads of them. Also, I know we are
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ironically this is the first novel I’ve made it through this year. The irony part of it is that it pissed me off quite hard. I think the biggest factor behind that is that I found it on the ‘rainbow shelf’ at the library, a shelf meant for LGBTQ+ related books. And yeah, this book vaguely relates to cross-dressing, even if it’s because of a dare, because at some points the character involved in that discusses the ‘freedom’ it allows him to behave differently than when he’s dressed in his normal ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This book was the absolute. Worst. I randomly picked it up in the library because the title made it seem like it would be a book with LGBT+ rep in it. I was expecting like… a coming of age story where the cross dressing dude, Sam, realizes he’s gay or maybe a trans girl. There was none of that. In fact, I remember several of the parents explicitly being against their children being gay or trans. However, there was a small bit I remember where Sam apparently felt more confident presenting as a gi ...more
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
I often look for books that play with gender stereotypes. This book did just that. A young and very tough teen finds a sense of freedom and power when he decides to go to his new school dressed as a girl. I did like this book, but the author just couldn't seem to let go of most of the stereotypes about boys and girls. The girls were backstabbing gossips and the boys were emotionally stunted. Even the main character who was crossdressing was still unable to break free from stereotypical boy behav ...more
Dec 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was full of funnines (if that's a word) and comical issues.
In this book, a rebelious Sam's (he's a boy) mothe rdies in theri nice home in USA. He is moved to his aunt's house in london, england. Sadly, he's a stubborn, swearing, long haired maniac. His cosein, Matt, who is Sam's aunt's son, is not too happy about Sam's arrival. Immediatly Sam wants to fit in with Matt's completly unpopular group, The Sheds. The Sheds aren't looking for new recruits, so they make a proporstion for Sam
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sam is sent over to relatives in Englad after his mom is killed. Sam has a major attitude problem and soon his cousin decides to get even with him by challenging him to dress up as a girl for the first week of school. Sam quickly finds he can be someone new when he's dressed as Samantha. Things change though when it seems Sam is enjoying himself too much as Samantha. When Sam's long lost dad returns to get him, Sam has to decide who his true family really is. I really enjoyed the characters in t ...more
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i loved this story! Listen, this book examines feelings and motive of teens, the whole spectrum, and what they will do to get what they need and what they do when they don't get it. The gender switch is a clever way to explore that as well as what we expect from kids. i loved the emotional bravery of the main character and how he gained insight about himself, was able to actually share it and then spoke fearlesslyh for all to see his pain, his anger, his admission of who he was. I admit, I kinda ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers with good humour
Very funny book about a boy descovering who he is, laughed out loud quite a couple times! I liked the way it was written from different people's perspectives but never in Sam's - the boy in question: I thought that was active touch.
Overall loved it, only reason I didn't put 5 stars was i was a bit young and some parts weren't very believable. Such as a 16 year old boy fancying a 12 year old girl, also a year 8 was expected to have boobs which is kind of funny because at that age you haven't real
David Jordan
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers
Jaunty and fast-paced YA novel about a tough-talking 13-year-old California boy who moves to England to live with his aunt's family and winds up passing as a girl at his new school when a prank gets out of hand. Mild humor about gender differences, notable mainly for the author's point-of-view experimentation -- he tells the story in very short chapters through the eyes of 10 or 11 peripheral characters without ever entering the mind of his protagonist. The result is sort of a "Rashomon" or "As ...more
Lisa Chung
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
this book was kinda extreme. the game just went out of control. it was fun when it first started but this prank hurt a lot of people in the end. i didnt like how the author splits the entire novel between so many character's perspective. it made it very confusing for some time. why did Sam even agree to dress up as a girl to play with his cousin and his friends? sam seemed like a fun person to hang out with. he made everything interesting for the boys.
Rayan Deeb
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
My story, Boy 2 girl, written by Terence Blacker has a really interesting topic. The writer has Terence Blacker’s hilarious novel, talks about the territory of an early- teen life in a classic story. This story is hilarious. The story mainly talks about a male teenager that was dared to go to a new school being a girly girl. I liked how the writer used humor all the time in this story. I recommend this story for all the people who are interested in school and family problems.
Jenni Frencham
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
There are WAY too many points of view in this story, and very little plot development. There's too much time spent on seeing each incident from multiple perspectives, which would be fine if there were, say, three perspectives consistently given. But I have counted at least twenty characters whose point-of-view we see, and that makes this book hard to follow and not very interesting.
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review
Title: Boy2Girl
Author: Terence Blacker
Genre: YA/Family/Social
Rating: ****
Review: In the beginning of Boy2Girl we meet Matthew Burton as his American cousin Sam arrives after the death of his mother; Matthew’s aunt Galaxy. Sam is exactly what you’d expect a 13-year-old orphan to be angry, withdrawn and everything else. As he tries to adjust to a life in a London he struggles but seems to be trying at least. Even for a multiple P.O.V. novel there are loads of them. Also, I know we are
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much, it is extremely hilarious and so different from what you usually read! I love the characters and the whole story all together.
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
At first glance, the premise of this novel reads like a silly, adolescent comedy film (think Sorority Boys, e.g.). But as you read into it deeper and more resonant themes surface.

In order to get into a gang of youths he’s offended, Sam Lopez has to play at being a girl for five days at the school he’s enlisted. The reasons are a tad convoluted.

Sam attacked one of the English boys who inadvertently insulted his father and, before they let him back into their crowd, he’s got to be a girl as pena
Karen Barber
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Firstly, this was not the book I expected. It wasn't bad, but nor was it quite the exploration of gender/identity that I was expecting. This clash between what you might think you're getting and what's there could lead to a lot of disappointed readers.
Matt has a fairly safe life. Nothing much happens, then things are shaken up when his mum is given custody of her nephew, Sam, after the death of his mother. Sam is prickly, tough, but clearly deeply upset by the absence of his father. Naturally, p
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When Sam arrives in Matthew's life after his mum dies, the people around them all have their views on Sam from his jailed dad to his crazy anger outbursts.

Then Sam gets dared to start school as a girl, Sam takes the challenge, fooling them all getting friends in Elena and Charley while Gary dislikes her after she turns a him down for a date.

However, Sam has a mighty inheritance coming his way but while his jailbird dad tracks him down to Matthew's he doesn't suspect Sam is Sam the girl or Simone
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Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy
This is not a serious book, so do not read it if you are looking for a deep examination of gender roles/ stereotypes. This is a book to read if you want something silly and fun- something to keep you laughing the whole way through!

After his mom dies in a car crash, Sam (an American) is sent to live with his family in London. He tries to get along with his cousin Matt's friends but, after causing a scene and getting the group in trouble with the police, they decide that, if Sam still wants to ha
Sam Young
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via Netgally for an honest review.

I'm not sure who the author aimed this book at. It is obviously a reluctant reader but it is way too long for a younger reader and too immature for an older reader, - it eludes to Sam swearing a few times but doesn't say the swear words - whats the point in that if not for a young audience??. I also lost the thread at the beginning of the story, too many characters having a say when you are getting use to the i
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Boy2Girl' is a wonderful novel about friendship, understanding one another, loss and finding your true self. Since it's written from different perspectives of all the book characters it is a really fast read and a really humorous one. I love the idea presented by the book that it doesn't matter if we you are a girl or a boy, you are still important to the society. The genders aren't enemies, they can help each other and they need each other in prder to find some balance in the world. From my po ...more
Shannon Black
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a good young adult book for readers who are between 5th and 8th grade. In this book, the lead character, Sam, moves to a new school and decides to pose as a girl for a prank. Sam discovers what it is like to be a girl and what repercussions it imposes. This book is a good laugh, but it should not be used as a realistic representation about what life is like for teens who are transitioning, or already transgender, which is why i gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
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Cherise W.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was laughing so hard throughout the entire book, I thought it couldn't possibly get any funnier, I was wrong . . .
It's so funny to see the influence that role models have on the schools population (aka the effect Sam has on everybody else). Great book, would definitely recommend this book if someone was looking for a good laugh.
Cathy Williamson
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, it was a very easy read, well written and funny.

I loved the multiple narrators, it made it extremely entertaining to have different opinions of the same events, and Elena was hilarious!
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Terence Blacker wanted to be a jockey when he grew and up. In fact, he could ride before he could walk, and his childhood hero was the great steeplechaser Mill House (a horse). He lives in Norfolk, England.
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“It may sound like a mess, but sometimes mess can be okay, mess can be fine. Sometimes mess is just another word for living your life as real you, not someone else's version of what they think you should be.” 5 likes
“You don't know if something' going to suit you until you put it on.” 4 likes
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