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The Boy Problem: Notes and Observations of Tabitha Reddy

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Tabitha "Tabbi" Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara (star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her own "project" in the hopes of finding a cute crush. With the help of a math lesson on probability, Tabbi tries to predict who ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Scholastic Press
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Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Super-cute book with real kid appeal...I got an advance copy of this and I couldn't even read it until my 11-year old had finished it because she wouldn't let it go. She even recommended it to her friends. ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this to review before putting into circulation at my middle school. At the time, it was so new that there were no pro reviews out there. Honestly, I thought it would just be the typical corny middle school girly contemp. But, it really was more than that. I couldn't help but appreciate the math tie-ins - a major part of the plot was an algebra project about probability (common core on the brain, don't ya know). It also had the redeeming qualities of the main character befriending a "nerdy ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was not so great. I mean who comes up with a game of finding a boyfriend. I personally think no one should read this if you do not like notes and Observations about boys.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

Tabby loves signs. She will find a sign in anything, be it a cloud or a puddle or even cheese from a pizza. She wants to use signs, predictions, and probability to help predict who her dream guy is. She will do anything to find a boyfriend who is right for her. Tabby teams up with her best friend Kara and Pri, a girl absolutely obsessed with cupcakes. This book is filled with cupcakes, drawings, and hilarious equations as Tabby goes on her quest to find the perf
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I totally thought it was going one way when it went the other way and it was pretty surprising. I this the author did exaggerate a lot, but it was funny in some situations. I would read this book more than once and would recommend this to some of my friends. Tabitha Reddy is a very interesting little girl and what kind of things she does to get guys to notice and like her are very weird and funny. Her BFF Kara is interesting in many ways too with all the experiments she has don ...more
Sofia N.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book so much that I couldn't stop reading it! In the middle of the book when her Uncle, Aunt, and cousin, Maddie, had a big storm, I thought something bad might happen! So what happened was Tabbi wanted to raise money for Maddie's school that was also damaged. It was so nice of Tabbi and her friends to sell cupcakes at her school. But all of the sudden, she gets in trouble from a bully, Maybelline. So the girls tried to find somewhere else to sell cupcakes. Later on, the girls found ...more
Dina Roberts
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-reader
I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads

I think this book is very cutesy...maybe sometimes a little too cutesy. But I enjoyed reading it.

It's in the same style as the Wimpy Kid books—diary with a lot of illustrations.

When I got the book, I thought it was young adult. But after reading it, I'd say it's more middle reader. I'd put the target age at about 8-11. I think the kids who like shows like iCarly and Drake and Josh will likely enjoy the book. That's not to say the book can't
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-novels
This book has the most adorable voice with doodles! Tabitha Reddy is the sort of girl who can find a face in cheese. Her hilarious personality really shines through the cute doodles she draws throughout the story to illustrate her points. Tabs (as her best friend Kara calls her) makes math references like 2 + 1 = 3rd wheel. There is a great probability lesson with cupcakes and plenty of boy theories. The middle grade voice is so spot on. I can't get over how much the author captures this age. Ta ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So cute & funny! My middle school girls will definitely identify with Tabi & her wacky ideas for getting a boyfriend.
Jen Petro-Roy
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, middle-grade, arc, 2014
I adored this. Kinard utterly nails the middle school voice. So cute.
Nicole Villanueva
Oct 08, 2021 rated it liked it
my rate for this book is 3.5 stars. i got bored in the beginning of the story like i started to read this on August 23, 2021 and i finished it on October 8, 2021 which is a super long period of time to read a 256 pages book. but in the middle, i got interested in the story. the flow of this story went so smooth. Kami Kinard is a good author. i want to read her works. specifically the The Boy Project ( Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister) i hope i can buy a copy of that book.

well, this boo
Dan Shonka
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book, and Kami Kinard does a wonderful job building the suspense, emotional investment, and character growth. The main character, Tabbi, isn't always the most likable, but she grows on the reader, learning from mistakes, and simply growing in character. Kinard injects plenty of humor to spice it up, too. By the end, she also knows just how to tug at the heartstrings to put a warm, fuzzy bow on the story. Very enjoyable, and very satisfying. ...more
Heather Montgomery
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone has had to deal with the problem of mean girls. But the problems in this book go way beyond that - they tie right into the math curriculum. But don't get the idea that it's boring. In this book, humor abounds. ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. You can see into the mind of the character with all of her notes!
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very relateable book that everyone should read!
Sharon Pegram
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny and sweet and so fun to read! Tabbi's voice is strong and engaging, her friends are fun to hang out with, and cupcakes save the day. What's not to love? ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this for my daughter. She enjoys science and math and got a kick out of how they were used in a funny way in this book (and in the Boy Project--she wanted both).
Simona Poposka
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cool how all crazy things happened through the year!
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Carol Baldwin
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
In between drafts of my manuscript I’m working on character development using worksheets provided by the faculty of KidLit Summer School—a marvelous online class created by Kami Kinard and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. The first one that I tackled was by A.C. Gaughen where she challenged writers to consider the rules governing their character’s voice and point of reference.

Since I recently read The Boy Problem by Kami Kinard, I thought I’d use Gaughen’s worksheet to review Kami’s book, a companion mi
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Tabbi is positive that the universe is giving her major signs that she will be getting a boyfriend soon. The only part that she's not quite sure about is which boy, exactly, will be the first to win her heart.

Since Tabbi and her friends are learning about probability in math class -- and since the students must come up with an exciting project to test and present all that they are learning about probability -- Tabbi decides to combine school with her love life and she sets out to use math, as we
Ms. Yingling
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Tabbi is back (after The Boy Project), trying to use mathematical formulae and the process of elimination to determine which boy in her grade she should date. Her single mother is not helping, not letting her hang out at the skate park with Malcolm when Tabbi is ill, and embarrassingly flirting with one of Tabbi's teachers! When her class has a project on probability, Tabbi ends up working with the perky Priyanka, whose life seems to revolve around cupcakes. After a bad storm destroys Tabbi's co ...more
Stacy Books
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a difficult read to get through, not only because it’s not at all for teens, but the melodramatic whining of a middle schooler was just too much for me to take seriously. I do understand that kids that age are, in fact, melodramatic—that everything is important, including who you work on your algebra project with, and that finding a boyfriend is of ultimate importance.

Tabbi Reddy is a bubbly, bright middle schooler who believes that looking for signs and making predictions can help you
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The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy by Kami Kinard, ARC, 3rd grade and up, Realistic Fiction. Release date: April 29th, 2014. –HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY SOON!!
I read this book because of the fantastic book trailer that a blogger friend’s students made… Really cute.
I think that the statistics and probability mixed in this book made math more appealing and entertaining for readers. Plus more realistic. Enjoyed how a girl was portrayed as having more depth and interest in the world bu
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Seventh-grader, boy-crazy Tabitha finds herself between boyfriends and desperate for a new one. Believing in signs, omens and the like, she believes her next boyfriend’s image is in a glob of pizza cheese that has fallen off her pizza. To further validate her search, she uses an algebra assignment in probability to calculate her odds of finding Mr. Right. Throw in a cupcake fund-raiser to help victims of a hurricane, some cyberbullying, and peer interactions both good and bad and you have a thor ...more
Tabbi Reddy is looking for love and watching signs indicating possible candidates for her next boyfriend. But sometimes signs can be wrong or can be misinterpreted. After developing a love predictor and bingo game and querying classmates about how they and their crushes first met, Tabbi thinks she has a love connection all figured out. When she decides to enlist her friends in a baking project to earn money for disaster relief, she and the class Mean Girl bump heads. While I grew a bit tired of ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Boy Problem was a very good book, it takes you into the normal life of a girl searching for a boy. She goes through many different struggles, even with her family ever since a horrible disaster. Tabitha ( the main character) thinks that predictions and luck can happen, but some don't...However, the book also has some horrible parts. The character may overreact over nothing and sometimes that page will leave you puzzled and confused, but in the end the book was wonderful. When I finished the ...more
Angelica Dimeo
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Cathy Hall
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kami Kinard does middle grade like Einstein does math.

THE BOY PROBLEM picks up a character from Kinard's BOY PROJECT and tells her story of MG romance, which of course includes MG angst and drama and conflict and chaos and humor and mathematical predictions.

Yep, by the time you finish reading about Tabitha Reddy's boy problem and how she goes about tackling it, you're going to be smarter than a fifth grader. Maybe even smarter than a sixth grader. And you'll have another laugh line or two. But i
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THE BOY PROBLEM: NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS OF TABITHA REDDY Well, it looks like Kami Kinard has done it again! She's written the perfect journal book for girls for the second book straight! Through humor, spunky characters, unforeseen circumstances, mishaps and misguided "predictions," Tabbi (and the reader) learns what can and can't be predicted and how. She also finds out that maybe--just maybe--you don't truly know someone 'til you actually do!

It turns out that cupcakes + mustaches + a magic
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Kami Kinard likes being happy, therefore she loves art, reading good books, spending time with family, laughing with friends and watching Sherlock! She is not afraid to make ridiculous analogies, an obscure talent that serves her well. Check out her novels THE BOY PROJECT (Scholastic 2012) and THE BOY PROBLEM (Scholastic 2914).

A former high school English teacher, Kinard lives in coastal South Ca

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