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The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys

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In Finley's middle school, kissing frogs might lead to princes--if there were any frogs! Categorizing classmates leads to a battle of the sexes in this M!X novel from the author of Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life.

According to Finley and her BFF, Maya, middle school boys can be put into three separate categories: tadpoles, croakers, and frogs. Per their official L
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Aladdin
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My thanks to Aladdin & Edelweiss

Point of View: Single (Finley)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Setting: Georgia
Genre: Middle Grate | Realistic Fiction

It was a cute and fluffy read for me. However, I didn't like the fact that these little girls were too crazy about boys. The way they analyzed those kids showing that they were a little shallow themselves. It was fun and all, just it didn't make me love the book much.

The pace was a little slow that it took a while for something remotely int
Aug 27, 2014 Jenna rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2014
I received The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Finley and her best friend Maya have a whole system worked out to categorize the boys in their middle school as tadpoles, croakers, and frogs, with frogs being the most evolved and, therefore, the most worthy boys. At least they’re able to talk to girls. The Life Cycle of Amphibian Boys is pretty complex and it’s interesting to think about, but in the end, all left me thinking about was how im
Sandra Stiles
Jan 01, 2015 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Finley and Maya are best friends and eighth graders. Like most middle school kids they are trying to figure out the opposite sex. They have made a scientific study out of it. They have created a "guide" called "The Amphibian Life Cycle". They have compared boys to frogs. Yes you heard me right. First they have the Tadpoles. Those are the things that don't quite resemble frogs, yet you know that they are on their w
Dec 23, 2014 Gmr rated it really liked it
Ultimately, this is a story about growing up.

We start in the shallow end of the pool and wind up in the great big beyond...but along the way, there are bumps, bruises, and lessons to be learned. Perhaps it would be better said then that this story is about those bumps and bruises because poor Finley is in for quite a few. It all starts with the rating system that she and her friend Maya created to help sort out the boys from the...well, those that were taking the next step in their path toward m
Cindy Hudson
Nov 05, 2014 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
Finley and her best friend Maya thought it would be a cute idea to categorize the boys in their middle-school classroom according to how they behaved. Tadpoles were boys who still acted immature for their age, croakers were showing signs of maturity, and frogs were fully-developed, able to talk to girls without their voices breaking or making some insensitive remark. But things get confusing for Finley when Maya doesn’t seem to be interested in the list anymore and a boy she thought was kicked o ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Eighth grader Finley keeps a chart in the back of her science notebook, where she tracks boy behavior in terms of the life cycle of a frog. Boys who are utterly immature and whose voices haven't changed yet are Tadpoles, while Frogs are the most evolved - and most desirable - boys in school. When Zachary Mattison, a former student who left school after some personal problems in seventh grade, moves back to town, Finley has a hard time figuring out where he belongs on her chart. When the chart ac ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 21, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Finley and her friend have categorized boys into tadpoles, croakers and frogs, based on their evolution from elementary, fart-obsessed kids to fully evolved humans capable of being boyfriends. Since middle school is a maturing process, some of the boys change in interesting ways. Such is the case with Zachary (aka Freakazoid) who was annoying in elementary school, moved away, and came back... sorta cute. Combine this ever changing scenery with problems in school that include an evil Spanish teac ...more
Jennifer Gallman
Sep 18, 2014 Jennifer Gallman rated it really liked it
Middle school is perhaps the most awkward set of years in a person's lifetime. For girls, this is the age where boys are either still gross or becoming attractive. For Finley and Maya, boys are categorized three ways at Fulton Middle School: Croakers, Tadpoles, and Frogs.

Finley and Maya have created the ultimate, and almost perfect, guide to boys. Croakers are boys whose voices are in the midst of changing, thus they "croak" when they say certain words. Tadpoles are the immature boys who prefer
Oct 24, 2016 Carole rated it liked it

Je remercie Babelio pour m'avoir permis de découvrir Les garçons (du collège) ne sont pas (tous) des crapauds de Barbara Dee.

Un titre accrocheur, un résumé drôle et sans prise de tête, il ne m'en fallait pas plus pour avoir envie de découvrir cette histoire.

Nous y suivons Finley (et Maya, sa meilleure amie), collégiennes qui classent les garçons en trois catégories. Les têtards, les crapauds et enfin les grenouilles. Pourtant, le retour de Zach, absen
Rebecca G.
Jan 06, 2015 Rebecca G. rated it it was amazing
To define this book as perfectly and powerfully written would be the correct word to use. Also, to say this was a book that showed that misunderstandings may lead to your own realization would be correct. This is the kind of book that has you flipping pages all night because of each chapter's small and suddel cliffhanger. This is reading about the life of Finley Davis who observes boys' behavior and charts it using frogs as the comparison. This soon causes a misunderstanding for the whole class. ...more
Nicole M.
This book is about a girl named Finley. She is in 8th grade. She and her best friend Maya are best friends till the end. They both came up with a way to rate their boys in middle school. They call it the Life Cycle. Tadpole, Croaker and Frog. The Tadpoles were the immature boys that just never really did anything well. Croakers were the slighty mature but shy type. And the Frogs were the completely mature and kind boys. It goes well but everything turns around when the Life Cycle goes into the w ...more
Susie Honsinger
Sep 30, 2014 Susie Honsinger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-books
Review by 11-year-old here:

This book was hard to part with after i finished it- I just wanted to read more! It was well balanced with Family, Friends, School (blergh), Boys, and General Awesomeness! Finley is so real- so many troubles, NOT ENOUGH TIME! Her mom seems preoccupied with the Terrible Two, Maya is becoming distant, and, weirdest of all, Freakazoid, who left last year, is BACK. And a fully fledged Frog. That's all I'm telling you, so just read it yourself! (Helpful Hint- Wear gloves wh
Jennifer Donovan
I received a review copy for review purposes.

This is a funny book perfect for the tween audience.

Read my full review of The Almost Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys at 5 Minutes for Books.
Stephanie Faris
Oct 20, 2014 Stephanie Faris rated it it was amazing
The male species is difficult to understand at any age, but for middle school girls, it's impossible. Barbara Dee has written a fun, easily relatable story that makes an all-too-true point: they don't really understand us either!
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