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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,094 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
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 the school posing as a girl. It turns out that Sam makes a great girl. He fools everyone at ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Square Fish (first published May 1st 2004)
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Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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."
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Kirsty Grant
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
David Jordan
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
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Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a good realistic fiction book...
Anna Laura Cumani
First read 4 stars
Second time 3.5 stars
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
February; Boy2girl; Terence Blacker

Boy2girl is a book about a boy named Sam Lopez. He had a very bad thing happen in America that had him relocated to London with his aunt, uncle, and cousin Matthew. Matthew has two friends, Tyrone and Jake, who are in "The Shed Gang". Everything was fine until an incident happened at Burger Bill's, causing everyone to be mad at Sam. If Sam wants to be accepted into this "gang" and become friends with Tyrone, Jake, and Matthew again, he had to prove himself. Th
Beth S
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Boy 2 Girl by Terence Blacker, Sam Lopez’s personality is slowly revealed after his mom dies in a car accident and he was forced to move to London to live with his family there. Sam’s dad is in prison at the time, and Sam takes a lot of the same bad traits from his father into himself. He believes in stealing and violence, just as his dad did. His family in London did not like this, and deep down, this wasn't the real Sam. After he beat up his cousin, Matthew’s, friend, he regrets do ...more
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Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, teen
I picked this up on a whim at the library. I've read similar books before, always set in middle school and trying to sort out the mysteries of the differences between boys and girls. This one adds a few unique twists that make it worth the read.
Matthew is an only child in suburban London when his world is turned upside down by his American cousin Sam moving in with him. Sam's mother died in a car crash and since his dad is in prison the only family available to take him in is his English Aunt.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeunesse
Sympa et drôle, mais il manque quelque chose pour le rendre vraiment intéressant.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, gender
I thoroughly liked this novel, except for the postscript ("boys will be boys and girls will be girls"), which seemed to undermine many of the far more nuanced, less essentialist observations within its pages.
Some of the characters come close to being caricatures, while others are complex and multi-faceted, but it all gels together really well.
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Nearly four years since I first read it, Boy2Girl is still charmingly funny and a delightful read! Really, I love this book so much, more than I thought I would when I started it back in 2010, and here I am now, falling for it all over again.

Although this may at first seem to be a light hearted story, it has some depth to it. Sam's moved from America to live in London with his deceased mother's family, bearing the burden of his past and dealing with his mother's death in his own way, namely by p
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I dont know why but I went into this book thinking it was about a transgender character. I watched a lot of LGBTQ+ Recommendation Videos in the last time and thought I heard about this book there a lot. So with those expectations I was disappointed with the book. It doesnt really have anything to do with sexuality. In the last chapter they say that the characters would now know that it doesnt matter if youre boy or girl. And that you dont have to fight against the other gender. But I dont think ...more
Now that is what you call a novel that you haven't seen before.

I don't know what to feel about the beginning of the novel. It did not start good.


At first, you will get the impression that this is a novel that after a couple of pages you will hurl this book across the room, but once you see what the author is trying to do, you are in for the best ride of your life. Mr. Blacker tells the story using multiple point of view. What is smart is the m
Dec 07, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Sara
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Matt’s American cousin Stephen comes to London under tough conditions-—his mother has just died, and his long-absent father is in jail. Matt and his friends find Stephen exasperating, and when he gets them in trouble, they give him an ultimatum—-to remain their friend, he must spend the first week of school as a girl. Although Stephen protests, he soon finds that being a girl opens up all sorts of opportunities, including expressing himself in ways he could not before. As he takes advantage of h ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost gave up on this book because of its unusual narrative point-of-view. Different characters tell the story. I've encountered that before, but not where it happens every other page (or sometimes even less). But I stuck with the book and then about page 40, it got much more interesting. Sam Lopez comes to live in Britain with his cousin, Matthew, after the death of Sam's mother (and with his father in jail). Having lost his mother and no contact with his father, Sam acts out, rather obnoxio ...more
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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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