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Babe in Boyland

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  10,138 ratings  ·  986 reviews
When high school junior Natalie-or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper-is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won't give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising her ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by Dial Books
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Ruby I do not know if you wanted a certain person to answer. I will answer your question. It is good Romance novel but it is not my type I liked the parts …moreI do not know if you wanted a certain person to answer. I will answer your question. It is good Romance novel but it is not my type I liked the parts that had a good meaning, it is great for any tomboys that are wanting to know what an all boys school is. Read it and tell me what you think, if you would like.(less)

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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 25, 2011 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
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
a refreshing and funny book , and I liked the concept
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 incredible contemporary 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 revie ...more
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Princess Bookie
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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.


Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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.
Sara (sarabara081)
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

Cute and fun story if you suspend some disbelief at times. It reminded me a lot of the 80s movie Just One of the Guys . This book has been on my TBR forever so I'm glad I finally got to it!
Imani Allen
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I always thought that Natalie was weird I never know why
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hilarious. I loved almost everything about this book, and it is up there with my my all-time favorites!
shre ♡
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a fun-light read and the movie she's the man!
Recommended to shre ♡ by: jordyn(reading monster)
It was amazingly amazing!!!!! Definitely a must-read!
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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 eleven novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her debut suspense novel, Watch Me, was published by St. Martin's Press. Her other adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her Youn ...more

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