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Beauty and the Bully

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  36 reviews
What wouldn't a guy do to get the girl? How will garage band front man Duncan ever get the attention of his goddess like classmate Carly, who's so busy trying to save the world that she won't even look in his direction? An idea hits him, "literally" when Duncan accidentally bruises himself, Carly wants to know who punched him, and vows to take care of "poor widdle Dunky." ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published August 14th 2008 by Dutton Children's Books
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Mrs. Katz
Dec 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Wi.

The book Beauty and the Bully, by Andy Behrens, is a realistic fiction novel that is trying to teach it's readers to be their self. It's about a boy named Duncan who has a huge crush on a save-the-world type of girl named Carly Garfield. He thinks she is the most perfect girl in the world; the only problem is she barely knows that he exists. That all changes when one day Duncan gets in an accident in his garage involving some of his band equipment; he is left with cuts and bruises all
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an 'ok' kinda book. I found it in the bargin section of the 1/2 price bookstore so I wasn't expecting much. Sometimes you can find jems in those bargin sections but sometimes you find just 'ok' books. The plot is right out of an episode of 'Happy Days' or 'Three's Company'. These are 80's TV for those wondering. I liked that the perspective was from the boy instead of a girl's usual POV. I used this book as a way to pass the time reading in a waiting room and when I was doing ...more
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bookworm108
Shelves: bribri-s-library
This book is the definition of: "if you're at a bookstore, and you keep going back to the same book even though you're unsure about it, buy it" - for me. For this book, I read the cover, set it back on the shelf and somehow would end up right back to that book countless amounts of times and i got it and ended up loving it :)
Duncan Boone is whipped. Completely and totally whipped. Well, not at the beginning of this story. You have to be under a woman’s bootheels to quality for that designation and, when our tale begins, he’s merely rocking out and mooning over his would-be girlfriend from afar. He’s been drooling, obsessing, stalking, yearning and panting for Carly Garfield since freshman year and now he’s a senior. His time to make time with this special and spectacular girl is running out.

If you’re older and have
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not a bad read at all, is it one I'd buy? No. However, I might pick it up again at the library again. The character development isn't quite there to really connect with the characters. Specifically I mean Carly.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Duncan Boone is non-existent as far as Carly Garfield is concerned. Duncan has been pining over Carly for years. He has even gone so far as to manage an intricate locker swap to wind up next to Carly. But it isn't until his friend, Jess, throws something at him in his garage that causes stuff on the shelving unit above him to come crashing down on him, does Carly notice Duncan.

Carly likes causes. Her current cause is TARTS (Teens Against Rodent Test Studie
Sep 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
This book was about an ordinary boy who fell in love with the school beauty. The girl is not only beautiful but she's also inteligent and environmental activist. The problem is just that this girl never notice him exist(She never even remember his correct name). However, one day they found the girl's soft spot. She likes to play heroine helping the bullied and downtrodden. So the guy and his friends devised a plan to make sure he looked liked being bullied (an idiotic plan in my opinion). The re ...more
Oct 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like witty, funny books
Shelves: young-adult
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duncan Boone can't shake his infatuation with Carly. He has written 19 songs to her, which he tries to get his friends Jessie and Stew to play in their rock band, Fat Barbie. Carly barely acknowledges his existence, being too busy with her social projects, most notably protesting the use of lab animals. When Duncan gets bruised-- by a shelf in his garage falling on him-- Carly turns protective and solicitous. But can Duncan keep her interest? He does, by hiring bully Freddie to harass him in exc ...more
Umamah W. Zia
Okay, firstly.
I read this book a long time ago so this review is actually a collection of thoughts and feelings that still linger from the mind of sixteen year-old me. Having said that; I really enjoyed it.
It was funny with comical punchlines and I loved how the love triangle ending wasn't totally as expected. The main characters were pretty well-written but, at times, fell a little flat and the story was very high-school, cheery, YOLO sort but, then again, it's a high school novel written for p
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
well actually I read about half of it and couldn't finish it. I didn't really like most of the characters. They were supposed to be in their junior year but most of the time I felt like I was reading about a middle school/high school freshmen student.
Some of the plot was silly, I mean ridiculously silly and detached. But to be fair, the dialog was funny and the characters interacted well...mostly. 3 Stars.
May 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
one of my summer random reads
Melannie :)
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, hillarious!
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2010
Funny reading. I hate Carly character, it made me want to hit that girl pretty bad. But the end was hilarious and also kinda cute <3 ...more
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOL saw this in the library and so far, it's funny.
A little too much "goodie-two-shoes" swearing.
Nobody says "dookie" anymore.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Interested in Light, Funny, Summery Reads
Recommended to Thalia by: Three Delivery...inadvertently
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Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tash by: Melannie :)
Light read and really funny!
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really read this. Pretty much skimmed, started it and then just lost interest. Was expecting something different.
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was delightful. I found myself chuckling throughout. I always love those endings where things turn horribly wrong and somehow life rights itself and works out.
Terri Domenech
Cute book. Great for younger music related audience.
Too childish to even get far.
Robin Deloach
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it,untill it got to the end,the ending was to rushed for my taste.But it's a very funny book.
Easy read with a good meaning behind it.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
proceed with caution
This book is just so pathetic !! Whiny immature characters .. seriosly this writer should stop writing !!
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an enjoyable book. It went really fast when I got to just sit down and read it. I'm glad about how it ended, but I feel bad for Duncan's band.
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has some laugh but nothing much else.
Kelly K
Nov 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I wasn't expecting much but I did expect more than what I got. Needs more character development and more plot.
Michael Culla
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Good story. Good plot. Unexpected ending which was really awesome! :D
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Andy Behrens is the author of two previous children’s books. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

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