Friday, July 12, 2013

Review and Giveaway- How Not to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine

For YA Friday I am taking a look at the new teen contemporary release, How Not to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine. The author is graciously putting up a signed copy for a giveaway! To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it, click 'read more'.

The Story-
Nora Fulbright is a sophomore moving her way up to the elite of her high school. Nobody knows about her past at another school, where she was a straight A nerd and a member of the chess club. These days, she is a talented cheerleader with the hottest guy on the football team after her. Everything goes exactly as she has planned it, until Adam moves to town.

Nora finds out that Adam is in AP classes, the same classes she switched out of to not "look" smart. She quickly switches her schedule back, but everyone knows her as an airhead. She needs to prove herself, and tries hard to get into every group that Adam is in, going so far as to make deals with other students, that later come back to bite her. Plus, she has to keep up her charade of being a popular cheerleader.

To add to her troubles, she has a super smart family that are against her goal to become pretty and popular, all they want is a straight A genius.

My Thoughts-
Ah, the ever important high school question- Can you be a smart popular cheerleader? I totally understood Nora's goals. In the past she felt herself to be overlooked and nerdy. When she moves to a new school, she finally has a chance to change things. Years of gymnastics puts her into a top spot in cheerleading, and after dropping out of all of her honor and AP classes, no one will ever know the truth. What high school girl hasn't wanted to be part of the in-crowd, and would do almost anything to get there? Almost all.

For Nora, she is able to slid right in to the popular role. So, one guesses she must have been pretty to start out. The whole time I read the book I went back and forth between feeling happy that Nora had achieved the dream, and sad that she was dumbing herself down to do it. The funny thing is, even when Nora gets into the AP classes, she struggles to hold her own.

Allyson does a great job creating her characters, even the side ones. This became obvious to me when I began to dread when Nora's mother appeared. I have to say the author does an excellent job making you dislike this woman. She is a super feminist with extreme opinions. Of course all mom's want their kids to choose the right path, but boy, this mother is beyond real. A nod to Allyson for evoking such strong feelings.

I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and hit on issues most teen girls think about. You'll have to read it to find out if Nora is able to go out with Adam. 4 stars!

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  1. Sounds like a fun relatable read. it's definitely on my to-read list.

  2. I wrote a note on this guy's takeout box saying how cute I thought he was haha which would have been a cute thing if it was the right guy, but it just was plain awkward! :-P

  3. Convinced a friend to hang out on his street until we could at least meet him face to face.

  4. Ooh, this is a fun-sounding book! I've seen it around a few times, but as a nerd, kind of looked past it due to Nora's idea that she couldn't be popular if she was smart. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Dorine! It does sound really cute. I might have to give it a try. I remember, once, to get a guy to like me, I got into soccer and stalked his favorite team so that we would have that basis to talk about. It worked, but I can't say it was worth it, haha! :)

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  6. Okay I missed the part in the rafflecopter... I never did any strange stuff. I was already strange, I was a band nerd who played trumpet, sax, and drums. I was friends with many of the football players and we vied for the same girls. Yeah, I'm one of those.

  7. I never did any strange things to get a boy's attention but I did make a VHS video to send to The New Kids on the Block with my BFF when I was 13. We thought in our minds that they would watch the video and then want to call and hang out with us.