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Friday, August 20, 2010

Girl V. Boy by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

Girl V. Boy by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Contemporary
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (311 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Wisteria

All's not fair in love, war, and high school journalism.

Sixteen-year-old Luisa Perez is not looking to win any awards for school spirit. In fact, she and her friends make it a point to avoid all activities considered "extra-curricular." So when her English teacher volunteers her to be an anonymous columnist for the school paper, Luisa's first impulse is to run. But, unlike her high-school dropout sister, Luisa does want to go to college--it may be her only ticket out of a life spent working at the cowboy-themed diner where she waitresses part time--and it would be nice to something on her applications.

Her first assignment is to cover her high school's latest fundraiser, which pits the girls against the boys. Luisa will cover the events from the female POV, while another anonymous writer provides the male perspective--or, at least, that's how it begins. The two columnists soon find themselves engaged in an epic battle of the sexes--a battle that Luisa is determined to win. Just who does this guy think he is, encouraging his peers to act like Neanderthals with their girlfriends? And why can't Luisa shake the very sinking feeling that her new unidentified nemesis might also be her new boyfriend?

Luisa is one of three “Luisa’s” at her school and it’s easy for her to fade into the background. When her writing teacher decides she needs an extracurricular activity—he signs her on as a journalist for the school paper.

Interesting love interests, spicy articles and fun dialogue ensue, making for a fun and entertaining read. The thing I liked the best about this novel is the constant questioning and twisting plot. There are several boys that seem to be competing for Luisa’s attention and she’s a likeable character in the way she is trying so hard to keep herself balanced, but she can’t keep up. This book is witty, exciting and a must read. I didn’t want to put it down.

Girl v. Boy is full of snappy, roller-coaster worthy characters and dialogue. It is a light hearted, tightly woven read that will keep you turning page after page wanting more.

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