Title: One of the Guys
Author: Lisa Aldin
Genre: Young Adult
Published: February 10th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She’ll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she’s sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.
Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.
But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends–the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she’s built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.
Cover Art: 2/5 stars. Feet. Ugh.
This one is a pretty simple coming-of-age story. As a typical young adult read, expect to be annoyed by some of the characters to the point that you want to smack them in the head. We were once teens too and you got to admit that we did some pretty stupid stuff as well. After all, aren’t coming-of-age stories all about making mistakes and learning from them?
I came to a moment while reading that a certain action could only result to disaster. But what can I do? I don’t control the characters even though I want to stop and warn them, “No, dude. Bad idea. Abort.” But it happens anyway. There is a point in what they do. Perhaps not for our age but for the teens and pre-teens but a nice, light read is still good once in a while.