Review: Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Babe in Boyland
Babe in Boyland
by  Jody Gehrman 
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: February 17, 2011

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 herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected-especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?


The concept of this book instantly gripped me. I'm all for a little deception, especially if it's about a girl disguising herself as a guy to learn the inner workings of the male species. This book is a very quick read. I did enjoy it, but there were some things about it that I just didn't get. My favorite aspect has to be Natalie's voice in the book. It's funny, loud, and you instantly understand her. The entire story takes place over a one week period. I wish it could have spanned a longer time to give the characters more depth and her "experiment" more substance.

The concept of the book was what got me hooked in the first place. Sadly, it is what I thought lacked the most. When I read the blurb on the back of the book I originally thought she was going to just write a story about guys and how they think. Within the first ten or twenty pages I discovered that she actually is going in disguise to answer questions that every girl wants to know. The problem with this: I didn't really like her questions. It's possible that because I have an older brother I at least have a grasp on what guys are like when they're not around girls, but I find it hard to believe that these questions were actually serious.

 For instance, one question she wanted answered was: what can make you lose interest in a girl overnight? In my opinion, this is not a question that requires putting on fake facial hair to answer. Nor is it one that's all that interesting. Most of the questions were like this. And when the answers were given at the end of the story I was like, no duh.
The love interest was just okay. Natalie was only at the prep school for one week, so there wasn't much development. If you're looking for a book that's light, funny, and fast then I would suggest to pick it up. Just don't have any preconceived notions because I'm pretty sure that's what did me in.  I would also recommend this to anyone who likes the movies She's the Man and Shakespeare in Love. It definitely felt like it was some sort of hybrid of those two awesome movies!

LightReAD - 25


  1. I'm sorry you didn't love it. I think this looks super cute. She's the Man is one of my favorite movies!

  2. Concept is interesting. I'm sad that it turned out disappointing...

  3. It sounds cute and fun! I do like She's the Man. I'm sad that the questions kind of fell flat.

  4. It sure looks like a funny read :) !! Too bad it was a bit disappointing .. I wasn't planning to read this one but thanks for the honest and great review Krista :) !!

  5. i seen this book om the net and the book sound great