Book Review: Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Rating: StarStarStar

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?


This is one funny read! I always came out somber (but satisfied) after reading a dystopian novel. So almost always, i follow it up with a light (and sometimes humorous) read to get me out of the book dump. Babe in Boyland was the perfect laugh trip that i need!

Natalie is a girlie-girl – loves dressing up, makeup, boys, flirting. So imagine her distress when she needed to disguise as a boy to get straight answers for her column/write up. She has 7 questions and they are fairly common. Her friends Darcy and Chloe (i love her) helped her with the plan. Unfortunately, she didn’t count on sticking it up for the dweebs or worse, falling in love with her roommate.

The plot was fairly simple but Gehrman’s narrative through Natalie is insightful, relatable, and often funny. I especially like the POKSI part. 😀 Emilio is likeable enough but i find him too soft for a male lead. He did make me smile with his ‘sexual orientation’ comment. heehee.

In the end, Natalie did not just get most of the answers she’s looking for. She realized that her own reactions to those questions count, too.

Babe in Boyland is a breezy read. Perfect for the summer. 😉



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

  1. This sounds very funny and I think I will definately check it out! I wonder if it is supposed to be an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It made me think of the movie She’s the Man, which is an adaptation of the play. Seems fun 🙂

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