Saturday, February 25, 2012

[Review] Putting Boys On The Ledge by Stephanie Rowe

Title: Putting Boys On The Ledge (A Girlfriend's Guide To Boys #1)
Author: Stephanie Rowe
Published: Published October 31st 2011 by TKA Distribution
Rating: ★★★
Goodreads summary:
Meet Blueberry Waller, whose name is the only interesting thing about her life. Until now.

Not only is Blue dealing with the worst name in the world, crazy parents and a clingy younger sister, she just got a part in the school play. And now she’s acting with Heath Cavendish, total crush-worthy senior. He would never give a second look to a girl like Blue. Except he has.

Her friends say Blue should play it cool, put Heath on the Ledge so she can keep the upper hand. Trouble is, she doesn’t know how to be clever around boys. Thankfully her pal Colin offers his help in teaching her how to get the guy. But he’s just being a good friend. Isn’t he?

Suddenly the wallflower is getting all the attention. But will being in the spotlight keep Blue from making the right decisions...for her?

A Girlfriend’s Guide to Boys: For these four friends, understanding the world of boys is only half the battle.
Emma's thoughts:

Blue is a fourteen year old girl. I am fourteen years old. That's where the similarities end. I always have so much trouble reading stories about teenagers my age, or younger. First of all, they never get it right - to me anyways. I realise that Stephanie Rowe didn't exactly write this two days ago and things change a lot, even within a year. But just in general, I think you have to be fourteen to write about being fourteen. Of course, this is not the same case for every other age, but the fact is, fourteen is an awkward stage. Girls are in and out of puberty, boys are short and scrawny or way too tall, and nobody likes to remember when they were fourteen years of age. Nothing happens at this stage. Parties and alcohol are reserved for those deemed cool enough by the older kids and sex is either too confronting or just perverted.

But maybe I'm just too biased for my own good. Stephanie Rowe did get most of it right though, I'll give her that. It's just that she wrote about the girls in my class that I hate. 'Oh my god guys, look there's Jake! Should I say hi?!' 'Do you really think he likes me? Even with my small boobs!?' It's a nightmare, I tell you (Not the book! The girls!). But one thing that I did find really weird in this? A boy in Year 12 would never, ever, ever, ever, ever look at a girl in Year 9. Even if they had to work together in a school production. Even if they had great chemistry on stage. I just... No. I could not wrap my head around that. Heath just CREEPED me out.

Blue, other than her annoying obsession with Heath and her, was actually pretty funny. I loved her friends. They made an awesome group. Allie and Frances were pretty awesome. I'd really love to read Frances' story. Sounds uber exciting with the whole best friend's brother she-bang!

Colin was another character I liked. I wish, I wish, I wish I could come across a guy like him! All I ever seem to see is endless Heaths *sigh*. He just had his own, cute confidence that was attractive in an entirely different way. But again with the whole age difference! Colin (no offense, Blue) could've done much better. But still, it was fun to read, and comical to say the least! So many quirky moments of the stories I could partly relate to and nod along in recognition.

It was a nice, simple read about teenagers attempting to fit into your typical high school and reeling in guys from all different angles, tempting them to the edge of the Ledge.

Rating: 3 stars~ A quick fun and entertaining read!
First:
The only way to survive boys is to put them on the Ledge as often as possible.
Favourite:
Forget boys and read a good book. Or study. When you're twenty-five and raking in the big bucks, men will be falling all over you because you're a successful professional woman.
Teaser:
"You want me to decide whether you want to be kissed?"
Thanks to the publisher for the free copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review (via Netgalley).

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