I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Spencer Hill Press on 2015-02-10
Genres: Friendship, Humorous Stories, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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
Best Friends falling in love is one of my favorite plots, so I was super excited about the idea of One of the Guys! (Unfortunately, after I requested it from Netgalley life got in the way and I am SUPER LATE in reading and reviewing this one!!)
I have to admit that the monster hunting aspect of this one was a bit odd to me. (I was “one of the guys” growing up – but the monster hunt seemed a bit immature for high school seniors…) But beyond that? This was a pretty great story! I loved how their senior year changed so many things for these kids.
Coming of Age stories are always great, and Toni’s story is no exception! Her senior year is turned upside down when she’s sent to a new school and forced to deal with life away from her three best friends. The guys are also growing apart in their own ways, which makes for some fun story lines!
What held me back from more than 3 stars? First? I hated the nicknames. I was always confused (aside from Loch) and I really wished that we’d gotten more back story on who and why they received their names. Also, it may just be a sign of my getting old… but I wasn’t a big fan of how young these kids seemed. They didn’t seem like high school seniors, more like 8th or 9th graders in terms of their conversations.
All in all? One of the guys is a quick and fun read! Toni’s experience away from guys is a lot of fun to watch, and her Rent-A-Gent business is great too!