Babe in Boyland Review | 52 Books in 52 Weeks | Week 1

By Friday, October 09, 2015

In case you were thinking I bailed out on the huge challenge I put out in the last post, well, I didn't ! 

I didn't just read 1 book this week, I ended up reading 5. Okay, may be I got a little carried away with the challenge and I am going to blame it on the sweet iBooks but to be honest they were all just chick-lits ( read - lame love stories where you know the guy is going to get the girl in the end, any how) and it only took me a few hours to finish each one.

Now, I know chick lits are a little lame and super predictable but that's what I love about them. I need the book I am reading to have a happy ending. There is too much pain in the real world, and if fiction cannot give you a happy ending then there is really no hope left in this world. There is this bubble of happiness that fills my soul every time I put down a book with a happy ending ( even though its predictable).

I have also recently realized that I am Benjamin Button-ing. When I was in school, I just wanted to act like an adult and be an adult as soon as I could. I didn't read these boring love stories when I was 15, I read Jeffrey Archer, Agatha Christie and Paulho Coelho. Hell, I didn't even give Eric Sehgal a chance.

But now, almost 8 years later I do feel I missed out on a lot of things because of my own stupidity. I will never get to be 16 again. I will never get to decorate things with glitter without being judged or go to Barbie themed partyYes, a girl did throw that party and no I didn't go because firstly I didn't have a Barbie and secondly, it just felt way too lame. Okay, may be it still sounds lame but I will never know because I didn't make it to the party.

Moving on to one of the books I read this week..

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman 

Before you judge the book by its name, let me tell you its actually lamer than you think. A high school girl goes undercover at a boys' boarding school to understand what goes in a guy's mind. And all because she wants to write an article about it and win this fancy writer award.

First of all, how can you pretend to be a guy in a boy's school and get away with? It is just not possible! Or is it? If only I had tried that when I was 16. I would have written a lame book about it and got rich. Damn it. 

Okay, so here is what happened in this book and almost every chick-lit in this world-

- Girl doesn't like the guy when she just meets him because she is too quick to judge him
- Girl gets to know the guy and realizes he actually has a good heart
- Girl and guy finally unite in what can only be called as the 'epic make out' and every thing seems perfect
- But not so fast, just 30 pages before the book's last page something goes crushingly wrong and it seems like there is really no hope for the girl and guy to be together
- Like a fairytale, everything falls into place in the last 5 pages of the book
- The story ends with a perfect kiss 

Just one problem - Do they live 'happily ever after' after the first kiss? Or is it the beginning of a life long battle to choose your side of the bed, decide who cooks breakfast in the morning and who started that last fight ? I guess we'll never know.

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