Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: PUTTING BOYS ON THE LEDGE (Book 1, A Girlfriend's Guide to Boys Series) by Stephanie Rowe


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
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.
MY TAKE:

This book has a lot of potential, but Blue rubbed me the wrong way at the start of the book.

Basically, Blue has her eye on Heath, a really cute senior. Her friends advice her to keep him on the Ledge, a.k.a. play hard to get. To help her prepare to deal with dating an older guy like Heath, her friends enlist the help of Colin, a nice guy who helps her out with her chores while she's acting in the play.

Blue annoyed me so much during the first few chapters of the book. She was so over the top into Heath to the point that it was pathetic. If it weren't for Blue's friends, especially Frances, I would have stopped reading after chapter 2. Allie, Frances and Natalie are very interesting characters, and provide a great complement to Blue's personality.

The plot is kinda obvious and cliche but it has its interesting moments and gets better as it progresses. By the end of the book, I was definitely rooting for Blue.

Thanks to NetGalley and TKA Distribution for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:
  1. The girls' rapport is very organic.
  2. It's a quick and romantic read.
  3. Cute love story.
THE BAD:
  1. Blue's obsession with Heath.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
I felt like I could kiss him and no one else would ever know, and we'd never mention it again. It would be our little secret.
READ IT IF:
  1. You want to read a quick romance novel.
  2. You miss the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.
  3. You like nice guys.
RATING:
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