Thursday, January 22, 2015
Review: One of the Guys
by Lisa Aldin
The Goodreads Summary Says:
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 lady while the guys move on without her.
Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.
But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.
A cute debut from Lisa Aldin. I'll be looking for her books in the future.
This is a cute, fun story. Toni is a tomboy who's done everything with her three best guy friends since they were little. But the summer before senior year she feels like they're growing apart. After a prank goes wrong, her parents send her to an all girls' school and her relationship with the guys hits a new low. Toni feels lost until she comes up with a way to combine her new school and her old friends: Rent-a-Gent (loved that name), a service where the girls from her school can rent one of her guy friends for various occasions. The guys make a little extra money, the girls get the perfect poster boy, and Toni gets to hold on to a part of her life she's not willing to let go of yet. At least, that's the plan. There are fun twists and all the hijinks and problems you'd expect with that kind of set up.
I enjoyed the whole idea of Toni's date rental service. There are funny, awkward moments and the book is written in a very readable style. If I had any complaints it would be that the characters and their relationships weren't as developed as I wanted. The girls at Toni's school especially don't stray very far from stereotypes. Even some of the guy BFFs were a little flat for me. They seemed like very different types of people and a little old to be honestly out hunting lake monsters. I would have liked to see more of Toni and the guys during their good times to give the relationship more depth. But otherwise One of the Guys is a quick, light read with a sweet ending that did just what I hoped.
Just So You Know:
I received a free review copy from Spencer Hill via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. One of the Guys will be available Tuesday, February 10th.