ONE OF THE GUYS by Lisa Aldin, Excerpt & Review
Feb 10th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

ONE OF THE GUYSOne of the Guys

by Lisa Aldin,

Excerpt & Review

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“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.”


From Chapter 3:

One month later, I’m sitting in a brightly lit classroom at the Winston Academy for Girls. My dad used to joke that the day I wore a skirt would be the day the zombie apocalypse rolled into town. Two hours in and I have yet to see a zombie, but I do feel like the living dead. Someone bathed in raspberry perfume this morning, causing a war to rage inside my nostrils. I might fall to the floor and convulse, the smell’s that thick. 

Maybe it’s not the perfume. Maybe I’m allergic to all this estrogen. 

“You okay?” the girl next to me whispers. 

I respond by covering my mouth and sneezing so hard that a giant wad of snot lands in the palm of my hand. Carefully, I move my hand under the desk and smile. 

“Fine,” I reply. “Just tired.” 

The girl chews on a strand of her honey-colored hair as she attempts to write down every word of the lecture. A leather day planner rests at the edge of her desk, a name embroidered in pink curly letters at the bottom: Emma Elizabeth Swanson. 

I’m definitely not in public school anymore.

Our Business Mathematics teacher pity-smiles at me from behind her glasses and dives into a discussion about supply and demand. I continue to wonder what I should do with the snot on my palm. If I were sitting beside one of the guys at Burlington High, like I should be this year, the snot wouldn’t be an issue. I would wipe it on Cowboy, the least likely of the group to retaliate, and laugh. 

But what would a “lady” do? 

Here at Winston, boys feel as mythical and mysterious as unicorns. There’s no sign of them anywhere. No obnoxious belches. No stupid high- fives. No talk of monster hunting. It’s unsettling, like I’m walking among a race of polite aliens wearing plaid jumpers and lip gloss. 

How am I supposed to survive a year on another planet? 

My Review:

One of the GuysOne of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Sweet, light, fun, romantic contemporary YA novel.

Lisa Aldin introduces us to McRib, Ollie, Cowboy, and Loch, friends since second grade. The book opens up with all of them on Loch’s (Micah’s) boat in search of the elusive “Champ” monster lurking in Lake Champlain. (This is a legend of the lake that the author did a nice job incorporating.)

When Toni has to attend an all-girls’ school for her senior year, her relationship with the boys change. Though she sees them off an on, it’s not quite the same. At school, she meets Emma, and they forge not only a friendship, but a business together: Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service. Toni gets her boys to go on dates or to be covers for girls. There is no physical contact at all. This service is purely platonic.

Well, as you can imagine, things don’t always go as expected. As relationships things begin to heat up between Toni and Micah.

What I liked about this novel:

1. The boys were adorable, funny, had distinct personalities.
2. I loved Toni’s friendship with Emma. Emma really brings out the best in Toni.Lisa Aldin
3. The cat is funny. (Named Tom Brady for the quarterback.)
4. Champ.
5. Brian, Toni’s step-father
6. Chainsaw Massacre teddy bears. 😀
7. The ending! Adorable, sweet.

Thank you so much to Spencer Hill for making an ARC available for review through NetGalley.

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About Lisa:

Lisa Aldin graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in English Literature. She now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and daughter. ONE OF THE GUYS is her debut novel.

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