The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister
By Kami Kinard
For anyone who’s ever felt that boys were a different species….Wildly creative seventh grader Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. She’s going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend? But Kara’s project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies, and an embarrassing incident in the boy’s bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF, and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara’s research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it. . . .Full of charts and graphs, heart and humor, this hilarious debut will resonate with tweens everywhere.
This Blonde’s Review:
Kara has turned into the girl who is obsessed with getting a boyfriend. When she realized she was the only girl in her class who hadn’t had a boyfriend she decided she needed to find out how to get one. Being the smart, creative girl that she is Kara decides to use the scientific method to find a boyfriend and use her research as a science fair project. Then she can find a boyfriend and get the A she needs to earn unlimited texting. As with any research you have to study your subjects, so Kara takes notes on the boys around her.
Kara hadn’t been interested in kissing boys or having the 7th grade and younger version of a boyfriend before, so it was easy or her to become a girl who hadn’t had one. Kara has to figure out how to get the boy she likes to like her back when she doesn’t have the confidence to talk to him, not without her friend’s help. Of course this backfires for her when her friend starts dating the boy she likes.
Throughout the story we are constantly reminded of how young they are with all the mentions of 14 year old boys, which made it hard for me to relate. Less because of my age now than because I don’t recall anyone I knew acting like that in middle school. Meeting these 14 year olds through Kara’s eyes we’re able to see which boys are boyfriend material and which she wouldn’t consider. But the way life goes, sometimes what we think we want isn’t what we need.
It was interesting watching Kara attempt to turn her quest for knowledge and a boyfriend into an acceptable science fair project. Kara tries to figure out boys, friendships, and mean girls all while learning what really matters to her. Her obsession was hard to watch since it was less about wanting someone than not wanting to be left behind.
If you’re interested in reading a story about a young girl trying to use her boyfriend search to make an A, then you should give this one a shot.