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The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister – Kami Kinard

The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister
By Kami Kinard
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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.

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Ditched: A Love Story – Robin Mellom

Ditched: A Love Story
By Robin Mellom
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High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.

Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat handle first.
Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.
Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.
And then ditched her.

Now, as the sun rises over her small town, and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven, Justina must piece together — stain by stain on her thrift-store dress — exactly how she ended up dateless. A three-legged Chihuahua was involved. Along with a demolition derby-ready Cadillac. And there was that incident at the tattoo parlor. Plus the flying leap from Brian Sontag’s moving car…

But to get the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. And discover if losing out at prom can ultimately lead to true love.

This Blonde’s Review:
Justina is a mess. She is stranded at a 7-11 in a stained thrift-store prom dress and no idea how her night fell apart. It may have started when she took her mother’s advice and dyed her shoes to match her prom dress. She thought they’d be okay, but then he ditched her. Now she has to figure out where it went wrong and what happened. She tells the story of her night to some strong minded women at the 7-11 by telling the story of each stain and tear on her dress.

Justina is not the kind of girl who cares about prom or fashion, which is how she finds herself following her mother’s prom advice. Justina alternates between thinking Ian is a jerk and wondering if she did something wrong. She’s a typical girl this way, since most girls would be going a little crazy as they wavered back and forth after being ditched at prom. Luckily she isn’t going through it all alone since she receives insight from the woman who works at the 7-11 and other customers.

Watching Justina try to figure out her night is crazy since she experiences so many unbelievable things. Who wouldn’t want to find out how she ends up in a tattoo parlor or jumping out of a moving car?

Ditched isn’t a long story, but it’s adorable. I loved Justina and I couldn’t wait to find out if Ian was the good guy he seems at points, or a guy who doesn’t know what he wants and makes bad decisions. Even characters who had short appearances were easy to feel for since they were all written so well.

The story does hop around in a confusing way, since that is the way a girl in that situation would be thinking. It is something that I was annoyed by at first, but once I got into the story I didn’t mind that style at all. That is something that could distract some readers from the story, so keep that in mind if you can become distracted from a good story by a storyline that doesn’t follow from point A to point B.

If you enjoy a lighthearted story about a night gone wrong that could lead to something right, then you should pick up this debut story from Robin Mellom.

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