- Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date:
- 01 July 2005
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Very quick and witty book. It's about a boy who's aunt in America dies and his cousin comes to England to stay with them. This cousin is rude and vulgar, bossy and too macho. He nevertheless invites his cousin into his clique, but the cousin keeps gettingthem into trouble. So eventually he pisses them off so bad, that they plan to get him back by kicking him out of the group and the only way he can get back in is if he starts at their new school pretending to be a girl. This way they see him being humiliated but they also see him being useful by spying on the girls for them.That's like the first chapter or something. The rest of the book is how this plan backfires on them, with hilarious results.I got this book for my brother for his birthday. He's a funny boy, my brother. So I thought he'd appreciate it. I always give the books I give him a quick squiz through to see if it's appropriate. And I was glad that with this one I did. Because it's a book for teens it was a quick read. It'd make a cool gift for boys who are in that 'cool' phase. It's full of pranks and humiliation, all part of the teenage experience.
Even though the plot of this story is highly unrealistic, it is still somehow believable and almost charming. Sam Lopez, a rough urban American goes to live with his relatives in England. Because his cousin dares him, Sam shows up to school dressed up like a girl. Everyone believes the ruse and sitcom style "crazy situations" ensue. (Think Three's Company) Sam gets caught. He discovers that he likes the attention he gets as a girl and every day he pretends, the harder it is for him to get out of it. Like I said, the story is almost completely implausable, but very enjoyable. It was one of the few books that caused me to laugh out loud several times as I read it. The only weak part of the book was that the British writer didn't capture American dialect very well at all. It seems that we Americans use incorrect grammar and swear a lot, but otherwise we speak very British English.
After his mother dies, young Sam moves to England to live with his aunt and uncle, but because of his small size and American haughtiness, he has some trouble fitting in. On a dare, Sam dresses as a girl for his first week of school – and pawns himself off as the new girl very well. However, it becomes apparent that Sam must keep up his charade in order to avoid his greedy biological father. But with puberty fast approaching, and boys biting at Sam’s heels, how long can Sam keep it up?
Not to be recommended for trans teens. The "trans" character doesn't actually get a voice; the whole story is told through the eyes of those around him. He magically makes a whole class of students into "better people" somehow. And the last line almost made me barf it was so aweful. This one is bad news.
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