Monday, July 9, 2012
" I mean, suck it up, be a man and rub some dirt on it."
Naturally, Natalie comes up with a plan to prove them (internet people) wrong. She cuts her hair, hides her boobs, glues on fake stubble and pretends to be a boy at Underwood Academy, an all-boys school. In her quest to figure out the male population of the world, she discovers a lot of hard truths not just about boys but about girls too. Things get even more complicated when Natalie starts to fall for her roommate. What is a girl pretending to be a boy to do?
Let's start out with my likes, shall we?.
First, I enjoyed Natalie's growth throughout the book. She goes from thinking she's right about a lot of things to thinking that maybe she's wrong about a lot. Her ideas on popularity and appearance do change. I believe she realizes that being shallow on a number of things isn't right. It hurts people and it's unfair.
Second, she reaches a number of really interesting conclusions like that maybe girls do have a lot of expectations when it comes to guys and that girls need to listen and observe instead of talking about what they want all the time. I also really liked the message that girls shouldn't be afraid to be who they are. A positive something that I think all ladies need to be reminded of from time to time.
Third, the book was really funny. At times, I had tears in my eyes because a particular section was so hilarious. I love to laugh when I read so this was an awesome amount of fun.
Overall, I really liked the book and loved a good many things about it. It is exactly the kind of lighthearted book you read when you need a bit of cheering up or when you want to laugh for a while. Even though I liked the book and recommend it there were a few things that irked me.
A. The cover. Like I said before when I first saw this book, the cover image reminds me of a myspace and facebook lovechild profile picture. I dislike that. I dislike it so much. My dislike is super intense over this cover image. But I do love the font they used on the title. It's really pretty and it fits with the book's events.
B. Being a boy for a week made her extra girly afterwards? It's just pants, girl, calm down. I found that to be a bit much. And by a bit much I mean a tad ridiculous. It makes all that character growth she gained sort of curl up into a ball and hide in a drawer. Also, NEWSFLASH, guys do wear pink.
That's my piece on this book and I am out. THE END.
(title quote from the movie She's the Man)