I am excited to be a part of this tour because this truly was such a fun and sweet read and one I am so glad I took the time to read.
Series: Stand Alone
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Published By: Spencer Hill Press
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.
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.
The excerpt is 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?
I live for these sweet contemporary coming of age stories. There is just something so sweet about them. So heartwarming, that I can't help but pick them up every time they cross my path and I am so glad that this is one that I picked up and tried.
Toni and the boys were just fabulous. I love reading about tomboys even though I was never one myself. There is just something endearing about watching them grow up surrounded by boys. And lets talk about those boys! Cowboy, Loch, Ollie, I loved them! I loved how this rag tag group of boys, and Toni (McRib) all came together over the search of a sea monster and how that search brought them a friendship they would never forget.
You could see their bond, their past, and their closeness and as well as all the changes that you just knew were going to come. It was sometimes hectic and messy and everything that growing up truly is and should be. Lots of mistakes, lots of learning, and lots of fun and even heartbreak along the way.
This was a seriously cute read that was perfect for some lighthearted fun that we all need once in a while.
Ohhh their relationship sounds so cute and genuine! Love that the dynamic was so realistic and not too 'perfect'ReplyDelete
This really was a cute read!Delete
I can't wait to read this one. I love adorable contemps too! But why only 3.5 stars?ReplyDelete
I think mostly because it was cute but nothing stand out if that makes sense.Delete
I really liked the relationship between Toni and the boys too. They were adorable. I just wish Toni didn't continue to pimp out her friends when they started getting hurt.ReplyDelete
Great review, Ali!
Yeah, I didn't love that about it either.Delete
I enjoy coming of age tales too Ali and the boys and Toni sound great. These types of friendships make for great tales.ReplyDelete
It was a good coming of age story. :)Delete
I thought this was really cute too Ali, exactly what you said - lighthearted fun. Not something that's going to blow your mind, but definitely a story that kept me entertained throughout:) Loved Loch and Toni!ReplyDelete
Cute premise Ali and how right you are this just what the doctor orders a times. Thanks. Happy Snowy Monday ;)ReplyDelete
Thanks Debbie, you too!Delete
I love the sound of this one. It sort of reminds me of On the Fence by Kasie West, I love the whole tomboy sort f characters and this book certainly sound like something that I would really enjoy. Great review and thanks for putting it on my radar! :)ReplyDelete
Kind of but not really. ;)Delete
I remember seeing this one a long bit back and thinking oh that looks sweet. Glad you enjoyed it!ReplyDelete
I have a copy of this one and I hope to pick it up soon. I really need some more cute and fun reads.ReplyDelete
You will definitely find this both cute and fun. :)Delete
I am all for a lighthearted fun read. This looks like such a cute story! Glad you enjoyed it :-)ReplyDelete
This sounds super sweet and cute!ReplyDelete
It really was. :)Delete
Sounds like a fun read for the upcoming summer!ReplyDelete
It would be fun for summer for sure!Delete
This one appeals to the tomboy in me, LOL! So cute sounding. I love the cover as well - makes me smile. I'm glad this turned out to be a fun read for you. Thanks for great excerpt as well!ReplyDelete
Wonderful review Ali :)
Of course! Thanks for stopping by Kim and your kind words!Delete
I am so excited for this! I have had it on my TBR pile. It sounds so cute :)ReplyDelete
I bet you really like it Becca!Delete
Ooh this book sound interesting to me when I first found it on Good Reads but not anymore really, but I'm still planning to read it -- not so soon :D lovely reviewReplyDelete
Glad you are at least still going to give it a try. :)Delete
It sounds so nice and you made me curious about the boys!!! Thanks for the little excerpt too.ReplyDelete
The boys are great. :)Delete
This does sound really cute and I love the cover.ReplyDelete
It does have a really fun cover!Delete