Boy Proof

Boy Proof

eBook - 2011
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Feeling alienated from everyone around her, Los Angeles high school senior and cinephile Victoria Jurgen hides behind the identity of a favorite movie character until an interesting new boy arrives at school and helps her realize that there is more to life than just the movies.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011, c2005
ISBN: 9780763654283
0763654280
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 07, 2014

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
Read by Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 3/3/2012.

This book is fantastic! For those teens who are brave enough to dress up as their favorite sci-fi character every day, or those who wish they had the guts… for those who think romance will never happen to them, this book is for you. A young girl who idolizes her favorite movie character and the actress who plays her, learns a lesson when she meets the actress and she’s not at all what she was expecting. Plus, there’s a new boy in school. In trying to push him away, all she seems to be doing is bringing him closer, until he decides there’s no point in trying to crack her hard shell. Will she ever become true friends with him?

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Jenna_Lambert
Jul 15, 2014

Let me start by saying this book is not what I expected. Actually, I don’t really know what I was expecting. I just happened to pick up Boy Proof as a short read one day from the library. Honestly, this was an action I regret doing.

Anyhow, Victoria-or Egg, as she likes to be called-is a teenage fangirl of the fictional character named (surprise surprise) Egg. Victoria lives, breathes, and eats like Egg. Everything she does she does to be like her. Also, she tries to be the best in everything and constantly pushes people away. You could say she is pretty antisocial-the title of Boy Proof comes from her inability to attract male attention. Actually, she attracts attention, just not the kind that makes friends but rather enemies.

I didn’t like the character Victoria/Egg at all. She was rude and cold to just about everyone. The way she treated her mother disgusted me. Although she does get a reality check and tries to fix her poor personality, I constantly got frustrated by her. She judges people before knowing who they are, and if they get in the way of her plans then she hates them. The storyline didn’t appeal to me much either-there wasn’t one specific thing going on throughout the book, just small little details that didn’t add much of anything to the plot, if there was one. Also, the writing style didn’t appeal to me either. It was jumbled and all over the place; one minute we were seeing one thing, the next it was something else. There really wasn’t a point to all of the jumps and skips.

From my disappointment with this book, I don’t think I’d pick up another novel by Castellucci if it were anything like this one. I’m usually quite open to reading any book or author, but this was definitely a turn off for me. Sorry, Castellucci!

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DavidB
Apr 29, 2009

This book begins abruptly. You're thrust immediately into the life of the narrator who's trying to prove too hard that she's above everything but only succeeds in proving how insecure and needy she really is.

By the SECOND PAGE it becomes obvious that we've met the boy whom the narrator will fall victim too romantically. Egg calls herself "Boy Proof" because no guys ask her out and her mother feels that the way she dresses and acts will keep her that way. Despite the protagonist's (who's very antagonizing) claims that she's fiercely independent but spends all of her time yearning and pining for the new kid who's smart and cool.

I fell in love with Cecil Castellucci after I read the Plain Janes, but as I read each of her books my heart grows thicker and colder to the point where I fear that I'm becoming Castellucci proof.

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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 07, 2014

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Jul 15, 2014

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