Books Young Adult Fiction The Girlfriend Project

The Girlfriend Project

 
5.0
 
3.8 (4)
618   0
Publisher
Age Range
12+
ISBN
0802796249
Buy This Book
      

Editor reviews

Reed has always been totally clueless when it comes to girls, but hes hoping senior year will change all of that. Not only did he shoot up to 61, but he got contacts (and ditched the coke bottle glasses) and got his braces off. And his two best friends (who also happen to be fraternal girl & boy twins), who have never had much trouble in the romance department, Ronnie and Lonnie are starting up The Girlfriend Project the mission: get Reed a girlfriend.

From the very first day of school, its obvious that things are different now. Reed may feel as insecure and nervous on the inside as he always has, but even the hot, uber-popular girls at school seem to be digging on him. Even, in fact, the one girl that hed tried to ask out and who totally blew him off.

Reeds a little clueless, but very charming (I mean, hey, where was this guy when I was in high school??) and definitely doesnt have a big head about his new found popularity. In fact, he cant quite believe it. So it completely stuns him when he winds up asking out two girls within minutes of each other and they both say yes.

Of course, now is when the real panic sets in, but he makes it through the weekend and actually learns a few things. Thats when Ronnie (shes the girl twin) has the idea of setting Reed up with a website where he can post questions and get answers from girls. After posting to the school listserv, Reed is suddenly Mr. It on campus. Hes starting to practically feel stalked.

But theres a problem. Something he hardly even admits to himself. Because, you see, he doesnt want just any girl. He really kind of wants Ronnie. Ronnie, of course, has a boyfriend (a true lunkhead). But when that boyfriend tromps on her heart, its Reed she turns to and suddenly Reed finds himself exactly where he wants to be in Ronnies arms.

Can it really be that easy? Is this what was meant to be? Or does Reed have a few more lessons to learn?

I really liked this book and the character of Reed. Hes very lovable and believable. Its easy to see why the girls start flocking to him once they figure out what is what. He contrasts well with Lonnie, whos been playing the part of a player for years (though hes not a bad guy underneath; being a player is just how hes coped with his own insecurities).

Recommended for readers aged 12 and up. While theres kissing and dating going on, theres nothing that will make parents particular nervous.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Kimberly Pauley Reviewed by Kimberly Pauley August 19, 2007
Top 10 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (393)

Reed's suddenly a hottie...but he hasn't changed inside

Reed has always been totally clueless when it comes to girls, but hes hoping senior year will change all of that. Not only did he shoot up to 61, but he got contacts (and ditched the coke bottle glasses) and got his braces off. And his two best friends (who also happen to be fraternal girl & boy twins), who have never had much trouble in the romance department, Ronnie and Lonnie are starting up The Girlfriend Project the mission: get Reed a girlfriend.

From the very first day of school, its obvious that things are different now. Reed may feel as insecure and nervous on the inside as he always has, but even the hot, uber-popular girls at school seem to be digging on him. Even, in fact, the one girl that hed tried to ask out and who totally blew him off.

Reeds a little clueless, but very charming (I mean, hey, where was this guy when I was in high school??) and definitely doesnt have a big head about his new found popularity. In fact, he cant quite believe it. So it completely stuns him when he winds up asking out two girls within minutes of each other and they both say yes.

Of course, now is when the real panic sets in, but he makes it through the weekend and actually learns a few things. Thats when Ronnie (shes the girl twin) has the idea of setting Reed up with a website where he can post questions and get answers from girls. After posting to the school listserv, Reed is suddenly Mr. It on campus. Hes starting to practically feel stalked.

But theres a problem. Something he hardly even admits to himself. Because, you see, he doesnt want just any girl. He really kind of wants Ronnie. Ronnie, of course, has a boyfriend (a true lunkhead). But when that boyfriend tromps on her heart, its Reed she turns to and suddenly Reed finds himself exactly where he wants to be in Ronnies arms.

Can it really be that easy? Is this what was meant to be? Or does Reed have a few more lessons to learn?

I really liked this book and the character of Reed. Hes very lovable and believable. Its easy to see why the girls start flocking to him once they figure out what is what. He contrasts well with Lonnie, whos been playing the part of a player for years (though hes not a bad guy underneath; being a player is just how hes coped with his own insecurities).

Recommended for readers aged 12 and up. While theres kissing and dating going on, theres nothing that will make parents particular nervous.

Was this review helpful to you? 
 

User reviews

Average user rating from: 4 user(s)

Already have an account? or Create an account
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Plot 
 
3.8  (4)
Characters 
 
0.0  (0)
Writing Style 
 
0.0  (0)
Reader reviewed by Jannah

This is definitley a book to lighten your mood, the book has amazing characters, and a totally unexpected ending, the book has ups and downs, but it will always end up funny in some form. I liked the part near the ending when he tells his freind he likes her and I love everyones reactions through out the book.

Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
a reader Reviewed by a reader August 31, 2009
#1 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (20052)

Delicous

Reader reviewed by Jannah

This is definitley a book to lighten your mood, the book has amazing characters, and a totally unexpected ending, the book has ups and downs, but it will always end up funny in some form. I liked the part near the ending when he tells his freind he likes her and I love everyones reactions through out the book.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Reader reviewed by Hillary

Reed has always been a dork. But the summer before his senior year of high school, he ditched his glasses for contacts, got his braces taken off, and grew a few inches. Now all the girls he's been after since freshmen year are after him. But talking to the girls isn't as easy as his AP classes. But his best friends, Ronnie and Lonnie are there to help. Lonnie's the guy who can get any girl he wants and his twin sister Ronnie is the prettiest, and most popular, girl in school. They're determined to get Reed a girlfriend before school ends. So Ronnie sets up thegirlfriendproject.com to help Reed find a girl who interests him that is also interested in him. And it's not long before the entire school hears about the site.

The Girlfriend Project was a very interesting and original story about high school dating. I thought that the writing was excellent and the cover is so cute. I bought it because I liked the cover so much. At first it sounded like the part of Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn where Gideon's two friends tried to find him a girlfriend, but it was way different then I expected. I still loved it though. And it was short. I haven't read any books under 200 pages in a while. If you haven't read it yet, you should. Especially now that it's in it's super pretty paperback form. (I don't know how long it's been like that, and I probably wouldn't have ever found it if I hadn't gone tot he Breaking Dawn release party.)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
a reader Reviewed by a reader October 12, 2008
#1 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (20052)

awesome

Reader reviewed by Hillary

Reed has always been a dork. But the summer before his senior year of high school, he ditched his glasses for contacts, got his braces taken off, and grew a few inches. Now all the girls he's been after since freshmen year are after him. But talking to the girls isn't as easy as his AP classes. But his best friends, Ronnie and Lonnie are there to help. Lonnie's the guy who can get any girl he wants and his twin sister Ronnie is the prettiest, and most popular, girl in school. They're determined to get Reed a girlfriend before school ends. So Ronnie sets up thegirlfriendproject.com to help Reed find a girl who interests him that is also interested in him. And it's not long before the entire school hears about the site.

The Girlfriend Project was a very interesting and original story about high school dating. I thought that the writing was excellent and the cover is so cute. I bought it because I liked the cover so much. At first it sounded like the part of Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn where Gideon's two friends tried to find him a girlfriend, but it was way different then I expected. I still loved it though. And it was short. I haven't read any books under 200 pages in a while. If you haven't read it yet, you should. Especially now that it's in it's super pretty paperback form. (I don't know how long it's been like that, and I probably wouldn't have ever found it if I hadn't gone tot he Breaking Dawn release party.)

Was this review helpful to you? 
Reader reviewed by Amanda Marasco

Over the summer Reed Walton turns...well, hot. Reed is used to being the geek. The guy no one but his best friends would talk to, but now he's the hot topic. How is Reed supposed to understand why people like him now? He is still the same Reed on the inside. Reed's friends Ronnie and Lonnie try to help him understand, which leads them to creating a dating site just for Reed called The Girlfriend Project. But Reed is reluctant to work with them, he just wants to be himself. Reeds overcomes many hilarious obstacles in this novel.

I couldn't help but love this book. It was fun to read about the inner geek in Reed. The book made me want to give everyone a chance no matter how different they were, because they just might be a pretty cool person. Reed kept making me laugh with all his witty remarks. My only complaint about this book would be that it was predictable. I knew what was going to happen before it did.
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
a reader Reviewed by a reader August 10, 2008
#1 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (20052)

It was okay....

Reader reviewed by Amanda Marasco

Over the summer Reed Walton turns...well, hot. Reed is used to being the geek. The guy no one but his best friends would talk to, but now he's the hot topic. How is Reed supposed to understand why people like him now? He is still the same Reed on the inside. Reed's friends Ronnie and Lonnie try to help him understand, which leads them to creating a dating site just for Reed called The Girlfriend Project. But Reed is reluctant to work with them, he just wants to be himself. Reeds overcomes many hilarious obstacles in this novel.

I couldn't help but love this book. It was fun to read about the inner geek in Reed. The book made me want to give everyone a chance no matter how different they were, because they just might be a pretty cool person. Reed kept making me laugh with all his witty remarks. My only complaint about this book would be that it was predictable. I knew what was going to happen before it did.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Reader reviewed by Natalie

Reed,a senior in high school,has never been on a date or even kissed a girl for that matter. Now he's good looking.He did not intend to change his looks and become popular. He simply got taller and got a haircut. But hey, it worked out. With the help of his best friends, fraternal twins Lonnie and Ronnie, he manages to become popular.They create The Girlfriend Project which is basically their advice and lists of dating do's and don'ts.Somehow, it turns into a website - thegirlfriendproject.com - where teens from school leave feedback.

Because of that, Reed starts acting more confident, girls from school and work notice him. But Reed is not satisfied with the shallow girls he's been dating. Instead he starts to like his bes friend Ronnie (she's a girl)

Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
a reader Reviewed by a reader November 14, 2007
#1 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (20052)

New Hottie in Town

Reader reviewed by Natalie

Reed,a senior in high school,has never been on a date or even kissed a girl for that matter. Now he's good looking.He did not intend to change his looks and become popular. He simply got taller and got a haircut. But hey, it worked out. With the help of his best friends, fraternal twins Lonnie and Ronnie, he manages to become popular.They create The Girlfriend Project which is basically their advice and lists of dating do's and don'ts.Somehow, it turns into a website - thegirlfriendproject.com - where teens from school leave feedback.

Because of that, Reed starts acting more confident, girls from school and work notice him. But Reed is not satisfied with the shallow girls he's been dating. Instead he starts to like his bes friend Ronnie (she's a girl)

Was this review helpful to you? 
 
Powered by JReviews

LATEST YABC BLOG POSTS - BLOG TOURS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND GIVEAWAYS

  • Books Aren't Dangerous Campaign

      Do you remember that book that changed your life as a reader, or maybe just your life in general? You do? That’s great!        Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, have started a campaign called BOOKS AREN’T DANG ...

  • TOMORROWLAND - Drive Through Movie Review

    **********NO SPOILERS************ The Nerd Riders, Kristin and Clint, give their thoughts on the new Disney film TOMORROWLAND.    QUESTION: If you could go to an alternate universe what would you want to see there? ...

  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    Hi, YABC! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY by Maria E. Andreu, releasing September 1, 2015 from Running Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Maria:   YABC Readers!  I’m so excited to share the pape ...

  • May 2015 YABC Book Haul

    Hey YABCers! Once again, our office has been innundated with books, books, and  more BOOKS! We've run out of shelf space which can only mean one thing .... it's time for the May Book Haul! Enjoy the video and let us know in the comments which books you can't wait to add to your TBR. &nbs ...

  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Insidious by Dawn Metcalf + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    Hello, YABC! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for INSIDIOUS by Dawn Metcalf, releasing August 25, 2015 from Harlequin TEEN. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Dawn:   You know when you finish a story, you never really finish because there' ...

  • What's New in YA

      Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!       A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin. #1 New York ...

  • The Librarian's Corner

      This month's theme for the Librarian's corner is all about picture books you can share with teens! Picture books aren't just for kids and babies anymore. In fact, teens love storytime too!    For May, I am featuring some of my favorite picture books to share ...

  • The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival

        The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival--TBF 2015 Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer   Here at Young Adult Books Central, we LOVE YA! Fortunately for us, The Greater Rochester Book Festival held at Nazareth Collge devotes itself to s ...

  • Giveaway: If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski (US Only)

    If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For By Jamie Tworkowski Release Date: May 26, 2015   About the Book In 2006 Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms” about helping a friend through her struggle with drug addiction, ...

  • Giveaway: Nova by Margaret Fortune (US Only)

    Nova by Margaret Fortune   Release Date: June 2nd   About the Book *36:00:00* The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting ...

  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

    Happy Friday, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for BRIAR ROSE by Jane Yolen, releasing April 19, 2016 from Tor Teen.      Ready to see? Scroll, YABCers! Scroll! ...       ...     ...

  • Giveaway: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (US Only)

    EVERY LAST WORD By Tamara Ireland Stone In stores June 16th   About the Book If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.   Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and ...

View more blog entries

Latest Book Listings Added

Alias Hook.jpg
"Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
61i%2BU8zcJcL.jpg
Category: Kids Nonfiction
This set of customizable gizmos includes a book of games, pranks, and jokes that make the most of them. The...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Times...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
I’m the daughter of murdered parents. I’m the friend of a dead girl. I’m the lover of my enemy. And...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Practice Makes Perfect. Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Meet Florabelle—a little girl with a BIG imagination! Florabelle just can't seem to pay attention. And although her family can...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Nothing goes quite according to plan when Paddington Bear goes to the beach. Especially when, one by one, he is...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Join Fancy Nancy as she plans a surprise party in New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
The Berenstain Bears take a trip to the hospital and get a special tour! While Brother and Sister Bear see...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why in this stylish, sexy, and atmospheric story about friendship packed with twists and turns...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Never date your best friend Always be original Sometimes rules are meant to be broken Best friends Dave and Julia...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Power and politics, heartbreak and danger, magic and mermaids—Lucy must conquer it all in the compelling conclusion to the enchanting...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Young Adult Indie
This is a story of passion, courage, shattered faith and love, which will take you back to World War II,...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
First crush, first love, first kiss—Ava learns about more than her heritage while vacationing in Scotland in this addition to...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ten years ago, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor Remy watched helplessly as Sam's little sister was kidnapped. Later,...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
In Penelope Landlow's world, almost anything can be bought or sold. She's the daughter of one of the three crime...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)