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Young Adult Fiction 2085
Reed's suddenly a hottie...but he hasn't changed inside
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
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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.
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