Boy2Girl

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Boy2Girl
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12+
Release Date
March 09, 2005
ISBN
0312371462
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Matthew’s American cousin, Sam, has come to London to live with the family. Sam is a charismatic, funny kid, but can he be trusted to be a reliable friend? Matthew and his “mates” decide that Sam must undertake a challenge in order to prove himself: He must start off his new year at the school posing as a girl. It turns out that Sam makes a great girl. He fools everyone at Bradbury Hill School, stepping over lines and blurring boundaries of all sorts. And the longer the prank goes on, the more outlandish the repercussions.

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entertaining and witty
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Reader reviewed by Jessica Puopolo

My friend told me that Boy2Girl by Terence Blacker was a great book and I was trying to decide on what book to read next, so I decided to read it and find out myself if it was really that good a book. It is about an American boy, Sam Lopez, whose mother died in an accident while his father was in jail. In her will, she wanted her sister, who lives in England, to take care of her son. When he gets there, he acts like America is so much better and cooler than England. Sam wants to join the gang that Matt, his cousin, is in. They don't really like him or want him in the gang so they come up with a plan. Sam has to pass an initiation test that none of them think he will ever do. The task he must perform is to pretend to be a girl the first week at his new school and to be believable, too. It wont be that hard for him to look the part because Sam has long blonde hair that Matt and his friends think makes him look sort of like a girl. Sam is tough and can get angry so it is hard for him to act the part, too. When things are finally going well for him, or her, twists come and he has to change. Can he do it? Will he pull it off? What will happen at school after the first week? What would happen if his dad gets out of jail? All will be answered in this book. The author wrote this book so that the story is told in small parts each told by different characters point of view, even though Sam isnt actually one of them for some reason. I thought that this book was humorous and was a good book. It didnt take me that long to finish, which means it wasnt terrible. It takes me longer to read books I dont like than books I do. If you are in the mood for a book that isnt that hard to read and is entertaining and witty, then I think this book is for you.
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A funny charade
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Reader reviewed by mearley

After Sam moves in with his cousin Matthew's family, he agrees to an initiation into Matthew's group of friends.  Matthew and his friends just want Sam to leave them alone so they come up with a task he surely won't complete: wear a girl's uniform for the entire first week of school.  To everyone's surprise, Sam goes along with it and convinces all the teachers and students that he is a girl.

I was afraid the author would be trying to make some kind of overt point about gender identity or sexuality, but this was just an amusing story that could easily be turned into a Disney Channel or ABC Family movie.  The story is told in brief sections by the main and minor characters (but interestingly, never Sam's point of view), so the plot moves along quickly and would appeal to reluctant readers.  More mature readers may want to discuss the ethical implications of Sam's charade.

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Funny!
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Reader reviewed by wdebo

After his mom's death, Sam goes and lives with his cousin in Britain. To hang out with his cousin's group he takes on a dare to go to the first week of school as a girl. No one cares a lot for Sam as a boy but as a girl she has the whole world in "her" hands.

This book was so sweet and funny once I started reading I just couldn't put it down. I loved it I really wish there was a sequal or something, but then again it ended so perfectly, oh well I just loved it and didn't want it to end. Pefect for preteens and up!
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