Saturday, February 18, 2012

Putting Boys On the Ledge (A Girlfriend's Guide to Boys #1) ARC ~ Stephanie Rowe

Putting Boys On The Ledge (Book 1, A Girlfriend's Guide to Boys Series)
Author: Stephanie Rowe
Publication: October 31, 2011 (Read Feb. 2012)
By: TKA Distribution
3 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and TKA Distribution!

Blueberry Waller, or "Blue" as she's known to her family and friends, is your average 14 year old freshman whose life is consumed with boys.  She tries out for her school's musical and ends up crushing on Heath Cavendish, a popular senior who also happens to be the lead in the play.  Never in a million years would a guy like Heath be interested in a girl like Blue...right?  But he is!

With the help of her girlfriends and her newest friend, Colin, Blue sets out to keep Heath's attention and win his heart by putting him on the Ledge.  (The Ledge is where a girl puts the boy she really likes after getting his attention but only takes him off once she knows for sure that he's really into her and only her.)  Through a series of sweet, humorous, and complete AWKWARDSAUCE moments, Blue learns that the boy isn't always the one who gets put on the Ledge and sometimes what we're really searching for has been right in front of us all along.  

The cover is cute except that in the story Blue has brown hair and the girl on the cover is blond which bothered me a little bit.


My problem with the Ledge itself is that it's manipulation.  While I understand the fear of vulnerability (and remember it well) when it comes to boys, to act like you like them and then treat them poorly until they can essentially "prove themselves" worthy is not nice.  Honesty is always the best policy even if it means risking a broken heart.  The same goes for boys.  It is not OK for boys to treat girls the way Heath did and Colin was a MUCH better choice. :)

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