I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin
Published by Spencer Hill Press on February 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.
Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.
But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.
What I Thought…
• One of the Guys and I got off to a bit of a rough start, Toni is brash and a tomboy to the extreme. At first I would have said that Toni and I have nothing in common, but in reality we do.
• The summer before senior year Toni is finding that her and her three bff’s (all guys) are starting to drift apart and things aren’t going as she planned, and she is determined to keep things the same. This reminds me of the summer after I graduated, except my bff’s were girls. Things were changing we were going off to different colleges and I had a hard time accepting that things were changing. Once I made this connection it was easy to see the similarities between Toni and myself.
• The Rent-A-Gent service that Toni starts with her new friend Emma (from the all girls academy) was a fun part of the story. Stumbling upon it accidentally they decide to start their business adventure and Toni “employs” her three guy bff’s. Of course things don’t go as planned, further hurting her friendship with the three guys.
• Toni does a lot of changing in this book. She makes her first friend that is a girl, comes to terms with her friendship with the guys and works on her relationship with her step dad. The time frame of the book is almost a year, which worked out perfectly for all these changes!
• As expected Toni is falling for one of the guys, and while it’s obvious to the reader that they like each other, there were some painfully awkward moments in the book between them because they don’t see what everyone else does.
Overall One of the Guys is an excellent contemporary that explores friendship more than romance.