How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary
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.
I’ve seen this book popping up a lot around the blogosphere recently, so I was excited to get to read it. I’m always in the mood for contemporary books and this book is a fantastic début from Lisa Aldin.
One Of The Guys follows tomboyish Toni who is sent to the Winston Academy for Girls where she has to learn to be ladylike. A far cry from her life with her guy friends. Toni meets Emma Elizabeth at her new school. Emma is plagued with boy problems. Toni decides to offer one of her guy friends as a pretend date. Emma and Toni’s arrangement soon spreads and Toni finds that many girls at her new school will pay money for fake dates. Toni believes that her new business will connect her old friends with her new life. Toni is in for some surprises though from her guy friends as their relationship changes quickly.
You might think that this is a really fluffy love story. You would be right. It is an incredibly light read, but perfect if you’re in the mood for that kind of read. I can see this book being adored by Young Adult contemporary fans. It certainly has all of the ingredients for a successful contemporary read!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars