Author: Lisa Aldin
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
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 received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Well. That was okay.
One of the Guys had a very interesting premise. I was skeptical of it the first time I saw it on Goodreads, but the more I saw it, the more I wanted to read it.
This book was all fluff. It was straight romance in it’s most innocent form.
Toni, nicknamed McRib by her friends, is a tomboy that is able to understand guys. She wants their summer memories and friendship to never ever end. Eternal summer I guess you could say.
I never really grew to like Toni. I found her a little dumb and very vulgar. She’s characterized as a tomboyish girl that burps, scratches her butt, doesn’t cross her legs, etc. The thing is that I found this a very unrealistic depiction of a tomboy. I have many tomboyish friends but not a single one of them acts like this. Being a tomboy doesn’t mean that she has to act vulgar. Playing sports or just not liking traditionally “girly” things can pass fine for a tomboy! I found it a little stereotypical and really awkwardly matched with the rest of her personality. Her entire personality was a little strange to me.
Otherwise, the characters themselves are all relatively easy to identify. I never got the boys confused. Their personalities were all distinct and easy to recognize (but I do wish I learned more about their past and memories). The problem with these characters was that for “best friends” they really didn’t act like them. The book was about how much Toni was worried that their dynamic would end. I honestly thought that the rift that separated them was a little petty. I didn’t really feel like Toni was best friends with any of the guys except for Loch. But no matter.
I think my favorite character overall was Emma. She was a solidly developed character and definitely one of the most fun in the book. She had her ups-and-downs throughout the novel. I thought she was an accurate portrayal of a female and very real.
The main plot point is obviously supposed to be the Rent-a-Gent system. I thought it would have been a lot more fun but I felt uncomfortable with the decisions that the characters made. I was yelling at the characters for some of their dumb decisions. Especially Cowboy. He’s trying to get Katie to like him but I don’t think she’d really want to interact with him if he became an escort. The Rent-a-Gent business was supposed to be the main plot but it didn’t feel like there was a clear climax or any plot. Either way, it was entertaining enough.
Overall, One of the Guys was a solid contemporary novel. It’s fluffy and interesting enough.