Song Of The Moment- Grow Up by Simple Plan
by Lisa Aldin
Release date: Feb 10, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary, Coming Of Age
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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.
As a tomboy myself I am a sucker for books about girls who have always been one of the guys and are struggling with the fact that they might, occasionally, want to be seen as a girl. Therefore, when Nori recommended this to me and I found out she loved it, I kind of had to get it. And I am so glad I did!
Toni and her three best friends(Cowboy, Ollie, and Loch) bonded the night they all saw Champ(the monster that lives in the lake) and, ever since, they've been best friends determined to catch sight of Champ again. One night, before senior year, Toni can feel them all drifting apart so she comes up with a new plan, a new bonding experience, that ends with her getting sent to an all girls school. Things fall apart from there.
This book isn't just about Toni struggling to be girly while surrounded by guys, it's mostly about her struggling to keep her friends together when a stupid prank tears them apart and, so what if along the way she learns that it's not the worse thing to wear a skirt and it's okay to paint your nails?
I really loved this book, it was a lot of fun and a fairly short read, my main issue with it was that sometimes the characters really annoyed me.
A Few Of My Favorite Things:
Characters - I really loved Toni and Emma both. I loved that for the most part it wasn't a huge deal to Toni when she started being more girly, more feminine. She fought it at first, she wanted to cling to who she's always been, but in the end it wasn't a huge life changing thing, it felt very real. I also loved that everything she did was just because she wanted to stay friends with the guys forever, she was terrified of losing them. And Emma was just awesome, she 's a good friend and she's not the typical girly girl character, yes she taught Toni how to wear makeup and forced her to dress up more, but she also wasn't afraid the act like one of the guys too and show Toni that's it's not an either or situation.
The fake dating service - While this did account for some stupid moments I really liked this part of the plot. It was so much fun. Toni and Emma set up fake dates for the girls at their school with Cowboy, Ollie, and Loch, now these aren't any fake dates it's for when you need an excuse, to make an ex jealous or to convince your conservative parents that you're dating a boy. It was just a really fun aspect of the book.
Champ(Aka, basically the Loch Ness Monster) - Confession, I totally believe in things like Bigfoot and Nessie so I really really loved this little side part. Champ is what made them friends in the first place and Toni is convinced that if they can see him just one more time everything will magically be fixed. Still, it's basically the loch ness monster, what could be cooler than that?
A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:
The boys - They were selfish jerks for the biggest part of the book, at times I wanted to yell at Toni 'why are you even trying, they don't care!' It was kind of disappointing. Cowboy was the best of them, the nicest, but even he ends up dropping Toni randomly. Ollie blames Toni for the prank they pulled that pissed his parents off and Loch just flip flops back and forth. Personally, I thought it'd be more interesting if the love interest(who I shall not name) had been pushed aside and one of the other boys swooped in, because there was one I thought would be so much more interesting with Toni.
Certain plot points that don't make sense - Some things were kind of blown out of proportion, I thought, kind of unrealistically. Mostly when it came to the whole fake dating service thing, at the end everything kind of just blows up and it just felt unrealistic to me
Overall: I really enjoyed this book.
Would I Recommend This? Yes.
To Whom? YA Contemporary fans and fans of Kasie West's One The Fence
Will I read more from this author? Probably.
Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster and/or Bigfoot? I do! Also, aliens and ghosts...I'm believer in that kind of stuff.