Friday, April 11, 2014

Review on The Boy Problem

Who wouldn't want to know who their spul mate would be? Tons of people spend a load of money on psychics, fortune cookies, dating websites, anything to find that special someone. But what if there was a way to find the guy that's right for you? What if that way involves probability?
I read... The Boy Problem by Kami Kinard!

The Boy Problem: Notes and Observations of Tabitha Reddy

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: April 29th, 2014
Tabitha "Tabbi" Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara (star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her own "project" in the hopes of finding a cute crush. With the help of a math lesson on probability, Tabbi tries to predict who the right boy for her might be! Where is she most likely to meet him? What is he most likely to look like? Full of fun illustrations, hilarious equations, and lessons in cupcake-baking, life, love, and friendship, this book has a 100% probability of awesomeness. A perfect "next step" for fans of DORK DIARIES.
My rating: 5 out of 5 equations!
My recommendation: Anyone looking for a cute MG novel.
My review:
My copy was provided by Netgalley.
Tabby loves signs. She will find a sign in anything, be it a cloud or a puddle or even cheese from a pizza. She wants to use signs, predictions, and probability to help predict who her dream guy is. She will do anything to find a boyfriend who is right for her. Tabby teams up with her best friend Kara and Pri, a girl absolutely obsessed with cupcakes. This book is filled with cupcakes, drawings, and hilarious equations as Tabby goes on her quest to find the perfect boyfriend.
This book was fun and cute! Kinard absolutely nails the voice of a middle school girl. Tabby sounded exactly like a pre-teen who is obsessed with boys. There are random exclamation points, capitalized words, and random thoughts that perfectly captures how a middle school girl thinks and talks.
Tabby was a really fun character. It was awesome to see how optimistic she was. She could see the bright side out of everything and she could find something to believe in everywhere. She even thought she could find her dream guy in a pile of cheese she thought was shaped like a face. Tabby's true quirkiness was expressed with the cute equations she created and the doodles she made. The doodles were exactly what I would predict Tabby to make. Tabby was also an awesome friend and cared about Kara and her troubles, as well as making a friend in something she thought was annoying.
Tabby also genuinely wanted to help out her cousin and others who were affected by a natural catastrophe. She didn't want to spend money on herself, but would rather help others instead.
This book also indirectly helps teach you some probability. It makes probability seem fun and exciting. Tabby makes it seem easy and like something everyone should do. Her equations are always funny and end up helping her, showing that math is useful after all.
All the characters were awesome and were unique in their own way. Even Tabby's mom was awesome even though she did seem a bit strict at times, but she was also unafraid to help Tabby no matter what.
I would definitely recommend this book to a middle school girl. It was laugh-out-loud funny and kept you entertained the whole time.

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