One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin | ARC Book Review #69

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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.’

When I first read this books synopsis for the first time, I gushed over how the story could be written. I requested access to read One of the Guys as an ARC, because I first saw it on Netgalley, and was totally surprised that I got access to download the ARC!

Before we get further into the review, I just want to give a huge Thank You to Netgalley, and to Spencer Hill Contemporary for allowing me to read an ARC of this novel!!

The pace of One of the Guys -to me- is realistic. There isn’t really any jumps in the story that made no sense. For say, when an author writes a scene and then its months later on the next page. This book has quite a few jump scenes, but not to the extent where its one paragraph, then we see the story a month later. No, when the jump scenes happen, the most the story jumps is about a week, at most. The pacing for the rest of the book is nice. Its not too fast where you’re scrambling to understand what just happened, but it’s not too slow where the story puts you to sleep.

The story in of itself is cute. We have a girl who is a tomboy through-and-through. When she does a prank on the principle, it’s pretty much the final straw for her. Toni, the main character, is forced to go to a different school.. Away from her friends for their last school year. Which really sucks for everyone in the story because there are unforeseen consequences when the prank happened. There’s one thing that I didn’t like though, and that is the nicknames for each character.

The nicknames were hard to associate with the characters, and sometimes I thought they were talking about one character, when in fact they were talking about a different person entirely.. And after a while it was obvious what was going to happen at the end, but that’s totally okay because I’m a sucker for a happy endings.

I gotta say though, Toni was really stuck up in the beginning. She kinda had that whole the-world-is-out-to-get-me thing going on. That soon changes though!! And then Toni’s actually a nice character. With that said, there is so much character growth that happens to Toni!! And she learns a lot of stuff in this story. Toni learns how to talk about some things and not keep what she has to say slash her emotions bottled up. She learns a lot about friendships, and first loves(!!).

I would say that Toni really grows into herself in this novel. The things that made Toni uncomfortable, were things that she eventually learned to deal with. That honestly tunred her into a fine matured young woman. She takes responsibility for her actions when she needs to, and thats really honourable for her. I love the fact that in the story, Toni’s told that she can still be a tomboy, and act “womanly”. Like you can still be tough, and have the typical qualities of how a woman are “supposed” to act like. The only way I can describe what I’m trying to say is that, you can still get dolled up and you can still belch. I have no idea if that analogy helped at all, but that’s alright, ahah.

One of the Guys is a great story about the meaning of friendship, personal growth, and falling in-love for the first time.

That being said, in no way was my review fake. I honestly really did enjoy reading One of the Guys!

You can click the cover below to be led to One of the Guys on GoodReads.

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Thank you for reading!

Until next time,
Adele

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