Author: Terence Blacker
Publisher: Andersen Press
Release Date: 5th October 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary
Matthew’s American cousin comes to live with them: Sam’s small, blond and wild – with a giant attitude problem. He immediately starts to wreak havoc on Matthew’s social life – getting into fights with his friends and causing a scene whenever they go out. School is about to start and Matthew and his friends don’t want these problems to continue so they come up with a plan for Sam to prove his loyalty to their gang and to trick the mean girls at school. They dare Sam to go to school for the first week as a girl.
Told from the viewpoint of each of the characters – some funny, some conceited, some achingly sad.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Boy2Girl was an absolutely hilarious book. It follows the story of Sam Lopez – who arrives from America to live with his cousin Matthew in England. Sam must dress as a girl for his first week in his new school as a result from Matthew and his friends – they think it’s the ultimate test for Sam to prove himself to be good enough for their gang and Sam is determined to succeed at this challenge.
Uniquely enough, this book isn’t told from just one perspective, or two or three or four…but more than 15! When I first realised this I thought I was going to have difficulty telling the difference between each of the characters but that wasn’t the case. I thought the author pulled this off really well and it really suited the wildness and chaos of this book. I also love how the author never told it from Sam Lopez’s perspective. He cleverly told Sam’s story through every other character – because he had such a big impact on each of their lives.
When I saw this book’s title and read the summary, however, I did think it was going to challenge gender more deeply – what it means to be a boy or a girl or anywhere in between. I was kind of disappointed when I was reading it because the gender aspect that didn’t play that much of an important role. I suppose I shouldn’t have jumped to conclusions but that I was definitely something that would have made the book stronger, in my opinion.
Other than that, I didn’t have any problems with the book. It had a slow start for me but once I got into it I couldn’t stop. Plenty of humour and I can guarantee this book will put you in a better mood!