One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin
Date of publication: February 10th 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Goodreads: “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 the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*
I know some people have been having some issues getting into this book or liking the character according to some reviews I’ve read but for me One of the Guys is one of those cutesy books you’ll love to curl with on the sofa on those horrible rainy days. It was actually king of perfect. One of the guys is a coming of age book that will make you squirm sometimes because you just want to help the main character but mostly you’ll be smiling and grinning like an idiot.
One of the guys centers around Tonya Valentine, also known as simply Toni (McRib for her closest friends). She is a tomboy and has 3 best friends, all boys: Micah (Loch), Luke (Ollie) and Justin (Cowboy). They all have nicknames and throughout the book call themselves like that. They became friends after sighting what seemed like a monster on their town’s lake and have been since them gone “hunting” at time, trying to see and catch on film the legendary creature. When Toni feels like the group is destined to grow apart she wants to prolong what feels to her like their last night together. That’s when things take a wrong turn and land her in an all girls academy. There she meets Emma and after an incident they start their “rent-a-gent” business. And that’s where I’m ending my little repeat of the summary because you should just go read the book.
When I started reading the book and on the sixth page of the copy I had read “A massive belch escapes me.” I knew I would love what was coming. I enjoyed immensely Toni’s character. She never stopped being who she was. There were times she felt a little out of place but she never wanted to change herself. Emma tried and she did go with what Emma said sometimes (Halloween costumes and such) but inside, she was always Toni. During the book we find out Toni’s dad is dead and that she doesn’t like change. Some people might have some issues with the way Toni acts but I understand her: she likes the way things are and is afraid of the future, of what might change.
What really bothered me was Ollie’s attitude towards Toni. He was caught alongside Toni doing the prank that made Toni go to the Winston Academy. He blamed her throughout the whole book because of it. Now, come on! He wanted in, he could have done the same as Loch and Cowboy and just watch but he wanted to try it as well. He is as to blame as Toni. She might have given the idea but he chose to do it so to hell with him. I really liked when Toni finally hit him, I wanted to do so myself.
Now now, onto the important stuff: the romance! I loved loved loved Toni and Loch interaction. They are so cute and dense! They like each other but don’t have the nerve to do something. Eventually Loch makes the first move which makes Toni realise she actually loves him. GUYS THIS IS SO CUTE BELIEVE ME! Loch is kind of perfect.
I just wanted to know more about what happens in the future: how they deal with the relationship when they go to college and how the group’s dynamic is. Apart from that this is one of those fluffy books you’ll stare up to and reread when you feel down. One of the guys will definitely make you feel better and rise your spirits!
Favourite part: “‘I love you too,’ I blurt out. His mouth hangs open. I’ve stunned the poor guy.”
PS: Love the cover, so peaceful and relaxed!