Monday, 7 May 2012

Review: How to Keep a Boy as a Pet - Diane Messidoro

How to Keep a Boy as a Pet by Diane Messidoro, published by Electric Monkey on 7th May 2012

Goodreads synopsis:
Circe Shaw is on a mission. She must transform into a fabulously sophisticated journalist and discover the amazing scientific truth about boys. Urgently.

But life is beyond complicated. Circe has to deal with a poisonous rival, her mum’s annoying ‘just friends’ men and her own Dark Past.

Can Circe’s daring investigation really teach her the facts of love?

The title of this book is fun and quirky which is exactly what the story is like.  Our heroine Circe Shaw's new mission is to find out about boys by treating them like a pet and possibly snag herself a boyfriend along the way.  I found myself laughing out loud frequently at the hilarious Circe and some of the things that befall her!

The format of the book is a series of blog entries by Circe about her life, friends and quest to make a boy fall in love with her.  Along the way she gains a blog reader who comments on her posts to give her much needed advice.  She also has her two best friends Tash and Ben to rely on, although much of the time they're busy snogging each other, leaving Circe stuck in the middle.

The narrative voice of Circe is so adorable.  She's funny and witty and her accounts of her experiments with 'The Rudest Stupidest Most Despicable Boy' kept me amused the whole way through.  She's a character who I'm sure teens will love and easily identify with.  Not only does she struggle with boy troubles but she has family issues to deal with too, as well as putting up with a dislikeable girl at her school knowing a secret about her.

If you want some tips on boys then you'll learn a thing or two by reading this book which was immensely funny and entertaining.  Some bits had me in fits of giggles and I had to stop reading until I'd managed to compose myself again. 

Circe will be back in 'What Not to Do in the Dark' and I'm looking forward to joining her. 


  1. This sounds like a really fun book.

  2. Fun and quirky sounds like exactly what I'm in the mood for!


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