Book Reviews of Guyaholic

Guyaholic
Guyaholic
Author: Carolyn Mackler
ISBN-13: 9780763625375
ISBN-10: 076362537X
Publication Date: 8/14/2007
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Candlewick
Book Type: Hardcover
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V Valentine, the insuppressible anti-hero from VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE, is back in a story about her own growing up and falling into love. All her life, V has flitted from one boy to the next at breakneck speed, never stopping to allow any possible emotions to cling to her. Then one fateful hockey game she crosses paths with Sam. Somehow things with him are different.

Could it be that Sam is V's first real boyfriend? V isn't so sure. And given her own mother's history with numerous men, she's pretty certain that love, the kind of emotion that causes you to remain faithful to only one person, doesn't exist. So she constantly pushes Sam away, denying her feelings and, finally, permanently wrecking any relationship they had.

Ashamed, V decides to take a cross-country car trip by herself to visit her mother, whom she has not seen for a while now. Her adventure is nothing spectacular, but it's the thinking that V does on the trip that causes her to realize how she's different from her mother, and how she's grown and is, just maybe, ready to open up to love.

While not one of my favorite books of hers, Carolyn Mackler's novel GUYAHOLIC is nevertheless entertaining, a heartwarming overture for a girl whom, despite her faults, we love. It's impossible not to cheer for V as she survives her car trip and learns about herself in the process.
reviewed Guyaholic on + 962 more book reviews
V Valentine, the insuppressible anti-hero from VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE, is back in a story about her own growing up and falling into love. All her life, V has flitted from one boy to the next at breakneck speed, never stopping to allow any possible emotions to cling to her. Then one fateful hockey game she crosses paths with Sam. Somehow things with him are different.

Could it be that Sam is V's first real boyfriend? V isn't so sure. And given her own mother's history with numerous men, she's pretty certain that love, the kind of emotion that causes you to remain faithful to only one person, doesn't exist. So she constantly pushes Sam away, denying her feelings and, finally, permanently wrecking any relationship they had.

Ashamed, V decides to take a cross-country car trip by herself to visit her mother, whom she has not seen for a while now. Her adventure is nothing spectacular, but it's the thinking that V does on the trip that causes her to realize how she's different from her mother, and how she's grown and is, just maybe, ready to open up to love.

While not one of my favorite books of hers, Carolyn Mackler's novel GUYAHOLIC is nevertheless entertaining, a heartwarming overture for a girl whom, despite her faults, we love. It's impossible not to cheer for V as she survives her car trip and learns about herself in the process.
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Reviewed by Angie Fisher for TeensReadToo.com

Vivienne Vail Valentine - no wonder she needs a nickname. "V" is her name, and guys are her game.

A game she learned well ...from her mom. That would be the same mom who dumped her at her grandparents house to live, which, by the way, was probably the best gift she ever gave her one and only child.

To say V has trust issues would be like saying the sun can burn. She shimmies from one guy to the next with the grace of a goddess, leaving nothing but broken hearts in her wake. That is, until she finds herself on the wrong end of a hockey puck, bleeding in the lap of a fellow fan.

Head wounds bleed, by the way, a lot. And Sam Almond didn't flinch when he used his sweatshirt to plug the hole in her head that would later require eighteen stitches.

Sam didn't consider himself a hero, and V didn't want to think of him as such, because it scared her. He scared her. He was different.

When the opportunity arises for her to return to her old ways, she convinces herself it's the way to go, it's who she is; it's who her mother made her. But at what cost?
reviewed Guyaholic on + 7145 more book reviews
Reviewed by Angie Fisher for TeensReadToo.com

Vivienne Vail Valentine - no wonder she needs a nickname. "V" is her name, and guys are her game.

A game she learned well ...from her mom. That would be the same mom who dumped her at her grandparents house to live, which, by the way, was probably the best gift she ever gave her one and only child.

To say V has trust issues would be like saying the sun can burn. She shimmies from one guy to the next with the grace of a goddess, leaving nothing but broken hearts in her wake. That is, until she finds herself on the wrong end of a hockey puck, bleeding in the lap of a fellow fan.

Head wounds bleed, by the way, a lot. And Sam Almond didn't flinch when he used his sweatshirt to plug the hole in her head that would later require eighteen stitches.

Sam didn't consider himself a hero, and V didn't want to think of him as such, because it scared her. He scared her. He was different.

When the opportunity arises for her to return to her old ways, she convinces herself it's the way to go, it's who she is; it's who her mother made her. But at what cost?