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Inside the mind of Gideon Rayburn
Miller, Sarah
Teen Fiction MILLER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This amusing novel, with a kind of Being John Malkovich premise, introduces a guy who "isn't stereotypically crushworthy" as he starts at an exclusive prep school. But the book has a unique twist: Gideon's thoughts and actions are related by a girl at the school who is somehow able to get inside his head. She knows what he's doing and "what he wishes he were doing, what he thinks he should be doing, and what he would wish he were doing if he were just a slightly better person." Through her narration, readers observe Gid as he meets his two popular roommates, who make him the center of a bet: Can he have sex by the end of October with a nice, pretty classmate named Molly? Along with some outrageous antics, readers gain insight into Gid's kind, often insecure character. They will also find plenty to ponder in terms of guy friendships and dating dynamics (Gid's womanizing roommate Cullen advises him that the way to make a girl like him is to pay attention to the way she wants to be seen; he even draws Gid a chart so he can record facts about Molly). Though the narrator remains a mystery for most of the book, readers will not be too surprised when her identity is finally revealed; still, the conclusion is wholly satisfying. Readers will have a good time living inside Gid's head as he slowly becomes more confident-and goes a little wild along the way. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Teenage angst has never been so appealing. First-time novelist Miller has written a funny and penetrating story about students at a New England prep school. In a unique twist, the narrator, a female classmate of new student Gideon Rayburn, is inside his mind and privy to his thoughts and feelings. While narrating events through Gideon's perspective, she interjects her own comments with biting humor and insight. The plot centers on a bet between Gideon's two roommates over whether or not Gideon will lose his virginity by Halloween. As shallow as this sounds, the book has depth and charm and is populated with amusing characters: beautiful Pilar, who wears white outfits but doesn't want anyone to know she got the idea from J. Lo; Nicholas, who is something of an ascetic except when it comes to smoking pot; Molly, a "stealth babe" whose intelligence and confidence are refreshing in this high-school setting; and Gideon himself, honest and likable in his struggles with self-esteem. Miller's humor is sophisticated, and her character portrayal is rich and discerning; an enjoyable read for adults and YAs alike. Recommended for public libraries.-Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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