Friday, December 30, 2011

Boy Proof


Victoria Jurgen is definitely not the sort of girl you expect to find in Hollywood. She insists that everyone call her Egg, after the tough-as-nails female character in her favorite dystopian movie, Terminal Earth. She goes a step further - she shaves her head and dresses all in white like Egg as well. Unlike many of the girls in her classes, she doesn't aspire to be an actress, but a creator of movie monsters' designs and prosthetics. She isn't too good with people outside the members of her sci-fi/fantasy club, and prefers to go to the movie theater alone than with a group of friends.
    When Max, the new boy in school, begins giving her attention- and not the bad kind - Egg doesn't know what to make of it. Not only is he a great artist and likes the sames graphic novels as she does, he's just as smart as she is. At first, she decides that Max literally stinks, but then he joins the school newspaper, the same newspaper of which she is the photographer. Even though he's there to draw comics, Egg still feels threatened. Soon, her grades are dropping, and she's called in to the dean's office. If she's still 'boy proof'(a term coined by her mother), why is she reacting this way?

Boy Proof is a fun, quick read. "Egg" really drives the story, and it's her development that is the real conflict. She is an engaging heroine, and even more unusual, a geeky one. The author, Cecil Castellucci, calls herself "a card carrying-geek" and it shows in this story. Too often, authors will try to create a geeky character, but instead perpetrate a poorly written stereotype. But in Boy Proof, the main character's struggle is realistic and sympathetic.  This is a story which will appeal to geeks (especially geeky girls), fans of sci-fi and fantasy, and anyone who has ever felt like an outcast.


  1. Egg sounds so cool! I wish she were a real person so she could be my friend!

  2. Sounds good! I'll have to give it a read.